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'Happy tears': Caroline Wozniacki bids emotional farewell to tennis after Australian Open defeat


Added 01-24-20 07:37:02am EST - “Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki says that she feels a mixture of "excitement and sadness" following her retirement from the sport after a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 loss to Ons Jabeur in the third round of the Australian Open.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “'Happy tears': Caroline Wozniacki bids emotional farewell to tennis after Australian Open defeat”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Dane announced last year that she would step away from the sport following this year's tournament in Melbourne, the site of her only Grand Slam singles title, but despite the long lead-in to her retirement, it didn't make the situation any less emotional.

"There's a lot of emotions, a lot of things I can't compartmentalize now," a tearful Wozniacki said at the post-match press conference. 

"A lot of excitement. A little sadness. Flashbacks to since I was a kid to this moment. But I'm happy. I'm very happy. Even though I was crying a lot earlier, it really wasn't sad tears. I think just happy tears."

It says a lot about Caroline Wozniacki that she is retiring at 29 years old in an era of 30+ champions yet it feels like she did everything she needed to do. 30 titles, 1 slam, $34m prize money, 71 weeks at #1 and twice year-end. One of the most mentally strong players around.

Draped in Danish flag with Sweet Caroline blasting from the speakers & tears pouring from not only her face but her fans, Caroline Wozniacki walks off the court for the final time in her career. @1116senpic.twitter.com/7BJY9jL6Fb

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