Caroline Wozniacki reveals ‘shock’ at being diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis

TENNIS star Caroline Wozniacki has spoken of her shock at being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at just 28.

The former world No.1 began feeling unwell after Wimbledon, but put the symptoms down to flu, little did she know that she was suffering with an autoimmune disease which was attacking her joints.

 The 28-year-old has revealed her condition to the world, but hopes it will not impact her career

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The 28-year-old has revealed her condition to the world, but hopes it will not impact her career

Wozniacki revealed her condition to the world after she wrapped up her WTA season.

The reigning Australian Open champion ended the tour in Singapore, where Elina Svitolina beat her 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Speaking after the defeat, Wozniacki shared the news about her condition, which she was diagnosed with in August, she said: "After Wimbledon I wasn't feeling well, I thought it was just flu.

"I was on vacation and I wasn't feeling good. I woke up and I couldn't lift my arms over my head, I didn't really know what it was.

 Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam in January- the Australian Open

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Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam in January- the Australian Open

"For a while I thought maybe I have mono, it turns out that I have an autoimmune disease, which is rheumatoid arthritis, which goes in and attacks your joints."

The tennis star has remained incredibly upbeat and is hopeful that the condition will not hinder her career.

Wozniacki kicked off 2018 in style by winning her first Grand Slam at the Australian Open, but ends the year with a different mind set.

She said: "In the beginning, it was a shock, just 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.

 The reigning Australian Open champion is hopeful that the condition will not impact her career

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The reigning Australian Open champion is hopeful that the condition will not impact her career

"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.

"It's been a lot to just take in. After the US Open, I just kind of had to figure out what really was going on.
"I went to see one of the best doctors that there is and, you know, start treatment."

"At the end of the day, it's obviously not ideal for anybody, and I think when you're a professional athlete, it's also not even more ideal, but you find a plan, figure out what to do, you do your research, and thankfully there are great things now that you can do to it and do about it.

 The 28-year-old won the China Open after she was informed that she was suffering with arthritis

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The 28-year-old won the China Open after she was informed that she was suffering with arthritis

"You just kind of move on from it and work through it and figure out how to deal with it and live with it."

The number three seed has been undergoing treatment since the end of the summer and still managed to achieve a win at the China Open earlier this month.

Remaining positive about the diagnosis, she said: "I'm very proud of how I have been so positive through it all and just kind of tried to not let that hinder me."

Women tennis stars come together for The WTA 2018 Finals singles draw in Singapore

 

TENNIS star Caroline Wozniacki has spoken of her shock at being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at just 28.