Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the fourth round of the US Open after defeating Jennifer Brady 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. The former leader of the WTA ranking impressed with an effective comeback in this match. Wozniacki won 10 of the last 11 games.
"I played really, really well the last set and a half. It's such an honor to be here" Wozniacki said. She plays in New York thanks to the wildcard she received from the tournament organizers. Wozniacki returned to the courts after a three-year break.
At that time brought daughter Olivia and son James into the world. After returning, she is getting better and better. "I didn't play for a very long time. I didn't even touch my racquets. I didn't know where they were. I didn't miss it.
I played since I was obviously very, very young. It's been part of my life and my lifestyle for so long. I needed a break." Wozniacki added. She will play on Sunday against Coco Gauff. It will be a clash of generations - a 33-year-old Danish woman and 14 years younger American.
"I'm very excited to have this opportunity and to play again and play at the highest level. When you look at yourself and you feel like you still have a chance to do something really cool and really good, then you got to take the chance.
You never know if you don't try it." Wozniacki said.
Caroline Wozniacki about her comeback
Caroline Wozniacki worked hard to get back in form. This year she previously played in the tournaments of legends at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
"I guess I always had the belief in myself. It takes a little time just to get back into the match rhythm. I felt like I had a great rhythm. I was working on my fitness to get back into good form. Knowing what I've experienced throughout my career, I knew where I was at.
Would I have been surprised had I lost in the first round? Yeah. Would I be surprised if I keep winning? Also no." Wozniacki admitted. Jennifer Brady also praised her after the match. "I can't really compare her level before or after coming back from retirement” Brady said after facing Wozniacki for the first time.
"I'm sure she's been training a lot, getting fitter, stronger. I mean, it was good enough to beat me today." Brady said. The successes of Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina can inspire more tennis players who return after motherhood. Naomi Osaka, who became a mother, will probably return to the courts next year.