Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win first Grand Slam title
Jan 28, 2018, 00:31
In the absence of 2017 victor Williams, who opted not to defend her title in Melbourne after giving birth in September, Wozniacki defeated Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 to claim the first grand slam crown of her career.
It proved to be a case of third time lucky for Caroline Wozniacki after she claimed her first major title by winning the Australian Open with victory over Simona Halep in a pulsating championship decider on Rod Laver Arena.
It's been some turnaround for the Dane, who won more matches than any other professional on the WTA tour a year ago, eventually leading to her being back on top of the world. She rallied from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win and said she's been "playing with the house money" ever since. But I just wanted to give my best every match, which I did.
"I'm never going to get that question again".
However, anyone thinking that this would be a positive for Halep needs to think again - the Romanian is also 0-2 in Slam finals, and was a much shorter price than Wozniacki in both, including starting at [1.33] against Jelena Ostapenko in Paris at the French Open a year ago.
Halep, if she wins, would become the first champion to have saved match points in two prior matches.
The now Great Dane wept tears of joy after also returning to the top of the rankings - ending a record six-year stint between drinks - with the watershed win at Melbourne Park. "I think both of us were very exhausted in the end", said Wozniacki, 27, who recorded her fifth - and most important - victory against Halep in seven career meetings. I am shaking. It's very emotional.
"I want to congratulate Simona and I'm sorry I had to win today".
"For sure I will fight, I have many years to go so hopefully I will face another challenge like this today", she said.
"I want to thank my fiance", she said, looking up to American basketball player David Lee in her box. I started not very well with the ankle injury.
She, thereafter, held her service game to take the second set 6-3. With so much pressure - a few hundred riding on the spin of the roulette wheel will hardly set her nerves jangling, especially with a career prize money of almost $27 million. Wozniacki started better, but Halep came back and took the lead. Set 2 was one way traffic for a determined Halep, she saved four break points early in the second, then broke Wozniacki for 5-3 and saved three more break points to serve out the set.
Wozniacki has an easier run through the bracket, with two unseeded players in the quarterfinals and semifinals, while Halep had to take on the sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the quarters and the 21st-seeded Angelique Kerber in the semis. Wozniacki? She only aced twice, had six double faults, capitalized 55 percent of the time on her first serves and only hit 25 winners.
"It's not easy to talk now, she played unbelievable", Halep said.
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