Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Caroline Wozniacki fulfils potential with Australian Open victory

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 Caroline Wozniacki fulfils potential with Australian Open victory
Shannon Reynolds | 27 January, 2018, 14:15

Both have saved match points to reach the final - with Halep having to do it in the third round and in the semi-finals. Halep waited behind the baseline, bouncing the ball with her racket and trying to keep her legs loose.

Wozniacki squandered a match point in an Australian Open semifinal match against Li Na seven years ago, but held her composure this time around and converted her first match point in the tiebreaker.

"I always believed in myself", Wozniacki said, per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times.

Little wonder Denmark's most accomplished tennis player described herself as feeling like she was playing with "house money" at Melbourne Park.

Wozniacki had three chances to break back but Halep's tournament has been characterised by an absolute refusal to be beaten and, with the carrot of a 10-minute break with the heat rule in effect, she battled across the line.

The No. 2 seed has won four of her matches in two sets, with the other victory in three sets coming in the quarterfinals over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Caroline Wozniacki has captured the first set against Simona Halep in the Australian Open women's final, 7-6 (2). Wozniacki didn't face pressure on her serve until the ninth game when she went down 0-40 and faced triple break point. But once I got past that, I knew that if I can stay healthy and I work hard, my game is good enough for it.

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A teenage prodigy, Wozniacki's career has been a story of perseverance, with only three players taking longer to win their first title. This is the first time they have met in a Grand Slam tournament and the first time in a final.

1 and world No. 2 since the 2015 Australian Open final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Wozniacki has been one of the best players in the world for quite some time, but her appearances in Grand Slam finals have been few and far between.

The conditions were hot and humid when the match started with the temperature at 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit).

Evenly matched in motivation for the Australian Open title, the combatants thus have corresponding levels of experience - and an equal ability to make it count.

Kia has been an Australian Open sponsor for 17 years.

Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki is potentially one win away from a breakthrough Grand Slam title after advancing 6-3, 7-6 (2) over Elise Mertens on Thursday.

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