Wozniacki feels better prepared

27 January 2018 01:02:10 GMTPlus10

Caroline Wozniacki believes her game is stronger now than it was when she lost her on her two previous appearances in a Grand Slam final.

The Dane lost in straight sets in the US Open final in both 2009 and 2014, falling victim to first Kim Clijsters and then Serena Williams.

I think I've added a few things to my game.

Caroline Wozniacki

However, she will get a third shot at glory when she takes on Simona Halep in the final of the Australian Open, with her opponent also seeking a first Grand Slam final victory at the third time of asking.

And Wozniacki, who has enjoyed a resurgence in form in recent times to rise to number two in the world rankings, told reporters: "Once you get older, you get more experienced, you learn, you maybe read the game better.

"You definitely have to get better. You have to improve to keep being on top of this game, because everyone behind you is trying to find a way to beat you.

"You need to be a step ahead. I think I've added a few things to my game. I think at the same time I've kept the base of my game that I've been so successful with."

Wozniacki and Halep have met on six previous occasions, with the former holding a 4-2 winning record.

The two players last met at the WTA Finals in Singapore late last year, when Wozniacki claimed a 6-0 6-2 victory on her way to the biggest title of her career to date.

Twenty-seven-year-old Wozniacki is 6/5 to defeat Halep and is 4/1 to do so in three sets, with Romanian Halep 3/1 to prevail in a three-setter.

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