The 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 loss to Ons Jabeur in the third round of Australian Open 2020 didn’t just mark the end of Caroline Wozniacki’s participation at the first Grand Slam of the year. It also marked the end of Wozniacki’s professional career.
Back in 2019, Wozniacki announced she is retiring from tennis in 2020 and that the Australian Open would be her last tournament as a pro. It seemed fitting, as her only Grand Slam title was in Australia back in 2018. And while the 29-year-old had enough time to change her mind about retirement, that didn’t happen.
“I think it was only fitting that my last match would be a three-setter, a grinder and that I would finish my career with a forehand error,” said Wozniacki after the match. “Those are the things that I have been working on my whole career, and I guess this was just meant to be.”
Shortly after, Jabeur, who will face Wang Qiang in the fourth round, went on social media to pay her tributes to Wozniacki.
Since becoming a pro in 2005, Caroline Wozniacki won 30 titles and spent 71 weeks on top of WTA rankings. Besides the Australian Open title, Wozniacki has two US Open finals and two French Open quarterfinals.