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WTA: Best Grand Slam Matches of 2018

As the tennis season 2018 curtains down, its time to review the best major matches on the WTA arena. The ladies around the globe have put up a phenomenal show of tennis in the major cities of the world. Also, their life-long fingers to the bone work were visible with their captivating tennis as they slam the tennis ball on the court.

5. Dominika Cibulkova d. Angelique Kerber, 3-6 6-3 6-3, US Open, Round 3:

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia

The German, Kerber was eyeing to seize her second consecutive major. However, Cibulkova halted that notion of hers. The Slovakian held a firm inclination towards the long rallies and laid hold of a crucial break of serve at 4-2, second set. As the Flushing Medows’ favourite face sents a wide backhand on Cibulkova’s court, Cibulkova advanced to the fourth round in the Big Apple City.

4. Hsieh Su-Wei d. Simona Halep, 3-6 6-4 7-5, Wimbledon, Round 3:

Hsieh Su-Wei

The reigning French Open champion, Halep was chucked out the third round of the SW19 major just few weeks after her coronation of a major in Paris. However, the grass is considered to be Halep’s least successful surface. The Taiwanese, Hsieh staved off a match and switched to an aggressive game in the third set. Additionally, she portrayed her entire proficiency of tennis in the match against the WTA Number One, Halep.

3. Simona Halep d. Lauren Davis, 4-6 6-4 15-13, Australian Open, Round 3:

Simona Halep

Halep’s route to the final in the Melbourne major was a tussle for two weeks. She played for nearly four hours against the unseeded Davis to continue her run in the premiere Slam of the year. Also, the Romanian safeguarded three match points at 10-11 and the ladies battled for two hours and 22 minutes in the deciding set. “I’m almost dead,” Halep said in her on-court interview. “But it’s nice that we could show good tennis.”

2. Simona Halep d. Angelique Kerber, 6-3 4-6 9-7, Australian Open, Semifinal:

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The Romanian woman, Halep battled with the German lady, Kerber to reach her first major final in Melbourne. Also, she is the first Romanian to reach the Australian Open final. Halep handled to match points and tussled to stay in the semifinal. She remained calm until she won the point in the long rallies she played. “I just had confidence in myself. I told myself to fight for every point and then rest afterwards. I tried to stay calm but today I was like a roller coaster. I didn’t give up though and, if you don’t give up, you can win matches. I am proud of myself,” she in her post-match press conference.

1. Caroline Wozniacki d. Simona Halep,  7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4, Australian Open, Final:

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates her first major victory

She was termed the Slam-less Number one for a long time in her career. The Dane, Wozniacki had put an end to that remark as she pulled off her first Slam in an epic final match against Halep in Melbourne. Halep and Wozniacki reached the final after saving match points in their previous matches. Moreover, the ladies grappled in the Rod Laver Arena to clinch their premiere Slam. The WTA warriors battled for two hours and 49 minutes. Halep doubled faulted during the crucial moment of the match in the last game. Wozniacki embraced her 2018 Australian Open title as Halep netted a backhand. After winning she addressed Halep, “I’m sorry I had to win today”.

Mahalakshmi Murali

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