Former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki mentioned she will not be nervous about her comeback and is aware of in regards to the problem that awaits her because the Dane prepares to return to tennis after greater than three years on the Canadian Open this week.
In June, Wozniacki introduced her determination to return to court docket, having retired after the Australian Open in 2020 to begin a household together with her husband, former NBA participant David Lee. She has since had a daughter Olivia and a son James.
The 33-year-old’s final aim is to play on the Paris Olympics subsequent 12 months and he or she plans to take action by returning to the Tour this 12 months. First up for her is the WTA 1000 event in Montreal, the place she is going to face Australia’s Kimberly Birrell within the first spherical on Tuesday.
She additionally hopes to be at her peak on the U.S. Open, the ultimate Grand Slam of the 12 months which begins on August 28. The US Tennis Affiliation has awarded her a wildcard for the most important, the place she is a two-time finalist.
“Tennis-wise, I really feel like I am doing nice in observe and it should be simply advantageous after I’m on the market,” Wozniacki advised reporters on Media Day. “So I am not stressing. I am not nervous. It is nearly getting an increasing number of matches in and the extra I play the higher I will play. I hope that I will be at my peak for the U.S. Open.
“Realistically when you have not been on Tour and have not performed a match in so lengthy, regardless of how a lot you observe, what number of observe units you’ve got carried out, you may by no means replicate being on a match court docket.”
‘Extra To Give’
Wozniacki spent 71 weeks on the high of the world rankings and gained 30 singles titles, together with a serious title on the Australian Open in 2018.
Wozniacki, whose comeback has been impressed by 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, mentioned she has completed most of her objectives however nonetheless has extra to present to tennis.
“I am right here. I’ve obtained nothing to lose,” the Danish participant added. “I’ve already carried out a lot in my profession and principally ticked off a lot of the objectives that I had set. However I am right here as a result of I like to compete. I like the game, and I really feel like I nonetheless have loads to present to the game. And doing it with the household simply makes it a lot extra pleasing.
“At this level in my profession and lots of the gamers’ careers which have been on Tour for a very long time, you understand how to play your recreation. You already know what you must enhance on or what you are doing nice.
“However on the finish of the day, lots of it’s psychological and in vital moments you want to have the ability to step up and play your greatest and never worry failure. You have to need to take your alternative to take your possibilities.”