The top two seeds Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki will face off in the 2018 Australian Open with both women playing for their first grand slam title and the world number one ranking.
The former world no.1 Wozniacki comes into the Australian Open final arguably playing the best tennis of her career. After finishing the 2017 season in great form taking out the WTA Finals she kicked off the new year as runner up in Auckland. Except for one major bump in the road her Australian Open journey has been dominant as well. That one bump came in the second round when trailing 1-5 and 15 : 40 against Jana Fett. She was able to save two match points in that game before going on to win six straight games and since then has had no problems progressing past her opponents.
Coming into the final she ticks a lot of boxes having played some great tennis spending little time on court which could play a part with the extreme weather we have had in Melbourne during the tournament.
The current world no.1 Halep has overcome many obstacles in making her way to the final. Going all the way back to her first round match against Destanee Aiava, she rolled her previously injured ankle badly before recovering and winning that match. She has since had to cope with the pain from that injury, receiving strapping and injections before every match to get through.
If dealing with an injured ankle wasn’t bad enough, Halep has also had to survive two grueling marathon matches where she needed to save match points during both matches. After defeating Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 in the third round she had to repeat the performance against Angelique Kerber in the semi final when winning 6-3, 4-6, 9-7. With all of the time spent on court during this years Australian Open and a lingering ankle injury she will need to be at her absolute best to win.
Wozniacki and Halep have met on six previous occasions (five of which were on hard courts), with Wozniacki leading the head to head over Halep 4-2. Perhaps even more importantly though Wozniacki has had the better of Halep in their most recent encounters, with the Dane winning the last three match ups including twice last year.
All signs point to a Wozniacki win.
The Dane comes in with very good consistent form, she has had the better of Halep in recent encounters and has spent a lot less time on court than Halep during this year's Australian Open. Add in the fact that Halep is nursing an ankle injury and we have to tip Woz to claim her first grand slam title and the number one ranking.
Tip: Caroline Wozniacki @ $2.25