Wozniacki cries after winning Aussie Open crown

Wozniacki cries after winning Aussie Open crown

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki clinched her maiden Grand Slam title and became the new women's world number one as she beat Simona Halep of Romania in a thrilling women's singles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Wozniacki, who held the world No.1 ranking for 67 weeks between October 2010 and January 2012, had been dogged by her failure to win a Grand Slam and when she slipped to 74th in the rankings less than 18 months ago, it looked like her dream would never come to fruition.

This championship match was the first in the Open era where the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world met for a Grand Slam title with neither having already won a major. And now she needs just one more win to claim her first major title.

Halep smiled when a reporter told her she hit 50 winners against Kerber in the match. While for Wozniacki, 27, she has also played in two grand slam finals, but lost out both times at the US Open in 2009 and 2014.

The new Australian Open champion will walk away with the highest ever prize fund, their first Grand Slam trophy and a guarantee to top the WTA rankings.

"I dreamed of this moment for so many years and to be here today is a dream come true". "I never cry but today is a very emotional moment".

Simona Halep hammers a backhand return in her semi-final win over Angelique Kerber. My dad, who has been there since I was seven years old, thank you.

It's taken Wozniacki 11 years, 43 majors, 256 tournaments, 772 matches and untold hours of toil and tears to shed her tag as tennis's most accomplished talent without a grand slam win.

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"I think players sometimes, they just get so frustrated". She said after the match.

Wozniacki broke straight back to lead 3-1, but just minutes later she trailed 4-3 in what was becoming a truly gripping final set.

Hungarian Halep, 26, vowed to continue to be on top of her game after a draining final.

3-6, 6-4, in steamy conditions in Rod Laver Arena that had both players battling fatigue and injuries and keeping the courtside trainers on their toes.

The Dane went 4-1 up before a second mini-break and two solid serves gave her the tiebreak 7-2.

The 27-year-old was so almost out of the tournament in the second round, trailing 5-1 in a third set to Jana Fett and having to save a pair of match points.

Halep was playing with an injured left ankle, needed treatment for dizziness in the second set and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped. "But once I got past that, I knew that if I can stay healthy and I work hard, my game is good enough for it". You stood by me every step of the way. I still stick with these predictions based on what I have seen this tournament.

Soon after Halep signalled to her coach Darren Cahill in the players box that she wasnt feeling well and there were worrying scenes as she had her blood pressure taken and an ice towel applied in the next changeover.

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