Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki beat Simona Halep to win her first Grand Slam title and regain the number one ranking in the process.
The second seed won the Australian Open 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 in difficult conditions to win her first major title at the 43rd attempt in 2 hours, 51 minutes.
Wozniacki flew out to a great start with a 3-0 lead and looked immaculate in her first four service games before nerves set in at 5-3 in the opening set. However, the Dane regained her composure during the tie break, winning 7-2.
After a close second set, Simona Halep took advantage after receiving treatment during an injury timeout midway through to seize momentum and win 6-3.
Both players took the opportunity for a rest after the second with a heat break in punishing conditions. This appeared to be good timing for Simona who had looked shattered towards the end of the second.
There had been three breaks of serves in the opening two sets before both players struggled to hold serve in the decider which saw seven breaks.
Simona Halep had a 4-3 lead after breaking her opponent midway through the fourth but an injury timeout taken by Caroline Wozniacki to receive treatment on her knee turned the momentum one final game. The Romanian was shaky on serve whilst the eventual winner showed a renewed energy.
Caroline Wozniacki wont he final three games to take the deciding set 6-4 and capture her first Grand Slam in the process.