US Open 2023: Caroline Wozniacki takes out No. 11 seed Petra Kvitova in comeback from retirement


Jack Baer

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts after a point won against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova during the US Open tennis tournament women's singles second round match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on August 30, 2023. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki is back. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP through Getty Images)

In case you’re trying to find the very best story of the United States Open, Caroline Wozniacki retired for 3 years, had 2 kids, returned and beat the competition’s No. 11 seed.

The previous world No. 1 beat Petra Kvitova 7-5, 7-6 (5) at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday, advancing to the 3rd round in her very first Grand Slam considering that the 2020 Australian Open. Now 33 years of ages, she will deal with American Jennifer Brady in her next match.

It was a close match throughout in between Wozniacki and Kvitova, who were when ranked the No. 1 and 2 gamers on the planet. Wozniacki has actually constantly been called a protective expert which credibility substantiated early in the match, with the gamers exchanging breaks throughout the very first set.

There were times when it was difficult to compare 2011 and 2023 Wozniacki.

Wozniacki started to impress more with her serve in the 2nd set, and ended up the match with 5 aces and wins in 39 of her 53 very first serve points. She was a break away from winning the match two times, however Kvitova held serve both times to require the tiebreaker.

It wasn’t the cleanest match by any methods. Kvitova, frequently her own worst opponent, was the more aggressive gamer with 38 winners … and 39 unforced mistakes, plus a double-fault in the tiebreaker.

Once the match was over, Wozniacki could not keep back the tears:

Wozniacki chose to retire at the 2020 Australian Open, the competition where she won her only Grand Slam title in2018 Not just had her type decreased throughout the years due to injuries, she was likewise combating unbearable discomfort from rheumatoid arthritis

” If you had actually asked me 3 years earlier, I would have stated I ‘d never ever be back here, using this court,” Wozniacki stated to ESPN after the match.

Over the course of the next 3 years, Wozniacki had a child and boy with her hubby, previous NBA gamer David Lee. She later on stated she didn’t strike a tennis ball till after having both kids, a layoff of more than 2 years. Then she got back on the court and recognized she was having a lot more enjoyable.

On June 29 this year, she revealed in a Vogue short article she was going back to tennis with the objective of playing, and winning, the United States Open

Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, and Serena [Williams] have actually currently revealed what it requires to have a kid and go back to the trip. It’s hard by any methods, however it is possible.

Am I anxious? Not actually. I’m returning to something I enjoy. Yes, I’ll fidget prior to a match; I’m all right with that. I’m fantastic with that. Can I win the United States Open? I believe so. Can I win the Australian Open? I believe so. That’s why I’m doing this. And I think we’ll see what takes place.

I believe it’s a terrific story. I believe it’s amazing.

Wozniacki won her return match at the Canadian Open and lost in the 2nd round, then played another tune-up at the Western & & Southern Open in Cincinnati. And with Wednesday’s win, she validated her return is undoubtedly genuine.

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