Caroline Wozniacki on her first Grand Slam title by defeating Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 in a classic Australian Open final.

The Dane became the first player from her country to win a major singles title in a match that swung both ways over 2 hours, 51 minutes.

Wozniacki replaces Simona Halep as the world number one as a result.

Simona served up more enforced errors and Caroline Wozniacki had the better stamina which proved to be the key differences at the end of a very tight match that could have gone either way.

After collecting her runners-up shield Simona told the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena:

“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.”

Simona Halep is now 0-3 in Grand Slam finals after losing to Jelana Ostapenko in last year’s French Open and Maria Sharapova in the 2014 French Open final, both also in three sets.