Australian Open Review – Wozniacki & Federer are Singles Champions
28 January 2018
Wozniacki breaks through for first Grand Slam Title
In what proved to be a case of third time lucky, Danish champion, Caroline Wozniacki claimed her first major title by winning the Australian Open with a thrilling victory over Simona Halep.
Caroline Wozniacki, who was twice US Open runner-up (2009 and 2014), achieved her major breakthrough by beating Halep 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-4 in a punishing final contested amid stifling heat in 2 hours and 50 minutes.
The triumph also delivered Wozniacki the world number one ranking.
To her credit, Simona Halep has won plenty of new fans with her fighting qualities in the final and a classy runner-up speech praising her opponent.
Federer outlasts Cilic
Roger Federer rode out his customary wave of adulation from sports lovers and perhaps even sports ignorers across the planet who have been lucky enough to witness the most accomplished player in tennis history — and perhaps even the most accomplished athlete ever, in any sport, worldwide.
Incredibly, Swiss Champion Federer, at the age of 36 (an age when most players are contemplating playing exhibition events only), pushed out his Grand Slam title winning record to a now almost untouchable 20th title. Tennis experts have run out of adjectives to describe Federer, who is considered by most to be the most gifted and ‘natural’ tennis player of all time.
Federer outlasted Croatia’s Marian Cilic to secure a 5 set victory, 6-2 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to lift the Australian Open trophy for a 6th time.
Australia vs Germany Davis Cup
With the Australian Open now behind us, attention in Australia’s Summer of Tennis, now turns to this coming weekend’s Davis Cup tie between Australia and Germany in Brisbane.
Watch out for our upcoming preview of the tie. In the meantime, you can place a bet with SportsBet for Australia to win the 2018 Davis Cup at $11.00 or if you fancy a real outside bet, you can take Germany at $23.00.