Caroline Wozniacki - Because Dreams Matter


Wednesday, December 18, 2019 11:58 AM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 11:58 AM UTC

In the wake of former world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki´s upcoming retirement, we take a look back on some of her greatest accomplishments, and what the legacy she will leave after her retirement
<div><h2>The Rise of "Little Miss Sunshine"</h2><p>Born July 11th, 1990 in Odense, Denmark, Caroline´s life would quickly become centred on sports. Her Polish parents both had sporting backgrounds, Anna in professional volleyball, Piotr in professional football. But the starting line for tennis came through her four year older brother, Patrik. The young girl with a dazzling smile, nicknamed "Little Miss Sunshine", imitated him in everything he did, and thus picked up a tennis racquet at the age of six. Quickly seen to be talented, Piotr started coaching his daughter on the long road towards success. Caroline was a dreamer, and very early made her big dream known. It was to become the world´s best tennis player, the world number 1.</p><p> </p><h2>World No. 1</h2><p>Already picking up several Danish titles as an early teenager, it wouldn´t take long before Wozniacki tried her wings on the with a WTA tour debut. Initially, the Dane didn´t have much success, but the talented youngster would not be denied. After a few sound showings at the lower levels, the 15-year old would reach the final of the ITF event in Civitavecchia, pick up a Wimbledon Girl´s singles title, along with her maiden career title at the ITF event in Istanbul.</p><p>Though the Dane did reach a main level quarterfinal and establish herself well as a top 60 player in 2007, she would have to wait until 2008 for a major breakthrough. Winning three WTA titles in the same year, reaching a final in another as well as starting to contend in the majors, Caroline would end the year as world no. 12. The sensational counterpuncher who never ever gave up on a point was starting to make a serious impression as part of the elite for many years to come. After a year with six titles in 2010, the 20-year old became the first ever Scandinavian woman to reach the world no. 1 ranking, overtaking the legendary Serena Williams.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-conversation=\"none\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Caroline Wozniacki - 2010:&lt;br /&gt;R4 - AO&lt;br /&gt;F - IW&lt;br /&gt;QF - Miami&lt;br /&gt;W - Ponte Vedra Beach&lt;br /&gt;SF - Charleston&lt;br /&gt;QF - Warsaw&lt;br /&gt;QF - FO&lt;br /&gt;R4 - Wimbledon&lt;br /&gt;W - Copenhagen&lt;br /&gt;W - Montreal&lt;br /&gt;W - New Haven&lt;br /&gt;SF - USO&lt;br /&gt;W - Tokyo&lt;br /&gt;W - Beijing&lt;br /&gt;F - WTA Finals &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Nex (@atomic_moonball) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;November 2, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>Rheumatoid Arthritis</h2><p>At 20 years of age, many have no clue what they want to do in life, and probably haven´t even finished their education. Yet, at that same age, Caroline already accomplished her childhood dream. October 10th, Caroline Wozniacki had reached the world no. 1 ranking, a rank she would hold for a total of 71 weeks over three different stints. The last would be the most impactful one, as the Dane won her first Major title, taking home the Australian Open in early 2018. Still only 28 years of age, there looked to be plenty of highlights left in the world no. 1´s locker, who followed the major triumph up with two more titles in Eastbourne and Beijin. But late in 2018, Wozniacki revealed she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. It´s a chronic, autoimmune inflammatory disorder, causing painful swelling in the joints:</p><p>“I thought it was just the flu,” Wozniacki said. “I go to Washington, knees are hurting, my leg is hurting, and I’m like, ‘O.K., well, just move on.’ And I play in Montreal, and something still doesn’t feel right. I wake up, and I can’t lift my arms over my head.” The condition severely impacted the former world no. 1´s ability to practice and compete, which in turn limited her to only 35 matches in 2019. After showing flashes of brilliance to make it 10-wins on the spin in Beijing before Naomi Osaka took her out in the semi-final, Wozniacki announced her intention to retire after the 2020 Australian Open.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;World number one for 67 weeks (2010-2011), no Grand Slam final. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Grand Slam final heartbreak in 2009 &amp;amp; 2014, losing to Kim Clijsters &amp;amp; Serena Williams both in the US Open. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Out of top 10 in 2015.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Ladies and Gentlemen, your &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#AusOpen&lt;/a&gt; champion: Caroline Wozniacki. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Never Give Up &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Harvey (@akajoebass) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;January 27, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>Dreams Matter</h2><p>While her health condition may have contributed to an earlier retirement that tennis fans would have hoped, the Dane is plenty happy with what´s she´s achieved out on court. The energetic Little Miss Sunshine has plenty of other things she wants to accomplish in life, on top of what she´s already done. Back in 2014, she ran the New York City Marathon for the sake of charity. September 10th, 2019, Caroline was accepted into the prestigious Harvard Business School. In the future, she wants to start a family with her husband David, and travel the world raising awareness about rheumatoid arthritis. With a patented "never say die" attitude, and overcoming adversity to stand on top of the world, Wozniacki is a role model, especially so for the many young women chasing their dreams. Little Miss Sunshine lives by the quote “Your true rival is yourself, and you can always improve.” and has always encouraged any young athlete starting out on their journey to never stop dreaming. Because dreams matter.</p><p><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></p></div>
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