Caroline Wozniacki: congrats on her first career Grand Slam!

Even if Chung had been fit, he was trying to reach his first ATP final against a player who has won 95 titles, 19 of them Grand Slams.

Tennis.com's Joel Drucker calls the encounter a "career-defining final" for the duo.

The victor will also be World No 1 when the next rankings are released. Halep will try and play more aggressive whilst Wozniacki will keep chasing down balls and will look to keep errors to a minimum.

The current world No.1 and top seed said: "It's nice that it's happening". It's a nice feeling and I'm looking forward to the last match of this tournament. "When you're in the finals, I'm not going to lie, I was really nervous before going out there on court, but once I kind of settled in and we had the warmup, I thought, 'I have everything to win'".

Denmark's Wozniacki made the way through finals by defeating Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6 while Romanian Halep entered the last two with a 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 win over Angelique Kerber. "I'm going to cry, I'm very emotional".

So, who will win the women's singles title?

In another show of Wozniacki's vast scrambling from the base-line, the Dane chipped a backhand from a clattered Halep fore, with Halep netting the return.

"I always believed in myself", said the Dane of making another major final. I'm sorry I had to win, Simona. "I feel she just likes my game". I slept a lot. "I've dreamt of this for so many years".

"I had confidence in myself".

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Things might have been different had Berdych converted his fine start into the opening set, as he probably should have. The crunch seemed to come in the third game, when a forehand error from Berdych gave Federer the break for 2-1.

"I want to thank my fiancé who is here tonight", said Wozniacki. I don't think I did something that wrong. Emotions are there. Pressures are there for both of us. I think it's awesome.

The win returned Wozniacki to the No. 1 ranking, six years after losing it at the 2012 Australian Open. I still stick with these predictions based on what I have seen this tournament. After spending 11½ hours on court through six matches - more time than Roger Federer in the men's draw - Halep said she just hit a wall. "I'm never going to get that question [about not winning a Grand Slam] again". After the first set, I just was out.

Wozniacki has won their last three. Top seed Simona Halep will face second-seeded Carolinze Wozniacki.

An energy-zapping set lasting 50 gruelling minutes seemed to take its toll on Halep.

A series of great escapes underpinned Simona Halep's courageous Australian Open campaign but the exhausted Romanian hit a dead end in the final as she crumbled in a thriller against Caroline Wozniacki.

Wozniacki could not contain her emotions after her victory was confirmed.

ESPN will have live coverage of the women's final at 3:30am ET.

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