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Wozniacki claims maiden slam in Melbourne

28 January, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Belgium's Elise Mertens in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne Australia Thursday Jan. 25 2018

It seemed as though it might never happen, but nine years after her first Grand Slam final Caroline Wozniacki has finally won one, beating Simona Halep 7-6 3-6 6-4 at the Australian Open.

Wozniacki was the top seed that year having risen to number one in the world in 2010 and she said the defeat was crushing.

Wozniacki was up a break in the third, then went behind a break only to get it right back for 4-4, hold her serve, and then play an wonderful point while taking advantage of Halep's errors to win the match 6-4 in the third, taking the final advantage after front running for most of the match. "I didn't know who was going to win", Wozniacki said.

"I still have one match to go", Wozniacki said. However, she expects to play another thrilling game like today. But I think I did pretty well with all the things that were going on. "I'm sure, eventually, it will go well for them".

Halep, Romania's #1, falls to 0-3 in Grand Slam finals after she dropped the first and third sets.

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Wozniacki had actually failed to win a set in her previous two Grand Slam finals, losing to Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams, both of which were at the US Open.

"He said "she's really excited. but the tank is getting lower and lower with each match", Evert said. "I'm sad that I couldn't make it the third time, but maybe the fourth time will be with luck".

But she was commanding in the tiebreak, closing it out swiftly with a blazing shot that all but knocked the racket out of Halep's hand.

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But Halep rallied again and, after an exchange of service breaks, she was leading 4-3 in the third when Wozniacki called for a medical timeout.

Wozniacki, who had never before won a set in a Grand Slam final, has reached the final of the last three tournaments she played, winning the year-end WTA Finals last October, being a finalist in Auckland a few weeks ago, and now here at Melbourne Park.

Halep has come much closer to breaking through, losing 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6 to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 French Open final, and agonisingly, to Jelena Ostapenko, an unseeded 20-year-old from Latvia, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, in last year's French Open final. If she could take everything a very in-form Kerber could throw at her, she can more than manage Wozniacki.

The rattled Wozniacki promptly dropped serve for the first time, before regaining her cool to dominate the tie-breaker to pocket the opening set in 50 minutes.

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