Phew! Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki finally had her moment

Phew! Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki finally had her moment

Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark has reclaimed her place as tennis world #1, after winning the Australian Open and her first grand slam, in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, against Romanian Simona Halep, now ranked world #2.

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.

Despite the hard conditions, the second seed won by 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 and landed her first major title after 43 attempts.

"I can still smile", Halep told reporters after the match. "I'm going to cry, I'm very emotional".

It was a match that took place in the first month of the year, but will surely be remembered at season-end as one of the best of 2018. I was close again. She likely inherits the title of best women's player to not have a Grand Slam (it's either her or the retired Elena Dementieva), but she can hold her head high knowing she did not capitulate in the big moments as she did at times in last year's French Open final to Jelena Ostapenko. During her previous reign as world No 1 Wozniacki was repeatedly asked: "When are you going to win a Grand Slam?"

"I've dreamed of this moment for so many years".

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The world No.1 was 3-0 down when she arrived with total authority to win her first game of the match 40 to love. Are those tears? Yup they are. from a year ago to today I'm so proud my friend so proud. "We may go in and play a couple hundred again, see how it goes".

Commentating for ESPN, tennis great Chris Evert said Halep's coach, Australian Darren Cahill, had expressed concerns about her fitness during a hallway chat earlier that day. It took the Dane 43 Grand Slam appearances at two failed attempts in the finals before claiming her first major championship. On match point, Wozniacki saved two wide shots with slice, squash-like forehands, before rushing to the other side of the court the hit a defensive top-spin backhand that gave Halep one more chance to make an error, which she did in the next shot when she netted a cross-court backhand to give Wozniacki the title.

So when she went up a set and a break on Kerber within an hour in the last-four on Thursday, things were really looking up for the Romanian. She was fighting off cramp during the second set and had her blood pressure checked by the doctor after feeling dizzy in the hot and humid conditions. But Halep kept her nerve to win the second set 6-3 to take the absorbing final to a deciding third set. 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. She thanked her fiance and dad for their support.

Halep won 108 points in the match compared to Wozniacki's 110.

"It is the happiest one this time because I was absent because of injury, so it was tough to come back, to get this trophy", Kunieda said, according to the tournament website. I can win against anyone. "They knock you down, you come back up", she said.

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