Australian Open 2018: Caroline Wozniacki Claims a Major Crown

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Caroline Wozniacki had a strong yet at times frustrating 2017 campaign.  She finished as the runner-up six different events prior to winning her sole title of 2017 at the year-end finale.  She was runner-up at Aukland to start 2018.  I recall Wozniacki taking some heat from Twitter trolls mocking her many runner-up finishes last year.  Well, Wozniacki has claimed two of her last 3 events with her 2018 Australian Open title and her 2017 WTA Finals title sandwiching a runner-up at Aukland 2018.  Wozniacki is no longer a member of the I’ve been ranked #1 with no career majors club.

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I hope that Simona Halep leaves that club soon.  Halep won the match of the tournament by beating 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 9-7 in the 3rd set.  Halep also won her 3rd round match 16-14 in the 3rd set and rallied from an early deficit to beat Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinal round.   Halep showed guts and determination on the court to reach her 3rd major final.  Halep has reached two of the past four major finals and seems likely to eventually take a major crown home.  She should be an early favorite at Roland Garros.

For now, the WTA has a new #1 who is also a major champion.  It will be interesting to see how Wozniacki experiences this stint at #1 with no one questioning her legitimacy at the top.  With Halep and Wozniacki playing so well joined by a rejuvenated Angelique Kerber, the WTA Tour could feature a lot of great counter-punching tennis in 2018.

PS – I reminded my daughter of what she called Caroline Woznicki at the 2012 Cincinnati event: “Caroline Wozmiacki.”  That drew some smiles from her as we recalled her first trip to a pro-tennis event.

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