2018 Australian Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki
by Staff | January 26th, 2018, 10:24 pm
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It’s the match for everything. For the No. 1 ranking. For the Australian Open title and for a first career Grand Slam. Both World No. 1 Simona Halep and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki are in their third career Grand Slam finals, and both have come up just short before.

Halep finished twice runner up at the French Open, including last year where she was twice with three games of victory.

“The way she’s playing, she’s not missing,” Halep said of the Dane. “She’s running very well. So she’s a strong opponent. I played many times, yeah, like you said. I won against her few times. It’s going to be a different match, new match, a tough one. Emotions are there. Pressures are there for both of us.

“We’ll see what is gonna happen. I cannot say anything else about it.”

Wozniacki lost in two US Open finals, but a recent resurgence has put her back at the top of the game.

“I still have one match to go,” Wozniacki said. “I think it’s been a great two weeks so far. I’m really happy and proud of how I’ve managed to turn things around when things weren’t going my way and keep it up whenever it was going my way. I’m just excited. It’s another finals. It’s another great two weeks. Regardless of what happens now, I’ve done my best. When you go out there on Saturday, you have everything to win.”

Both players have saved match points along the way. In fact, Halep saved them in two different matches!

WTA NOTES
* Both players bidding for their debut Grand Slam title after two previous R-Up finishes
* Winner will take home not only the Australian Open trophy but also the WTA World No.1 ranking
* First time the World No.1 and World No.2 have met since 2015 Australian Open final
* First time in Open Era both finalists have saved match points en route to the championship match at a Grand Slam
* Wozniacki has now reached the title match at her last three successive tournaments, at the 2017 WTA Finals (defeating Venus Williams), 2018 Auckland (lost to Julia Goerges) and now the 2018 Australian Open
* Both finalists have posted their best results at the Australian Open – Wozniacki previously was a semifinalist (in 2011) and Halep had never progressed beyond the quarterfinals (in 2014 and 2015)
* Halep and Wozniacki are both bidding to win their first Grand Slam from their third major final
* This is Halep’s first Grand Slam on hardcourt, and Wozniacki’s third
* Halep is attempting to become the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title, following Virginia Ruzici’s triumph at Roland Garros in 1978
* Wozniacki would be the first player from Denmark to win a Grand Slam singles title. When she reached the final at 2009 US Open, she was the first Danish player to reach a major final since Kurt Nielsen at 1955 Wimbledon
* Wozniacki or Halep will be the 12th different first time Grand Slam title winner in the past 31 Slams: Schiavone (2010 Roland Garros), Li (2011 Roland Garros), Kvitova (2011 Wimbledon), Stosur (2011 US Open), Azarenka (2012 Australian Open), Bartoli (2013 Wimbledon), Pennetta (2015 US Open), Kerber (2016 Australian Open), Muguruza (2016 Roland Garros), Ostapenko (2017 Roland Garros) and Stephens (2017 US Open)
* Today’s champion will be the 48th player in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Wozniacki leads 4-2
Wozniacki has won their last three. This is the first time they have met in a Grand Slam tournament and the first time in a final.

SATURDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Women’s Singles Final
NOT BEFORE 7:30PM
S.Halep (1) vs C .Wozniacki (2)
Men’s Doubles Final
O.Marach/M.Pavic (7) vs J.Cabal/R.Farah (11)

WUNDERGROUND.COM SATURDAY FORECAST
Sunny. High 89F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

LADBROKES ODDS
Simona Halep 4/6 vs Caroline Wozniacki 6/5

US TV SCHEDULE
ESPN will have live coverage of the women’s final at 3:30am ET.


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69 Comments for 2018 Australian Open Women’s Final Open Thread: Simona Halep v Caroline Wozniacki

Willow Says:

Caros started well 3 love, breaks first ….


Willow Says:

Simona breaks back, with Caro serving for the set ….


Anto Says:

Go Simona


Margot Says:

Wow Woz! C’mon Simona!


Willow Says:

I Do like the new more aggressive Woz, going for her shots, improved serve with more pop, getting a few cheap points ….


Giles Says:

Come on you Woz.


Anto Says:

Looks like Halep has nothing left in her tank.


Willow Says:

Anto i think shes struggling with the heat ….


squirrel Says:

Poor Simona, come on girl, you ca do it!!


squirrel Says:

Are you for Woz Willow? :)


squirrel Says:

Yayyy 1 set all, come on Simona!!!!!!!!


Anto Says:

@Willow, may be. But we cannot forget her match vs kerber and the marathon match vs Lauren Davis


Willow Says:

Squirrel i dont know lol, as id be delighted for either, i do like Wozs new aggressive style, and that serve as improved no end, now Simonas got that set under her belt, i think she will do it in 3 …


Willow Says:

Its an enjoyable final too ….


squirrel Says:

Yeah it is! So happy for women’s tennis. Would be happy for both but I really want Simona to win…she’s fought so hard this entire tournaent!


Margot Says:

Terrific match! Even in the third as Simona breaks back. Gooooo Simona!


Anto Says:

@squirrel same here. I want Halep to win it. But will be happy for wozniacki too


Margot Says:

Yikes Simona broken again.
Good morning Anto :) Of course might not be your morning so, good day Anto!


Anto Says:

Wozniacki struggling to keep the lead.


Anto Says:

@Margot to you too. And yeah its not morning here. its afternoon


FedExpress Says:

WTA tennis in a mess. And Woz in choking mode.


Anto Says:

Finally Halep leads the match for the first time.


Willow Says:

Refreshing to see a final with players that are just getting on with it on the WTA, no wasting time to try putting opponents off their rhythum ….


Margot Says:

Just hold Simona!


FedExpress Says:

Woz had billion chances to lead 3-0 with a double break in the 3rd.

now trails 3-4 with a break. Halep more aggressive and deserves it.


Margot Says:

FedExpress if it’s not your bag, just go and play ping pong on the edge of a glacier, that might be exciting.


FedExpress Says:

or squash margot ;)

There was a time when the serve was a weapon in WTA tennis.


Willow Says:

Halep breaks, still wouldnt like to bet on who will win though ….


Anto Says:

Now I feel sad for Woz. Hope she can recover


squirrel Says:

@anto

Our girl finally lead, hopes she keeps it up!
May I know who are you rooting for tomorrow? ;)


Willow Says:

Go play marbles on the M 25 then Fedexpress ….


squirrel Says:

Yeah willow, up and down all the time, better not bet!


Anto Says:

Some gruelling rallies in this match. I love it.


Anto Says:

Both players giving their all.

@squirrel, I am a Nadal fan. So I am not rooting for anyone. Just hope for a competitive match


FedExpress Says:

6 breaks in 8 games


Anto Says:

Wow breaks brack. WOW


Anto Says:

Are we going to witness another marathon match


Anto Says:

Amazing rally to bring up match point


Anto Says:

Congrats Wozniacki. But Halep gave her all. And it was a really competitive match


FedExpress Says:

Didnt think that a pusher like Woz would win a GS

Congratz to her.

3rd GS final loss for Halep. Another chance wasted. Similarities to Murray?!?


Willow Says:

Woz wins the AO, good on you girl, sad for Halep, really think she will win one too ….


Margot Says:

What a point to bring up match point! Woz really earned that, so well done to her.
Sad for Simona :( Go get RG now girl! But if Angie’s there too might not know who to support……


Margot Says:

Congrats FedExpress for the golden shoe horn award ;)


Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Caro!

Proud of Halep, had a wonderful tournament, played with heart…well, maybe that beautiful match against Kerber, could have been shorter, payed the price for it ;)

Yeah, looks like she is more like Andy, when it comes to finals. Hope she will get another chance :)


Anto Says:

Halep is devasted but she is not showing that much I think.


Willow Says:

Im devastated for her, sat here welling up ….


Willow Says:

Woz is world number 1 with a GS, it must feel fantastic for her, to finally shut up her critics ….


jatin Says:

Very happy for calorine. She is a prime example of how Hard work and dedication always pays off ( even if it takes years) in the end. She reached her first final in 2009, and it took her almost a decade to finally win one.
I rarely watch WTA as I lost interest in it after Henin and clisters retirement , but I watched it for colorine today.
Halep played amazing as well, she will also get her 1st GS one day.


Humble Rafa Says:

I rarely watch WTA as I lost interest in it after Henin and clisters retirement , but I watched it for colorine today.

Looks like you also lost interest in spelling.


Willow Says:

Some of the things Henin did were a bit sketchy, loved her game, but disliked her as a person, liked Kim though on and off court ….


moi Says:

Oh I miss Henin!


jatin Says:

HumbleRafa..
Do you stay in this forum all day ?
It seems like you are some kind of programmed bot ;)


jatin Says:

Willow
Yeah, especiallly her one handed backhand. It was so fun to watch.


WTF Says:

How much credibility is there in the women’s game when multiple women have been #1 without ever winning a slam? The only reason Wozniacki finally got one is because her opponent was in the exact same situation as her.. a #1 without a slam. Which means one of them is guaranteed to win their maiden slam no matter how bad either of them are.

In the men’s game, there has only ever been one man to have ascended to #1 without ever winning a slam: Marcelo Rios. And his reign was very short lived.


WTF Says:

“Woz is world number 1 with a GS, it must feel fantastic for her, to finally shut up her critics ….”

Two slamless finalists who lack the mental fortitude to win a slam have the fortune of facing each other in the final, guaranteeing one of them overcoming that insurmountable hurdle. Against a slam-winning opponent, I don’t see it happening. This was down to a fortunate draw, pure and simple. I would have said the same of Halep if she were the one winning it.

If either girl faced an in form Serena, Sharapova, Kvitova, or even Azarenka, I can’t see them winning.


Giles Says:

Well done Woz!


Willow Says:

Well Kerber beat Serena, and Mugazura beat both the williams sisters ….


skeezer Says:

“just go and play ping pong on the edge of a glacier”
Margot, when you turn on the witty, you’re the best 😀
Congrats to Woz, first GS for Denmark?


Amit Says:

Was rooting for halep.. but congrats to wozniacki.. finally breaks the jinx..


Daniel Says:

Indeed, Henin is missed.

Congrats Woz, finally getting her Slam and #1 in the process.

Halep will be favorite for RG. Hope she gets her Slam this year. She was in three tuff matches this AO.


Amit Says:

HR

Why are you so infallibly correct always!


j-kath Says:

Gosh – wonderful match Caro and Simona – hard to decide who I wanted to win. In the end I picked Caro for all the wrong reasons (i.e. saw her ex husband-to-be swinging his golf stick and was reminded of how he treated Caroline —- sent an email to cancel the wedding)…

Hopefully wee Simona will get her first GS asap.


the_mind_reels Says:

Awesome win for Wozniacki! A great match from both players, who put the WTA’s quality on full display. Hopefully this helps Wozniacki lift herself to new heights.


Margot Says:

Why thankyou skeeze 😵💋


Danica Says:

Oh Simona :(((. Gutted for you.

Of course, in all anticipation, I fell asleep just like the night before with Roger and Chung. Watching the rerun on Tennis Channel now. Good match but I like Simona’s tennis more.

Congrats to Caroline and fans. Two big titles back to back, deserved #1. Now, let’s see if she can sustain that form. Wish her good luck but would love to see Simona lift a GS trophy this year.

Now on to men…


Danica Says:

J-Kath,
I am with you on the reasons why you supported Caroline. One of the reasons, among others, why I supported Simona is that Chris Evert and specially Pam Shriver were utterly annoying during this tournament claiming that there was no way Simona could win it with her few exhausting matches, rolled ankles and all. Hope they ate their words since the match was quite tight and could have, in fact, ended differently.


j-kath Says:

Thanks Danica: Hope to see U in the future.


t4t Says:

Sorry for Halep. She had a tough draw. And this is the 3rd GS final. Soon Serena will be back and if she is in form, no one else can get a look see. I miss Azarenka. She made a big mistake getting pregnant with the wrong guy.

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