MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki headed into retirement on Friday after a 7-5 3-6 7-5 third-round defeat at the hands of Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur ended her participation in the Australian Open.
The 29-year-old Dane said last year that Melbourne Park, where she won her lone Grand Slam title two years ago, would be the site of her final outing as a tennis professional.
Jabeur, who beat 12th seed Johanna Konta in the first round and former world number four Caroline Garcia in the second, ushered her out of the door with a barrage of 43 winners on Melbourne Arena.
Wozniacki’s final stroke as a tennis professional was a forehand which went long to send the Tunisian world number 78 into the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Murali Anantharaman & Shri Navaratnam)
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