Caroline Wozniacki finishes NYC Marathon as Serena Williams cheers her on (pics/vids)
Caroline Wozniacki is unquestionably a gifted athlete and the 24-year-old tennis star can now boast that she not only ran in a marathon, she finished one in remarkably impressive time.
With pal Serena Williams on hand to lend moral support and cheer her on, Wozniacki completed the New York City Marathon in just a shade under 3 hours, 27 minutes, a few minutes ahead of her stated goal of three-and-a-half hours.
Making Wozniacki’s accomplishment all that more impressive is the fact that the WTA season just wrapped up last week, giving her little time to truly prepare for the grueling 26.2-mile race.
“The crowd was amazing. It was incredible. It was such an incredible experience,” Wozniacki said after the race, per an EPSN.com report. “I’m so happy to have done this. I’m so proud. Now I have this medal. I can say that I’ve done the New York City Marathon. I’ve even done it at a cool time. So I’m really, really happy.”
Wozniacki said that running in a marathon was on her “bucket list,” and she said afterward it was one of the hardest things she has ever done in her life.
I never tried anything this hard,” Wozniacki said according to a New York Daily News report. “This is the toughest physical challenge ever.
“You have to keep going, keep going. I just kept grinding out there.”
Wozniacki said she hit her wall at about the 20-mile mark but kept chugging along.
“I know I can be out there for hours and be fine,” she said, adding that the brutal test of endurance can only help her tennis career.
“I can keep battling it out there,” she said. “And I think that’s a great mental advantage to have when you go out to play.”
OMG did I really just finish the @nycmarathon in 3 hours, 26 min and 33 sec??? Sooo happy and proud of myself! pic.twitter.com/knPUpJQd4X
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) November 2, 2014
And when she finally did cross the finish line with a time of three hours, 26 minutes, 33 seconds, her close friend Serena Williams was waiting to congratulate her.
A tearful Serena Williams welcomed Caroline Wozniacki at NYC Marathon finish line – http://t.co/AP0h5aa3TF pic.twitter.com/MRd1pXpgmp — For The Win (@ForTheWin) November 2, 2014
Williams clearly was impressed with her pal’s performance.
Is it normal to cry when someone finished marathon? So proud of you caro @CaroWozniacki #nycmarathon — Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) November 2, 2014
Some footage of Wozniacki before, during and after the race (via Bob’s Blitz):
Wozniacki not only ran in the race for herself, she also used it as a means to raise money for charity, netting $81,000 for the Team for Kids organization.
After enduring a tumultuous stretch in her personal life following the sudden, surprising and devastating end of her engagement to Rory McIlroy, it’s clear that Wozniacki is back on track, both on and off the tennis court.
And given the way in which McIlroy broke it off in such a callous manner, it’s encouraging to see her move on from all of it with grace, while managing to still take a shot or two at her former beau along the way.
(top image credit: Serena Williams/Instagram)