Caroline Wozniacki has officially confirmed her Australian Open return as the stage is set for the Dane and fellow mothers Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber to play again at Melbourne Park. Wozniacki, who retired from pro tennis after the 2020 Australian Open, gave birth for the second time in 2022 October before returning to tennis this past August.
Osaka, a two-time Australian Open champion, didn't play at Melbourne Park earlier this year after announcing pregnancy. Former world No 1 Kerber also skipped this year's Australian Open due to pregnancy. In 2024 January, all three mentioned star names are expected to play in Melbourne.
The Australian Open looking forward to the return of Wozniacki, Osaka & Kerber
"We are delighted to welcome back these amazing women, Naomi, Angie and Caroline, who’ve lit up the Australian Open and impressed fans with their athleticism, resilience and their sportsmanship.
We will welcome them – and their families - back to Melbourne with open arms and can’t wait to see what their next chapter brings. They will find the landscape has changed somewhat since they reigned supreme," Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said, via the tournament's website.
The Australian Open organizers are expecting to have another great tournament in 2024. Earlier this year, Aryna Sabalenka won her first Grand Slam title after beating Elena Rybakina in the final. The likes of Sabalenka, Rybakina, Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff are all under 25. "The combination of great champions of our game returning, combined with the emergence of exciting young talents, promises an Australian Open with unmatched unpredictability and excitement," Tiley said.
Meanwhile, Wozniacki's first and lone Grand Slam title came at the 2018 Australian Open. For many years, Wozniacki was fighting to land a Grand Slam title and many times fell just short. But in 2018 January, Wozniacki finally became a Grand Slam champion after beating Simona Halep in the Australian Open final. It remains to be seen how well Wozniacki, Osaka and Kerber can do in their Australian Open return.
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