first_imgCaroline Wozniacki clinched her maiden Grand Slam on Saturday as she beat world No.1 Simona Halep 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open final in Melbourne.Under the lights of the Rod Laver Arena, Wozniacki displayed exceptional grit and determination to topple Halep off her WTA ranking.Exactly six years ago, Wozniacki had lost her top rank at the 2012 Australian Open and this time around, she won it.”I have to take a second to hug Daphne…..it’s a dream come true, and my voice is shaking, it’s a very emotional moment,” a teary-eyed Wozniacki said at the presentation ceremony.”I’m never going to get the question again about being a world No.1 without a Slam.”[email protected] #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/r4oItTROL2— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2018″I want to congratulate Simona. I know today is a tough day and I’m sorry I had to win.”It was an incredible match and an incredible fight, again I’m sorry.”Wozniacki was a third time lucky after finishing second at 2009 and 2014 US Open while Halep remained unlucky the third time as well, having lost the 2014 and 2017 French Open.Both players battled leg problems in the taxing two hour and 49 minute encounter before Wozniacki produced some brilliant tennis to down Halep.”It’s not easy to talk now but first of all I want to congratulate Caroline, she played amazing. You’ve played unbelievable and I wish you good luck,” Halep said after receiving her runner-up trophy.”It’s been a great tournament to me. I did not start well with an ankle injury but just wanted to give my best every match which I did and I am happy I could play a final again at a Grand Slam,” the twice French Open runner-up told the crowd.advertisement”I felt ready. But the body was not ready because I had so many long matches. The muscles were tired. The feet were not good enough. But mentally I was ready. I feel that I can face any challenge. I can play against anyone. I can win against anyone.”-Simona #Halep#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/POEczDMkN9— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2018Halep is known as a fighter and in her speech she said she will keep fighting in her pursuit of a Grand Slam title.”Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today but Caroline was better than me. For sure I will fight, I have many years to go so hopefully I will face another challenge like today,” Halep asserted.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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