Caroline Wozniacki 'shocked' by rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis

Caroline Wozniacki has spoken of her 'shock' after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis earlier this ye...

Posted: Oct 26, 2018 3:56 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2018 3:56 PM

Caroline Wozniacki has spoken of her 'shock' after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis earlier this year after her defeat to Elina Svitolina at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

The world No. 3 said she woke up one morning after playing at Wimbledon and was unable to lift her hands above her head.


Caroline Wozniacki

Chronic diseases

Diseases and disorders

Health and medical

Medical fields and specialties

Professional tennis

Rheumatic diseases


Sports and recreation

Sports figures

Sports organizations and teams


Women's Tennis Association

Having struggled with fatigue before the US Open, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that limits mobility through painful joint inflammation and stiffness.

"In the beginning, it was a shock," world No. 3 Wozniacki told reporters after her 5-7 7-5 6-3 defeat by Ukraine's Svitolina on Thursday.

"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."

Wozniacki had held the world No. 1 spot for close to 70 weeks before she won her first grand slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year. Victory in Melbourne again lifted the 28-year-old to the top of the world rankings.

READ: Djokovic extends run of form with Shanghai victory

READ: Rafael Nadal helps clear up after Majorca floods

She won her third title of the season in Beijing several weeks after her diagnosis, a victory she said "meant a lot to her" and boosted 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."

While rheumatoid arthritis is traditionally thought to be a disease suffered by older generations, recent studies have revealed that it is more prevalent in young adults. Of the 54.4 million American sufferers, 32.2 million were aged under 65.

Wozniacki has been receiving treatment and is on medication since her initial diagnosis in August and is hopeful she'll be able 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."

The year-end WTA Finals see the top eight players in the world go head-to-head for a $7 million prize.

Visit for more news and videos

Despite a victory against Petra Kvitova, defeats to Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova mean Wozniacki failed to qualify for the semifinals.

Saint Joseph
75° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 75°
72° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 72°
75° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 75°
72° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 72°
72° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 72°
A cool forecast is in store for northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas this week. Fall-like weather will usher into the area Monday with highs mainly in the 60s and no hazardous weather expected through the week. The area could see its first frost Friday morning as the lows drop into the low-to-mid 30s.
KQTV Radar
KQTV Temperatures
KQTV Alerts

Community Events