Caroline Wozniacki did a sub-4 at her debut marathon nearly four years ago, though her victory in Melbourne is far sweeter

By Eric Nicole Salta | Lead photo from Instagram

Call it a long-awaited coronation but Caroline Wozniacki’s marathon win at the Australian Open women’s singles final over top-ranked Simona Halep is exactly that.

It may have taken her 12 years, two US Open finals losses, overcoming ankle injuries, two hours and 50 minutes, and an incredible 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 victory to finally lift her first Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne, but it was all worth the wait.

“I’m just taking a second here to hug Daphne,” she said at the awards ceremony. “To be here today is a dream come true. It’s a very emotional moment.” With her win, the Danish player will regain her world number one position when the new rankings are released next week.

Naturally the entire tennis community was elated

From her best friend Serena Williams

and Hall of Famers Rod Laver and Boris Becker

to former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez

and British number one Johanna Konta and American Olympic gold medalist and Grand Slam doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands

But what some of you may have not known is that Wozniacki has a penchant for taking the long road to success. Cases in point are her comebacks—she was down two match points and 1-5 in the second round against Croatia’s Jana Fett—and her craziness when the 27-year-old Danish star decided to run at the 2014 New York City Marathon “on a whim” despite only logging in no more than 13 miles during her tennis training.

“I’ve never tried anything this hard,” Wozniacki said in an interview. “This is the toughest physical test ever.” Yet despite hitting the wall at her first-ever marathon, Denmark’s first Grand Slam champion nailed a 3:26:33 finish.