NPL Sports, 28th Jan: Caroline Wozniacki has won the Australian Open title, beating Romanian Simona Halep 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 6-4 in the final in Melbourne.
In an epic match that lasted two hours and 50 minutes, the Dane was a worthy winner as she took her first ever Grand Slam title.
After a captivating tussle played out in stifling humidity at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena, the Dane stood firm in a see-saw final set to claim the thriller when Halep wavered on serve.
Wozniacki, who had lost in her two previous grand slam final appearances, took the first set 7-6 (7/2) but Halep hit back to win the second 6-3.
The pair, who were also vying for the world number one ranking, traded breaks of serve in the decisive set before Wozniacki prevailed 6-4.
She will now replace the Romanian as world’s top player. The new Melbourne champion, who was presented with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy by Billie Jean King, said: “I’m just taking a second here to hug Daphne.