She had endured an agonising wait to claim one of tennis' four main prizes but that record came to an end today in dramatic fashion in Melbourne.
Twenty years after Petr Korda won his only grand slam title at the Australian Open, his 17-year-old son Sebastian lifted the junior title with a 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 victory over Tseng Chun Hsin.
Both players battled leg complaints in the taxing two hour and 49 minute tussle, but Wozniacki found the grit to make the breakthrough in her third grand slam final.
The rattled Dane promptly dropped serve for the first time, before regaining her cool to dominate the tiebreaker to pocket the opening set in 50 minutes. "And like I said, I didn't give up, which meant a lot, and that's how I won the match". "I think both of us were very exhausted in the end", said Wozniacki, 27, who recorded her fifth - and most important - victory against Halep in seven career meetings. And then again, "It was an incredible match, an incredible fight and again I'm sorry". Serena Williams, who beat her older sister, Venus, in last year's final, took time out for her pregnancy and the birth of her first child in September, and is preparing to return to competition next month. "It's been quite a turnaround, something I'm very proud of", she said. I got really tight at 5-4.
"I'm sorry that I had to win today but I'm sure we'll have many matches in the future".
"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".
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"I obviously feel very sad for her, but at the same time I'm very happy for myself".
However, the Romanian was unable to maintain momentum and Wozniacki duly reeled off three games in succession, securing victory on her first match point when Halep netted. Despite a strained ankle in her first round match, which could have taken out of the competition, Halep managed to continue the tournament and play good tennis.
"But, you know, I think I did pretty well with all the things that were going on". Regardless of what happens now, I've done my best. She needed a medical timeout but one break was enough as she won the final set 6-4. "I think both of us were very exhausted in the end". "I'm still losing and I'm still waiting", she said.
"I'm just taking a second here to hug Daphne [trophy]".
It will change, rightly, today with Halep and Wozniacki, so close in the rankings that the win will not only clinch the Australian Open, and $4 million prizemoney, but the No.1 slot too. That's why I can say that I'm not sad for that.
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