Caroline Wozniacki, the Danish tennis player who previously held the world number one WTA title and has held her title for more than 65 weeks, was finally humbled on Thursday. Wozniacki injured her knee during a quarterfinal against Maria Kirilenko of Russia. Far too young, most would say, is Wozniacki right now to be facing the potential of a career-ending injury, but sometimes we know our own bodies better than anyone else.
“I could feel it from the start,” said Wozniacki, “But, you know, it just started to get a bit worse. I decided to stop because if you don’t feel a hundred percent, you can’t compete at a hundred percent. It’s better to let it rest. I wasn’t going to win this match anyways if I’m not on a hundred percent fit level.”
In trying to join stars like Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, and Chris Evert, who have all won five consecutive championships, Wozniacki had only won four. Still, she had to confess that winning four was not such a poor accomplishment.
“There’s a lot of players that never win a tournament and there’s a lot of players that never win four. Winning the same one four times in a row is definitely special.”
We wish her a quick recovery. At age 22, Wozniacki should still have a bright future in the sport.
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