Wozniacki: Injury woes now in the past

Caroline Wozniacki endured an injury-plagued season this year, but she refused to let that stop her from ending her campaign on a high. 

Wozniacki struggled with her fitness after reaching the semi-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland in January and subsequently crashed out of the Australian Open in the first round. 

An ankle injury led her to miss the clay court season, including the French Open, but upon returning, the Dane’s fortunes did not improve as she continued to fall in the early stages of tournaments. 

She suffered a first-round exit at Wimbledon and only reached the second round at the Olympics before being beaten by Petra Kvitova. 

However, towards the end of the season, things started to take a turn for the better as she reached the semi-finals of the US Open and triumphed at the Toray Pan Pacific Open and Hong Kong Tennis Open. The 26-year-old ended up concluding her year with a quarter-final appearance at the Luxembourg Open. 

Having endured a turbulent start to 2016, Wozniacki was optimistic that she would regain her form at some point in the season. 

“I never doubted that I could come back and make it here, because I've worked too hard my whole life on my fitness to keep my body in shape,” she said. "I was like, 'It's going to be okay, where it's going to be a month, two months, four months.' I knew eventually I would be back."

With a strong finish to 2016 and having put her injury problems behind her, the former world number one is hoping for more success in the upcoming season.