- Simona Halep beats Angelique Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7
- Caroline Wozniacki beats Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6 (2)
If you keep knocking on the door long enough, sooner or later, it’s going to swing open. It’s a mantra that Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki have hung on to for a long time and on Saturday, at the Australian Open, one of them will become a grand slam champion for the first time.
The nerves were frazzled again in the semi-finals on Thursday, Wozniacki surviving a second-set stumble to beat the unseeded Belgian, Elise Mertens, 6-3, 7-6 (2). Top seed Halep edged out the former champion, Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 in a match that had everything, match points saved on both sides, incredible athleticism and shot-making and stunning defence.