Romania's Simona Halep loses Australian Open final

Erica Murray
January 28, 2018

"I didn't want to think too much about how it would feel to win before the match because that's like in case I don't, it's going to hurt even more", the 27-year-old, less than two years after being ranked in the 70s after a career slide, told reporters with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at her side. My voice is shaking.

"I am really happy, and I wish I am going to come back again next year and do very good again", an ecstatic Pavic said after the victory.

She said: "I'd been through a lot of injuries at that point".

"Of course, I'm sad I could not win today but Caroline was better than me and for sure I will fight and I have many years to go so, hopefully, I will face another challenge like this today".

A tiebreak eventually followed and although Wozniacki won it comfortably, the series of long and exciting rallies had fans eagerly anticipating the second set. I came back in the third set, but when I had to serve for 5-3, the gas was gone.

"And we were playing all these insane long rallies, I was thinking, "OK, I'm looking over there, she looks a little exhausted, she must be feeling the exact same way or maybe more exhausted than me".

"I know that today is a tough day", Wozniacki said to Halep.

"I also want to thank my dad", Wozniacki added of her coach Piotr Wozniacki. Like Halep, this will be her third major final. I can win against anyone. For a time it seemed that Halep stopping Wozniacki from getting a set and a break lead would be enough to put her back into the driver's seat to take the title, but that turned out to not be the case.

Halep was gallant in defeat but leaves Melbourne Park with a third grand slam final defeat.

Her opponent today, Caroline Wozniacki has fared little better, two finals losses from 42 attempts by the world No.2.

Caroline Wozniacki had a brilliant start to the day as she held her own service game and then broke Halep to go up 2-0 in the first set. There were tears of joy as she approached the net.

Cramping and nearly limping, she made a decision to stand and deliver in the next game, keeping the points short. Incredible match, incredible fight.

The Romanian led 3-0 in the second set with three break points in the fourth game.

"I was really exhausted", Halep said after the match.

She couldn't manage it and a backhand into the net brought an end to her courageous challenge. She becomes the ninth woman to win the Australian singles title after being down match point, the last two being Li Na in 2014 and Kerber in 2016.

The 33-year-old Kunieda beat the 47-year-old Frenchman 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in 2 hours, 41 minutes at Margaret Court Arena.

What does this all mean for Wozniacki, Halep, and the rest of the Slam hopefuls approaching the French, Wimbledon and US Open this year?

"It's been a great tournament for me". "I think you just learn all the time". "I have a special emotion against him any time". "I'm very excited for that. Not the same as others".

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