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A tearful broke down on court surrounded by her family as she closed the curtain on her 15-year playing career.

The Danish star lost to Ons Jabeur 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the third round of the Australian Open, and she decided to call it a day at the age of 29 after revealing last month that the tournament would be her last.

While she would have been hoping to bow out in a blaze of glory, Wozniacki insisted she was proud of her career and had no regrets about the way it had panned out, joking that it was inevitable she would finish with a routine mistake.

Caroline Wozniacki couldn't hold back the tears as she called time on her 15-year tennis career

couldn't hold back the tears as she called time on her 15-year tennis career

Her family offer support as she embraces her husband after playing on court for the last time

Her family offer support as she embraces her husband after playing on court for the last time

She shares a kiss with her husband as her team celebrate her career in emotional final day

She shares a kiss with her husband as her team celebrate her career in emotional final day

Wozniacki embarked on a lap of honour as 'Sweet Caroline' played out on the sound system

Wozniacki embarked on a lap of honour as 'Sweet Caroline' played out on the sound system

'I think it was only fitting that my last match would be a three-setter, a grinder, and that I would finish my career with a forehand error,' she said after the match.

She said she had been overwhelmed by the support she had received as tributes were played to her on the big screen, and she collected a huge bouquet of flowers. 

'There's a lot of emotions, a lot of things I can't compartmentalise now,' she added. 'A lot of excitement. A little sadness. Flashbacks to since I was a kid to this moment.

'The fact that it's gone so quick but at the same time it feels like I've been out here for a long time. Players coming up to me and congratulating me. Just feeling the love from everyone has been very special.' 

The Danish star poses with team as she collects a bouquet of flowers while tributes pour in

The Danish star poses with team as she collects a bouquet of flowers while tributes pour in

There were emotional scenes as 'Sweet Caroline' played out around the sound system at the stadium, as she embarked on a lap of honour, waving to spectators with tears in her eyes.  

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