Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open

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From there both the players held their own service games to take the scoreline 5-3 in favour of Wozniacki.

During the presentation ceremony Wozniacki twice apologised to Halep because she understood the pain she must be feeling.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki clinched her maiden Grand Slam title and became the new women's world number one as she beat Simona Halep of Romania in a thrilling women's singles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

'I know that Halep is trying to play more aggressively', Wilander added.

Second-seed Wozniacki, who was presented with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy by Billie Jean King, said: "I'm just taking a second here to hug Daphne".

"My voice is shaking".

"At the end of the day, all we can do is take your moment, take your time, just go for it when you have the opportunity".

Wozniacki was the top seed that year having risen to number one in the world in 2010 and she said the defeat was crushing.

So more than eight years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 U.S. Open - a straight sets loss to Kim Clijsters - Wozniacki has finally erased the "but never won a major" footnote on her resume.

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But she did that in the first set of today's match via a tie-break, before Halep ensured that it would go the distance.

Wozniacki, who had never before won a set in a Grand Slam final, has reached the final of the last three tournaments she played, winning the year-end WTA Finals last October, being a finalist in Auckland a few weeks ago, and now here at Melbourne Park.

Distracted by an overzealous fan in Rod Laver Arena, Wozniacki urged the chair umpire to intervene.

And she was serving to stay in the match at 5-4 down in the final set, but the Dane dramtically broke her to make history. Simona Halep has rallied to capture the second set 6-3 to level the women's final at one set apiece.

Both players needed medical attention during the brutal encounter in energy-sapping conditions so hot there was a 10-minute "extreme heat" break between second and third sets.

Both of them were in their third major final - their first in Australia - and both had saved match points in earlier rounds to get there. Of course I'm sad I couldn't win today but Caroline was better than me. "At the same time, I think it really was a great momentum shift for me going further into the tournament after that". "I don't remember a lot of things, but that one is one that I remember very well".

"It was an incredible match, an incredible fight".

It was a relief, she said, to talk to reporters and not be asked when she was going to win a Grand Slam.

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