Finals don’t get bigger than this. Two ladies and a first Grand Slam on the line and of course world number one title but who would claim their first major at their third attempt?
The Dane started the match in complete control. One of the highlights of her game this week has been her aggression and improvement off the forehand was visible going after the Romanian’s serve and got the reward with an early break.
The nerves settled after for Halep who then played her next two service games without dropping a point really crushing the forehand and taking the ball early but still trailing 2-4.
One commentator describe Wozniacki as dialled in and well wasn’t she just?! She continued to flatten out the forehand and backhand so well and played an incredible point to go on to sealing a 5-2 lead but first signs of frustration from Halep who at 0-15 on the Wozniacki serve hit the second serve return straight into the net! 5-2.
Halep did her bit in the next game for 3-5 and over to Caro serving for the set. It got messy for the Dane falling 0-40 down on serve! A well constructed point and an ace got her to 30-40 but Halep forced the error and it was quickly back on serve 4-5… where next?!
Well, a love hold followed for Halep! 5-5…
The unpredictability of this match as another love hold this time for Wozniacki who to her credit re-grouped very quickly to edge ahead of 6-5 asking the question of Simona Halep once more.
Halep answered some tough questions from the Dane but held out for 6-6 taking the set to a tie-break!
Frustration for Halep immediately with Caro taking a 2-0 lead the first time we’ve seen aggression in quite some time from her! Another poor second serve return from Halep long gifting Wozniacki the point going up 3-1 and quickly 4-1!
Hustle from the Dane! The depth, the precision and a 5-2 lead for Wozniacki! Two points from the first set!
A solid serve set up four set points for the former world number one who took her first Grand Slam final set 7-6 (7-2)!
No first set hangover for Halep who needed a quick hold which she got and at 1-1, where would this one go now?
Well the tennis from these two ladies was exceptional and we saw the extent of that in the third game which went on and on finishing the Halep saving a massive four set points to lead 2-1, how big could that prove to be?
Slight distraction for the Dane up 40-0 failing to find her first serve at this point but at 40-30 another second serve Halep pounced on but sent long for the third time!
Concerns for Halep who despite holding for 3-2 had to call on the physio with the doctor and physio coming out on court taking her blood pressure with it being informed prior to this if a it were to go to a third set the heat rule would be implemented giving the players a 10 minute break.
The heat and humidity seemed to be taking it’s toll on Halep and once played resumed Wozniacki levelled up for 3-3. How much does Simona Halep have in the tank?
Wow what a turn around! Break points came and Halep took them to lead 5-3! Who saw this coming? The Romanian look’s like she can’t walk!
Well, break points came and gone and then on set point on an open court Halep sent iong but converted on the third attempt to take the set 6-3!
One set shootout…
Following the break the nerves took over and these ladies unsperable on court with Wozniacki leading 3-1 like in set one but pegged back again!
Another break of serve! Halep leading 4-3 with a fist-pump! Could she do it?!
Another twist as Wozniacki breaks back! 4-4. 8 games, 6 breaks! Where next??!
The nerves! 40-15 and Caro double faults… and a backhand into the net from Halep means Wozniacki is a game away from the title!
How are your nerves ladies?
Forehand into the net first point Wozniacki… 0-15
Forehand cross court, 15-15…
Double fault 30-30 (Halep’s first)
OH CAROLINE WOZNIACKI! THE DEFENCE!
FIRST GRAND SLAM CHAMPION!
The fight, the hard work, the determination, the knock backs, she has been through it all in her 811 career matches so far and she proves never give it up and keep up the hard work!