Caro­line Woz­ni­acki —

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In one of the most thrilling Grand Slam fi­nals this cen­tury, Woz­ni­acki out­lasted Si­mona Halep 7­6, 3­6, 6­4 at the Aus­tralian Open. She com­ple­mented her trade­mark con­sis­tency, com­po­sure, and pa­tience with a more ag­gres­sive serve and fore­hand to cap­ture her first ma­jor ti­tle. The 28­year­old Dane was for­tu­nate, though, to face an ex­hausted and in­jured Halep.

When former No. 1 Woz re­treats into her cau­tious, counter­punch­ing “com­fort zone,” she is of­ten over­pow­ered. She found a win­ning for­mula in Mel­bourne, but this ob­server pre­dicts she won’t stick with it. Per­haps her fi­ance, re­tired NBA power for­ward David Lee, will give her some ben­e­fi­cial tips.

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