Simona Halep of Romania celebrates winning against Angelique Kerber of Germany. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Simona Halep survived a three-set thriller against Angelique Kerber Thursday to set up a winner-takes-all Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki. The No. 1 ranking will be on the line.The tenacious Halep stayed alive to put her No. 1 ranking up for grabs in the showdown against the No. 2 seed, with both desperate to win a maiden Grand Slam title.Wozniacki beat unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-6 (2) after a late wobble when she was broken serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.In a see-sawing contest, Halep sprinted into a 6-3, 3-1 lead before 2016 Melbourne Park winner Kerber, seeded 21, fought back.Serving to take it to a tiebreak at 5-6 Wozniacki then needed to save three set points before sealing the match in the tiebreak.
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