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Sport Shriver: Wozniacki or Halep could rid mental scars in Melbourne

00:05  12 january  2018
00:05  12 january  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Simona Halep to play Caroline Wozniacki in Australian Open women’s final

  Simona Halep to play Caroline Wozniacki in Australian Open women’s final The pair will both bid for their maiden grand slam title on Saturday with the world number one ranking also on the line.After Wozniacki withstood a major wobble with the finish line in sight to beat Elise Mertens 6-3 7-6 (7/2), Halep defeated title favourite Angelique Kerber 6-3 4-6 9-7, with the third set a battle of lung-busting brilliance.

Pam Shriver thinks Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep are capable of removing mental scars by winning a first grand slam title at the Australian Open. "Both have a lot of scar tissue, so they have to be able to overcome what has gone before and know they can turn the tables - both are capable of

Pam Shriver thinks either Caroline Wozniacki or Simona Halep would be a popular winner if they are crowned champion in Melbourne . Pam Shriver thinks Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep are capable of removing mental scars by winning a first grand slam title at the Australian Open.

HalepandWozniacki: Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, the top two seeds at the Australian Open © Provided by Omnisport Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, the top two seeds at the Australian Open

Pam Shriver thinks Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep are capable of removing mental scars by winning a first grand slam title at the Australian Open.

Halep and Wozniacki will start the first major of the year next week as the top two seeds, ranked number one and two respectively.

With Serena Williams not ready to defend her title after giving birth to her first child, Halep and the resurgent Wozniacki are among the women bidding to grasp an opportunity in Melbourne.

Both players have twice experienced the agony of losing grand slam finals, but Shriver would not be surprised to see one of the two lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

Halep seals top Melbourne seeding

  Halep seals top Melbourne seeding Simona Halep beat Duan Ying-Ying in the second round of the Shenzhen Open and secure top seeding for the Australian Open.World No 1 Simona Halep recovered from a set down to beat Duan Ying-Ying in the second round of the Shenzhen Open and secure top seeding for this month's Australian Open.

Shriver : Wozniacki or Halep could rid mental scars in Melbourne .

Pam Shriver thinks either Caroline Wozniacki or Simona Halep would be a popular winner if they are crowned champion in Melbourne . Pam Shriver thinks Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep are capable of removing mental scars by winning a first grand slam title at the Australian Open.

The former world number one told Omnisport: "I don't think there is such thing as a favourite with Serena out, but you can have hunches.

"I feel like Halep's time will come in a major. She hasn't done that well in the Australian Open in recent years, but I feel like it has an atmosphere of a happy slam, which should appeal to her.

"It doesn't have quite the same intensity as maybe the French Open, Wimbledon or the US. She's a candidate, everybody is saying her draw is not the easiest, but I feel like if Halep is playing well, she will have a similar chance to Wozniacki.

"Their forehands need to be at their best throughout, their serves must not be a liability and we know they are two of the best retrievers.

"Both have a lot of scar tissue, so they have to be able to overcome what has gone before and know they can turn the tables - both are capable of winning their first major and it would be a really positive global win if one of them can do it."

Shriver feels Wozniacki deserves immense credit for fighting her way back after injuries and a loss of form saw her slide down the rankings.

The American said of the WTA Finals champion: "She is a great story, she dropped down the rankings and has been resilient.

"When her forehand is operating well, she has got one of the best two-handed backhands, she's a great retriever, her serve has improved enough to give her some free points.

"It comes down to if her forehand looks smooth and has good acceleration, she can be a contender to win no doubt."

Halep faces Australian teenager Destanee Aiava in the first round, while Wozniacki takes on Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Halep certain to be seeded first at Australian Open .
Progression to the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open means Simona Halep is guaranteed to be the number one seed at the Australian Open.Simona Halep came from a set down to beat Duan Ying-Ying at the Shenzhen Open and secure her status as the top seed at the Australian Open.

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