Winner Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark kisses the trophy. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Caroline Wozniacki said "nobody knows" how much hard work and sheer guts she had to put in before realizing her Grand Slam dream.Twelve years, 67 weeks at world No. 1, 149 Grand Slam matches, three major finals and countless disappointments were all made worthwhile Saturday night when she was crowned Australian Open champion.It is 12 years since Wozniacki first came to notice, winning junior Wimbledon. A first Grand Slam final defeat came against Kim Clijsters in New York in 2009 and on Oct. 11, 2010, she became world No. 1 for the first time.Even if she hadn't won Saturday, Wozniacki said she would be able to hold her head high.Wozniacki revealed she had received a royal seal of approval for the victory.
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