Caroline Wozniacki shares what's her tennis perspective now after welcoming two kids



by DZEVAD MESIC

Caroline Wozniacki shares what's her tennis perspective now after welcoming two kids
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Caroline Wozniacki, 33, reveals she now has "a more laid-back perspective" but highlighted that she still very much wants to win every time she steps out on the court. Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion and a former world No 1, retired from pro tennis after the 2020 Australian Open.

After becoming a mother and welcoming two kids in 2021 and 2022, Wozniacki made a surprise return to tennis in August after being retired for three and a half years. Now at 33 and returning after a very long absence, Wozniacki proved in a couple tournaments she played that she can still compete at the highest level.

Most notably, Wozniacki beat Petra Kvitova and Jennifer Brady at the US Open before falling short to Coco Gauff in three sets in the round-of-16. After surviving the Wozniacki test, Gauff went on to win the US Open. Going forward, Wozniacki returns to the top of tennis but noted that she is "not putting unnecessary pressure" on herself.

Wozniacki on what's her perspective now

“As a young player my dream was to be the best possible tennis player I could be. Be No 1 in the world, win a grand slam. When I retired in 2020 I’d reached my goals and I achieved everything that I set for myself.

I had my two amazing kids and got to see tennis from the outside and follow from the sidelines. No matter if I’m 30 or 80, tennis will be a sport that has meant so much to me and my family. I realized how fun it was to play on the big courts, in front of big crowds.

When you have two children, my No 1 priority is that they’re healthy, happy and OK. When I’m out on court, that’s my passion, it’s what I want to do, I’m a competitor, I want to win everything I possibly can.

But at the same time, I don’t put unnecessary pressure on myself. I know that when I’m playing my best, I can beat anyone. That’s why I work hard every day, to reach the highest level. The fact that I’m older and wiser, it gives me that calmness when I’m out on court and I know that I’m going to play my hardest and see what happens.

I think that gives me a more laid-back perspective. While I want to win, I know it’s not life or death, it’s a tennis match," Wozniacki told Stuff.

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