MELBOURNE – Caroline Wozniacki will have another chance to win a Grand Slam title after reaching the Australian Open final for the first time on Thursday.
Second-seeded Wozniacki's experience prevailed over the first time Grand Slam semifinalist Elise Mertens of Belgium, which allowed the Dane to advance to the final with a 6-3, 7- victory 6 (2).
Previous Wozniacki Grand Slam championship match opportunities came in the US Open. In 2009, lost to the Belgian Kim Clijsters. In 2014, he fell in love with his good friend Serena Williams.
"I'm excited," said Wozniacki. "It's another final, it's another two wonderful weeks, regardless of what happens now, I did my best, and when you go out on Saturday, you have everything to win."
This was Wozniacki's second semifinal at Melbourne Park. In 2011, he held a match point against Li Na, but could not advance.
"We are seven years old and still there," Wozniacki said of the 2011 defeat.
"I think that is (Li Na's match) that has been very disappointing to me throughout my career. I had many bad defeats, many victories, that was one of the ones that hurt me the most because I was going to the Grand Slam final, I was playing better in the day, I felt it was my time to get there. "
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Wozniacki spent most of the game in the top of Mertens, making his debut at the Australian Open this year and a first Grand Slam semifinal on his fifth great play.
But when he was in position to meet the match at 5-4, Wozniacki's nerves took over. He went ahead 30-0, even serving an ace on the first point, but then began to unravel. In the next four points, he committed a double fault twice, even in the last point to give away the game.
Wozniacki, however, increased in the tiebreaker to ensure the match of 1 hour and 37 minutes.  "It means a lot to me," Wozniacki told the crowd. "I got very tight at 5-4, double fouls in the pair, I had two good first serves and I thought everything was fine, and then it was not good anymore."
Making Wozniacki's appearance in the final even more remarkable is that she was almost sent packing in the second round. She was behind 5-1 and faced two match points before returning to 119th position of Jana Fett by winning six consecutive games.
Dane, 27, will try to become the fifth woman in the history of the Australian Open to overcome the match at least one match point before reaching the final to become the champion. Monica Seles in 1991, Jennifer Capriati in 2002, Serena Williams in 2003 and Angelique Kerber in 2016 survived match points.
Wozniacki has also positioned herself to return to the top spot when traveling to the final, where she & # 39; I will play the current number 1, Simona Halep. With both players looking for their first Grand Slam trophy, the winner will be No. 1.
Wozniacki previously ranked first in a total of 67 weeks starting in October 2010, ending the 2010 and 2011 seasons occupying the first place.
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