Saturday 27th of January 2018 - Written by Wayne Jackson (WTByWayne). | Venue Melbourne Park, Rod Laver Arena, Australia

Australian Open 2018: Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win first Grand Slam title

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki beat Romanian Simona Halep 7-6 3-6 6-4 to win the 2018 Australian Open. This was Caroline’s first Grand Slam title and by winning the match it means that she will take over Simona Halep’s ranking on Monday and become World No.1.

Caroline has been runner-up twice at the US Open, but had no Grand Slam title until today.

She is the first ever Danish woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Halep, too was aiming to win her first Grand Slam title after coming runner-up in two French Open finals.

After the match she said "Of course I am sad, I couldn't win today but Caroline was better than me, and for sure I will fight, I have many years to go. And hopefully I will face another challenge like this today".

Caroline Wozniacki lying on the floor after her victory

A hug at the net after the match. #Respect

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Simona Halep with an ice towel

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Wozniacki using an ice towel to cool down

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Match facts

  • Umpire is Marijana Veljovic (Serbian).
  • Caroline Wozniacki went 3-0 up in the first set
  • During the 5th game in the second set Simona Halep asked the chair umpire (Marijana Veljovic) to see the physio. The physio and a doctor came on to treat Halep as she was feeling dizzy. They checked her heart rate and blood pressure.
  • The heat rule was in for this match.
  • The temperature was 32 degrees. (Approximately). The humidity was around 60% (According to the Eurosport commentators).
  • At the end of the second set, both players has a 10 minute break due to the heat rule.
  • During the third set Caroline Wozniacki, also asked the chair umpire to send on the physio. (Due to a knee problem).The match time was 2 hours and 49 minutes.

Chair umpire Marijana Veljovic asks for medical assistance for Simona Halep of Romania in the women's singles final with Caroline Wozniacki.

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Caroline and Dad, Piotr pose with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy in the locker room after she wonthe ladies singles title.

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Match Stats

Caroline Wozniacki

  • Aces - 2
  • Double faults - 6
  • Winners - 25
  • Unforced errors - 28
  • Break points converted - 5/14
  • Total points won - 110

 

Simona Halep

  • Aces - 6
  • Double faults - 1
  • Winners - 40
  • Unforced errors - 47
  • Break points converted - 5/12
  • Total points won - 108

Caroline Wozniacki pictured with fiance David Lee share a kiss. Caroline thanked David during her speech. She said β€œShe was a nervous wreck before the match however her fiance managed to calm her down”.

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More pictures

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360 view below, check it out!

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I've just won the 2018 Australian Open

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Wozniacki of Denmark.

Game, set and match to Wozniacki - Caroline crying with tears of joy. She's dreamed of this moment all her life.

Billie Jean King presents Caroline Wozniacki with the winners Daphne Akhurst Trophy, followed by Caroline's victory speech

Billie Jean King presents Simona Halep with her runners-up trophy. Followed by a speech from Simona.

So, so many WTA tennis players and others took to social media before, during and after the match. Below you can see what some of them have said.