Wozniacki edges epic final

27 January 2018 23:00:30 GMTPlus11

Caroline Wozniacki beat Simona Halep in a thrilling and fluctuating Australian Open final to claim the first Grand Slam of her career.

The Danish player, who returns to the top of the world rankings for the first time in six years because of her success in Melbourne, defeated Halep 7-6 3-6 6-4 in a memorable final.

The 27-year-old, who was playing in her third Grand Slam final after twice being a runner-up at the US Open, held her nerve to beat the Romanian despite having to take an injury time-out in the closing stages of the final set.

However, Wozniacki seemed refreshed after the enforced break and she rattled off the last three games to end the resistance of the hard-working Halep.

After her triumph, an emotional Wozniacki said: "I want to congratulate Simona. I know today is tough and I'm sorry I had to win, but I am sure we will have many matches in the future.

"It was an incredible match, an incredible fight. This is a dream come true. I am shaking. It's very emotional. This is such a special tournament."

Meanwhile, a deflated Halep said: "I want to congratulate Caroline. Good luck for the future.

"It's been a great tournament for me, I started not very well with an ankle injury but wanted to give my best.

"Of course I am sad but Caroline was better than me. I fight and have many years to go, so hopefully will face another challenge like today."

Wozniacki is 20/1 to the French Open later this year, while Serena Williams can be backed at 12/1, Halep at 11/2 and Garbine Muguruza at 11/1.

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