Newspapers in Denmark and Romania were full of contrasting headlines following the Australian Open women's final between Number one ranked Simona Halep and eventual Champion and number two ranked Caroline Wozniacki. The Danish Daily carried the headline: Finally! Accompanying the headline was a full colour photo of an ecstatic Wozniacki holding aloft the winner's trophy. The story, which was written by, Hans Poulsen read:
" It was third time lucky for Caroline in her third Grand Slam final. Nine years after making her first final at the U.S. Open and four years after her second final, Caroline can say that she has won a long awaited Grand Slam final after overcoming a very tough Simona Halep in one of the best Australian Open women's finals ever. After all the criticism she had received over the years when she even had the number one ranking for a while but couldn't win in a major final Caroline finally overcame the odds to defeat a very difficult opponent in Romanian Simona Halep to etch her name in tennis and Danish history by becoming the first Grand Slam Tennis Champion from Denmark."
"We are all so proud of her for what she has accomplished. And we hope that such a triumph would be the start of greater things for Caroline. It is expected that Caroline would use this latest success to continue performing well in majors and maybe win a few more. It would be a shame if she ends up a one slam wonder like Ana Ivanovic, Sam Stosur and Marion Bartoli. But for the time the whole of Denmark is rejoicing with Caroline. Her success is long overdue."
Poulsen ended the article by saying:
"I would like to tell Caroline congratulations on a job well done."
The newspaper articles in Romania were a different story though.
The Bucharest Daily News carried the headline; Hapless Halep as it shwed a photo of a dejected-looking Halep holding the runner-up trophy next to the Champion Wozniacki.
The story read:
"Another Grand Slam final, another failure for Simona as she comes up short in a major final again this time against Denmark's Caroline Wozinacki in the battle of underachievers."
It went on:
"Despite an impressive run to the final, Simona's bid for a major title falls short again after losing in three sets: 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 to the Dane who will be ranked number one in the world when the new rankings come out on Monday. It's safe to say that Simona is like the Kim Clijsters of this time who lost four Grand Slam finals before eventually achieving her first success and she is only one more loss away from tying the Belgian for Grand Slam losses. Are we to expect a Grand Slam from Simona anytime this year? This is the weakest women's tour in months. What would happen when the great Serena Williams returns from maternity leave? Would Simona be able to cope with the added pressure of having to potentially face Serena in a Grand Slam? What if the likes of Angelique Kerber improve their game? Would Simona be able to rise to the occasion?"
The article ended by forecasting bleak outlook about Halep's chances of winning a Grand Slam:
"If today's and her previous Grand Slam finals appearances are anything to go by, more runner-up trophies may await her in the future."