Caroline Wozniacki, 33, was thrilled with how her 2023 US Open campaign went as the Dane left New York with the confidence and belief that she could still play well at the highest level against the best in the world. Wozniacki, who retired from pro tennis after the 2020 Australian Open and made a comeback this past August, was playing her third tournament since coming back at the US Open.
At Flushing Meadows, Wozniacki started with a bang as she ousted Tatiana Prozorova 6-3 3-6 6-1. After beating Prozorova, Wozniacki also beat two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova and 2021 Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady.
Then, Wozniacki put herself a set away from beating Gauff. In the end, Wozniacki fell short of also beating Gauff as the 19-year-old American beat the Dane 6-3 3-6 6-1 and then went on to win the US Open title. Wozniacki maybe didn't win the US Open but there is no doubt that it was an impressive outing for the 2018 Australian Open champion.
Wozniacki reflects on her US Open campaign
“It was so nice playing on the big courts. I was treated extremely well at the US Open and got to play one match on Armstrong (the second biggest court), then everything else on Ashe.
What an honour that was and playing in front of the packed crowds was something so special to me, why I love playing this game and why I work so hard to reach the highest level. As I was commentating for a couple of years and seeing where everyone was, I knew what I had to do to compete against the best players in the world.
It’s one thing seeing it from the outside, it’s much easier in my head to do the big rallies and say what I’m supposed to do in the moment. But it’s a different thing when you actually have to do it on the court.
I was very pleased with the way I managed to compete after so long away from the game and it’s not easy to come back to play points at such a high level and play back to back. I think I did very well, it was a great start to my comeback and it gave me a lot of positive information on what I need to do better for the start next season and go even further in tournaments," Wozniacki told Stuff.