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Caroline is living the dream, says proud dad Piotr

By Eleanor Crooks

Caroline Wozniacki's father told her he would not care if she worked in a supermarket before she went out and won her first grand slam title to become world number one.

Piotr Wozniacki has been his daughter's primary coach throughout her whole tennis career and shared the long journey that finally led to a first slam trophy at the age of 27 when she beat Simona Halep at the Australian Open on Saturday.

He said: "Normally I'm very nervous but I could eat before Caroline's match so that was very good.

"I was talking to Caroline, saying 'you won't change my day. You are my daughter, it doesn't matter if you're working in a supermarket or number one in the world, this is the same for me'.

"We waited a long time for this.

"It was Caroline's dream from a very young age, only 12-years-old, that she would win a grand slam or be number one in the world.

"Today we see it coming in the same moment.

"We beat number one, Caroline's number one, and to win a first grand slam, this dream is now reality.

"Now I hope Caroline can have the next dream."

A newer member of her team is fiance David Lee, a former NBA star, who lived through every moment of her dramatic 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 6-4 victory over Halep.

"It was a very high-quality tennis match and to have her come out on top, those last couple of points just show her fighting spirit," he said. "It just stinks that one of those two had to lose that match because they both played like champions.

One of the first people to tweet congratulations was Wozniacki's long-time friend Serena Williams, who revealed the moment reduced her to tears.

Piotr Wozniacki believes ­Williams has had a big influence on his daughter's career and hopes they can stage a repeat of the 2014 US Open final, one of two slam finals Wozniacki had previously lost.

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