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Caroline Wozniacki basks in her first top-20 win as a mom at US Open

Caroline Wozniacki celebrates her upset win against Petra Kvitova in the second round of the 2023 US Open. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki is back playing tennis – and she’s back to winning.

In just her third event since coming out of retirement, Wozniacki downed world No. 11 Petra Kvitova at the US Open. It’s her first top-20 win as a mom, and her first win over a top-20 opponent since beating Kvitova in 2018.

“This couldn’t be better,” Wozniacki said after the match. “It’s a dream come true. If you had asked me three years ago, I would have said I’ll never be back here, playing on this court. To be back and to beat the world No. 11 feels very, very special.”

She’s now into the third round at Flushing Meadows, a place where she’s found success throughout her career. She finished as the runner-up at the US Open in 2009, when she lost to Kim Clijsters, and again in 2014, when she lost to good friend Serena Williams.

Her 122 major match wins in her career is the fourth-most among active women, behind Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Kvitova, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Wozniacki plans to hang out with her kids Thursday before preparing to face Jennifer Brady in the third round Friday.

“I love New York. I love this court. I love everything about this city and playing here,” Wozniacki said. “Absolutely, as soon as I came here over a week ago, I already — instantly — felt so comfortable on these courts and knew that I could play some great tennis and I would be dangerous in the draw.”

She also noted that she was “thrilled” to once again have the opportunity to play in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I didn’t think I was ever going to play on one of those courts again in the US Open, especially a night session,” she said. “It just feels pretty incredible to be out there and winning a match like that.”