Many tennis stars have made a comeback to the sport after retiring from the game, some have done it even more than once - and while former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki says that she has made up her mind about retiring from the sport after the Australian Open, she did not shut the door completely on a comeback, telling reporters in Auckland, "I guess never say never, but I am planning on this being my second to the last tournament."
The Dane is in Auckland for the ASB Classic and will then head to Melbourne for the Australian Open, which she says will be the last tournament of her career. Speaking to the media in Auckland, Wozniacki says, "Looking at it now, I definitely think it's the end, but life has funny ways of working out sometimes.
If you would have asked Kim seven years ago, I don't think she was planning on coming back ever and here she is making a comeback. I guess never say never, but I am planning on this being my second to the last tournament.
It was something I was thinking about for a long time and I had to look inside myself and it felt like the right time for me. It's never an easy decision to make when you've done something for so many years, but at the same time, I know it's the right one for me at this point in my life and I'm really excited for what's next to come."
Wozniacki has always been a favorite with the fans and says she would like to be remembered not only as a great player but also as a good person. "I've given everything I could to this sport and I've worked so hard my whole life to reach where I've got.
To be the first Scandinavian woman to ever reach No 1 and win a slam is very special and something I'm always going to be very proud of. Honestly, I hope that I'll be remembered as a very hard worker and someone who was kind to the people around."
The Dane also says that she is looking forward to coming back to New Zealand to explore the country with her husband, David Lee, once her playing career is over. "100 per cent. I've heard so many amazing things about New Zealand, so it's definitely a thing we're planning on doing."