Serena ‘so proud’ of Wozniacki

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says she is “so proud” of her long-time friend after the Dane succeeded her to become champion on Saturday.

Williams, who has not played a competitive match since capturing the title at exactly a year ago, was too on edge to watch.

“I got too nervous to watch but woke up to @CaroWozniacki new number one and aussie open champ,” she tweeted soon after the 27-year-old beat 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4, become the new world number one in the process.

“So awesome. So happy. Are those tears? Yup they are,” Williams added, with Wozniacki sobbing after ending a long wait to win a Grand Slam title.

“From a year ago to today, I’m so proud my friend, so proud. Literally can’t even sleep now,” added the 23-time Grand Slam winner.

Williams was pregnant when she won the Australian Open last January. She gave birth to a girl, , last September and married father in November.

She is set to make her return next month at a Fed Cup tie when the United States play host to the Netherlands on an indoor hardcourt at Asheville, North Carolina.

Wozniacki also won praise from Rod Laver — with the court on which she won named after the Australian legend.

“Congratulations @CaroWozniacki – welcome to the Club,” he tweeted.

said on Twitter that it was “a breathtaking final” while stated that “both players deserve all the credit in the world”. (AFP)