Former champ Wozniacki to retire after AO 2020

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Former champion Caroline Wozniacki has announced she will retire after Australian Open 2020.

The Dane, a former world No.1 who claimed her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2018, has decided that Melbourne will also be the scene of her final act.

Her 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 win over Simona Halep in 2018 was one of the great finals, and came nine years after her first Grand Slam final defeat.

"I dreamt of this moment for so many years, and to be here today is a dream come true," Wozniacki said after the victory. 

The 29-year-old now wants to start a family with husband and former NBA star David Lee, while travelling the world raising awareness about rheumatoid arthritis.

"I've played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I've experienced an amazing first chapter of my life," she wrote on Instagram.

"With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I've accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.

"I've always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it's time to be done.

"In recent months, I've realised that there is a lot more in life that I'd like to accomplish off the court.

"Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.

"So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn't a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!

"Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!"