Caroline Wozniacki has bid an emotional farewell to tennis following a third-round Australian Open loss to Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur.
Champion at Melbourne Park two years ago, Wozniacki choked back tears as she paid special tribute to her lifelong coach and father Piotr on Friday.
“I usually don’t cry, so sorry but these are the special memories that I will always cherish,” said the former world No.1.
“It’s been a great ride. I’m ready for the next chapter. I’m really excited about what’s next to come.”
“I’m really happy, especially because this grand slam I usually lose first round,” the 25-year-old said.
“I don’t have much experience so I was nervous, especially in that last set.
“I’m really happy I played Caro - you’re an inspiration to me and so many players.
“I was actually a little bit stressed about that. It’s her moment and I don’t want to take that away from her.”
The only Arab to have ever made a WTA Final, Jabeur will play giant-killing Qiang Wang on Sunday for a spot in the quarter-finals after China’s 27th seed sent seven-times champion Serena Williams packing with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 upset win.