Two years ago Caroline Wozniacki was the star of the show in Melbourne. In a battle of determination and a lot of running the Dane overpowered Simona Halep to lift her first and only Grand Slam title.
Now as her final tournament approaches before she retires a look back at one hell of a final and her greatest achievement.
I remember the final as if it were yesterday, I even skipped a friends birthday celebration to watch it on that Sunday.
However, before the final a bit of housekeeping was in order from the Dane.
Jana Fett from Croatia could have changed the course of history. 6-3 5-1 up the Croat had match point against the number two seed. She saved it, came through her second round match and into the third round before eventually winning the title.
The performance in the final epitomised the spirit and personality of Caroline Wozniacki. Incredible shot making from her relentless and purposeful running unmatched on a tennis court.
A backhand down the line opened up the court immediately for the Dane who after holding her own opening service broke the Romanian’s.
This wasn’t to be it for Wozniacki as the two would contest a tie-break to conclude the opening set. One way traffic the way of the number two seed who took it 7-2.
The look of business.
Simona Halep was struggling physically with the Romanian at one point hopping on one leg but on the 8th game of the second set got the break.
A typically Halep styled flat forehand crushed down the line sealed the break of serve and went onto win the second set 6-3.
The third began the same as the first, an immediate break of serve from Wozniacki. A 9 minute plus game brought Halep back on serve.
Saving the best till last.
4-5 on the Halep serve and Wozniacki as she always has done, turned on the burners.
The tennis she produced at 4-5 30-30 to create the championship point epitomised her career.
She never gave anything up and she got her greatest reward and I’m pleased she did!