Wozniacki Overcomes Halep To Win Historic Australian Open Title

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In denying the courageous but vanquished Halep her own elusive grand slam breakthrough, Wozniacki not usurped the Romanian as world No.1 but also delivered Denmark its maiden grand slam singles crown.

The Dane won both their matches in 2017, on grass in Eastbourne followed by a 6-0 6-2 hard-court thrashing in Singapore on her way to the WTA Finals title in October.

And the world of tennis was quick to congratulate Wozniacki for her success, but they didn't forget the role Halep played in making the match into such a spectacle for the fans. "I'm going to cry". Of course I am sad but Caroline was better than me. It was an incredible match, an incredible fight - I'm sorry. In 2014, just months after losing to Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final, Wozniacki enhanced her reputation for her fitness and running by completing the New York City Marathon in a very impressive 3 hours, 26 minutes - 36 minutes longer than her Australian Open final victory in 2 hours, 50 minutes. Wozniacki, who beat Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6 (2) in one and a half hours in the first semi-final, hasn't held the top ranking in six years.

She swiped Halep's world number one ranking in the process, six years after losing it at the 2012 tournament at Melbourne Park, the restoration having taken a record amount of time. "But then I just said that I have to hit all the balls, and then I could take the second set".

After her win, an emotional Wozniacki said she had been dreaming of this moment for years.

"I've dreamt of this moment for so many years". For sure in the future, if I keep working like this and I keep playing like this, I will be in a good position again.

"My voice is shaking", she said on court as she clutched the trophy close.

Wozniacki turned the deciding set around after taking a medical timeout at 3-4 in the third set - breaking twice thereafter to claim the £2.3million cheque for the victor.

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A shattered Simona Halep says her Australian Open final loss to Caroline Wozniackl has hardened her resolve to break through at a major after three failed attempts.

But a break to make it 5-3 gave Halep an edge and she held to take the second set. Amazingly, she is still only 27 years old, and could potentially add another major or two, a surprising turn of events considering early retirement was rumored not that long ago. On this basis, it's completely logical to recommend Wozniacki as a value underdog to be celebrating her first Grand Slam title of what has still been an illustrious career. "We've had ups and down, but you've been there every step of the way".

"It's been a great tournament for me".

Her pal Wozniacki in the meantime can bask in the Australian Open sunlight.

The 27-year-old was so almost out of the tournament in the second round, trailing 5-1 in a third set to Jana Fett and having to save a pair of match points.

"Once she had set points".

"She played wonderful. It's been a great tournament for me".

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