Caroline Wozniacki revealed about her ‘shock’ after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis earlier this year post her defeat to Elina Svitolina, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, at ongoing WTA Finals in Singapore. The world No. 3 spoke about how she woke up one morning after playing at Wimbledon and was unable to lift her hands above her head. Struggling with fatigue prior to the US Open, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis; a disease that limits mobility through painful joint inflammation and stiffness.
Wozniacki stated, “In the beginning, it was a shock. You feel like you’re the fittest athlete out there, or that’s in my head, that’s what I’m known for, and all of a sudden you have this to work with. It is what it is, and you just have to be positive and work with it, and there are ways that you can feel better so that’s great.”
Woaniacki won her third title of the season in Beijing several weeks after her diagnosis. She emphasises that a victory “meant a lot to her” and lifted her confidence. “I think you obviously start asking yourself questions, what does this mean, does it mean I can’t get in as great of shape as I was before?” Wozniacki continued. “Obviously winning in Beijing was huge. It also gave me the belief that nothing is going to set me back. I’m going to work with this and this is how it is, and I can do anything.”
It is important to note that rheumatoid arthritis is traditionally looked upon as a disease associated with the elder generations. But, recent studies have revealed that it is more prevalent in young adults.
Wozniacki has been receiving treatment and is on medication since her initial diagnosis in August and remains hopeful to manage the disease alongside her career. “Some people can go into remission and some people, it just stops, the disease, and it’s just right there and it’s not going to get worse, or if it does, it’s slowly. The medicine now is so amazing so I’m not worried about it. So that’s great. You just have to be aware,” Wozniacki signed off.