Copenhagen | Busy Wozniacki bids final farewell with a win over Kerber

Caroline Wozniack bid her final farewell to the match court on Tuesday at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, playing an exhibition against her good friend and arch on-court rival, Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

Bang & Olufsen is a legendary brand in Denmark, and one that is synonymous with beautiful design and outstanding technological innovation. I introduced my husband David to Bang & Olufsen’s headphones and earbuds, and we have been loyal customers for years. When the brand approached us to discuss a larger partnership, including a collaboration on our new Miami home, David and I jumped at the opportunity to explore their bespoke program and customise larger products like televisions and sound systems to fit in with our vision for the project. Caroline Wozniacki

Although the former World No 1 from Denmark retired during the 2020 Australian Open, she was supposed to play her last match in this exhibition that same year but, because of Covid-19, it got shifted to 2022.

“Friends become rivals (again),” Kerber wrote in an Instagram post on the eve of the match, with former World No 2 Agnieszka Radwanska jumping in to share the love in the comments: “My girls!!” she wrote, adding a heart emoji.

All three share Polish ancestory.

Post match, Wozniacki was overcome with joy when people flooded social media, thanking her for her contribution to the game.

She later shared an array of stories to express her gratitude, and one of them was a tribute from Adidas which used her past statement ‘I would like to be one of the best in the world and win a Grand Slam. That’s my biggest goal’ to convey how far she has come since she began her career.

The final match of Wozniacki’s career took place in a jam-packed stadium and, although it was a friendly match, the Dane did not slack off, playing with all her dedication and outclassing Kerber, a 3 times Grand Slam champion, 7-5 6-4.

The two had met a total of 15 times in their careers, Kerber leading the head-to-head record 8-7.

Despite being retired for two years, Wozniacki looked sharp against Kerber, the current World No 16.

Just like all their previous encounters, this match started with both players going neck and neck against each other, the first set starting with Wozniacki on serve and Kerber also showing no mercy by holding her own serve with ease.

They stayed level up until 5-6 when Wozniacki broke Kerber for the first time to pocket the opener, 7-5, and it was a similar scenario in the second, which the Dane went on to win, 6-4.


Caroline Wozniacki (R) and Angelique Kerber deliver a press conference in Copenhagen ahead of their exhibition match on Tuesday

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Wozniacki has kept herself busy away from the WTA Tour and, on Tuesday, she and her husband, former-NBA All-Star David Lee, announced they will be working closely with Bang & Olufsen, the Danish luxury brand, as she transitions from her athletic career to more lifestyle-focused pursuits, including projects such as custom designing a new family home in Miami.

Wozniacki’s storied tennis career includes 30 WTA singles titles, a World  No 1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympic Games playing for Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open.

After a lifetime of professional tennis achievements, Wozniacki is looking forward to focusing on her life off the court with her husband and their young daughter Olivia.

“Bang & Olufsen is a legendary brand in Denmark, and one that is synonymous with beautiful design and outstanding technological innovation,” notes Wozniacki. “I introduced my husband David to Bang & Olufsen’s headphones and earbuds, and we have been loyal customers for years.

“When the brand approached us to discuss a larger partnership, including a collaboration on our new Miami home, David and I jumped at the opportunity to explore their bespoke program and customise larger products like televisions and sound systems to fit in with our vision for the project.”

Wozniacki worked in tandem with the designers at Bang & Olufsen on each of the various products for the Fisher Island home in Miami, from portable speakers all the way to the home cinema and world-class sound-system.


Caroline Wozniacki has always been a fan of Bang & Olufsen products and is now an ambassador for the luxury Danish brand

Bang & Olufsen

Using the material samples and visual assets shared, Bang & Olufsen was able to customise larger pieces like the Beovision Harmony television and Beolab 90 speakers to seamlessly integrate into the existing aesthetic of the home.

The fabric samples shared allowed the team to create an exact colour palette for the speaker covers of statement pieces like the Beosound Shape, which serves as a functional speaker, decorative wall piece, and absorbs sound when not in use.

During their time as professional athletes, Wozniacki and Lee both relied on the brand for years to focus on the court and during demanding practice and travel schedules.

Music also plays a huge role in the couple’s life on and off the court: as a means of getting into the zone before a match, during practice and workouts, as well as winding down at the end of the day.

The couple always have music playing in their home, which is why Bang & Olufsen will create a world-class system in their Fisher Island home.

Kristian Teär, CEO of Bang & Olufsen, says of the partnership: “I am very proud to announce our partnership with legendary Danish athlete Caroline Wozniacki.

“We share the same passion for perfection and performance and, as a Dane and lifelong Bang & Olufsen customer, it makes sense that Caroline will be the face of the brand as she looks to the next steps in her personal and professional career.”

Growing up in Denmark, Bang & Olufsen was a ubiquitous presence in Wozniacki’s life, with the brand’s telephones, radios, speakers, televisions, and sound systems forming a sonic and visual backdrop to her childhood home.


David Lee and Caroline Wozniacki star in a 6-episode television series together

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Meanwhile, Wozniacki has also been starring in a TV show about becoming a new mum entitled ‘Wozniacki & Lee’, which focusses on their lives together and their journey in becoming parents for the first time following the birth of their daughter Olivia last year.

The series premiered on 21 March on Viaplay after it was produced by Warner Bros and International Television Production Denmark, and also featuring Wozniacki’s friends from the tennis world such as Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.

“I love spending time with my family, they’re amazing, with my dad being my coach I’d see him every day on the court – my parents are extremely supportive and whatever it is that I need they’re always the first people I call for help,” the 31-year-old revealed.

“For many years it’s been about us [Wozniacki and Lee] and becoming parents is a new and very different chapter in our lives.

“It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to share a personal story but being part of this documentary has given us the possibility to look back at our careers, and share the most fantastic story in our lives – becoming parents to Olivia.”

Wozniacki was a successful junior player, ranked No 2 in the world, and turned professional in 2005 when she took the tennis world by storm and won the WTA newcomer of the year award.

The Dane won her only Grand Slam title in Australia in 2018 when she beat Simona Halep in the final, and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis after the US Open that same year, but she recovered and played her last match at the 2020 Australian Open when she lost to Tunisian Ons Jabeur, leaving the court with the crowd chanting ‘Sweet Caroline’.

More recently Wozniacki has taken up a commentary role with The Tennis Chanel in the USA, and joined the Tennis Chanel Live team at the Miami Open.


Good friends Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber celebrated their last match against each other in Copenhagen

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