It’s really nice not to have to answer the ‘no grand slam’ question ever again and now finally I have the world No 1 and a grand slam title. It’s very special. Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki makes the breakthrough
By Roger Childs
She’s been number one before and has twice been the beaten finalist in the US Open.
However in Melbourne on Saturday she picked up her first major, in an exciting three set encounter against Simona Halep who was also looking for her first big title.
Many women’s grand slam finals in recent year have been tame, one-sided affairs; this was a battle royal with both players in very good touch.
Slugging it out
The Danish star leapt out to a 3-0 lead in the first set but Halep came back to take it to a tie break. However, Wosniacki was more consistent in the breaker to go one up.
Both players were playing aggressively and serving well. Wozniacki’s sometimes inconsistent serve was holding up and Halep was swinging the ball wide with considerable success in getting winners.
This was match of quality and the crowd was loving it.
The Romanian got the jump in the second set with powerful ground strokes and reliable serving; Wosniacki’s rhythm began to falter and there were a few double faults.
Halep took the set 6-3 and the stage was set for an exciting finale.
High temperatures have plagued the tournament and even the night time matches have had heat problems. So there was a 10 minute break at the end of the second set which everyone: players, umpire, line judges, ball kids and the crowd appreciated. There
was plenty of fanning going on in the Rod Laver Arena!
Set three saw the players drop serve five times in the first six games! However there were plenty of aggressive rallies with both Halep and Wozniacki showing excellent retrieval skills as the ball was pushed wide out on each side.
In the end Wozniacki consistency won out and she took the set 6-4 and her first grand slam.
The crowd rose to both players as they had seen the best women’s final for many years.