World no. 2 Caroline Wozniacki beat unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens to reach her first ever Australian Open final, recording a 6-3 7-6(2) victory on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.
The Dane had dominated the match until she was 5-4 and 30-0 up as she served for the victory but suffered a bout of nerves which her 22-year-old opponent fully exploited to draw level.
Wozniacki, however, regained her composure, and saved two set points before dominating the tie-break to seal a title-decider on Saturday against either Simona Halep or Angelique Kerber.
“It means so much to me. I got really tight at 5-4. I kind of felt head against the wall,” she said. ”I knew I had to try and stay calm.
”Once she had set points. I thought, `OK, now you just have to go for it … she’s nervous now too.”
Wozniacki’s win moves here a step closer to potentially regaining the No. 1 ranking, a position she hasn’t held in six years, and should Kerber win the second semi-final which is currently on, Wozniacki will overtake Halep as the new world number one.