Having produced her best tennis to win the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals, it felt pertinent to wonder if Caroline Wozniacki wanted the Australian Open to take place next week, rather than in two and a half months' time. "To be here with the trophy means a lot, and it's a great way to finish off the year".
Wozniacki finished the WTA Finals with a 4-1 record, with her only loss coming to Caroline Garcia in the last round of group play.
"I just had to keep reminding myself that I'm still up and I'm the one who is leading here, and I'm the one who can close out this match right now".
Unafraid to swing for winners against an opponent whom she said treats her like a little sister, Wozniacki also posted only a few unforced errors - eight, incidentally - over a match that lasted 1hr 29min.
Wozniacki, 27 years old, had been one of the great hopes of the women's tennis at the beginning of the decade. We did not have to wait long for the next break of serve as Williams once again did not convert on her opportunities, wasting a game point only to be broken by the inspired Dane, who earned the golden opportunity to serve out the set. But the Dane would not be denied, breaking the American for the win. "If I was going to beat her once in my career, it had to be today".
Despite that, Wozniacki went into the match brimming with confidence.
The American had the flawless chance to break straight back and get herself back into contention, but she went for too much on a forehand, sending it directly into the net and allowing Wozniacki to narrowly consolidate the break for a commanding 3-0 lead.
Wozniacki stormed to a 5-0 lead in the second set before Williams clawed back to get within 4-5.
En route to winning her first WTA Finals title, she also beat Simona Halep (world No. 1), Karolina Pliskova (world No. 3 last week) and Elina Svitolina (world No. 4 last week).
Indeed, she has had a stellar week, where she topped much of the statistics, even in serves. Nerves began to hinder Wozniacki from getting over the finish line as she started to get frustrated with herself, allowing Williams to retrieve one of the breaks back. She went on to make incredible shots.
Within a blink of an eye, Williams got back on serve after hitting an incredible passing shot victor on break point, getting the Singapore crowd all fired up.