Caroline Wozniacki —
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.