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Australian Open 2018: Caroline Wozniacki Claims Women's Title By Knocking Simona Halep

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| January 27 , 2018 , 17:59 IST

Denmark's second seed Caroline Wozniacki claimed the year's first Grand Slam Title by beating Romanian Simona Halep in the finals of women's singles at Rod Laver Arena. Her Australian Open victory indicates that she will replace Halep as World number one on Monday.

Despite the difficult conditions, the second seed won by 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 and landed her first major title after 43 attempts. A highly emotional Caroline expressed, "I dreamt of this moment for so many years, and to be here today is a dream come true."

Wozniacki faced her first Grand Slam final defeat eight years back and today's victory meant the world to her. Along with claiming the Australian Open title, the two times US Open runner-up has also become the Dane to win a Grand Slam singles title.

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Halep was anticipating a victory after losing two French Opens but ended up being defeated herself. Consoling herself over the loss, Simona said, "I am sad but Caroline was better than me." However, she expects to play another thrilling game like today.

The 30C temperature and brutal conditions weren't making the game any easier for the two ladies competing for the Grand Slam title. Both were playing remarkably throughout the game but it was Wozniacki who had the last laugh as Halep started struggling with high blood pressure.

Ending the opening game with a tie-break but Caroline was soon relieved when Halep halted the match to receive medical treatment. Wozniacki soon followed suit and ask for her knee injury treatment. Although, her defensive strokes and will to win grabbed her the title.