Denmark tennis icon Caroline Wozniacki made her competitive comeback after more than three years with a victory against Australia’s Kimberly Birrell in the WTA Montreal Open on Tuesday.
Former world-ranked number one Danish star registered a 6-2,6-2 victory against the world’s 115th-ranked Birrell in her comeback game at the WTA, boosting her confidence for the upcoming US Open scheduled from August 28 in New York(NYC).
Caroline expressed her happiness and also mentioned that she was a little tired too. She further added that she enjoyed playing at the Center court in front of a massive audience.
Wozniacki added that she was thrilled after playing and winning her first match after a gap of three and a half years.
The 2018 Australia Open winner Caroline will face the Wimbledon Champion Marketa Vondrousova in her second round of the Montreal Open. The world No 10 Marketa had just defeated Egypt’s Mayar Sherif in her first round by 6-4,6-2.
The 33-year-old Danish star took retirement after her loss at the Australia Open in 2020, later she became a mother by giving birth to two children and was also seen as a commentator on television, which seemed the end of her professional career.
However, the mother of two announced her comeback in June and instantly received wildcard entries in the Montreal Open, Cincinnati tournament and the US Open.
Caroline was the second winner of the US Open title in 2009 and 2014.
The Danish sensation had won 30 impressive titles and has 635 career appearances, she was on top of the world rankings for 16 months in the years 2010 and 2011.
Post-victory, Caroline said that she was looking at the clock, realizing her kids James(son) and Olivia(daughter) were napping. Adding further she said, “I’m going to catch them after having my treatment and some food”.
Caroline lost her opening game but however she managed to win the last four of the opening set.
After the first set, she felt she was out of practice and not at her best in the opening game.
However, she was able to grab a lead of 4-2 in the Second set by breaking Birrell’s serve and carrying the momentum and converting the lead to 5-2. She broke her serve again which led her to victory after a play of 97 minutes and she expressed her happiness with a smile by raising her hands towards the sky.
WTA Montreal Open so far:
In the other clashes of the Montreal Open, Canadian player Leylah Fernandez secured a 6-3, 6-2 victory against America’s 21-year-old Peyton Stearns in the first round of the tournament.
While addressing the press after her win she said that she is very happy about her first win in Montreal and she was also pleased with the crowd and felt positive playing there.
She will face the WTA rank no 12 Brazillian star Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round of the tournament. Haddad had defeated Leylah in the last year’s clash in Toronto.
Italy’s Camila Giorgi also secured two set 6-3, 6-2 victory over Bianca Andreescu of Ontario.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the tournament before her match at IGA stadium on tuesday, stating injury as the reason for the withdrawal.
This benefited America’s, Sloane Stephens to compete in the round of 16.
The Quarter-finals are scheduled on August 11 followed by the semi-finals on Saturday and the the final clash on this Sunday.