Melbourne: A tearful Caroline Wozniacki headed into retirement on Friday after a 7-5 3-6 7-5 third-round defeat at the hands of Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur ended her participation in the Australian Open and her 16-year career.
The 29-year-old said last year that Melbourne Park, where she won her lone Grand Slam title two years ago, would be the site of her final outing as a tennis professional.
With the entire crowd on its feet applauding, Wozniacki completed her final afternoon on the court by performing a lap of honour draped in the Danish flag.
Wozniacki made her professional debut as an unranked wildcard at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati in 2005, eight days after her 15th birthday. She captured her first WTA title — and the first by any Danish woman — at Stockholm in 2008 and went on to win at least one Tour-level event every year through the China Open in Beijing in 2018, a streak of 11 years.
Before heading to Melbourne last week, Wozniacki advanced to the singles semifinals at the ASB Classic (Auckland) and reached the final of the doubles, partnering Serena Williams.
Having played her last match against Ons Jabeur in the third round of the Australian Open, she steps away from the game with a win-loss record at Tour-level of 598-256 (.700) and total prize money earnings of over $35 million.