Six months have passed since Caroline Wozniacki announced that she was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that can limit the performances of an athlete (it affects the joints and it limits joint movements) and that could increase with time, if not properly treated.
With the start of 2019, Wozniacki's career thus risked a real limitation, and its continuation may be cloudy on the horizon. After winning the WTA Finals 2017 and her first Slam at the Australian Open, in 2018, what does Caroline Wozniacki still have to ask about her career? The beginning of the season saw the Dane take part in three events: Auckland (defeat in the second round against Bianca Andreescu), Australian Open (defeat in the third round against Maria Sharapova) and Indian Wells (defeat in the second round against Ekaterina Alexandrova).
At the Miami Open, she reached and lost the fourth round, against Su-Wei Hsieh. Anyway, Caroline can still ask a lot from her career. Probably not as much as the golden years, but surely she can still be a protagonist in some events.
For her, it will be crucial to adjust the schedule of tournaments in which she will participate. In addition, obviously to treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Choosing the tournaments carefully, taking breaks between one event and another, the 28-year-old will still have some chances to get something important.
For her, the closest example to emulate is Venus Williams. The American has been struggling for years with Sjögren's syndrome, an inflammatory autoimmune disease, different from rheumatoid arthritis, but which has limited the US champion performances.
Caroline is a tennis player with a great determination and a great desire to never give up, even in moments of greatest difficulty. She has shown it in her career, emerging from periods of total darkness, reborn and going beyond the difficulties.
The battle this time will be more difficult, but she has the qualities to overcome this adversity, and to obtain other important results from her career.