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Wozniacki forgot to get her $1.45 million US Open cheque

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reacts during her match against Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during day three of the 2014 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Wuhan Optics Valley International Tennis Center on in Wuhan, China on Tuesday.

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26th-Dec-2014       
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Chances are pretty good that if any of us ever earned a $1.45 million cheque, we wouldn't forget to pick it up. And yet that's exactly what happened to Caroline Wozniacki after she finished runner-up to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki gathered her trophy and her gear and took off, returning a short while later to claim her prize money.It's one of many fine anecdotes in a new profile about Wozniacki in the Wall Street Journal. While most mainstream sports press of late had focused on Wozniacki as the jilted bride-to-be of golfer Rory McIlroy, she's coming out from under that perception, in part because of her U.S. Open performance and in part because she's a compelling figure regardless of whom she's dating. As the article notes, Wozniacki is communicative in eight languages, with more than 700,000 Twitter followers, and approximately $10 million in annual endorsement earnings.Granted, the article is a nice bit of image management, but Wozniacki has plenty of public sympathy, as well as a record of achievement. She's 43-16 this season. She's also planning to run the New York Marathon this fall (in November, when her wedding had been scheduled). And she's poised to become one of the best-known, if not necessarily the best, tennis players of her generation.If there are knocks on Wozniacki, it's these: she hasn't yet won a Grand Slam event. And she doesn't focus on her money nearly as much as she probably should, considering the many ways a professional athlete can see a huge bank account dwindle to nothing. But at 24, she's still very much on the ascent.

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