Wozniacki then took a medical timeout to have her left leg taped under the knee; as soon as she returned to the court docket, she didn’t lose one other sport.
With Halep serving at Four-5, 30-30, Wozniacki gained one of many match’s greatest rallies: an prolonged duel that compelled her to dash from nook to nook earlier than ending it with a forehand winner. That gave her match level, and in gentle of this match, the massive shock was that Halep didn’t discover a manner to put it aside.
When Halep’s backhand hit the web, Wozniacki instantly threw her racket within the air and hit the deck, crying as she lay on her again together with her arms protecting her face.
“I by no means cry, however as we speak is a really emotional second,” Wozniacki stated in her remarks to the group as she cradled the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup awarded to the ladies’s singles champion.
Billie Jean King introduced the long-awaited prize; Wozniacki already was on a first-name foundation with the trophy, calling it “Daphne.”
However she spared a phrase for Halep, too.
“I do know as we speak is a troublesome day,” she stated, turning to face her opponent, who’s now Zero-Three in Grand Slam singles finals. “I’m sorry I needed to win as we speak, however I’m positive we’ll have many matches sooner or later. It was an unimaginable match, unimaginable battle, and once more, I’m sorry.”
She gave the impression of she meant it, and Halep maintained her composure.
“Perhaps the fourth time can be with luck,” she stated in her remarks to the group.
Such an ending for Wozniacki regarded extremely unlikely within the second spherical of the match, when the second-seeded Wozniacki confronted two match factors and a 1-5 deficit within the closing set towards the unseeded Jana Fett of Croatia.
Wozniacki escaped and went on to win six straight video games.
Halep had saved match factors of her personal, 5 in complete over two matches: her third-round victory over the American Lauren Davis and her semifinal victory over the previous No. 1 Angelique Kerber.
That made this Grand Slam closing the primary within the Open period between ladies who had each confronted match factors within the match.
Wozniacki and Halep had additionally each misplaced their earlier two main finals.
However the speedy Wozniacki ended her wait on Saturday and within the course of turned the primary participant from Denmark to win a significant singles title.
She misplaced the 2009 United States Open closing to Kim Clijsters and the 2014 United States Open closing to Serena Williams. Each opponents had been aggressive base liners, with energy in abundance, they usually took the initiative towards the extra defensive-minded Wozniacki.
However she has modified her sport in latest seasons and improved her serve. Wozniacki nonetheless depends on her excellent protection and consistency from the baseline, however she has added a dose of threat to the combination.
It helped her win the WTA Finals — the elite, eight-women, season-ending championship — in October. That was her most important title till Saturday.
It has been an extended chase. Although Wozniacki is simply 27, this was her 43rd look in a Grand Slam singles match. Flavia Pennetta, Marion Bartoli and Jana Novotna are the one ladies to have performed in additional earlier than successful a primary main trophy.
The primary time Wozniacki performed the Australian Open, as a 17-year-old in 2008, she reached the fourth spherical. She rose to No. 1 in October 2010 and — aside from one week — held the highest spot till January 2012.
She confronted questions all by means of that run about her lack of ability to win a Grand Slam title.
“I’m No. 1 on this planet. I’m 20 years previous, so I feel I’m doing tremendous,” she stated in an interview in Could 2011. “Clearly after all I’d wish to win a Grand Slam, however I don’t put stress on myself. Subsequent 12 months. This 12 months. In three years.”
It took almost seven, and it was candy.