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Final is 'humongous' for Halep and Wozniacki

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki face a 'humongous' match that could define their careers when they face off in Saturday's Australian Open final, says former champion Mats Wilander.

Everything will be on the line when the top two seeds take to Rod Laver Arena as both chase a long-awaited first grand slam title as well as the world number one ranking.

Romanian Halep currently holds top spot but Wozniacki, who once spent 67 weeks there, would replace her with victory.

Three-times Australian Open champion Wilander says both Halep and Wozniacki have benefited this past fortnight from being forced out of their comfort zones.

The usually cagey Halep struck 50 winners in a brutal semi-final against Angelique Kerber, when she saved match points for the second match here this year.

"I know that Halep is trying to play more aggressively," Wilander said. "You wonder if maybe being match points down (against Lauren Davis) in the third round and twisting her ankle - maybe that's the best thing that ever happened to her.

"She's not gone into panic hitting but she is thinking, 'Maybe I can't rely totally on my footwork and court coverage now'."

Second seed Wozniacki has also been more aggressive in her approach after saving match points in round two against Croatia's Jana Fett.

"Wozniacki was way too passive against Fett and was nearly out," Wilander said.

"They have come out of their comfort zones. You are not going to win these matches in your comfort zone."





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