Caroline Wozniacki has announced her return to the WTA Tour this summer and has chosen the National Bank Open presented by Rogers as the first tournament she’ll play in her comeback and the decision isn't a surprising one.
Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has announced her return to the WTA Tour this summer and has chosen the National Bank Open presented by Rogers as the first tournament she’ll play in her comeback. It’s not a surprising decision considering how much success the Dane has enjoyed in Montreal throughout her career. Not to mention that she’s always been a fan favourite and is especially fond of the city.
Crowned Champion in 2010
Wozniacki’s shining moment at IGA Stadium came 13 years ago during her maiden visit to Montreal when she lifted the singles trophy as the no. 2 seed at the end of a rain-filled championship weekend after defeating Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in a Monday afternoon final. It was her first Premier 5 title and one of six tournaments she won in 2010. She lost only one set, to Flavia Pennetta in the third round, and her run also included wins over Patty Schnyder, Francesca Schiavone, and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
She was equally entertaining off the court, which was much appreciated given the tournament’s weather woes. Among the highlights was an impromptu soccer game in the rain on Centre Court with Kuznetsova and an entertaining press conference alongside Victoria Azarenka during a long rain delay.
Other notable names in the draw that year included Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva, Kim Clijsters, and Li Na.
More Strong Results
Following her triumph in 2010, Wozniacki’s prowess on Canadian soil continued. She made the final in Toronto in 2017 when she finished runner-up to Elina Svitolina and was a semifinalist again in Montreal in 2012 as well as a quarterfinalist in 2014.
The 2018 Australian Open champion is one of the best hard-court players of her generation and took full advantage of the quicker courts in Canada to make the most of our WTA Tour stop. Known for her backhand, impressive movement along the baseline, and ability to extend rallies, Wozniacki is an incredible athlete as evidenced by her once completing the New York City Marathon in just 3 hours, 26 minutes. Her time was even good enough to qualify her for the Boston Marathon.
Fans in Montreal will surely remember her always sunny disposition and the time she made to interact with them. Five years removed from her last visit; she will have her family in tow this time around ready to make new memories in a place that feels like home and one that’s excited to welcome her back with open arms.