Today's Birthday, July 11: Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki (1990 - )
When Danish tennis champion Caroline Wozniacki married former NBA star David Lee in June, two sporting families, both alike in competitive spirit, joined together at a lavish wedding in the Tuscan countryside.
The former world Number 1 walked down the aisle in a custom-designed Oscar de la Renta wedding dress, looked on by 120 guests including tennis legend and bridesmaid Selina Williams.
Born July 11 1990 in Odense, Denmark, Wozniacki hails from a Polish family of professional sports stars.
Her mother, Anna, played on the Polish women's national volleyball team and the family moved to Denmark after Caroline's father, Piotr, was signed for the Boldklubben 1909 football club.
Wozniacki inherited their intense love of competition, picking up a racquet at seven and beating both her parents and older brother, Patrik, by age nine.
She made her professional debut at 15 and reached the junior finals at the 2006 Australian Open, followed by her first senior WTA quarter-final in Memphis.
Winning her first title in Istanbul in October, she had a nine-match winning streak broken at her first meeting with US star Venus Williams.
A year later she became the first Danish woman to reach a WTA semi-final in more than 20 years, at the AIG Open in Tokyo, where she lost again to Williams in straight sets.
Wozniacki would win three career titles in 2008 before making her first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2009.
She reached World No. 1 in 2010, becoming the fifth player on record to top the rankings without having won a Grand Slam tournament.
The blonde courted controversy at a 2012 exhibition match in Brazil when she was accused of being racist by stuffing towels in her shirt and skirt to imitate friend Serena Williams.
William's came to her defence in an email to USA Today but fans remained divided on social media.
After struggling with her form, Wozniacki made her second Grand Slam final in 2014 at the US Open, falling to defending champion Williams.
But she fought back to her first Grand Slam victory at the 2018 Australian Open, regaining her world No. 1 ranking after a gap of exactly six years.
In October she made the stunning revelation she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, just after winning the China Open.
Wozniacki told the BBC that the victory, on the heels of her diagnosis, was the most important of her career.
"It ... gave me the belief that nothing is going to set me back," she said.