'I love Auckland' – Caroline Wozniacki's message to Kiwi fans ahead of her ASB Classic return

Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki has confirmed she will return to New Zealand next year for another shot at the ASB Classic.

It will be Wozniacki's fifth venture to Auckland - the closest she's ever come to winning the tournament was in 2015 after she lost the final to Venus Williams.

The Danish tennis star says she can't wait to come back to Auckland.

"I really wanted to come back. I feel like I have played really well in New Zealand, making the semifinals and a final", she said in a statement.

"I wanted to come back for the winners trophy next year.

"It is such a special place to play. It is one of the best stops on the tour. The crowds are always so supportive and full right from day one. You dont get that in many tournaments."

In a video to fans, she also highlighted the great arena and restaurants she's looking forward to seeing again too.

Wozniacki, who lost her semi-final at the Auckland event last year, has returned to impressive form over the last year seeing her catapult back into the top 10 of the WTA rankings at No.6.

Her strong year included six WTA Tour final appearances with her victory in Tokyo at the Pan Pacific Open meaning she has now captured at least one title every year for the last 10 years on the WTA Tour.

The women's ASB Classic runs from January 1 to 6 with the men's edition of the tournament taking place form January 8 to 13.