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Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki raises her hands after getting a medal for completing the New York City Marathon in New York Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Left is tennis player Serena Williams. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki raises her hands after getting a medal for completing the New York City Marathon in New York Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Left is tennis player Serena Williams. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki raises her hands after getting a medal for completing the New York City Marathon in New York Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Left is tennis player Serena Williams. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

CAROLINE Wozniacki ditched her tennis shoes for running shoes yesterday as she completed the New York marathon alongside Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher.

It was the weekend she was supposed to walk down the aisle with golfer Rory McIlroy but after a very public split the 24-year-old opted to mark the would-be special occasion with the marathon instead.

The Dane was met at the finish by close pal Serena Williams. On Saturday night the pair took in a hockey game in the Big Apple.

Wozniacki took on the challenge as a New York Road Runners Team for Kids Ambassador - and raised over $80,000 (€63,000) for the charity, which funds running programs for under-privileged children.

In an interview ahead of the marathon she admitted that the idea of running the epic race was nerve-wracking but she was looking forward to the challenge.

When asked if her marathon move was something that signalled she was moving forward the Danish beauty said she was in 'a great place'.

"You never know what's going to happen in life and I'm just doing things that make me happy," she said.

"It's definitely been an interesting year - a lot of things have happened but I'm in a great place," she continued. "The running has definitely helped me. I feel like you clear your head when you're out there running. You just get a positive mindset."

McIlroy said earlier this year that the couple's shock split had probably improved his game and yesterday it appeared that the split had benefited his former fiancé too. She completed the race in 3 hours and 26 minutes.

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