Former World No. 1 Wozniacki will retire after the Australian Open

Paris, December 6 (AFP) Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki announced Friday that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open next month.

Dane, 29, won his only Grand Slam title in Melbourne last year in his third grand final.

I've achieved everything I could dream on the court, he said in an Instagram post.

I always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things outside of tennis that I want to do more, then it's time to do it.

Wozniacki, who became a professional at the age of 15 in 2005, spent 71 weeks at the top of the WTA standings after becoming the best player in the world in October 2010.

He has won 30 WTA titles so far in his career, including the 2017 Tour Finals in Singapore.

Wozniacki, who finished 11 consecutive seasons in the world top 20, currently ranks 37 after fighting with injuries and poor condition in 2019, reaching only one final.

She said she wanted to focus on family life with her husband and former NBA champion David Lee, as well as raise awareness about the autoimmune disease she suffers, rheumatoid arthritis.

In recent months I realized that there are many more things in life that I would like to achieve off the court, added Wozniacki, who was briefly committed to four-time golf champion Rory McIlroy in 2014.

This (decision) has nothing to do with my health.

Wozniacki will end his career with appearances at the WTA event in Auckland and the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, which begins on January 14.

She lost to Julia Goerges in the Auckland final in 2018.

The culminating moment of his career came shortly after in Melbourne Park, where he knocked down Simona Halep in a dramatic three-set final, having previously saved two game points in the second round against Jana Fett. The other two final appearances of Wozniacki's Grand Slam arrived at the US Open, with defeats by Kim Clijsters in 2009 and his good friend Serena Williams five years later. AFP PDS PDS

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