Monday, December 9, 2019

Wozniacki, 29, to retire after Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki, right, and Varvara Lepchenko shake hands after their match
in the second round of the 2015 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford. Wozniacki,
the top seed who had received a first-round bye, lost in her only match in Northern
California. Photo by Mal Taam
   Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki announced Friday that she will retire after the Australian Open in January.
   Wozniacki won the 2018 Australian Open for her only Grand Slam title. The Denmark native also reached two U.S. Open finals (2009 and 2014), accumulated 30 WTA singles crowns (including the 2017 WTA Finals) and advanced to the singles quarterfinals in the 2012 Olympics in London.
   "In recent months, I've realized that there is a lot more in life that I'd like to accomplish off the court," tweeted the 29-year-old Wozniacki, who married former NBA standout David Lee in June. "Getting married to David was one of those goals, and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward."
   Wozniacki announced in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder. However, she tweeted that her decision to retire "has nothing to do with my health."
   Wozniacki played one match in Northern California. Seeded first in the 2015 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, she received a first-round bye and lost to Varvara Lepchenko in the second round.
   Currently ranked No. 37, Wozniacki fell in the third round of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and the first round of the French Open this year.
   USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships – Francisco Clavet, who peaked at No. 18 in the world in 1992, dominated Samuel Schroerlucke of Memphis, Tenn., 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to win the title in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla. Both players were seeded fifth.
   Clavet, a 51-year-old left-hander from Spain, beat second seed and three-time tournament champion Jeff Greenwald of San Anselmo in the San Francisco Bay Area 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals.
   Top-seeded Hiromi Sasano, 44, of San Diego title won the women's title for the fourth consecutive year. She routed second-seeded Amanda Parson Siegel of Santa Ana in the Los Angeles region 6-3, 6-0.

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