Caroline Wozniacki is a successful and popular tennis player from Denmark, who has established a terrific career for herself despite playing in the same era as the Williams sisters.
Wozniacki is a Grand Slam champion who has also been ranked World No. 1 on numerous occasions. Considering her age and fitness levels, she could still win many more accolades in the future.
Best finish at each of the four Grand Slams:
Australian Open: Champion (2018)
French Open: Quarterfinalist (2010, 2017)
Wimbledon: 4th Round (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
US Open: Runner-up (2009, 2014)
Highest Ranking: No. 1
Style of play
Wozniacki is a defensive player who relies on her speed and consistency to outlast her opponents. She stays rooted to the baseline in most of her matches, and comes to the net only when forced to.
Wozniacki has a heavy topspin forehand which she rolls crosscourt on most occasions, but her backhand is flat and penetrating. She hits her backhand slice and her volleys with an unusual two-handed grip, and also slices plenty of forehands when put on the run.
Strengths and weaknesses
Stephens' foot speed and consistency are two of her biggest strengths. She can neutralize the power of almost any opponent, and plays percentage tennis at its most effective.
Wozniacki's backhand is a huge weapon when she takes it on the rise; her down-the-line backhand in particular can be devastating. Her return of serve is also a key aspect of her game, and she can break serve just as easily and frequently as her own serve is broken.
Wozniacki's serve is possibly her biggest weakness, as she rarely gets free points with it. She also struggles to finish points with her forehand, even when she gets a short ball, as she lacks the flat power that some of her peers possess.
Wozniacki was born in Odense, Denmark, but she is of Polish origin. Her parents, Piotr and Anna, are immigrants from Poland who moved to Denmark when Piotr signed an agreement to play professional football for Boldklubben 1909.
Wozniacki's other family members have also been involved in professional sports; her mother Anna represented the Polish national volleyball team, while her brother Patrik has played for several football clubs in Denmark.
Wozniacki has been coached by her father Piotr ever since she started playing tennis. She has worked with Sven Groeneveld, Thomas Hogstedt and Thomas Johansson intermittently, but Piotr has been her primary coach for a majority of her career - and continues to be so till date.
Wozniacki was at one point of time engaged to world famous golfer Rory McIlroy, but the couple split up in 2014. She is currently with former NBA player David Lee, and the two announced their engagement in 2017.
Wozniacki is an immensely marketable player whose endorsement deals can rival those of Maria Sharapova. Her on-court success coupled with her off-court demanor and looks have won her the approval of brands and fans all over the world, and today she is one of the most popular faces in the tennis world.
Social media presence:
Caroline Wozniacki Instagram: @carowozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki Twitter: @CaroWozniacki