For all the things that can be said about Caroline Wozniacki following her Australian Open triumph, it is one thing that can no longer be said that seemed to give her a special satisfaction.
The newly-minted Grand Slam champion, who will start a 68th week at the top of the WTA rankings on Monday, can no longer be referred to as a ‘slamless’ world No.1. As petty and nonsensical a charge as that may seem, it has dogged the Dane ever since she first assumed top spot as a 20-year-old in October 2010. Now, at last, she has strung together the seven straight victories at one of the four majors that denote unquestionable greatness in our sport. No asterisks, no mitigation. No taking that name off the trophy.
“Honestly, I think that's one of the most positive things about all of this,” admitted the 27-year-old, whose wide smile showed no signs of abating some two hours after the tears of joy streamed down her face after Simona Halep’s final backhand found the net. “I'm never going to get that question again. Now I'm just waiting for the question, ‘When are you going to win the second one?’
“I think being a new Grand Slam champion and world No.1 sounds pretty good. I'm very excited for that. It's a dream come true.”