The 2023 U.S. Two significant returns appeared in the open women’s draw. At the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York City, Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina were both back in action.
That came after they had both taken a break from the professional tour and given birth to their respective children. Wozniacki, 33, had originally announced her retirement from the professional tour in 2020 but reversed course this year.
In contrast, Svitolina, 28, had just announced her temporary retirement from the tour in 2022 with the full intention of coming back. But these are the most recent athletes to accomplish what is increasingly normal on the women’s professional tennis circuit: take time off to give birth and then recover well.
And that’s wonderful to see, not just for tennis but for society at large. Since effectively declaring “I’m back” in a June 29, 2023, essay for Vogue, Wozniacki has had quite a “wild” run.
World Number One to Wild Card Entry
The former world number one from Denmark needed wild card entry in order to compete in tournaments in Montreal, Cincinnati, and finally the United States of America in 2023 because she was no longer rated well enough to automatically qualify.
She had resigned three years prior, in large part as a result of her struggles with rheumatoid arthritis at the time. Olivia Wozniacki Lee was born on June 11, 2021, and James Wozniacki Lee was born on October 24, 2022. The father of these children is former NBA star David Lee. But it turned out that Wozniacki wasn’t quite ready to retire, so to speak.
It wasn’t a given that Wozniacki would succeed in the United States. Both are open. Playing at a Grand Slam competition isn’t quite the same as posting a dance on TikTok, after all. After a three-year break, you can’t just reenter the game and anticipate the same outcomes.
The opposition is really damn excellent, you know. Wozniacki, though, has put together a strong run over the last two months. She defeated Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, on Wednesday.
Fought back from a set down to defeat Jennifer Brady in a dramatic three-setter match. For the first time since the 2018 French Open, she was able to get to the fourth round of a Grand Slam competition.