Caroline Wozniacki

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Caroline Wozniacki
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Wozniacki at the 2014 Mutua Madrid Open.
Country  Denmark
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1990-07-11) 11 July 1990 (age 24)
Odense, Denmark
Height 1.77 metres (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Turned pro 18 July 2005[1]
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
Prize money $16,849,057[1]
Official website www.carolinewozniacki.dk
Singles
Career record 425–164 (72.16%)
Career titles 22 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (11 October 2010)
Current ranking No. 11 (18 August 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2011)
French Open QF (2010)
Wimbledon 4R (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
US Open F (2009)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals F (2010)
Olympic Games QF (2012)
Doubles
Career record 36-54
Career titles 2 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest ranking No. 52 (14 September 2009)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2008)
French Open 2R (2010)
Wimbledon 2R (2009, 2010)
US Open 3R (2009)
Last updated on: 31 August 2014.

Caroline Wozniacki (Danish pronunciation: [kʰɑːoliːnə ʋʌsniˈɑɡ̊i], Polish: [vɔʑˈɲat͡ski]; born 11 July 1990) is a Danish professional tennis player. She is a former World No. 1 on the WTA Tour having held this position for 67 weeks.[2] She was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top ranking position and 20th overall.[3]

From her WTA debut in 2005, she improved her year-end ranking each year until finishing on top in both 2010 and 2011. Wozniacki has won 21 WTA singles titles as of October 2013, three in 2008, three in 2009, six in 2010 (the most in a year by a WTA player from 2008-2011),[4] six in 2011, two in 2012 and one in 2013. She was runner-up at the 2009 US Open and the 2010 WTA Tour Championships in Doha to Kim Clijsters. She won the 2006 Wimbledon Girls' Singles title but has yet to win a women's Grand Slam title. She also holds two WTA titles in doubles.

Early life[edit]

Wozniacki is the daughter of Polish Roman Catholic[5] immigrants, Piotr and Anna Wozniacki.[6][note 1] Anna played on the Polish women's national volleyball team,[8] and Piotr played professional association football. The couple moved to Denmark when Piotr signed for the Danish football club Boldklubben 1909.[6][9] Wozniacki's older brother, Patrik Wozniacki, is a professional footballer for IF Skjold Birkerød in Denmark.[8]

Playing style[edit]

Wozniacki's playing style centers on "the defensive aspects of tennis with her anticipation, movement, agility, footwork and defence all first-rate and key parts of her game."[10] Her two-handed backhand is one of her best weapons as she is capable of turning defense into offense, most notably the backhand down-the-line. Her defensive playing style has her contemporaries label her a counter-puncher.[11]

Sponsors[edit]

In 2009, Wozniacki signed on to become an endorser for the line of tennis apparel designed by Stella McCartney for Adidas. She wore her first 'Adidas by Stella McCartney' tennis dress at the 2009 US Open.[12] She also has sponsorship agreements with Compeed, Rolex, Danske Invest, Oriflame, Turkish Airlines, Proactiv, Sony Ericsson, Babolat and e-Boks.[13] In 2012, Wozniacki became an endorser of Compeed BlisterPatch. At the end of 2013 she switched her racquet sponsorship from Yonex back to her long-time partner Babolat.

Career[edit]

2005-2007: Junior success and WTA debut[edit]

Wozniacki won several junior tournaments in 2005, including the Orange Bowl tennis championship.[14] She made her debut on the WTA Tour at Cincinnati's Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open on 19 July 2005, losing to the top-seeded and eventual champion Patty Schnyder in the first round. In the Nordea Nordic Light Open, her other WTA tournament of the year, she lost to Martina Suchá in the first round.

In 2006, she was the top seed at the Australian Open (junior girls' singles), but lost the final to eighth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia. She was seeded second with partner Anna Tatishvili in the doubles tournament, but the pair was knocked out in the semifinals by the French-Italian pair of Alizé Cornet and Corinna Dentoni, who were seeded eighth.

In February at the Memphis, she reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal, beating Kristina Brandi and Ashley Harkleroad, before losing to third-seeded Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden.

Wozniacki during the Junior Wimbledon final

Before the Wimbledon, Wozniacki won the exhibition tournament Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, beating Ashley Harkleroad in the finals.[15]

Later that year, she was given a wild card to the qualifying draw at Wimbledon, where she was beaten in the first round by Miho Saeki. However, Wozniacki went on to win the girls' singles tournament, beating Slovak Magdaléna Rybáriková in the finals.

In August, she reached another WTA Tour quarterfinal, this time at the Nordea Nordic Light Open in Stockholm. She defeated top-100 players Iveta Benešová and Eleni Daniilidou, before falling to eventual champion and third-seeded Zheng Jie.

Wozniacki was seeded second in Girls' Singles in the year's last major tournament. In the first round, she won the first set against Russian Alexandra Panova, but was disqualified in the second set for verbally abusing an umpire. Wozniacki was said to have used an expletive in referring to a linesman who made a disputed call.[16] However, on her blog, she claimed to have said, "take your sunglasses of [sic]" and was mistaken for talking to the linesman, when she in fact was criticizing herself after the next point.[17] In her last junior tournament, the Osaka Mayor's Cup, she won both the girls' singles and doubles.[18]

Her first title on the senior tour came shortly after on 29 October, when she won the $25,000 ITF-tournament in Istanbul by beating Tatjana Malek in the final.

Wozniacki was set to face Venus Williams on 27 November in an exhibition match in Copenhagen,[19] but five days before the event, Williams canceled because of an injury.[20] The two did, however, face each other in the Memphis WTA Tier III event on 20 February. Williams beat Wozniacki, ending a nine-match winning streak for Wozniacki.

On 29 November, Wozniacki was named ambassador for Danish Junior Tennis by the Culture Minister of Denmark at the time, Brian Mikkelsen.[21]

On 4 February, she won a $75,000 ITF singles title in Ortisei, Italy, beating Italian Alberta Brianti.[22] On 4 March, she won the $75,000 ITF tournament in Las Vegas, beating top-seed Akiko Morigami in the final.

She obtained a wild card for the Pacific Life Open main draw and made her Tier I debut there. She was knocked out in the second round by Martina Hingis.

She then made the semifinals of the AIG Open in Tokyo in October, her first career WTA Tour semifinal, and as a result became the first Danish woman to reach a WTA semifinal since Tine Scheuer-Larsen at Bregenz in 1986. She was defeated by Venus Williams in straight sets.

2008: First WTA Tour title[edit]

Wozniacki won her first WTA title at the 2008 Nordea Nordic Light Open.

At the Australian Open, Wozniacki defeated Gisela Dulko and 21st seed Alona Bondarenko on her way to the round of 16, where she lost to the eventual finalist and fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic.

At the French Open, she was seeded 30th, making this the first Grand Slam tournament in which Wozniacki was seeded. She again lost in the third round to the eventual champion and world no. 2 Ana Ivanovic.

At Wimbledon, she reached the third round, but lost to second-seeded Jelena Janković.[23]

Wozniacki won her first WTA Tour title at the Nordic Light Open in Stockholm without dropping a set, defeating fifth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarterfinals, top seed and world no. 10, Agnieszka Radwańska in the semifinals, and Vera Dushevina in the final.

At the Summer Olympics in Beijing, she beat world no. 12 Daniela Hantuchová in the second round, before falling to the eventual gold-medalist Elena Dementieva. Wozniacki then won her second WTA Tour title at the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, defeating four seeded players, Dominika Cibulková, Marion Bartoli, and Alizé Cornet, en route to the final, where she defeated world no. 11 Anna Chakvetadze.

Wozniacki was the 21st seed at the US Open. She defeated world no. 14 Victoria Azarenka in the third round, but lost to second-seeded and eventual runner-up Jelena Janković in the fourth round.

At the China Open, she lost her opening match to Anabel Medina Garrigues. However, she teamed up with Medina Garrigues to clinch the doubles title, defeating the Chinese duo of Han Xinyun and Xu Yi-Fan. It was Wozniacki's first WTA doubles title. At the Tier III AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, she was the top seed for the first time on the WTA Tour, and she won her third career title, defeating Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the final.

Wozniacki then took part in the e-Boks Odense Open in her hometown of Odense. She won the tournament, beating world no. 64 Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in the final.

Her final win–loss record for the year (ITF matches included, exhibition matches not included) was 58–20 in singles and 8–9 in doubles. She ended the year ranked 12th in singles and 79th in doubles. She finished thirteenth in the race for the Sony Ericsson Championships. She also won the WTA Newcomer of the Year award for 2008.[24]

2009: First Grand Slam Final, Top 5 ranking[edit]

Wozniacki started the season in Auckland, where she lost to Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals. She also reached the quarterfinals in Sydney, this time losing to world no. 2 Serena Williams after having three match points. Seeded 11th at the Australian Open, Wozniacki lost in the third round to Australian wild card Jelena Dokić.

In Pattaya, Wozniacki lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková in the quarterfinals. Seeded first at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, Wozniacki advanced to the final, but lost to Victoria Azarenka. Afterwards, they partnered in the doubles final to defeat Michaëlla Krajicek and Yuliana Fedak.

Wozniacki then took part in the first two Premier Mandatory tournaments of the year. At Indian Wells, she lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Vera Zvonareva. In Miami, she scored her first win over Elena Dementieva, before losing to another Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.

Wozniacki reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open.

Wozniacki won her first title of the year at the MPS Group Championships on green clay in Ponte Vedra Beach, where she defeated Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak. In Charleston, she defeated top seed Elena Dementieva in the semifinals, before losing the final to Sabine Lisicki.

Wozniacki suffered early exits in her next two tournaments, losing to Marion Bartoli in the second round in Stuttgart, and to Victoria Azarenka in the third round in Rome. She reached the final of the inaugural Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, where she lost to world no. 1 Dinara Safina. This was Wozniacki's only match against a reigning no. 1 before she herself became no. 1 in October 2010. Seeded 10th at the French Open, Wozniacki lost to Sorana Cîrstea in the third round. They partnered in doubles, but lost in the first round.

Wozniacki won her second 2009 title on the grass of Eastbourne. In the final, she defeated Virginie Razzano.[25] Wozniacki was seeded ninth at Wimbledon, where she lost to Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round.

On her 19th birthday, she lost the final of the Swedish Open to María José Martínez Sánchez. On hard court at the LA Women's Tennis Championships, she lost in the second round to Sorana Cîrstea. At the Cincinnati Masters, she reached the quarterfinals, before falling to Elena Dementieva. In Toronto, she lost early in the second round to Zheng Jie, but she then went on to defend her title at the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven without losing a set. In the first round, she had her first double bagel win as a professional, 6–0, 6–0, over Edina Gallovits in 41 minutes. In the final, she beat Elena Vesnina for her third title of the season.

Wozniacki was the ninth seed at the US Open. She made her best result to date by becoming the first Danish woman to reach a Grand Slam final. There, she was defeated by Kim Clijsters, who had recently made a comeback after retiring in 2007.

In the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, she retired because of a viral illness down 0–5 against Aleksandra Wozniak. She then lost to María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of the China Open, and to Samantha Stosur in the semifinals in Osaka. The following week in Luxembourg, she retired with a hamstring injury in the first round, while leading 7–5, 5–0 over Anne Kremer. This aroused controversy because of the scoreline.[26]

Wozniacki's 2009 results qualified her for the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha for the first time. She won two of three group matches and advanced to the semifinals. There she struggled with a stomach strain and a left thigh injury against world no. 1 Serena Williams, and retired while trailing 6–4, 0–1.[27]

2010: New World No. 1[edit]

In her first WTA tournament of the year, Wozniacki suffered an opening-round loss to Li Na of China in the Sydney. She was seeded fourth at the Australian Open, her first top-eight seed in a Grand Slam. She again fell to Li, this time in the fourth round, in straight sets. Despite her fourth-round exit, Wozniacki achieved a career-high ranking of no. 3.

As the second seed at Indian Wells, Wozniacki reached the final before losing to former world no. 1 Jelena Janković. With this result, she achieved a new career-high ranking of world no. 2.[28] At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Wozniacki lost in the quarterfinals to the newly returned Justine Henin.

Her next tournament was in Ponte Vedra Beach, where she defeated Olga Govortsova in the final. Wozniacki then competed at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. She advanced to the semifinals, where she met Vera Zvonareva. Wozniacki was forced to retire down 2–5, after she rolled her ankle while chasing down a short ball.[29][30]

Despite her ongoing ankle injury, she continued to compete in tournaments through the clay-court season, suffering early losses in Stuttgart, Rome, and Madrid. She then reached the quarterfinals in Warsaw, but retired there after losing the first set.[31]

Wozniacki at the 2010 US Open.

Wozniacki was seeded third at the French Open. She posted her best result at Roland Garros by advancing to the fourth round without dropping a set. After defeating Flavia Pennetta in the round of 16 in three sets, she lost to eventual champion Francesca Schiavone in the quarterfinals. Wozniacki partnered with Daniela Hantuchová in doubles, but they withdrew before their second round match against the Williams sisters because of a right shoulder injury to Hantuchová.

As the defending champion, Wozniacki lost early at the Aegon International, her first grass-court tournament of the year, to Aravane Rezaï. Wozniacki was seeded third at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, where she defeated Tathiana Garbin, Chang Kai-chen, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to the fourth round, where she was defeated by Petra Kvitová.

Wozniacki was the first seed at the inaugural 2010 e-Boks Danish Open. It was the first Danish WTA tournament, created largely out of Wozniacki's popularity in Denmark. She reached the final, and she defeated Klára Zakopalová to win her second title of the year.

In Cincinnati, she lost in the third round to Marion Bartoli. As the second seed in Montreal, Wozniacki was forced to wait two days to play her semifinal match with Svetlana Kuznetsova because of heavy rain. She defeated both Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva on the same day for her third singles title of the year. As the top seed in New Haven, Wozniacki defeated Nadia Petrova in the final for her third consecutive title there. By virtue of this, she also won the 2010 US Open Series.

Wozniacki was the top seed at the US Open due to the withdrawal of world no. 1 Serena Williams. She advanced to the semifinals, before being upset by Vera Zvonareva. With her semifinal appearance, Wozniacki became one of only two women (the other being Venus Williams) to have reached at least the fourth round of all four Grand Slam events in 2010.[32]

Wozniacki's first tournament during the Asian hard-court season was the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She won back-to-back three setters against Victoria Azarenka and Elena Dementieva, the latter of whom she beat in the final to win her fifth title of the year.

She then entered the China Open in Beijing. In the third round, Wozniacki faced Petra Kvitová, who had routed her at Wimbledon. Wozniacki avenged that loss, which ensured that she would replace Serena Williams as the new world no. 1 after the tournament. She was the fifth player to reach the no. 1 position without having won a Grand Slam tournament. She also became the first Danish player, man or woman, to reach the top ranking.[33] Wozniacki ultimately won the tournament, defeating Vera Zvonareva in the final to win her sixth title of the year and twelfth overall.

At the year-end Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Wozniacki was drawn in a group with Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, and Elena Dementieva. She defeated Dementieva in her first round-robin game, but lost to Stosur in the second. She won her last round-robin match in the group against Schiavone, securing the year-end world no. 1 rank and a place in the semifinals against the winner of the other group, Vera Zvonareva. Wozniacki defeated her, but then lost the final in three sets to Kim Clijsters. Wozniacki ended the season with six WTA singles titles, the most on the tour. Clijsters won five, and no other player won more than two.

2011: Year-end No. 1 for the second year in a row[edit]

During the off season, Wozniacki switched her racquet make from Babolat to Yonex.[34] Wozniacki began her 2011 season with an exhibition match in Thailand against Kim Clijsters where she lost in a super tie-break.[35] Wozniacki then played another exhibition, the team Hong Kong Tennis Classic, where she represented and was captain of Team Europe. She won two matches against Team Asia Pacific, before getting crushed by world no. 2 Vera Zvonareva in the final against Team Russia.[36] Her first WTA tournament was the Medibank International Sydney. She received a bye to the second round, where she lost to Dominika Cibulková.

Wozniacki during the 2011 Australian Open semi final

The Australian Open was Wozniacki's first major as world no. 1.[37] She lost to Li Na in the semifinals after failing to convert a match point when trying to serve out the match at 5–4 in the second set.[38]

Wozniacki dropped to no. 2 behind Kim Clijsters during the week of 14 February, but regained the top spot the following week. She received a bye to the second round in Dubai where, in the quarterfinals, she beat Shahar Pe'er to ensure her no. 1 position in the next rankings update.[39] She went on to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final to take her 13th career singles title and first of the year. In Doha, she received a bye to the second round and reached the final, after defeating Nadia Petrova, Flavia Pennetta, and Marion Bartoli in straight sets. She lost to Vera Zvonareva in the final. In the first Premier Mandatory event of the year in Indian Wells, Wozniacki made it to the final, where she defeated Marion Bartoli for her 14th singles title. After a first-round bye at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida, Wozniacki lost in the fourth round to 21st seed Andrea Petkovic. Wozniacki made an uncharacteristic 52 unforced errors and later said she had been playing a lot of matches when she was asked about fatigue.[40]

In the Family Circle Cup, Wozniacki made it to the final, where she defeated unseeded Elena Vesnina to take her third title of the year, 15th of her career. In Stuttgart, Wozniacki made it to her fifth final of the year, where she lost to Julia Görges in straight sets. In Madrid, Wozniacki lost to Görges again, this time in the third round. In Rome, she lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova in the semifinal round. At the Brussels Open, Wozniacki reached the semifinals, where she defeated third seed and reigning French Open champion, Francesca Schiavone.[41] In the final, Wozniacki's sixth of the year, she defeated eighth seed Peng Shuai to win her first red clay title, after having won three on the faster green clay.[42] Wozniacki was the top seed at the French Open, but was defeated in the third round by 28th seed Daniela Hantuchová.[43]

Wozniacki's next tournament was the e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open in her native Denmark. In the final, she defeated fourth seed Lucie Šafářová, taking her fifth title of the year.[44] At Wimbledon, she had straight-set wins until the fourth round, but then lost to 24th seed Dominika Cibulková.[45]

Wozniacki at the 2011 WTA Championships.

At the Rogers Cup Wozniacki made an early second-round exit. She was defeated by Roberta Vinci in straight sets despite holding a 5–1 lead in the second set. Wozniacki was the top seed at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, but lost in the second round to world no. 76 Christina McHale. Next playing at the New Haven Open at Yale, Wozniacki won the title for the fourth year in a row, defeating Francesca Schiavone in the semifinals and qualifier Petra Cetkovská in the final.[46]

At the US Open, Wozniacki was the first seed. In the first round, she defeated Nuria Llagostera Vives. In the second round, Wozniacki defeated Arantxa Rus,[47] and in the third round, defeated American Vania King.[48] In the fourth round, Wozniacki fought back from a 7–6, 4–1 deficit, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova.[49] Wozniacki then progressed to the semifinals by defeating Andrea Petkovic in the quarterfinals.[50] In the semifinals she lost to Serena Williams.[51]

In Tokyo Wozniacki lost to Kaia Kanepi in the third round. In Beijing she lost to Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals. This was Wozniacki's only loss in the 12 quarterfinals she reached in 2011.

Wozniacki was the top seed at the WTA Championships. In the group stage she beat Agnieszka Radwańska before falling to Vera Zvonareva. She lost also to Petra Kvitová in her final round-robin match and so she failed to advance to semifinals for the first time in three appearances. She finished the year as world no. 1 for the second consecutive year.

2012: Beginning of singles decline[edit]

Wozniacki began her season by representing Denmark at the 2012 Hopman Cup with Frederik Nielsen as her partner. Wozniacki won two of her three round robin matches in singles, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Tsvetana Pironkova before losing to world no. 2 Petra Kvitová.[52]

Wozniacki's first WTA event was the Apia International Sydney. After a first round bye, Wozniacki defeated Dominika Cibulková after trailing 4–0 in the third set.[53] She lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in three sets in the quarterfinals, after serving for the match at 5–4 up in the second set.[54]

Wozniacki competed at the Australian Open as the top seed. She defeated Anastasia Rodionova, Anna Tatishvili, Monica Niculescu, and Jelena Janković, all in straight sets, to reach the quarterfinals where she lost to the defending champion Kim Clijsters. As a result, Wozniacki lost her top ranking and was replaced by the 2012 champion Victoria Azarenka.[55] Next playing at Doha, Wozniacki lost to Lucie Šafářová in the second round, having received a first round bye.

Wozniacki was the defending champion in Dubai and Indian Wells, but failed to defend either title, losing to Julia Görges and Ana Ivanovic, respectively.

Caroline Wozniacki during the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open.

Wozniacki reached the semifinals in Miami after beating Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, Petra Cetkovská, Yanina Wickmayer, and Serena Williams, all in straight sets. Wozniacki then lost to second seed Maria Sharapova. Wozniacki did not defend her title in Charleston as she was not allowed to participate under WTA rules because two top-6 players had already entered the draw.[56] Wozniacki then played her home tournament in Copenhagen. She reached the final but lost to Angelique Kerber, her first loss at the tournament since the start in 2010.

Wozniacki reached the third round of the French Open, where she lost to Kaia Kanepi in three sets.[57]

Wozniacki lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Austrian Tamira Paszek.[58] It was her first opening-round exit from any Grand Slam since making her professional debut at the 2007 French Open.[1]

Wozniacki represented Denmark at the Olympics as the eighth seed in the women's singles event. In the first three rounds she defeated Anne Keothavong, Yanina Wickmayer and Daniela Hantuchová. She was then defeated by the eventual champion Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

Wozniacki next participated in the Rogers Cup where she lost to Petra Kvitová in the semifinals, and the Western & Southern Open where she was defeated in the third round by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. As the four-time defending champion at the New Haven Open at Yale, Wozniacki retired against Maria Kirilenko in the semifinals due to a right knee injury, which she had suffered in her quarterfinal win over Dominika Cibulková.[59]

Wozniacki, still suffering with the injury, was seeded eighth at the 2012 US Open, but did not advance past the first round. She lost in two sets to 96th-ranked Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu. As a result of the loss, Wozniacki dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in three years.

Following her US Open disappointment, Wozniacki won her first tournament of the year in Seoul by defeating Arantxa Rus, Caroline Garcia, Klára Zakopalová, Ekaterina Makarova, and Kaia Kanepi in the final. It was her 19th career title.

Wozniacki's next tournament was the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She defeated Bojana Jovanovski, Daniela Hantuchová and Li Na, before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarterfinals.

At the China Open in Beijing, Wozniacki defeated Chanelle Scheepers and Hsieh Su-wei but lost to Angelique Kerber in the third round.

Wozniacki's next tournament was the Kremlin Cup. As the third seed in the tournament, she defeated top seed Samantha Stosur in the final in 3 sets to take home her second title of the year, and 20th overall.

At the year-end Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Wozniacki won her three group matches and reached the final but lost to Nadia Petrova. She ended the year ranked 10th.

(Roddick) and (Djokovic) do it all the time and Caro does (it) and now it's racist.??

Serena Williams responding to the critism of Wozniacki.[60]

In December 2012, during an exhibition match in Brazil, Wozniacki imitated friend and fellow tennis player Serena Williams by stuffing towels in her shirt and skirt in order to appear to be large-chested and have a large rear end. This act divided opinion on social network sites. It was noted that Wozniacki has done the impression before without controversy.[61] Williams also defended Wozniacki in an email to USA Today and pointed out that they are friends and that the act was not racist. Williams added however, that if people feel this way then she should do something else next time.[60]

2013: Continued struggles with form[edit]

Wozniacki began the year in Brisbane where as the eighth seed, she lost in the first round to qualifier Ksenia Pervak in three sets. Wozniacki then competed at the Apia International Sydney. She defeated Urszula Radwańska but lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. At the 2013 Australian Open, Wozniacki defeated Sabine Lisicki, Donna Vekic and Lesia Tsurenko, but once again lost to Kuznetsova, this time in the fourth round.

Wozniacki's next tournament was the Qatar Total Open where she reached the quarterfinals with wins over Mervana Jugić-Salkić, Sorana Cîrstea, Mona Barthel, before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska. In Dubai, Wozniacki defeated Lucie Šafářová, Zheng Jie and Marion Bartoli to reach the semi-finals where she lost to the eventual champion, Petra Kvitová. At the Malaysian Open she lost in the first round to Wang Qiang. She then played in an exhibition match at the BNP Paribas Showdown in Hong Kong. She was originally scheduled to play Li Na, but she had to withdraw due to injury. Instead Wozniacki played Li's replacement world no. 4 Agnieszka Radwańska and lost in straight sets.

Wozniacki reached her first final of the year at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open.

At the BNP Paribas Open, she defeated Alizé Cornet, Elena Vesnina and Nadia Petrova before receiving a walkover the defending champion Victoria Azarenka, after the latter withdrew due to a foot injury. In the semi-finals, Wozniacki defeated Angelique Kerber to reach her first final of the year but lost the title match to Maria Sharapova. In her next tournament, the Sony Open in Miami, Wozniacki made it to the third round where she lost to Garbiñe Muguruza.

Wozniacki began the clay court season by reaching the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup where she lost to Stefanie Vögele. After this tournament, Wozniacki lost in the first round to Carla Suárez Navarro in Stuttgart, to Yaroslava Shvedova in Madrid, to Bojana Jovanovski in Rome, and to Zheng Jie in Brussels. At the French Open, Wozniacki defeated Laura Robson in the first round, before once again losing to Jovanovski in the second.

Wozniacki began her grass court season at the 2013 Aegon International in Eastbourne. She reached the semi-finals after victories over Tamira Paszek, Laura Robson and Ekaterina Makarova but then lost to qualifier Jamie Hampton. In the first round of Wimbledon, Wozniacki beat Estrella Cabeza Candela. In the second round, she faced Petra Cetkovská. In just the fourth game of the first set, with the score at 2–1 and going with serve, Wozniacki slipped and fell, injuring her ankle. She received treatment but was visibly struggling and went on to lose the match.[62] Wozniacki was one of several players to slip and injure themselves, including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. After the match, Wozniacki questioned whether the preparation for the tournament was the same as in previous years, adding: "I just know that it's just not really fun to be out there when you feel like you can't really push off on your foot."[63]

Wozniacki's woeful season continued at the 2013 Rogers Cup, where she fell in the second round to Sorana Cîrstea despite having double match point in the second set. She then reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 Western & Southern Open, beating Peng Shuai, Monica Niculescu and Petra Kvitova, but was defeated by Victoria Azarenka for the first time since 2009. Wozniacki then played at the 2013 New Haven Open at Yale. She reached the semifinals beating Peng via retirement, Karin Knapp and Sloane Stephens before losing to Simona Halep in straight sets. At the US Open, Wozniacki defeated Yingying Duan and Chanelle Scheepers in straight sets before losing to qualifier Camila Giorgi in the third round. This marked the first time since 2008 where Wozniacki had failed to reach the quarterfinals or better at one of the four grand slam tournaments.

During the Asian swing, Wozniacki advanced to the semi-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, defeating Flavia Pennetta, Magdaléna Rybáriková and Lucie Šafářová en route before losing to Angelique Kerber. Her next tournament was in Beijing where she was seeded sixth and where she received a bye into the second round along with the other three Tokyo semi-finalists. Wozniacki reached the quarterfinals after wins over Monica Niculescu and Sloane Stephens, but lost to the World No. 1 and eventual champion, Serena Williams.

Wozniacki's final event for the year was the BGL Luxembourg Open, where she was seeded first. She ended her two-match losing streak against Bojana Jovanovski by defeating the Serb in a three set quarterfinal before beating Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki to reach the final where she defeated Annika Beck of Germany in straight sets to win her first and only title of the year. Despite the victory, Wozniacki failed to qualify for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul as Angelique Kerber secured the final spot with her win at the WTA International tournament in Linz, Austria that same week. In winning Luxembourg however, Wozniacki qualified for the WTA Tournament of Champions in Sofia but ultimately chose not to participate. She finished the year ranked World No. 10.

2014: Drop out of the top 10 and resurgence[edit]

During the off season, Wozniacki switched her racquet make from Yonex to Babolat. She was scheduled to start the season in Brisbane but withdrew due to a right shoulder injury and instead began her season in Sydney where she defeated Julia Goerges in three sets, before falling to Lucie Šafářová in the second round. At the Australian Open, she lost to Garbiñe Muguruza in the third round in three sets.

After the Australian open, Wozniacki competed at the Qatar Total Open where she was seeded eighth and where she lost to Belgian Yanina Wickmayer after a first round bye. The following week, she reached the semi-finals in Dubai, defeating Sabine Lisicki, Annika Beck and Sorana Cîrstea before falling to the eventual champion Venus Williams.

Wozniacki's next tournament was the BNP Paribas Open where she was defending runner-up points. She reached the fourth round following wins over Bojana Jovanovski and Yaroslava Shvedova, before losing to Jelena Jankovic, causing her to fall to World No. 18, her lowest ranking since 2010. She recovered by reaching the quarterfinals of the Sony Open, recording wins over Monica Puig, Sloane Stephens and Varvara Lepchenko before losing to Li Na in a tight straight sets match. Wozniacki then made her debut at the Monterry Open, where she defeated Coco Vandeweghe, Kristina Mladenovic and Karolina Pliskova en route to the semifinals, before losing to the eventual champion Ana Ivanovic.

Her first tournament for the clay court season was scheduled to be the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, but she was forced to withdraw due to a left wrist injury. Instead, her first event on clay was the Mutua Madrid Open where she reached the second round after beating Ekaterina Makarova before losing to Roberta Vinci after sustaining a knee injury. This same injury caused her to withdraw from the following week's Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome. At the French Open, Wozniacki was upset by Yanina Wickmayer in the first round in three sets.

Wozniacki enjoyed a stellar grass court season during which she made the semi-finals of the AEGON International with wins over Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens and Camila Giorgi before losing to the eventual finalist Angelique Kerber. At the Wimbledon Championships, Wozniacki reached the fourth round for the fourth time in her career after straight sets wins over Shahar Peer, Naomi Broady and Ana Konjuh but ultimately lost to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová.

After Wimbledon, Wozniacki won her first title of the year at the Istanbul Cup. She inflicted a double bagel on Belinda Bencic before defeating Karin Knapp, Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic to reach the final where she dropped just two games in defeating second seed Roberta Vinci to secure the title.

Wozniacki's first tournament of the 2014 US Open Series was the Rogers Cup. She progressed to the quarterfinals after defeating Daniela Hantuchova, Klara Koukalova and Shelby Rogers all in straight sets but then lost to Serena Williams, despite having led by a set and a break. At the Western & Southern Open, Wozniacki defeated Magdalena Rybarikova, Zhang Shuai and sixth seed Angelique Kerber en route to her second quarterfinal in as many weeks, where she faces fourth seed, Agnieszka Radwanska.

Personal life[edit]

Wozniacki's best friend is her fellow Danish tennis player, Malou Ejdesgaard, who has been her doubles partner in five tournaments.[64]

She speaks Danish, English and Polish fluently.[65][66][67]

When asked in 2008 by Teen Vogue magazine what sports beside tennis she liked to play, Wozniacki said "I like handball, soccer, swimming, playing the piano, and all kinds of different things."[68]

On 20 December 2010, she signed a three-year deal to endorse Turkish Airlines' business class service.[69][70]

She is a fan of English Premier League team Liverpool F.C.. She wore a Liverpool shirt signed by footballer Steven Gerrard on court in the 2011 Qatar Ladies Open.[71]

According to Forbes in 2011 she was the second highest-earning female athlete in the world.[72]

According to the June 2011 edition of SportsPro Wozniacki is the world's ninth most marketable athlete.[73]

She was in a relationship with Northern Irish professional golfer, Rory McIlroy from 2011 until 2014.[74] She announced their engagement on her Twitter page on 1 January 2014.[75] On 21 May 2014, it was announced that McIlroy had ended the engagement: "The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails. I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had."[76]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2009 US Open Hard Belgium Kim Clijsters 5–7, 3–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 4R 3R 4R SF QF 4R 3R 0 / 7 22–7
French Open A 1R 3R 3R QF 3R 3R 2R 1R 0 / 8 13–8
Wimbledon LQ 2R 3R 4R 4R 4R 1R 2R 4R 0 / 8 16–8
US Open A 2R 4R F SF SF 1R 3R 0 / 7 22–7
Win–Loss 0–0 2–3 10–4 13–4 15–4 15–4 6–4 7–4 5–3 0 / 29 70–29

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 SR W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 1R 0 / 3 1–3
French Open A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3
Wimbledon A 1R 2R 2R 0 / 3 2–3
US Open 1R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 4 4–4
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 3–4 3–4 0 / 13 8–13

Awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Since she is the daughter of Polish immigrants, Polish-language sources occasionally give her name as Karolina Woźniacka[7] (pronounced [karɔˈlina vɔʑˈɲat͡ska]), the Polish form of her name.

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