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Australia: Defending champion Wozniacki 'excited' to return to Australian Open01:38

Australia: Defending champion Wozniacki 'excited' to return to Australian Open

Australia, Melbourne
January 13, 2019 at 17:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki said she was "excited" to return to the Australian Open as defending champion, when speaking at a press conference in Melbourne on Sunday.

Wozniacki stressed that there was no extra pressure returning to the tournament, noting that "it's a positive to be here as the defending champion. I'm just taking it as a nice, fun challenge."

Commenting on the concerns that her health issues may affect her game, she said that she learned to recognise the symptoms to avoid the flare-up.

She noted, "Especially as an athlete, I think, you're even more aware of it," adding that "for me, it's just all the time making sure I get good massages, good treatments, ice baths, stretching, do everything even more thoroughly than maybe in the past."

Wozniacki won her Grand Slam title in the 2018 Australian Open final, after a win against Romanian tennis player Simona Halep. In October 2018, she revealed that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis.

The 2019 edition of the Australian Open is taking place from January 14 to January 27, with the qualifying rounds beginning on January 7.

Australia: Defending champion Wozniacki 'excited' to return to Australian Open01:38
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Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki said she was "excited" to return to the Australian Open as defending champion, when speaking at a press conference in Melbourne on Sunday.

Wozniacki stressed that there was no extra pressure returning to the tournament, noting that "it's a positive to be here as the defending champion. I'm just taking it as a nice, fun challenge."

Commenting on the concerns that her health issues may affect her game, she said that she learned to recognise the symptoms to avoid the flare-up.

She noted, "Especially as an athlete, I think, you're even more aware of it," adding that "for me, it's just all the time making sure I get good massages, good treatments, ice baths, stretching, do everything even more thoroughly than maybe in the past."

Wozniacki won her Grand Slam title in the 2018 Australian Open final, after a win against Romanian tennis player Simona Halep. In October 2018, she revealed that she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis.

The 2019 edition of the Australian Open is taking place from January 14 to January 27, with the qualifying rounds beginning on January 7.

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