Update on the latest sports
No.2 beats No. 1 in women’s final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki has won her first Grand Slam singles title in her 43rd major with a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win over Simona Halep in the Australian Open final on Saturday.
Wozniacki, 7 ½ years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final, finally claimed the elusive title and can remove the “but never won a major” footnote that has long been associated with her career.
She’ll also regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in six years, another benefit of beating the top-seeded Halep.
Halep is now 0-3 in major finals after losing twice in the championship match at the French Open.
The 27-year-old Wozniacki is the third first-time major winner in the four majors in the past year — since Serena Williams won her 23rd title at the 2017 Australian Open and then took time out for her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter in September.
Also Saturday, Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia captured the men’s doubles title at the Australian Open. Marach and Pavic, the No. 7 seeds, beat Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the final at Rod Laver Arena 6-4, 6-4.
On Sunday, defending champion Roger Federer will be going for his 20th Grand Slam singles title when he faces Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch). It will be the 36-year-old Federer’s 30th appearance in a Grand Slam final, and a record seventh at the Australian Open.
Woods makes cut, Palmer leads
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods is 10 shots off the lead at the midway point of the Farmers Insurance Open, but his two-round total represents a breakthrough.
Woods has made the cut in a PGA event for the first time in 29 months, closing his second round with a birdie for a 1-under total. He’s right at the cut line in his second tour event since tying for 10th at the Wyndham Championship in August 2015. He had two back surgeries that fall, and fusion surgery on his lower back last April.
Ryan Palmer is the leader at the midway point, one stroke ahead of Jon Rahm. Palmer finished eagle-birdie for a 5-under 67 that leaves him 11 under overall.
Luke List and Tony Finau (FEE’-now) are tied for third at minus-9.
WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S GIANT SLALOM
Worley edges Rebensburg in WCup giant slalom; Shiffrin 7th
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Tessa Worley of France had perfect timing to win her first World Cup race of the season Saturday in the final giant slalom before the Pyeongchang Olympics.
World champion Worley survived a tricky passage through the steep first three gates of her second run to hold off Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.07 seconds.
Unheralded 19-year-old Meta Hrovat placed third, 1.45 behind Worley. Hrovat gave the Slovenia team a first-time podium finisher for the second straight day.
Mikaela Shiffrin, the World Cup overall leader, placed seventh, almost two seconds back. The American star’s winless streak is five races after a five-race winning streak to start the year.
Worley’s 12th career World Cup win — all in giant slalom — followed three runner-up finishes this season.
North Korean officials wrap up Olympic inspection in South
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean officials have wrapped up a three-day visit to South Korea where they examined Olympic stadiums, hotels and concert halls that will potentially be used by North Korean athletes and other delegates headed to next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games.
The eight-member inspection team returned to North Korea on Saturday after inspecting a Seoul performance facility that could host a show by a North Korean taekwondo demonstration team during the Olympics.
South Korea is preparing to host hundreds of North Koreans including officials, athletes, artists and cheerleaders during the Games.
Seoul sees the cooperation on the Olympics as an opportunity to resume meaningful communication with its rival following an extended period of animosity over the North’s nuclear weapons and missiles program.
The Olympics start on Feb. 9.