Caroline Wozniacki's tennis career comes to an end at Australian Open

Australian Open Caroline Wozniacki ends career in 3-set defeat to Ons Jabeur

An in tears Caroline Wozniacki headed right into retired life after loss by Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, finishing her Australian Open really hopes and also her 16- year career.

The 29-year-old said last year that Melbourne Park, where she won her lone Grand Slam title two years ago, would be the site of her final outing as a tennis professional.

With the entire crowd on its feet applauding, Wozniacki completed her final afternoon on court by performing a lap of honour draped in the Danish flag.

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.

When the draw was made for the season's first major tournament, there was a lot of hype about a potential fourth-rounder between Wozniacki and her good friend Serena Williams, who has won seven Australian Opens among her 23 majors.

Earlier on the day, the 2018 champion Wozniacki lost her third-round match against Jabeur at the Melbourne Arena.

She has said that had nothing to do with her decision to leave tennis, wanting to start a family with husband and former National Basketball Association star David Lee.

"Yeah, she came into the locker room afterwards".

"God. I'm going to miss her".

"She's one of my best friends in the world".

"Those are the things I've been working on my whole career". I really am happy, I'm ready for the next chapter, I'm really excited for what's to come.

"I usually don't cry, so sorry, but these are the special memories that I will always cherish", said the former world number one.

Wozniacki, who also fought back tears after her career came to an end, said finishing off in Melbourne was the flawless ending. I wanted to win a Grand Slam. "Oh my", she said.

"If you have a dream and go for it and work hard, anything is possible".

The Danish former world No. 1 and Grand Slam victor always planned to retire after this tournament and said that the result on the day was irrelevant, compared to the moments that followed.

"People thought I was insane from a small country, but I let it happen".

"The main thing I've learned is no matter where you're from, no matter what colour of your skin, no matter if you're tall or short, big or small, doesn't matter", said the Dane.



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