In all the surprising results in Melbourne this year, a certain juxtaposition rang poignant in an unsubtle way. There was the 29-year-old Caroline Wozniacki, retiring at the site of her sole Grand Slam triumph, where she was victorious after years of major title hunger. And there was 21-year-old Sofia Kenin winning one so early in her career at the same place.
The latter is just eight years younger than the former, and yet ready to walk away.
Adidas, Wozniacki's longtime sponsor—she was Baseline's pick for best dressed women at this first major of the 2020s—properly feted its charge's departure from pro tennis.
Chase that Adidas advert with Wozniacki's exit interview alongside Jon Wertheim, seen here.
Discounted at times for her lack of power, for tacitly boasting natural gifts of consistency and hustle—things not to scoff at—Wozniacki went out a winner. Sure, she dropped a three-set match to Ons Jabeur, a 2020 Australian Open darling, but she's one who, refreshingly, has been able to enter her life's next chapter on her own terms.