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Wozniacki enters NY Marathon

Caroline Wozniacki is to run the New York City Marathon this November to raise money for charity.

The world No 13 tennis player says she has always wanted to take part in a marathon and admits she will step up her daily exercise regime to help her prepare for the 26.2 mile event.

The 24-year-old had been due to marry golfer Rory McIlroy this autumn but this date was cancelled shortly after invitations had been sent out.

The Dane is aiming to earn money for charity and she said: "It's always been on my bucket list.

"And always New York City was the one I wanted to do. I've seen it on TV and I have always thought one day I would do it.

"November, I looked at my schedule and I didn't really have any plans when my season ended, so I thought, 'Why not do it?'

"Obviously, it's going to be hard. I'm a tennis player first, and that's what my main priority is. At the same time, I'm going to incorporate a lot of longer runs into my training."

Wozniacki says she currently runs 30 to 40 minutes a day as part of her training for tennis.

The former No 1 went on: "Everyone thinks I'm a little crazy. But we only live once.

"I just need to finish the marathon. That's my goal, and if I have to crawl over the finish line, I'll do that.

"When I cross the finish line in Central Park, it will be one of the most rewarding days of my life, not only because of the personal accomplishment, but also because it will help thousands of kids to get healthy and fit through sports."