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Caroline Wozniacki ends years of doubt with maiden grand slam | Simon Cambers

The Dane says she now has nothing to lose after beating Simona Halep in an epic Australian Open final

Just after 1.30am on Sunday in a small room inside the media centre here, Caroline Wozniacki beamed her trademark smile. Less than three hours after a gruelling 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 win against Simona Halep in the Australian Open final, she was finally a grand slam champion for the first time. After years of years of questioning and criticism, she had proved everyone wrong. And she was loving it.

“Oh definitely, it feels really good, it’s great,” said the 27-year-old, whose 2hr 49min victory against Halep had been a glorious example of the tenacity and resilience that has marked her career, having lost in her two previous grand slam finals, at the US Open in 2009 and 2014. Six years after she last held the No 1 ranking, here she was, back on top and with the ultimate monkey off her back.

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