Australian Open: Halep, Wozniacki to clash for first Grand Slam

Wozniacki claims maiden Grand Slam title

"I've dreamt of this moment for so many years", she said.

"New number one and aussie open champ".

"I've been through a few injuries".

Wozniacki has topped the rankings for 67 weeks but long faced sneers that she is a pretender.

Simona, I know that today is a tough day, I'm sorry that I had to win. Then you start losing to some players who you're not really thinking you should lose to. But I wanted. Looks like I have enough inside power to fight with everything.

"I always believed in myself", said the Dane of making another major final. Since then I've been playing really consistent and really well.

On Sunday, the Australian Open 2018 will witness a clash between 19-time grand slam champion Roger Federer and Croatia's Marin Cilic. "And like I said, I didn't give up, which meant a lot, and that's how I won the match". That's why I'm going to the net.

Today, either Halep or Wozniacki will require no imagination.

Both players were forced to dig deep, facing their third, third set match of the tournament, but it was Wozniacki who took advantage of her early lead and maintained her composure to prevail at the end of a almost three hour match on Rod Laver Arena.

Wozniaki responded early on in the deciding set, securing a 1-3 lead, before Halep stormed to victory in four of the next five games to take make it 5-4. A medical time-out by her opponents broke the Romanian's winning series and put Wozniacki back in front.

The final two points summed up the encounter and the women's tournament, which has been utterly compelling.

Simona Halep (right) congratulates Caroline Wozniacki after Wozniacki won their women's singles final.

"I've dreamed of this moment for so many years". "Honestly, I think that's one of the most positive things about all of this", she said. "I cried, but now I'm still smiling". I hope it lasts a while, as so many other fabulous women's matches have in the a year ago.

"She was better. She was fresher".

Asked how she had battled through the tiredness, Wozniacki said: "I was thinking: 'If I am exhausted right now, I know one of my strengths is my speed, obviously my fitness".

"I feel more experienced". Being here with the Australian Open trophy is something that is incredibly special to me. Are those tears? Yup they are - from a year ago to today I'm so proud my friend so proud. Played players that were better than me on the day.

"I'm never going to get the question again about being a world No. 1 without a Slam", Wozniacki said after leaving the court. "We may go in and play a couple hundred again, see how it goes".

Nothing focuses the mind more than when your money's at stake at it appears that Wozniacki has been taking a couple of fun trips to the casino to take her mind off tennis in her downtime.

Halep battled back, forcing a tie-break, but Wozniacki recovered and saw it out brilliantly.

This was already new ground for Wozniacki, who had never previously won a set in a slam final. But she found some last reserves of energy to reel off three games and leave Halep sucking up a third grand slam final loss.

Two games later she called for the doctor and had her blood pressure checked, with the hot and humid conditions sapping the strength she had left.

The second seed had to fight off two match points from 5-1 down in the deciding set of her second-round win over Jana Fett. "Halep: Mind was ready, body failed as she is edged for the Slam title".

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