Former champion Wozniacki closes career with third round Melbourne exit

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  • Friday, 24 Jan 2020

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, her husband David Lee and father Piotr Wozniacki making it a family affair after her defeat against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in their women's singles third round match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Tuesday (Jan 24). - AFP

MELBOURNE: The illustrious career of Danish star Caroline Wozniacki has ended with a third round exit at the Australian Open at the hand of Tunisia's Ons Jabeur.

The unpredictable game and power of Ons Jabeur, who upset 12th seed Johanna Konta on her way to the third round of the slam, proved too much for the 2018 champion, who was defeated 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in just over two hours.

The former world number one, in her final career appearance at the open before retiring, looked set for another epic comeback as she overcame a set and a break disadvantage to fight it out in a decider, but could not close off the upset.

After winning her lone slam in Melbourne two years ago, the Dane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and closed 2018 with her lowest year-end placement since 2007.

Jabeur made it to through to the round of 16 of a slam for the first time in her career.

Wozniacki said late last year that she would retire from the game after the Australian Open in order to spend more time with her family.

She sat in her court-side chair wiping tears from her eyes before doing an on-court television interview.

“I think it was only fitting that my last match ended with a forehand error,” the former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki told the crowd, smiling through the tears. - dpa/Asian News Network
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