The German won the next three games for the loss of only one point, only for Halep to break again and take the opening set.The second set turned when Kerber broke to lead 5-4, while the decider was packed with drama.
The Romanian squandered some earlier chances to top the rankings, but since she went to No 1 in October she has appeared to be comfortable with her status.Both women will be playing in their third Grand Slam final.Halep, who reached the final here with a dramatic 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 victory over Angelique Kerber, was beaten by Maria Sharapova and Jelena Ostapenko respectively in the French Open finals of 20.Halep, the current world No 1, and Wozniacki, who last topped the rankings six years ago, will be playing for high stakes when they meet in what will be the first final here for both players.Wozniacki, the current world No 2, will replace Halep at the top if she wins, though for both players the greater prize would be a first Grand Slam title.Wozniacki, who secured her place in Saturday’s final by beating Belgium’s Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6, lost both her previous Grand Slam finals at the US Open, to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams five years later.
Those are not the only parallels between the 26-year-old Romanian and the 27-year-old Dane, both women having had to save match points in the early rounds.Wozniacki was reminded of the pain she had felt in the semi-finals here in 2011, when she served for the match against Li Na, had a match point and lost. “We’re seven years on and it’s still there,” Wozniacki said of the memory. That’s one of the ones that hurt extra because it was going into the finals of a Grand Slam. I felt like it was my time to get there.” Wozniacki has made a remarkable comeback in the last year and a half. Wozniacki trailed Jana Fett 5-1, 40-15 in the second round, while Halep saved three match points against Lauren Davis in the third.The world No 1 status has been like a millstone around the necks of some players in recent years.Wozniacki wears 34B bra size and weighs 150 pounds.