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  • Long-time rivals: Simona Halep greets Caroline Wozniacki after the match at the New Haven Open back in 2013 (Getty Images North America)Source: Getty Images North America
Both Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki have fallen short on a Grand Slam title twice before. But there´s many more parallels between this year´s women´s finalists.
By
Maria Schaller

26 Jan 2018 - 9:34 PM  UPDATED 28 Jan 2018 - 6:17 PM

Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki

Age:                       26                      27

WTA-Ranking:      1                         2

Singles Titles:      16                       27

Prize Money:    20,736,016 $    26,834,694 $

The world´s top-two ranked female players have demonstrated their outstanding potential over many years.

Halep is the current number one, while Wozniacki occupied the seat for 67 weeks in 2010/11.

On Saturday night, one of them will become a Grand Slam champion for the first time.

Both made it to a major final twice on previous occasions. 

But Saturday´s champion will not only hold the trophy, but will also walk away as the number one in the world.

And there are more parallels between Halep and Wozniacki.

Both have saved match points on their way to the final. The Dane was 1-5, 15-40 down against Jana Fett in round two. Halep saved three match points against Lauren Davis in the third round and another two against Angelique Kerber in the seminfinal.

“I could have been home already. But now I'm here and I fought my way all the way to the finals. I'm just really proud of that and really excited. A new opportunity on Saturday, and I'm going to do my best to try and win it.’’

“I always believed in myself,'' Wozniacki says. "I had a tough period where I had a few injuries. That was kind of hard and tough mentally. But once I got past that, I knew that if I can stay healthy and I work hard, my game is good enough for it."

In recent years, Wozniacki has improved her serve and forehand significantly.

The 27-year-old, who recently got engaged, reached the final of the US Open on two occasions before, 2009 and 2014.

In one of the best matches in this year´s tournament, Simona Halep overcame 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in Thursday´s semifinal.

In a three-sets thriller, she secured a 6-3 4-6 9-7 victory, saving two match points. 

She could now become the first Australian Open champion to save match point against two different opponents in one tournament.

"I feel great. I feel nice that it's happening. I play another final. Is the third one. Maybe is with luck. We'll see Saturday," Halep says.

The 26-year-old made it to the final of Roland Garros twice.

"I feel happy. I feel proud that I could stay there and fight till the end. So it's a nice feeling. I'm looking forward for the last match of this tournament."

The women´s final takes place this Saturday, 7.30pm AEST.