Caroline Wozniacki says she has battled back well during her struggles with rheumatoid arthritis.
The Dane won her first ever Grand Slam title in January after winning the Australian Open following a narrow victory against Romanian Simona Halep, emerging triumphant 7-6 3-6 6-4 in a pulsating final.
She also won in Eastbourne and Beijing but has also had a difficult year following the diagnosis, which she revealed after playing in the WTA Finals in Singapore.
However, she is planning on continuing her career in as normal manner as possible, starting at the ASB Classic in Auckland. “I have to be honest, I think after Wimbledon I wasn’t feeling well,” admitted Wozniacki.
“I thought it was just the flu. “I [went] to Washington. Knees are hurting, my leg is hurting. I wake up and I can’t lift my arms… I go to the doctor and they tell me everything is fine.
And then I’m like I know that I’m not fine. You just have to be positive and work with it, and there are ways that you can feel better so that’s great.
“So it’s been a great year. I won my first Slam. I won in Beijing and in Eastbourne, and I think I can be proud of just the way that I have handled adversity and I have handled a lot of things this year. It’s definitely been a tough year.”