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Sport Serena's emotional tribute to retiring Wozniacki

22:20  24 january  2020
22:20  24 january  2020 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Wozniacki to head into retirement, loved but legacy unsure

  Wozniacki to head into retirement, loved but legacy unsure Wozniacki to head into retirement, loved but legacy unsureThe 29-year-old said last month that the Australian Open would be her final tournament, ending a 14-year professional career that delivered 30 singles titles, 71 weeks as the world number one and elevated Danish tennis to the global stage.

Serena Williams posing for the camera: Williams feared she would break down and cry if she discussed Wozniacki's career © Getty Williams feared she would break down and cry if she discussed Wozniacki's career Serena Williams has fought back tears when discussing the retirement of Caroline Wozniacki after the Dane's Australian Open was put to an end in the third round.

Williams, who's own Open campaign came to an end at the hands of Wang Qiang, refused to answer extended questions about Wozniacki for fear of being overcome by emotion, but did offer a heartfelt tribute to the retiring great.

"She came into the locker room afterwards. We were both kind of bummed about our matches," she said.

"God. I'm going to miss her. I can't answer Caroline questions. I'm going to be crying.

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"She's one of my best friends in the world. We have a great life for the rest of our lives together, but I'm going to miss her out on tour."

a close up of Caroline Wozniacki: Williams said she will miss Wozniacki's presence on the tour after her retirement © Getty Williams said she will miss Wozniacki's presence on the tour after her retirement Wozniacki, who also fought back tears after her career came to an end, said finishing off in Melbourne was the perfect ending.

"I love Melbourne. It's such a special place in my heart," she said.

"I won my Grand Slam here. I have amazing fans. It's known as the Happy Slam. I've gotten through some extremely hot days here and some windy and some cold.

"It's a little bit of everything and I think it's a little bit like my career. I've experienced a little bit of everything in Melbourne, but we always came back and finished on top.

Retiring Wozniacki eyes Open fairytale

  Retiring Wozniacki eyes Open fairytale Retiring Dane Caroline Wozniacki has booked a berth in the Australian Open second round as the women's seeds shone on a gloomy opening day at Melbourne Park.The 29-year-old Dane, who will retire from the sport at the end of the tournament, powered past US world No.92 Kristie Ahn 6-1 6-3 in her Melbourne Park opener.

"I'm very, very happy I could finish my career here. It means everything to me and hopefully it's not the last you'll see of me here in Melbourne. I love being here and I hope to come back."

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When questioned about what she wanted her legacy to be, Wozniacki said she wanted people to remember her fighting qualities and never say die attitude.

"I'm always that person that even when I'm down a lot, I've always believed I can come back and win," she said.

"I don't think it mattered to me what the score was. Throughout the match there was a couple of times where I was like, shoot this could be my last one, and I don't want it to be the last one.

"I want to be out there fighting like my life depended on it. I think the result today doesn't matter to me as much as the way that I fought.

"I hope that people will think of me as the hard-worker and someone that gave it everything every single day."

Wozniacki took pride in representing Denmark © Getty Wozniacki took pride in representing Denmark

Wozniacki also took pride in being from a small country, one that wasn't necessarily recognised as a tennis powerhouse, and said she hopes to be an inspiration for youngsters who are growing up in similar situations.

"I hope I will give inspiration to players from the small countries that may have never had a world No.1 or a Grand Slam champion or someone that they can do it," she said.

Wozniacki is one of the more popular women's players on the ATP circuit, and also said she took pride in improving the culture in the locker room among competitors.

"I hope that I'll leave some happiness around the locker room because it's a very tough environment," she said.

"It's a hard environment because it's an individual sport and everyone wants to be the best, but I hope that I gave some excitement and release and some happiness in the locker room with the chats and the fun talks."

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