Caroline Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam title, and went to the top of the women’s rankings, after beating Simona Halep 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 in Australian Open 2018 final that lasted nearly three hours. It took both players two failed attempts in finals before they face to claim first Grand Slam singles title.
Despite getting ahead 5-2 in the first set, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki surrendered her advantage when women’s No. 1 from Romania, Simona Halep recovered to take it to a tiebreaker but Wozniacki was superb through the tiebreaker, when claiming it 7-2.
Halep called for the trainer in the second set for general health reasons, but it didn’t hinder her play, breaking Wozniacki in the eighth game and hanged on to claim the second set to take a 6-3 lead.
In hot and humid conditions with temperatures peaking around 38 C, both players took medical timeouts and a pair of games lasted longer than 10 minutes ahead of the final.
Simona Halep, who was playing with an injured left ankle and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped, just ran out of steam. The final set, replete with many twists and turns, went 71 minutes. Caroline Wozniacki was rejuvenated by a medical time-out at 4-3 down, getting treatment on her knee, and went on to close it out.
Down two match points and 0-5, Wozniacki has won to top Jana Fett on the second round match while the final took two hours, 49 minutes when Halep hit six aces to Wozniacki’s two, and 40 winners to Wozniacki’s 25.
“I’ve dreamed of this moment for so many years. Today is a dream come true.” said emotional Wozniacki at the press conference.
Wozniacki was at No. 74 on August 2016 but she has made history by becoming the first Danish player to win a major crown. Caro will also regain the No. 1 ranking next week six years after she previously held the top spot.