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Caroline Wozniacki forgets her US Open final $1.45m cheque

Danish tennis ace forgot to collect her whopping $1.45 million runner-up cheque after losing the US Open final

In the age of money-conscious tennis stars, Caroline Wozniacki probably is an exception.

Caroline Wozniacki poses with her runners up trophy after losing to Serena Williams at the 2014 US Open. Pic/Getty Images
Caroline Wozniacki poses with her runners up trophy after losing to Serena Williams at the 2014 US Open. Pic/Getty Images 

The tennis ace forgot to take home her $1.45 million runner-up cheque after losing in the US Open final earlier this month, according to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report.

What's more, the Dane also reportedly did not know — or ask — about the $500,000 she was entitled to by way of sponsorship bonuses for her performance in the last Grand Slam of the year.

"I have enough to eat, buy nice shoes. For me, it's about the tennis and the trophies. I'm not motivated by money," she told WSJ before revealing that she doesn't monitor her bank accounts.

The Danish tennis star's agent Tobias LeMesurier added that the World No 9 is always more concerned about the image of the brands she endorses rather than the amount of money she is making off it.

Brand values
"I never think about my brand. I want to do well for myself and my sponsors…but I feel no pressure, because I don't play for the money," said Wozniacki, who earns an approximate $10 million a year in endorsement deals — almost half of what recently retired Li Na makes (nearly $18 million).

Instead, Wozniacki insisted, her priority remains winning her maiden Grand Slam title.

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