Wozniacki outlasts Halep to win Aus Open final thriller, claim first major and top ranking – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Caroline Wozniacki (L), holds trophy after beating Simona Halep (L) in the Australian Open final.It proved to be a case of third time lucky for Caroline Wozniacki after she claimed her first major title by winning the Australian Open with victory over Simona Halep in a pulsating championship decider on Rod Laver Arena.

Wozniacki, who has been US Open runner-up twice (2009 and 2014), achieved her major breakthrough by beating Halep 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-4 in a punishing final contested amid stifling heat and across two hours and 50 minutes.

The triumph also gave the Dane the world number one ranking.

Wozniacki wept tears of joy after also returning to the top of the rankings – ending a record six-year stint between stints – with the watershed win at Melbourne Park.

via Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to claim first major and top ranking – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)