Caroline Wozniacki craves a grand slam showdown with Serena Williams after breaking one of sport's longest droughts with a stirring Australian Open final triumph.
After 11 years, 43 majors, 256 tournaments, 772 matches and untold hours of toil and tears, Wozniacki shed her tag as tennis's most accomplished talent without a grand slam crown with a sapping 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-4 win over Simona Halep at Melbourne Park.
Denmark's first-ever grand slam singles champion will return to world No.1 on Monday - almost six years since Wozniacki relinquished top spot at the 2012 Open.
The 27-year-old is intent on smelling the roses before making any bold future predictions but admits the chance to measure herself against Williams is high on her 2018 agenda.
"Honestly, I'm just so happy to have this trophy right now and I haven't thought any further," Wozniacki said as she savoured getting her hands on the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after an engrossing two-hour, 49-minute title decider.
"It's a lot to take in and, as athletes, we don't enjoy the moments for too long and I really want to enjoy this moment.
"It's very special for me.
"Not only am I a grand slam champion, it still seems crazy to say that, but I'm also back to world No.1.
"I couldn't have scripted it any better and I'm very proud of the way I fought to get here."
Barely 18 months ago, Wozniacki contemplated giving tennis away after slumping to 74th in the world.
"There's been a lot of ups and downs and everything in between, but the one thing that stayed consistent was my fighting spirit and never giving up and believing in myself," she said.
"Life sometimes throws curve balls at you and you just have to deal with it."
Wozniacki said pride in her career achievements, even without a major on her CV, helped her take to Rod Laver Arena with a sense of freedom, rather than obsessing over the result.
"No one really sees what goes on behind the scenes and the grind that goes into every single day," the now Great Dane said.
"I know it wouldn't change my friends, my family, everyone.
"The fact that I gave it my all, if that was without a grand slam, then that would be okay too.
"But sitting here with one is obviously means so much."
Her resolute win atoned for 2009 and 2014 US Open finals defeats.
"Here I knew it was more of an even playing field. The first grand slam final I played against Kim Clijsters. She had much more experience than me," Wozniacki said.
"It was my first final and I didn't know what to expect and I don't think I even had a chance to really comprehend what was going on.
"Then playing Serena in the second one, obviously she's a great champion and has won so much.
"This one I actually feel like I had a legitimate chance of winning."
Woizniacki's great friend Williams was unable to defend her title four months after having her first child.
The 23-times grand slam champion remains an inspiration to Wozniacki, who said she'd love to test herself against women's tennis's long-time benchmark at one of the remaining three majors this year.
"I'm sure when she decides to come back she's going to be as a good as ever, so it would be very exciting," Wozniacki said.