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Why Caroline Wozniacki vs. Simona Halep is worth full-blown sleep deprivation

28 January, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Caroline Wozniacki beat Simona Halep by 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 on Saturday to win her first grand slam title.

It proved to be a case of third time lucky for Caroline Wozniacki after she claimed her first major title by winning the Australian Open with victory over Simona Halep in a pulsating championship decider on Rod Laver Arena. "It's a dream come true", Wozniacki said after landing her 28th career title, the $4 million winner's purse and at least a 68th week as world No.1 - precisely six years after relinquishing top status at the 2012 Open.

Previous year saw Halep miss out on several chances to become world number one before she finally scaled the rankings at the China Open in October, and she hopes she can pull off a similar feat in grand slams.

It was the first time in the Open era of tennis that players ranked No. 1 and 2 met in a major final without either player having a Grand Slam title to their credit, ESPN reported.

Simona Halep insists she was happy with her efforts at the Australian Open, despite falling short in a third Grand Slam final.

'I think the problem with Wozniacki and Halep is that they were both number one in the world and maybe they thought they were the best players in the world', Wilander said.

She then began grabbing at her left thigh after points, but somehow found the energy to break Wozniacki with a swashbuckling forehand down the line.

She might have spent more time on court than Caroline Wozniacki (11 hours and 51 minutes compared to Wozniacki's nine hours and 59 minutes) but let's look at the quality of those encounters.

Wozniacki trailed by a break deep in the third set, too, against Halep before claiming the final three games. Each player took medical timeouts, and their stamina was challenged as two games lasted more than 10 minutes.

"It's surreal. I knew today was going to be an incredible day or a day where I'll be sad leaving the court".

Hampered by an ankle issue throughout the tournament, Halep revealed she had also injured the tendons in both her feet during a gruelling fortnight at Melbourne Park.

"Once she had set points. It was an incredible match and an incredible fight, again I'm sorry", the former fiancé of golfer Rory McIlroy added. I think it will be a very close match where the finest margins will decide. But I feel good, I feel relaxed, I don't feel the pressure of the match. Yet Saturday morning's Australian Open finalists have not been so fortunate. "I'm going to cry". "It's been quite a turnaround. I don't remember a lot of things, but that one is one that I remember very well".

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