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Caroline Wozniacki hints at quitting tennis to be a mum

BY Amanda Ferguson

She's in the prime of her career – but Caroline Wozniacki is already thinking about retirement... and motherhood.

It's just a few months since the Danish tennis star got engaged to Holywood golfer Rory McIlroy but it appears she is preparing to settle into domestic bliss.

The 23-year-old former world tennis number one has hinted she is ready to retire to be a mum.

The world-ranked number 14 has earned millions from her tennis career, despite never having won a Grand Slam tournament.

In a revealing interview with Lime magazine, Mrs McIlroy-to-be hinted she would like to start a family with her 25-year-old fiance relatively soon.

The couple, dubbed Wozilroy, became engaged on New Year's Eve in Australia.

They have been in a relationship for more than three years and it seems Caroline has given serious consideration to motherhood.

"I want to be a relatively young mother. I do not see it as being too far in the future," she said.

"Therefore I have no dream to make my mark.

"Instead, I enjoy economic freedom my hard work has given me. It means I can give my children the best start in life by being there 100% for them."

Wozniacki was the women's world number one when she began dating double Major-winner McIlroy but has since slipped down the rankings.

The world-famous sportswoman has no financial pressures, having made a fortune from sport and endorsements. Now marriage and motherhood appears to be her focus.

"When you start playing, everything is new and it's easy to find the motivation. Now, it's about finding the desire to play – and if you don't have that, you may as well give up," she said.

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