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Live Reporting

Alex Bysouth

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  1. Until next time...


    Well, that was some finish to the 2018 women's Australian Open.

    Caroline Wozniacki takes her first Grand Slam title, and with it the world number one spot.

    If you want to relive that epic, then you can read Piers Newbery's report here.

    It's time for us to wrap this up, but we'll be back with you on Sunday for the men's final as Roger Federer takes on Marin Cilic looking for a 20th major win.

    Same time tomorrow? See you then...

  2. Coming up on Sunday

    It's a case of deja vu on Sunday.

    The men's singles final will be contested by Roger Federer and Marin Cilic - a repeat of Wimbledon.

    It was world number two Roger Federer who came out on top at SW19 against a blister-hit Cilic.

    The Swiss is defending his Australian Open title and looking for the 20th Grand Slam of his career.

    Croat Cilic is into the Melbourne final for the first time and is hoping to send his four-year wait for a second major trophy.

    We'll have live coverage of that match online and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, with highlights to follow on BBC One at 13:00 GMT.

    Roger Federer and Marin Cilic
  3. Highlights

    BBC One

    If you want to relive that cracker of an Australian Open final, then tune in to BBC One at 13:15 GMT for the highlights.

    Just about time to have a breather and grab yourself some lunch...

    Good luck to the producer trying to whittle that one down, it was compelling throughout.

  4. 'Halep will get her chance again'

    Jill Craybas

    Former world number 39 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Because of her consistency and hard work this is well deserved for Caroline.

    I think Halep will get her chance again. She's a tough competitor and for sure she will hold one of these trophies aloft.

  5. Post update

    "Sweet Caroline" is playing inside the Rod Laver Arena, whoever made the Australian Open final playlist will be rubbing their hands that Wozniacki took the title...

  6. 'Great to see Wozniacki rewarded'

    Pat Cash

    Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    She is incredibly athletic. She might not dominate the game like Serena but she looks like she can win a couple more. She's very professional and works so hard. You like to see players like that rewarded. It's great to see.

    Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark kisses her trophy
  7. 'I'm sorry I had to win'

    More from Caroline Wozniacki: "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.

    "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 down, but you've been there every step of the way."

  8. The champion speaks

    Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki: "I am taking a second to hug Daphne (the trophy). This is a dream come true. I am shaking. It's very emotional. This is such a special tournament."

    Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark receives the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup
  9. Post update

    Halep 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 4-6 Wozniacki

    And now Caroline Wozniacki, the Australian Open champion.

    "My voice is shaking," says the new world number one, after winning her first Grand Slam title.

  10. 'I wanted to give my best'

    Halep 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 4-6 Wozniacki

    Here's Simona Halep: "I want to congratulate Caroline. Good luck for the future.

    "It's been a great tournament for me, I started not very well with an ankle injury but wanted to give my best.

    "Of course I am sad but Caroline was better than me. I fight and have many years to go, so hopefully will face another challenge like today."

    Simona Halep holds up the runners-up trophy
  11. Post update

    Halep 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 4-6 Wozniacki

    First up, the runner-up.

    Simona Halep looks on, steps forward and gives the crowd a wave before receiving her prize for second place from Billie Jean King.

  12. Get Involved


    Abu Ali: Wozniacki got a lot of stick for the lack of a slam. So glad she shut down the doubters! Halep will win one soon for sure!

    Kevin Heffernan: As long as Serena and Sharapova Arnt firing I’m sure Halep can win the French, fair play to Wozniacki, and some match

    Joel Newnham: Halep will win a slam one day. well done Wozniaki

    Simona Halep of Romania looks dejected
  13. Post update

    Halep 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 4-6 Wozniacki

    We'll be hearing from the Australian Open champion in a moment...

  14. Post update

    Pat Cash

    Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Halep has had the tougher matches and in the end a slightly fresher Wozniacki managed to scramble more balls back to get over the line.

    She's a very good defensive player who has a very good weapon in her backhand and she also has a great set of wheels and is a tough competitor.

  15. Post update

    Halep 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 4-6 Wozniacki

    Not only does Caroline Wozniacki take her first Grand Slam title, but she also leapfrogs Simona Halep into the world number one spot.

  16. Wozniacki Australian Open champion

    Halep 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 4-6 Wozniacki

    Well, that was some final... and Caroline Wozniacki a worthy winner, but what a role Simona Halep had to play in it. Incredible.

    Two hours, 50 minutes... epic.

  17. Post update

    Jill Craybas

    Former world number 39 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Both players had tremendous challenges to get to the final, saving match points.

    Both had injury problems in the final and they gave us a fantastic match.

    Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep