Caroline Wozniacki reveals scary morning that led to rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis

In 2018, Wozniacki was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis.

by Dzevad Mesic
Caroline Wozniacki reveals scary morning that led to rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis
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Caroline Wozniacki has opened up about her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis as the Dane reveals she "knew something was wrong" when she one day woke up unable to get out of bed or tie her hair. After many years of seeking a Grand Slam title, Wozniacki accomplished her biggest tennis goal at the 2018 Australian Open, when she beat Simona Halep in the final.

Shortly after one of the biggest days of her tennis career, Wozniacki started to struggle with something, and although she didn't know what it was, it was something continuing. After one really difficult morning, Wozniacki realized it was time to visit the doctor.

Wozniacki was then diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that causes pain and swelling in the impacted parts of the body. "That was really tough. So after I won the Australian Open in 2018 I wasn't feeling that great months after that.

And I didn't know what was going on. It wasn't until one day when I couldn't get out of bed and couldn't even tie my hair or brush my hair or do anything, I knew something was wrong and that's when I knew I needed to look out for a doctor who could help me and tell me what was wrong with me, and that's when I realised I had rheumatoid arthritis," told Nine's Today.

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Wozniacki keeping her rheumatoid arthritis under control

Wozniacki, now 33, retired from pro tennis after the 2020 Australian Open. Three and a half years - after welcoming two kids - Wozniacki came out of retirement this past August.

Wozniacki is keeping her rheumatoid arthritis under control and so far her comeback has gone well. "It's been a long journey getting that under control but I am happy to say that I'm feeling great right now. It's a work in progress every day and you get to know your body better and better but it's definitely not easy, I know there's a lot of people who struggle with autoimmune diseases, and I think my one thing would be to say, stand up for yourself and you know your body best, so if you're not feeling your best, go and see your doctor you trust and you can feel better and your dreams can come true as well.

I think for me, now having two kids and coming back to play with my rheumatoid arthritis, I hope that I can inspire other people to live their dreams as well," Wozniacki said. In January, Wozniacki will return to the Australian Open for the first time since 2020.

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