Denmark’s Wozniacki reaches Australian Open final

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki has a shot at her first Grand Slam title after defeating Belgian Elise Mertens in Melbourne.

Denmark's Wozniacki reaches Australian Open final
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Belgium's Elise Mertens in the Australian Open semi final. Photo: Vincent Thian/AP Photo/Scanpix Denmark

The 27-year-old Dane won the semi-final match 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

Wozniacki's final appearance will be her first in Melbourne and her third in any of tennis' four Grand Slam major tournaments – the Australian, French and US Opens and Wimbledon.

She finished runner-up at the US Open in 2009 and 2014.

Mertens, Wozniacki's opponent in the semi-final, is ranked 37 in the world and was unseeded for the tournament. She was playing in a Grand Slam semi for the first time.

The Dane was dominant throughout the tie and almost sealed victory with the score at 6-3, 5-4 before unexpectedly dropping her serve from a 30-0 advantage.

She recovered from that stumble to prevail after a second set tie-break.

In Saturday's final, Wozniacki will face Romanian world number one Simona Halep, who won a thrilling second semi-final 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 against Angelique Kerber.

Wozniacki will take over the number one ranking should she defeated Halep to become the first ever Danish Grand Slam singles champion.

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used