Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki wins Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has become the first ever Danish Grand Slam singles tennis champion after defeating world number one Simona Halep in three sets.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki wins Australian Open
Photo: Toru Hanai/AFP Photo/Ritzau Scanpix

Caroline Wozniacki's dreams of becoming a Grand Slam champion came true after an enthralling performance against Halep in Melbourne on Saturday.

Wozniacki triumphed 7-6, 3-6 (2-7), 6-4 against the Romanian, whose position she now takes at the top of the world rankings.

She also becomes the first ever Danish Grand Slam singles champion.

At the end of an epic final lasting two hours and 50 minutes, the Dane fell to her knees in tears of joy as she converted the first and only match point of the tie.

“I want to congratulate Simona. I know today is tough and I'm sorry I had to win, but I am sure we will have many matches in the future,” Wozniacki said on court after the match and trophy presentation.

“It was an incredible match, an incredible fight.

“Last but not least, I want to thank my dad who has been there since I was seven. We've had ups and downs, but you've been there every step of the way,” she said.

Photo: Paul Crock/AFP Photo/Ritzau Scanpix

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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