Good things come to those who wait, and work hard. After years of withstanding criticism for being a slamless No.1, Caroline Wozniacki is returning to the top of the WTA rankings in style by beating top-ranked Simona Halep 7-6(2) 3-6 6-4 in a high-quality Australian Open final. Everything has gotten into place in Wozniacki’s life: she’s returning to the No.1 ranking after six years, she finally has a Grand Slam title to her name and she has a supportive and handsome new fiancé.
After leading for the most part of the first set, Wozniacki lost that advantage in the tenth game when Halep held serve at love for the third time in the match. The Dane then edged the set in a tiebreak, but in the second set converted none of her seven break points, while Halep, who had her blood pressure and pulse evaluated midway through the set, made use of her sole break point and the thrilling final was taken to the decider.
Halep recovered from 0-2 to 4-3 in the third set and Wozniacki had a medical timeout for her left knee, but eventually it was the Romanian whose batteries were running low, and the 27-year-old Wozniacki squeezed through the set by breaking her opponent twice more.
Deep and precise shots, her signature defense expertise and outstanding aggression, earned the second-seeded Wozniacki the most precious moment of her illustrious career. Note that Wozniacki has already spent 67 weeks at No,1, more than Venus, Clijsters, Capriati, Sanchez Vicario, Muguruza and Goolagong COMBINED, as Ben Rothenberg reminded us on Twitter. Moreover, this is her 28th career title.
It was an amazing final played between the world’s two highest ranked players, who both saved match points en route to the championship match. Wozniacki’s run to the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup included wins over Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2 6-3 in the first round, Jana Fett 3-6 6-2 7-5 in the second, Kiki Bertens 6-4 6-3 in the third, Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-0 in the last 16, Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-7(3) 6-2 in the quarterfinals, Elise Mertens 6-3 7-6(2) in the semis, and finally over Halep, which is the Dane’s first victory over a Top 5 player at a Grand Slam.
Wozniacki’s winning apparel: the Stella McCartney yellow and white separates, as well as the Adidas Melbourne Jumpsuit, available both at Tennis Warehouse USA and Tennis Warehouse Europe, Adidas aSMC Barricade Boost Shoes, Adidas Core SuperLite Visor, and Adidas Spring Stella McCartney Jacket.