Former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki became the latest tennis star to take part in ESPN Magazine's annual Body Issue, which will hit newsstands on July 8th during the upcoming Wimbledon Championships.
Wozniacki will be among those in attendance at the All England Club, and is in the midst of a career renaissance. Off the tour for much of last season nursing an ankle injury, the Dane began playing her best tennis again at last year's US Open, reaching the semifinals.
Since then, Wozniacki has returned to the Top 10, moving up to World No.6 following a run to the French Open quarterfinals, where she fell to eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko.
"I was always told that there's no chance that a girl from Denmark can become a world-class tennis player," Wozniacki said in her official Body Issue interview. "We've never had any women in the top 30. Every time I would say, 'I want to be No. 1 in the world,; people would just laugh at me. But I'll find a way. I don't take no for an answer."
A two-time US Open finalist, Wozniacki's signature defense has been remarkable over the past nine months, helping her reach back-to-back finals at the Qatar Total Open and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and finish runner-up at the Miami Open back in March.
"I don't have as much power in my groundstroke as some of the other girls, but I'm fast and I know that I can last for a long time out there. My fitness is something I pride myself on. I think that's definitely something that I win quite a few matches on."
Wozniacki took her need for speed to new heights in 2014, when she ran the New York City Marathon, finishing the the grueling 26.2 mile race in just over three hours and 26 minutes.
"It was on my bucket list. Until Mile 21, I was fine. This is easy, I'm going to run another one. But at Mile 21, I completely hit the wall. I saw a milkshake place on the right and was like, ‘Can we just stop and have a milkshake?’ And then [my two pacers] just started talking about milkshakes, and because they kept talking to me, it pushed me through that mile, mile and a half where I was struggling.
"It was the toughest thing I've ever done physically in my life."