Following her first-round triumph at the Canadian Open, Caroline Wozniacki admitted she was “certainly a touch rusty” on her comeback to tennis after abandoning the sport in 2020.
The 33-year-old former world number one defeated Australian qualifier Kimberly Birrell 6-2, 6-2 in Montreal. Since then, she has given birth to two children.
It feels amazing, Wozniacki remarked. In the next round, she will play Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova, who defeated Mayar Sherif 6-4, 6-2. Wozniacki said of her comeback to the court: “What a fantastic setting to come back and play my first match. I adore performing in Montreal.”
Wozniacki described her first victory as a mother as “crazy” and noted that her kids were “sleeping right now, which is fantastic.”
After losing the first game, Wozniacki recovered to win the next four games to claim the first set. In the second set, she broke 115th-ranked Birrell with a backhand winner to win the match.
When Vondrousova defeated Ons Jabeur in the final, she was competing for the first time after her successful run in SW19.