Serena Williams has accomplished almost everything that’s available in the sport of tennis. However, the 40-year-old values something more than her achievements. It’s the friendships she has made over the years. Having been on the tour for a long time, Serena has had many tough rivalries. While the on-court rivalry was usually intense, Serena always took the opportunity to make friends when she stepped out of it.
One of Serena’s closest friends on the tour is Caroline Wozniacki. The former Danish player played between 2005-2020 and faced the American legend on a number of occasions. However, her rivalry with the American soon turned into an unbreakable bond of friendship. Back in 2014, when Wozniacki was going through a tough phase, Serena was the first one to comfort her. Here’s what happened.
Serena Williams stood by her friend
Caroline Wozniacki was in a longtime relationship with Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy. The two were engaged and were going to get married soon. However, the golfer unexpectedly broke off the engagement, which left the tennis star devastated. The Dane, during this difficult period, hardly answered any calls and isolated herself. However, Serena was one of the few who never gave up in contacting her close friend to provide invaluable emotional support.
“I was devastated. I had planned the bachelorette party!” Serena said.
She kept texting her and eventually convinced Wozniacki to talk.
Serena unapologetically said,
“I kept calling.”
“I was impressed with how strong she was,” she added.
Unlike the popular belief that women tennis players can’t make friends on the tour, Serena and Wozniacki stand out as exceptions.
Serena and Wozniacki faced each other 11 times in their careers. Out of which Serena came out victorious on 10 occasions. Wozniacki’s only victory against the American came in 2012.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Serena Williams of the USA leave the court following their doubles match against Caroline Dolehide of the USA and Johanna Larsson of Sweden during day three of the 2020 Women’s ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 08, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Both Serena and Wozniacki topped the WTA rankings in their respective careers. While the Danish star retired in 2020, Serena is still active and will return to action in the National Bank Open in Toronto, and later at the Cincinnati Masters. Following her involvement in the two master’s events, she will ply her trade in the last Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows.