Eight years after her first Grand Slam final defeat and 17 months after she was ranked 74th, Danish tennis star, Caroline Wozniacki claimed her first ever Grand Slam title on Saturday defeating top seed, Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 in the Australian Open final.
“I’ve dreamt of this moment for so many years and my voice is shaking, it’s a very emotional moment. I want to thank everyone who makes this tournament happen, it’s been an incredible two weeks.
“I want to congratulate Simona. I’m sorry that I had to win today but I’m sure we’ll have many matches in the future. My Dad, who has been there since I was seven years old, thank you. You stood by me every step of the way.
“I want to thank my fiance, you managed to calm me down this morning. This is such a special moment, thank you.”
Words of Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki after her Australian Open triumph in Melbourne.
After a superb display of tennis which lasted 2 hours 50 mins, the 27 year-old Dane is not only a first time Grand Slam winner; the victory means she will now reclaim the prestigious top spot in the world rankings come Monday. Also, by the virtue of her win over Halep, she goes down in history as the first Dane to win a Grand Slam singles title.