Full Name: Caroline Wozniacki
Date of Birth: July 11th, 1990
Place of Birth: Odense, Denmark
Height: 5ft 9½ in
Turned Professional: 2005
Photo of Caroline Wozniacki by Yann Caradec
Caroline Wozniacki is a former World Number 1 with twenty WTA singles titles to her name. She has yet to win a Grand Slam, her best effort coming when runner-up to Kim Clijsters in the 2009 US Open. She was a beaten semi-finalist at the US Open in 2010 and 2011 and reached the same stage in the 2011 Australian Open. She won the 2006 Wimbledon Girls' Singles title but has yet to advance beyond the fourth round in the Ladies’ tournament.
Wozniacki was heralded as one of the great new talents on the women’s tennis scene when she was runner-up in the junior girls’ singles at the 2006 Australian Open prior to winning the equivalent event at Wimbledon. Following ITF singles titles in Italy and Las Vegas, she made her first semi-final on the WTA Tour at the AIG Open in Tokyo.
In 2008, Wozniacki reached the third round or beyond in all four Grand Slam events. At the Australian Open, she was beaten in the fourth round by Ana Ivanović and she fell to Jelena Janković at the same stage of the US Open. She also won her first WTA Tour title at the Nordic Light Open in Stockholm defeating Agnieszka Radwańska in the semi-finals and Vera Dushevina in the final. A second tour title soon followed at the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, this time account for Anna Chakvetadze in the final.
Wozniacki partnered Medina Garrigues to claim her first WTA doubles title at the China Open and won her third career singles title at the AIG Japan Open. Success in the e-Boks Odense Open followed in her hometown of Odense, beating Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in the final. By the end of the year, she had reached 12th in the rankings and won the WTA Newcomer of the Year award for 2008.
In 2009, Wozniacki reached eight finals and won a further three titles. She recorded her first tour win of the year at the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach. She reached the final of the inaugural Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, losing to world no. 1 Dinara Safina. Wozniacki won on grass at Eastbourne but was beaten by Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round of Wimbledon. She successfully defended her title at the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven without dropping a set and then reached her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 US Open.
Wozniacki started the tournament as the ninth seed but became the first Danish woman to reach a Grand Slam final, losing 7-5, 6-3 to Kim Clijsters. Injury and illness interrupted her game frequently during the closing weeks of the season but she reached a career-best ranking of three in the world after another fourth round exit at the 2010 Australian Open. She regained the winning thread at Ponte Vedra Beach and made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time. Following a fourth round exit at Wimbledon, Wozniacki beat Klára Zakopalová to win her second title of the year at the e-Boks Danish Open. She won again in Montreal, defeating Kuznetsova and Zvonareva on the same day in a rain-affected tournament. She then chalked up her third successive title in New Haven, beating Nadia Petrova in the final.
Wozniacki advanced to the semi-finals of the 2010 US Open before losing to Zvonareva and added a fifth title of the season at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. She finished her title haul for the year at the China Open in Beijing. Although beaten by Clijsters in the final of the year-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Wozniacki ended the year as world number one.
At the 2011 Australian Open, Wozniacki was beaten by Li Na in the semi-finals but underlined her position as world number one by winning in Dubai shortly afterwards. She the defeated Marion Bartoli at Indian Wells for her 14th singles title. Yet another title followed in the Family Circle Cup, and more success came at the Brussels Open. The e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open and a fourth New Haven Open at Yale took her tally to four titles for the season before another brave run at the US Open. In the fourth round, Wozniacki was trailing 7–6, 4–1 against Svetlana Kuznetsova before fighting back to win. A victory over Andrea Petkovic in the quarter-finals was followed by defeat to Serena Williams in the semi-final. She finished 2011 as world no. 1 for the second consecutive year.
Wozniacki made an impressive start to the 2012 Australian Open, defeating Anastasia Rodionova, Anna Tatishvili, Monica Niculescu, and Jelena Janković without dropping a set. She was beaten by defending champion Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals and lost top spot in the world rankings. Wozniacki reached the third round of the French Open, losing to Kaia Kanepi in three sets before a first round defeat at Wimbledon. A knee injury forced her to retire in the semi-finals of the New Haven Open, ending her four-year domination of the event. Another first round loss followed at the US Open and Wozniacki dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in three years. She recovered her form to win her first tournament of 2012 in Seoul and she won her 20th career title at the Kremlin Cup.
Wozniacki showed signs of a better season ahead when beating Sabine Lisicki, Donna Vekic and Lesia Tsurenko at the 2013 Australian Open. She was beaten by Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round and is currently ranked 11th in the world.