Caroline Wozniacki Biography

Tennis Player, Athlete(1990–)
Women's tennis star Caroline Wozniacki became the first Danish player to claim the top spot in the world rankings.

Synopsis

Professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was born on July 11, 1990, in Odense, Denmark. Named the WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2008, she advanced to her first major final at the 2009 U.S. Open. In 2010, she became the first Danish player to ascend to the top spot in the world rankings, and the fourth-youngest woman to finish the year ranked No. 1.

Early Life

Professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki was born on July 11, 1990, in Odense, Denmark. The daughter of two former professional athletes from Poland – dad Piotr was a soccer player and mom Anna a volleyball player – Wozniacki began playing tennis at age 7. Coached by her father, she counted tennis stars Martina Hingis and Steffi Graf among her inspirations.

Pro Tennis Career

When Wozniacki was 14, in 2004, she won the Osaka Mayor's Cup singles title. She went on to win other prestigious junior events, including the 2005 Orange Bowl and the 2006 Wimbledon girls' singles title. Working her way onto the pro circuit, she was named the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Newcomer of the Year in 2008.

At the 2009 U.S. Open, Wozniacki made it to the women's singles final, before losing to Kim Clijsters. That November, she reached the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Championships, beating both Vera Zvonareva and Victoria Azarenka.

Shortly after advancing to the semifinals of the 2010 U.S. Open, Wozniacki became the first Danish player, man or woman, to ascend to the top of the world rankings. She was the fourth-youngest woman, after Hingis, Graf and Monica Seles, to finish the year ranked No. 1.

In 2011, Wozniacki advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open and the U.S. Open. She struggled to reach the later rounds of major tournaments in subsequent years, but in 2014 she rebounded by playing her way into the final of the U.S. Open.

Personal Life

Wozniacki lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Her older brother, Patrik, is a professional soccer player.

Wozniacki was romantically linked to Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, until they announced the end of their engagement in May 2014. That autumn, she ran the New York City marathon.

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