“Great to be back. I was certainly very nervous, I haven’t been here since 2019 and a lot has changed since then,” said the 33-year-old Wozniacki, whose last Grand Slam and tour appearance was ahead of the Australian tournament. 2020.
“It’s amazing to be able to play on such a big court, play a night match and win. It’s incredible,” added the two-time Grand Slam finalist in New York after defeating her 19-year-old rival on the court of Louis Armstrong.
Wozniacki returned to the WTA tournament in Montreal and lost in the second round to Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova. At the next tournament in Cincinnati, she was eliminated in the first round.
“Well, now it will be more difficult. Next is Petra, whom I know very well because I played with her many times. I know what to expect from her,” said the native of Odense. She met with Kvitova, who is four months older, fourteen times and lost eight times.
“I need to play better to beat her, but so does she. I think it will be an exciting and good match,” said the 2018 Australian Open winner. “Could I have had a slightly better draw? May be. But I’m here on a wild card, so we could meet in the first round,” Wozniacka reminded that she was participating in the tournament thanks to the invitation of the organizers.
“On the other hand, I’m here to play. I know myself, I know my competitiveness. I want to play against the best and I know that if I show my best tennis, I can beat anyone,” said the winner of thirty WTA tournaments.
Even her age and next rival Kvitova appreciated her return. “She was always in shape, even ran a marathon. You can see that she is holding her own. But that she still wants to play after two children … I take off my hat. I thought she also said goodbye for health reasons. She didn’t regenerate well. Perhaps everything will change after the children,” the Czech tennis player told the iSport.cz server.