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Wozniacki vs Siegemund WTA Auckland Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wozniacki begins 2019 season against lucky loser, Siegemund

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  • Caroline Wozniacki vs Laura Siegemund is live from Brisbane on Wednesday, 2 January from 1:30pm local time/ 12:30am GMT
  • First career meeting between Wozniacki and Siegemund
Caroline Wozniacki. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Former world No. 1, Caroline Wozniacki gets her 2019 season underway on Wednesday when she takes on German lucky loser, Laura Siegemund in the opening round of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

The top seeded Wozniacki arrived Auckland a day later than scheduled due to flight problems- her flight from Miami to Houston was cancelled because of a tropical storm- and she has therefore been granted an extra day's preparation by the tournament organizers, meaning she starts a day later than other top players.

Wozniacki has never won the Auckland title, but she has been a finalist on two occasions, the most recent of which was last season when she lost to Julia Goerges in the title match.

That run set her up for the most significant title of her career as she went on to win the Australian Open, beating Simona Halep in an epic final to finally banish her Grand Slam demons. Wozniacki, who briefly returned to No. 1 in the world after her Australian Open success, claimed two more titles in 2018- in Eastbourne and Beijing, before ending the year with a round-robin exit at the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she was defending champion.

It was after her Singapore exit that she revealed that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that attacks the joints, causing swelling and fatigue. Wozniacki explained that she first felt the symptoms after Wimbledon, before being diagnosed in August, just before the US Open. Her results dipped significantly around this period, as the Dane won just three matches in six tournaments between Wimbledon and Wuhan. She however hit back with a title run in Beijing, a result which convinced her that she can still compete at the highest level despite her condition. 

"It gives me a great start to the season and I hope I can start off well here, Wozniacki said ahead of her opening match.

"I had a great season last year and I've been playing well in the last few years, so I feel good... The main thing is the body holds up and then hopefully I'll have a great year this year."

She goes again in the new year, as she opens against Laura Siegemund on Wednesday. 

Laura Siegemund. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Siegemund has had her own health problems, with a knee injury keeping her away from the tour between May 2017 and March 2018. Siegemund had been in decent from before the unfortunate injury, winning the title in Stuttgart, and reaching the semi-finals in Charleston, but her progress was cut short in Nurnberg when she tore her cruciate ligament.

She made her comeback at an ITF meet Italy in March last year, and was back on the WTA Tour in Charleston, where she lost to Naomi Osaka in the second round. The German naturally struggled to recreate the form she had shown before her injury, winning just 3 matches in the first six WTA events of her comeback. She had fallen out of the top 100 by the middle of the year.

The 30-year-old stepped down to the ITF level in search for form, reaching the final in Versmold, and that had an immediate impact on her WTA fortunes as she made consecutive quarter finals in Bucharest and Moscow. Siegemund enjoyed further success on the ITF Tour, winning the 25K meet in Bad Saulgau in Germany, and reaching the final at a 60K tournament in Hechingen in August, but she faded after that, winning just one main draw match at all levels in the remainder of the season, ending the year at 113 in the world.

Siegemund fell in the final round of the Auckland qualifiers, but she got into the main draw via the lucky loser route, and now takes on top seed Wozniacki for the first time in her opening match.

The German does her best work on clay, and thrives on throwing her opponents off balance with her variety, but against Wozniacki, in Auckland, a venue where the former world number one has played very well in the past, the odds are heavily stacked against her.

Wozniacki should get off to a winning start in 2019.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Laura Siegemund is live from Brisbane on Wednesday, 2 January from 1:30pm local time/ 12:30am GMT

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Wozniacki vs Siegemund WTA Auckland Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wozniacki begins 2019 season against lucky loser, Siegemund

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