After pulling out from the Premier event in Doha due to a viral illness (find out more about that HERE), 2018 Australian Open champion and a former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was forced to withdraw from Dubai as well. The Dane has played only five matches so far in 2019 and she was very disappointing to skip these two events where she usually plays well, losing both the momentum and the ranking points to barely stay inside the top-15.
She said she was working hard to raise her level and try competing at her best but that never happened, opting not to risk anything and putting the health in front of tennis at the moment. Caroline will give her best to make a return at Indian Wells and Miami, hoping to find the rhythm again and chase big titles.
Her brother Patrick was in Dubai as well and he spoke about Caroline's game and their childhood: “She is not the most talented. She is not the smartest player on Tour, but she is fighting all the time. She has the heart of a lion,” Patrick said.
“She is going through a hard period due to her recent sickness. It is not easy to work with a situation that she is in. She will know her body even better than now and I think in time, she will overcome this as well. Perhaps, she has to listen better to her body and take breaks when they are needed.
Maybe she should re-schedule a little bit and then work on her body and be ready. I think she played 19 tournaments last year, so maybe she should cut down on this workload and play less. As kids, we were taught to chase our dreams and that is exactly what we have both done.
What she has achieved is amazing and incredible and I think we will cherish that when she ends her career. When we were kids, we competed against each other for everything and we still do. We competed on the tennis court. We played backgammon.
We played football together. We used to swim and she was better than I was. But the best memory I have is of her returning home to Denmark with her Australian Open trophy last year. I couldn’t be with her in Melbourne when she won it.
But two days later, she came and visited my girlfriend and our son at home with the trophy — and that was simply an amazing experience for us”.