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#1 S Williams, #2 D Safina
#3 S Kuznetsova, #4 C Wozniacki
#5 E Dementieva, #6 V Williams
#7 V Azarenka, #8 J Jankovic
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#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 135lb RH 2H-BH
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#NR Justine Henin
5' 5¾" 126lb RH 1H-BH
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5th Aussie Open Title
12th Grand Slam Singles Title

photo: Aussie Margaret Smith Court won 62 Grand Slam titles during her career, 24 of them in singles, including 11 Australian national titles.
      On Saturday in Melbourne, in the final of the 2010 Australian Open, the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 Australian Open champion, 28-year-old top-seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, won again, defeating the 2004 Australian Open champion, 27-year-old unranked former #1 Justine Henin of Belgium (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 (both ladies are shown during the match, and Serena in civvies with the hardware).
    In US dollars, Serena's prize is $1,890,630, Justine's is $945,315.
    Serena won 90 points, Justine won 85. Serena converted 6 of 11 break points against Justine, while hitting 32 winners with 37 unforced errors (Justine: 5 of 16 break points, 28 winners, 32 errors). match stats - BBC game-by-game< - Eurosport game-by-game

    Serena said: "[Justine] took me to the umpteenth level. She clearly hasn't like lost a step at all since she's been gone... I don't think I served excellent. But I think when it was necessary, I served really well. And especially even in the first game, I think that first game was like 10 minutes. That game was important. I ended up holding. She had a couple breakpoints. I hit a couple bombs at the right time... Honestly, the longer the match goes the better my serve gets. So I felt like when I walked out there in the third set I was like, Okay, I'm going to start serving better." postmatch interview

    Justine said: "Of course disappointed, I mean, when you lose in the final of a Grand Slam, especially in three sets, and I got a few opportunities that I haven't been able to take. But this feeling of disappointment cannot take advantage on all the things I've done in the last few weeks. And it's just more than what I could expect for. I just have to remember that...
    "I got a lot of breakpoints in the first set, and it was very difficult for me to break [Serena] in the first. And then the big opportunity in the beginning of the third set—I started to play much better at the end of the second, really aggressive. She was under pressure. She served unbelievable in that game. I was up 1‑Love in the third, and what happened if I could break her at that time... She served great at that time." postmatch interview

    Serena now leads Justine 8-6 in career matches. Their previous encounter had been on a hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Key Biscayne in 2008, when Serena won, 6-2, 6-0. Before that match Justine had defeated Serena three times in a row, all in Grand Slam quarterfinals, most recently on a hardcourt in the quarterfinals of the 2007 US Open, 7-6(3), 6-1.

    12-time Grand Slam tourney champion Serena is now 36-14 in WTA singles finals. She won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and WTA Championships titles last year. Serena's career singles match record is 459-98. She had a 50-12 match record in singles in 2009, and is 11-1 so far this season, losing only in the Sydney final, to Elena Dementieva.

    7-time Grand Slam tourney champ Justine was playing in her 12th match since returning this month after a year-and-a-half retirement. She is now 41-18 in WTA singles finals. Prior to her 2008 retirement, Justine spent 117 weeks as #1 in the WTA. She won her first WTA singles title in Antwerp in 1999, and her most recent in Antwerp in 2008, and won the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Opens, the 2003 & '07 US Opens, and the 2004 Australian Open. She has a 503-109 career record in singles matches. Justine now is 10-2 this season, losing only to Serena, and, in the Brisbane final, to Kim Clijsters.

    Men's final: s1 Roger Federer SUI d s5 Andy Murray GBR 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(11)

    The news.quickfound.net Australia page carries a 155-year-old New York Times article with a fairly detailed description of Melbourne in 1853.


 
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  Major Skirmishes, Top Half

italics = advanced by upset
4th Round:
#1 Serena Williams d #13 Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2
#17 Na Li d #4 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3
#6 Venus Williams d #18 F Schiavone 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
#7 Victoria Azarenka d #9 Vera Zvonareva 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Quarterfinals:
#1 Serena Williams d #7 V Azarenka 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
#17 Na Li d #6 Venus Williams 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-5

Semifinal:
#1 Serena Williams d #17 Na Li 7-6(4), 7-6(1)

  Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half

italics = advanced by upset
4th Round:
#59 Kirilenko d #2 Safina RUS 5-4 retired—low back
#20 N Petrova d #3 S Kuznetsova 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
#NR J Henin d #16 Y Wickmayer 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3
#35 Jie Zheng d #32 A Bondarenko 7-6(5), 6-4

Quarterfinals:
#NR Justine Henin d #20 N Petrova 7-6(3), 7-5
#35 Jie Zheng v #59 Kirilenko 6-1, 6-3

Semifinal:
#NR Justine Henin d #35 Jie Zheng 6-1, 6-0

    2010 Australian Open prize money amounts are listed below, converted to US dollars at the January 22, 2010 exchange rate ($1AUD = $0.9002 US).
    The Australian dollar has risen substantially against the US dollar in the past year, so prizes in US dollars are much higher than in 2009.
    Qualifying amounts are from 2009 (with the exchange rate now adjusted to the current level); the AO has not published 2010 qualifying prizes (note that 1st round amounts in AUD rose only $100, and doubles & mixed doubles prizes in AUD did not change).

WTA SCOREBOARD: The Australian Open at Melbourne
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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    The Australian Open has 32 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 12 qualifiers and 8 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Saturday.
 

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2010: Justine Henin, the 2004 Australian Open champion who has recently returned from a year-and-a-half retirement, took a break while practicing at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, January 12... on Wednesday, Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams were also caught practicing, as were row 2: Justine and 2008 AO champion Maria Sharapova... Maria also found time on Wednesday to model the earrings provided for her by a famous New York jeweler once frequented by Audrey Hepburn...

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2010: On Saturday, US Open champ Kim Clijsters met the press, as did 2009 Australian Open champion Serena Williams, who reporters that her troublesome left knee was ready to play singles & doubles... Aussie #1 Samantha Stosur was among the players practicing on Saturday... row 2: On Sunday, Kim, Serena and Samantha all had some laughs at the Hit for Haiti earthquake relief fundraiser, while 2008 AO finalist Ana Ivanovic, 2009 AO quarterfinalist Jelena Dokic, and Flavia Pennetta prepared for their 1st round matches...
Australian Open, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser: AUD$19,500 = $17,556 US, 5 points
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #71 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-1 Tue

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Serena and Urszula driving forehand and backhand

    Serena said: "I was happy to get through. The scoreline seemed to be easy, but it was a long match out there. Well, not long, but it was tough points. So I was just happy to get it over with...
    "[Urszula] plays really well. I can see that on the grass because her balls don't bounce. So it's kind of weird to kind of get in that rhythm. I think her game has definitely come on. I feel like she's more consistent. It's a different score than Wimbledon, but still I think that she's more consistent and a little better—a lot better." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #44 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4, 6-4 Mon

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Magda and Dinara driving backhands

    Dinara said: "I’m really happy to be back... It's still the beginning of the season, you know. Let's say it was not an easy first round match. [Magdalena is] a very good opponent. She plays very good. I had some good moments and bad moments, but overall I'm happy I went through, and I'm pretty satisfied with everything." AP story - postmatch interview

#3 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #95 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Svetlana and Anastasia driving backhands

#4 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #34 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-2 ppd-Wed

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Caroline after match point

    Caroline said: "I had a tough opponent today, so I was really happy to get through. I was feeling confident on the court and comfortable...
    "I always just look one match at a time and I want to win and that's my goal. I try not to put more pressure on myself than I already do...
    "My dad is still my main coach. Darren [Cahill, of the adidas Player Development Program] is still helping out sometimes. He's a great guy. And he comes with some good input sometimes." postmatch interview

#5 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #43 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Elena and Vera driving forehand and backhand

    About the rain, Elena said: "I think it was a very difficult day for all of us. Ten hours waiting to come on court was quite difficult. I'm just glad that we were able to finish our match today. I have one day off tomorrow, which gives me some time to get ready for the next round." postmatch interview

    About playing former #1 Justine Henin in the 2nd round, Elena said: "She's coming back after such a long break, so she's unseeded here... I expect a tough match against her... We play lots of times before, but I think after such a long break, it's going to be all new. It's going to be a different match for both of us."

#6 s6 Venus Williams USA d #41 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Tue

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Lucie and Venus driving backhands

    Venus said: "I was playing a really talented player. Everyone knows how well Lucie can hit the ball. She definitely gets a lot of pace, and she's left—handed. We've had some tough matches in the past. Just wanted to stay focused and execute my game. Great way to start." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #118 wc Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 6-2, 6-0 ppd-Wed

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Victoria's forehand drive

#8 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #102 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 6-0 ppd-Tue

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Jelena driving a forehand, and Monica and Jelena driving backhands

    Jelena said: "Always first matches are the toughest, especially after not competing for two months. It's nice to feel that rhythm again and feel that atmosphere and the pressure that you have from playing a real match. It's never the same when you are playing practice matches or doing practice drills on the court. But when you are out there, it's the real deal.
    "It took me a little bit to feel comfortable. I made some errors in the beginning, and then I just tried to stay calm and just tried to focus. Then I came back into the game.
    "Second set, I figured out what [Monica] was doing and what I needed to do. That was basically it. I finished the job in two sets, and didn't need any more than that." postmatch interview

#9 s9 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #109 Kristina Kucova SVK 6-2, 6-0 ppd-Wed

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Vera and Kristina driving forehand and backhand, and Vera after match point

    Vera's participation in this year's Australian Open had been in doubt due to injury. Vera tore ligaments in her right ankle last year at Charleston, and was troubled by related injuries for the rest of the season. In November she had ankle surgery to remove scar tissue. At Hong Kong 2 weeks ago Vera sprained the ankle again—but she looks as if she might be okay now.

#10 s10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #72 Tatjana Malek GER 6-1, 6-0 Tue

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Tatjana and Agnieszka driving forehand and backhand

#11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #97 Rossana De Los Rios PAR 6-4, 6-1 ppd-Tue

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Rossana following a forehand, and Marion's backhand drive

#12 s12 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #68 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Mon

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Anna and Flavia driving backhands

#13 s13 Samantha Stosur AUS d #192 q Xinyun Han CHN 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Tue

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Samantha and Xinyun driving forehands, Sam driving a backhand, and after match point

    Samantha said: "I think I served well, except for that second set. My percentage went way down, and then [Xinyun] had some more looks at second serves. She had nothing to lose at that point. She really stepped up, started going for some more shots.
    "I didn't really change anything, kept playing the same way. I was able to work that out the start of the third set. I wanted to hit the ball a bit heavier. When I got that opening to actually go for it, I had to step up and make some more first serves.
    "I was able to do that. I was pleased I could go from playing well, dominating, not being in too much of a battle out there, losing that set, then being able to regroup and get through the third...

    "I think [Xinyun] was actually quite a good player. Obviously she's starting out new on the tour. She's got good groundstrokes. I think her serve could improve a little bit. Her serve is not, you know, quite so hard and doesn't put a lot of pressure on you...
    "She's very fast, gets a lot of balls back, and can step up, too. I think she'll be on the WTA Tour pretty soon and not playing so many ITFs." postmatch interview

*#59 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #14 s14 Maria Sharapova RUS 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 Mon

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Maria S and Maria K driving forehand and backhand, Maria S after losing a point, and Li'l Masha shushing the crowd after match point

    Although Maria Sharapova, trailing by two breaks of serve at 1-4 in the 3rd set, broke "Li'l Masha" back twice to get on serve again at 4-5, Maria Kirilenko then broke Sharapova once more to win the match. match stats

    Maria Sharapova said: "[I] had my chances and just didn't execute. When she was up and then I'd get back in the game, I just didn't take advantage of that and let her control the situation again... I thought I served pretty big. I don't think that was the reason I lost the match today. I served big when I had to. I served big second serves...
    "She changes the pace a lot. She just has a little bit of a different type of game. Today she was just able to execute many things really well." postmatch interview

    Maria Kirilenko said: "I think it's one of the best wins for me... In the first set I was a little bit late. She was playing so aggressive, and I kind of made defensive play. And then I start to feel much better in the second set actually. I start to feel that I can be aggressive, as well. I did more winners than in first set. And from that point, I start to feel that 'I'm playing good from the baseline and I can beat her.'
    "I had a knee problem last year, actually here in Australia. It was not so good. Actually after Wimbledon I start to make some treatment. It's really helped me. Since that time, I have a less pain on my knee. For example, today I played three and a half hours, and I didn't even have a pain. And I was moving quite good, I think...
    "I'm practicing in Spain, in Valencia, and all the guys, coaches, they always saying 'vamos'. That's why, instead of saying, 'Come on,' I say, 'Vamos.'" postmatch interview

    Asked why she put her finger to her lips after match point, as if to "shush" the crowd, Maria said: "That everything is calm, you know. Because, of course it's a great win, but it's only the first round I pass."

#15 s15 Kim Clijsters BEL d #134 q Valerie Tetreault CAN 6-0, 6-4 Mon

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Valerie and Kim driving forehand and backhand

    Kim said: "I think [Valerie] was a little bit intimidated by the court and the atmosphere a little bit, which is normal. If you haven't been in a situation like that—and I remember my first few times when I stepped out on center court—it's a little bit overwhelming. You kind of just want to block it out, but it's very hard to.
    "So she definitely played some tricky tennis. I would like to say she's an opponent that's very hard to read. She has a technique that's really hard to read. She served well. She served a lot better in that second set and she looked a little bit more comfortable." postmatch interview

#16 q Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #53 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 1-6, 7-5, 10-8 Mon

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Alexandra and Yanina driving forehand and backhand

    Yanina said: "It wasn't my best match today. I made a lot of mistakes and never really came into the match where I played aggressive. Played a lot of rallies behind the baseline and made a lot of mistakes...
    "[Alexandra] played well also. She made me work for every point." postmatch interview

#17 s16 Na Li CHN d #252 sr83 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-2, 6-0 ppd-Wed

    Na said: "I just walk out on the court, I saw all the fans [were for Marina]. So I was a little bit nervous.
    "The match beginning, I just tell myself, 'Don't play three set.' If play three set, maybe I got nervous. You never know who win the match you play three set. So on the match, I just tell myself, 'Hold on every point; don't give her chance.'" postmatch interview

#18 s17 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #47 Alizé Cornet FRA 0-6, 7-5, 6-0 Tue

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Francesca driving a forehand, and Alizé ready to swat one

*#60 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #19 s18 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-2, 6-4 ppd-Tue

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Ekaterina's backhand drive

#20 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS d #110 Edina Gallovits ROU 6-3, 6-4 ppd-Tue

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Nadia driving a backhand

#21 s20 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #108 q Shenay Perry USA 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Ana following a slice (which appears to be a drop shot), Shenay driving a forehand, and Ana's backhand drive

    Ana said: "I was pleased with the way I played. The conditions were very tough. It was very cold and windy and a lot different than Brisbane or what I been used to. But I just tried to work my way through, just taking time, try to stay composed. I thought I played well and served good.

    "I'm very happy to have victory, because [Shenay] had lot of matches already. She's dangerous opponent. She likes to come in and serve and volley. Doesn't give you much rhythm or time." postmatch interview

#22 s21 Sabine Lisicki GER d #82 Petra Martic CRO 6-1, 6-4 Tue
#23 s22 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #86 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 ppd-Wed

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Viktoriya and Daniela driving forehand and backhand, and Daniela after winning a point

*#77 Vania King USA d #24 s23 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-5 Mon-rain-Tue

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Dominika and Vania driving backhand and forehand

#25 s24 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d #98 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6-0, 6-0 Mon
*#93 Karolina Sprem CRO d #26 s25 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Anabel and Karolina following forehands

#27 s26 Aravane Rezai FRA d #56 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 6-2 ppd-Tue

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Sania and Aravane driving backhands

#28 s27 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #58 Jelena Dokic AUS 6-1, 7-5 Mon

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Jelena and Alisa driving forehands

    Jelena said: "It was a poor performance. Yeah, very disappointed with today. This whole month hasn't been great. It's unfortunate and I would have liked to have played better. But in a way I'm glad it's over. I can move on. I have to really refocus on." postmatch interview

*#62 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #29 s28 Elena Vesnina RUS 7-6(5), 6-4 ppd-Wed
#30 s29 Shahar Peer ISR d #65 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6(5)-7, 6-2, 6-1 ppd-Wed

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Shahar driving a forehand

#31 s30 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #69 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU 6-2, 7-6(6) Mon
#32 s31 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #123 q Kathrin Woerle GER 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Tue

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Alona's forehand drive

#33 s32 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #91 Ayumi Morita JPN 7-5, 6-4 Tue

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Carla and Ayumi driving backhands

#35 Jie Zheng CHN d #46 Shuai Peng CHN 0-6, 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Jie driving a forehand, Shuai's 2-handed forehand (with backhand grip), Jie following another forehand, and after winning a point

#36 Gisela Dulko ARG d #109 q Zuzana Kucova SVK 6-0, 5-7, 7-5 Tue

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Gisela's forehand drive

*#74 Stefanie Voegele SUI d #37 Melinda Czink HUN 7-5, 6-7(5), 9-7 ppd-Wed

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Stefanie driving a forehand

#38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #79 Anastasija Sevastova LAT 6-2, 6-4 Mon
#39 Iveta Benesova CZE d #94 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 7-5, 6-2 ppd-Wed
#40 Agnes Szavay HUN d #104 Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Wed

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Agnes about to swat a forehand

#45 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #146 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 ppd-Tue

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Olivia and Sorana driving forehand and backhand

*#88 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #48 Melanie Oudin USA 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 Tue

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Melanie following a backhand, and Alla driving one

#49 Andrea Petkovic GER d #125 q Renata Voracova CZE 6-2, 6-4 Tue
#50 Sara Errani ITA d #89 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-2, 7-6(5) ppd-Tue
*#116 q Yvonne Meusburger AUT d #51 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Mon
#52 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #64 Kimiko Date Krumm JPN 6-4, 6-2 ppd-Wed
*#115 q Angelique Kerber GER d #54 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-3, 6-4 ppd-Tue

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Angelique's backhand drive

#55 Sybille Bammer AUT d #92 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-3, 6-2 Tue
#57 Kaia Kanepi EST d #85 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 7-6(4), 6-2 ppd-Tue
#61 Petra Kvitova CZE d #78 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 7-5 Tue
#63 Roberta Vinci ITA d #67 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 7-5, 6-4 ppd-Tue
#66 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #105 q Regina Kulikova RUS 7-6(5) 6-7(10) 6-3 Mon-rain-Tue
#70 Polona Hercog SLO d #168 q Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-4, 6-0 ppd-Tue
#73 Alberta Brianti ITA d #101 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 Tue
#75 Julie Coin FRA d #186 wc Alicia Molik AUS 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue

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Alicia and Julie driving forehand and backhand

    After winning the 1st set, Alicia had a 5-2 lead in the 2nd.

    Alicia said: "I just started thinking about a lot of other things. Getting off the court, cooling down. What I would say at the end of the match. Who we were playing in doubles tomorrow. All the things that you shouldn't really be thinking about on the court. My mind slipped away for a couple minutes and that was enough to let her back in the match. I didn't even know what happened at the end of second set." postmatch interview

#76 Julia Goerges GER d #182 sr59 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 ppd-Wed

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Julia's backhand drive

*#NR wc Justine Henin BEL d #80 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 6-3 Mon

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Justine and Kirsten driving forehands, and Justine's backhand drive

    Justine said: "It's been difficult conditions today. I've been lucky I could play [despite the rain]. I mean, so I was happy with that. In the match, it wasn't that easy because there wasn't a lot of rhythm. So I was feeling a bit with no energy at the beginning, you know, after the long wait. Slowly but surely in the second set I started to be a bit more aggressive, and I think I was better at the end.
    "But I'm glad this first round is behind me and that I can be focused on the next one... If I play Dementieva in the second round I'll have to play very good tennis. She's No. 5 in the world. So it's going to be a great challenge for me to play that kind of match very early in the tournament." postmatch interview

#81 Kristina Barrois GER d #84 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-0, 7-6(6) Tue
#83 Elena Baltacha GBR d #106 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 Mon

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Pauline and Elena driving forehand and backhand

    Elena said: "My tactic was really trying to get to that forehand side. And I knew that she is very hot and cold, especially at the moment. I don't think that I kind of capitalized enough on that forehand... I had to really concentrate, because one, she hit an unbelievable forehand, and then she would hit a shank. You just kind of have to stick to your guns and just really believe what you're doing, just try to keep firing it." postmatch interview

#87 Katie O'Brien GBR d #90 Patricia Mayr AUT 6-3, 6-3 ppd-Tue

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Katie driving a forehand, and Patricia ready to slice a backhand

    Katie said: "Delighted with the performance today. I knew it was a good opportunity. I had a good draw. But I had to go out there and compete, and that's what I did. I think I dictated the play today, made [Patricia] do the running. I think I wore her down. It was a good, solid performance." postmatch interview

#96 Sandra Zahlavova CZE d #322 wc Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-0, 6-1 ppd-Tue
#99 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #132 wc Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-1, 7-6(0) Mon-rain-Tue

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Tammy's backhand drive

#100 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #103 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-4, 6-4 ppd-Wed
*#978 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS d #107 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Tue

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Casey driving a backhand

    Casey said: "For a couple years I played with a really bad shoulder. Got to the point where obviously I had to have surgery.
    "Just really good to be back playing tournaments. I had a long year out of game. This is what I love to do. It's great to be back out there. To get a win today was good." postmatch interview

*#139 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #114 wc Jarmila Groth AUS 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 ppd-Wed

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Sofia and Jarmila driving forehand and backhand, and Sofia after match point

Australian Open, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser: AUD$31,500 = $28,359 US, 100 points
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #61 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-2, 6-1 Thu

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Serena serving, Petra driving a backhand, Serena launching one on the run, and after winning a point

    Serena said: "I thought today was a little bit better than my match in my first round. I felt like I was moving better and I had better energy... I felt like I could have actually played a lot better today. [Petra] was definitely taking it to me, though. That was really good for me to play a lady like her." postmatch interview - match stats

#2 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #66 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Wed

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Dinara driving a forehand, and Barbora reaching for one

    Dinara said: "In some moments I played not bad, but it's good that I win the match and still there is so much room to improve. That's such a good thing, you know deep inside you have so much more to bring out. I think the serve was pretty good today. And that I won. In the next match I can do a little bit more and more." postmatch interview

#3 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Svetlana's forehand drive

#4 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #76 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 6-1 Thu

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Caroline following a forehand, Julia and Caro driving backhands, and Caroline after match point

*#NR wc Justine Henin BEL d #5 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS 7-5, 7-6(6) Wed

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Justine and Elena following flying forehands, Justine volleying a backhand, and after winning a point

    Justine was playing in her 2nd tourney, and 7th match, since returning from a year-and-a-half retirement this month.

    Justine said: "It was a great match. It was very emotional for me on the court at the end because there was so much intensity. To play this kind of match in the second round, for me, after two years off in a Grand Slam, it's just the kind of situation that I needed. The crowd gave me so much. So respectful at the end. It was a special night tonight. That's why I probably came back on the tour, was to live this kind of matches...

    "We both fought very hard. It was great fight. I think maybe my game at the net. Maybe I took the opportunities a little more, attacking. It was the key. Both of us, we tried to hit the ball very hard, long. I've been able to play a lot down the line, which I think was a little of a surprise for [Elena]. She doesn't like it that much. But she tried to do the same thing. So there was a big fight." postmatch interview

    Elena has been playing very well, with straight set wins over #1 Serena Williams, #2 Dinara Safina, and #7 Victoria Azarenka last week. However, Justine now leads Elena 10-2 in career matches.

    Elena said: "[Justine] was playing very well. She was moving well, hitting hard. Just doesn't feel like she had the break...
    "I was not playing deep enough. So I just let her dictate the whole game. That's not the way I was planning to go on the court." postmatch interview

#6 s6 Venus Williams USA d #55 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-2, 7-5 Thu

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Venus driving a backhand

    Venus said: "Playing two lefties in the first two rounds is little unusual. But I was up for the challenge. She's a really good player and really good athlete. Her game is a little bit different from most people, so really have to be a little more patient because she's kind of hitting a kind of a moonball almost. It's a little bit different, so I just had to just make sure I stayed on my rhythm. Happy to be through." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #74 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-4, 6-0 Thu

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Victoria and Stefanie driving forehand and backhand

#8 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #87 Katie O'Brien GBR 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Jelena and Katie driving forehands, Jelena driving a backhand, and after match point

#9 s9 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #39 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-0, 6-3 Thu

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Vera and Iveta driving backhand and forehand, and Vera visiting penguins at the Melbourne Aquarium on Friday

#10 s10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #88 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-0, 6-2 Thu

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Agnieszka launching a forehand

#11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #96 Sandra Zahlavova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Sandra's conventional forehand, and Marion's 2-handed forehand with backhand grip

*#16 q Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #12 s12 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-6(2) 6-1 Wed

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Yanina and Flavia driving forehand and backhand

    Yanina said: "I think in the first set I made a few mistakes. I didn't serve really well the first set. I broke her a few times, got broken again. I think I just played almost a perfect match in Auckland [defeating Flavia in the final], which you don't play the perfect match every day, every week...
    "I played a very good second set and I played a really good tiebreak. I think that was important today. But I'm really glad to beat her because she's a great player." postmatch interview

#13 s13 Samantha Stosur AUS d #81 Kristina Barrois GER 7-5, 6-3 Thu

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Samantha serving, Kristina driving a forehand, Samantha driving a backhand, and after match point

    Samantha said: "I was actually really pleased with the way I played today. Thought I moved well and hit my forehand really well. Probably could have probably knuckled down a little harder once I got at break in the first. Apart from that, really happy with the way I played. Even the end of that first set really knuckled down and got that set. Second set I thought I played pretty well and continued it." postmatch interview

#15 s15 Kim Clijsters BEL d #99 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-3, 6-3 Wed

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Kim driving a forehand, and Tammy and Kim driving backhands

    Kim said: "I feel good... I'm good enough on the day to beat my opponents. It's not with my best tennis yet, but hopefully I can save that when it's really necessary.
    "Tammy was very tricky. I haven't played her for a few years. I was actually surprised to see she was still playing. But she's very tricky. Very hard to read her game, as well. Tricky serve. There's not much on it. But she doesn't give you anything where you can just step in and hit a lot of winners or really go for a lot. So I just had to kind of be patient, wait for the right shot to go for it." postmatch interview

#17 s16 Na Li CHN d #40 Agnes Szavay HUN 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 Thu

    Na said: "[Agnes] was play good in the first set, and also I miss a lot of ball... I was also 3-1 down in the second set, so I think I couldn't do that. If I do, maybe I have to booking flight ticket for tomorrow. So I was trying to calm down, and then I play back many ball as I can...
    "I was shower and I still think, 'Is it real,' because I couldn't believe because she had match point...
    "Tough to play [Daniela Hantuchova in the 3rd round] because we are good friend. Of course, we have to fighting on the court, because opponent. We can say hello after or before, but I don't think she want to say hello on the court."

    The Chinese National Tennis Federation formerly managed the careers of all Chinese players, collecting their earnings and then giving the players a percentage. Na and three other players including Jie Zeng have been released from this system, manage their own careers, and keep most of their earnings.

    Na said: "If they need me, I can take everything back to the national team. I would like to say thank you for Federation that gave me choice... I also can [choose the tournaments I play in]. If I'm lazy, I can take a day or week off." postmatch interview

#18 s17 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #75 Julie Coin FRA 6-3, 6-4 Thu
#20 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS d #57 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Nadia driving a backhand

*#36 Gisela Dulko ARG d #21 s20 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6(6)-7, 7-5, 6-4 Thu

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Ana driving a forehand, Gisela, looking like she'll slice this one, and after match point

    Gisela took a 5-1 lead in the 3rd set, but Ana then broke Gisela's serve twice. Gisela won on her 6th match point by breaking Ana's serve once more at 5-4.

    Ana said: "I was really disappointed to fight back in the third set and then make a couple of double faults and basically hand [Gisela] three match points, then having to fight back. [The serve] was definitely an area that let me down." postmatch interview - match stats

*#73 Alberta Brianti ITA d #22 s21 Sabine Lisicki GER 2-6 6-4 6-4 Thu
#23 s22 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #139 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-4, 6-1 Thu

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Daniela and Sofia driving forehands, and Daniela after winning a point

*#35 Jie Zheng CHN d #25 s24 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 Wed
*#115 q Angelique Kerber GER d #27 s26 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-2, 6-3 Wed

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Angelique driving a forehand

#28 s27 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #45 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 6-3 Wed

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Sorana and Alisa driving forehand and backhand

#30 s29 Shahar Peer ISR d #100 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-1, 6-4 Thu

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Shahar driving a backhand

*#83 Elena Baltacha GBR d #31 s30 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 7-5 Wed

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Elena's backhand drive

#32 s31 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #70 Polona Hercog SLO 6-4, 7-5 Wed
#33 s32 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #49 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-1, 6-4 Thu
#50 Sara Errani ITA d #60 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 6-3 Wed
*#62 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #52 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-7(5) 6-2 6-0 Thu
#59 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #116 q Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-3, 6-1 Wed

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Maria driving a forehand, Yvonne and Maria driving backhands, and Maria after match point

#63 Roberta Vinci ITA d #77 Vania King USA 7-6(7), 7-5 Wed
*#978 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS d #93 Karolina Sprem CRO 7-6(4), 7-6(6) Thu

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Casey after match point

Australian Open, 3rd Rd, Fri-Sat
loser: AUD$52,000 = $46,816 US, 160 points
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #33 s32 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-0, 6-3 Sat

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Serena driving a forehand

    Serena said: "I felt like I played okay. I still feel like I can do better. I think my forehand was solid today. I liked it today a lot." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #83 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-1, 6-2 Fri

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Elena and Dinara driving forehand and backhand

    Dinara said: "I think it was very solid match from my side. I played good. Pretty satisfied with everything I did...
    "Overall my game is trying to put pressure on opponent, not that they put pressure on me. So I was manage to dictate from the first point of the match. I think it was going everything right. And during the match I was trying to do it more and more, to give [Elena] less, less time." postmatch interview - match stats

    Elena said: "It was a great experience for me to play the world No. 2. You know, all credit to Safina. I think she played really well today. It was difficult because I don't play top 10 every week. I knew for me to get anywhere near her, I'd have to play very, very well.
    "And she put a lot of pressure on me out there today, especially on my serve. I knew if I didn't get the first serve in, you know, then she was gonna be all over my second serve. I had to put a little more on the second serve. I was serving a little more double-faults than my last couple matches... I would have liked to have played much better...
    "I think the start of the year has been fantastic. I've qualified in Auckland, qualified in Hobart, beat Chakvetadze last round, and made the third round this week. It's a complete and utter positive." postmatch interview

#3 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #115 q Angelique Kerber GER 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Fri

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Svetlana and Angelique driving forehand and backhand

#4 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #30 s29 Shahar Peer ISR 6-4, 6-0 Sat

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Caroline and Shahar driving forehand and backhand, and Caro after match point

    Caroline said: "The serve percentage was really high today, and I was really pleased about that. Felt like I was serving well and winning a lot my points on it. But I think some days you serve well and some days you serve less good. All in all, it was a good performance...
    "[Shahar] started really well. She was changing the rhythm, and it was difficult for me just to get into the match. I just kept fighting, hanging in there, and in the end it turned out that I just had that extra gear." postmatch interview

#6 s6 Venus Williams USA d #978 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 7-6(4) Sat

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Casey driving a forehand, Venus launching a backhand on the run, and after match point

    Venus said: "[Casey] was my third lefty in a row, which is a little unusual. Hopefully I'll be able to get back into the rhythm of playing right handers. But I think she played really well in the second set. I had a lot of chances to go up breaks at 4-1 or 5-2, and she just hung in there and kept playing tough. That kind of play and experience will really serve her well throughout the year and her career." postmatch interview

    Casey said: "I had a few chances in the first and some breakpoints at different times. Probably didn't play the biggest points as well as Venus did... I've got a lot of things in my game that I want to keep getting better. One of those things is being more aggressive and moving forward into the court and not being pushed back too far... That's what the top girls do." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #62 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-0, 6-2 Sat

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Victoria and Tathiana driving forehands, and Vika reaching for a backhand

*#32 s31 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #8 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-2, 6-3 Fri

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Alona and Jelena driving forehands, and Alona after match point

    Jelena said: "In the beginning of the first I thought I had some opportunities, and [Alona] came up with some good shots from the defense.
    "Then the momentum went in her way in the beginning, which allowed her to get some confidence. Especially coming into this match I think I had 8-0 or something against her.
    "I struggled. I didn't serve well, and my opponent played really well. But I didn't raise my level of play and couldn't really find my rhythm in my game today. So overall struggled. I fought. I tried to come back. But, unfortunately, it didn't happen for me...
    "It's just beginning of the year. It's no big deal. It's only my second tournament of the year. And I'm a player who likes to play a lot of matches. The more I play, the better I get, and the more dangerous I get." postmatch interview - match stats

#9 s9 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #36 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-1, 7-5 Sat

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Gisela following a forehand, Vera driving a backhand, and after match point

*#18 s17 Francesca Schiavone ITA #10 s10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-2 Sat
*#35 Jie Zheng CHN d #11 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 Fri

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Jie driving a forehand, Marion's backhand drive, and Jie after match point

    It was the 3rd straight match that Jie has won after losing the 1st set.

    Jie said: "I want to win the first set, you can see. I force it. I have the will. In the 5-all, serve game, have the two point I play not so good. So I lost the first set.
    "Today I know is so tough match. But I really want win the match because I lost [to Marion] in the last year in the semifinal in Montréal. But today I think the whole match I try to focus for every point. This is very good for me I win this match."
    About her 4th round opponent, Alona Bondarenko, Jie said: "Next match is more tough because I lost to her in last week [Hobart QFs, 7-5, 7-5]. She win the tournament for last week. I watch the match for her today. She played unbelievable, so..." postmatch interview

#13 s13 Samantha Stosur AUS d #73 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-4, 6-1 Sat

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Samantha serving, Alberta and Samantha driving forehands, and Sam after match point

    Samantha hit 25 winners (including 11 aces) with only 19 unforced errors (2 double faults). Samantha said: "Very pleased with the way I was able to, from 3-2 in the first set, kind of step it up a gear. In the second set from 2-1, felt great, and went for a few more balls, and served well the whole match...
    "I'm gonna hit some errors when I'm going for the balls as well... I'm not worried about how many errors I'm going to hit if I'm going to hit the same amount of winners." postmatch interview

    In the 4th round on Monday, Samantha will play the 2009 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, 28-year-old top-seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

    Serena leads Samantha 2-1 in career matches. The first time they met, in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Samantha was returning from illness, and Serena won easily, 6-2, 6-0. Their second meeting was on a plexipave hardcourt last year in the 1st round in Sydney, when Serena edged out Samantha, 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5. Samantha won their most recent meeting, on a hardcourt in last year's Stanford quarterfinals, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

*#20 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS d #15 s15 Kim Clijsters BEL 6-0, 6-1 Fri

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Nadia serving, Kim driving a forehand, and Nadia about to connect with a backhand

    Nadia said: "I was preparing myself already a long day, a long match. Might have been a three-setter. Just really wanted to give everything I could today. Very happy...
    "When I broke her again in the second set, then I realized, 'This is like a two-set match for me,' and I just start cruising through it...
    "I played very well. I didn't give her chance for her to start playing her game. I really put pressure from the first point. I stayed close to the line. I was really observing her pace. Also coming up with the big shots. I made very difficult for her. She had to come up with something unbelievable." postmatch interview

    Kim said: "I was completely off. I think tennis-wise, I didn't feel the ball at all. On the other hand, [Nadia] was good. But I made all the mistakes and she didn't really have to do much. She served really well and was aggressive in the rallies, but that's because I let her play into the courts. Just because I wasn't feeling the ball well...
    "Matches like this, maybe it happens once a year where you feel like this. But you don't want it to happen more than this because then it's not a coincidence." postmatch interview

#16 q Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #50 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6(4)-7, 6-3 Fri

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Sara and Yanina driving backhands

    Yanina said: "The first set I felt really well. Going on court, I had treatment before, so my back was really feeling well. And then I really started playing really well. Played a perfect first set.
    "Second set in the beginning my back was still fine. From 2-all, started feeling really bad. Got really tense again. So I called the physio after the second set, got some painkillers. I think after three games it started working a little bit, so I think that really helped my back. But it didn't really feel well...
    "I don't move really super when my back is hurting. So I move a lot faster when my back is fine. My aggressive game is more easy when my back is loose and everything feels good.
    "Those two points are pretty important in my game. Serve felt pretty good. Just the end of the motion hurted. Serve was okay. But moving into the court was a lot of pain today." postmatch interview

#17 s16 Na Li CHN d #23 s22 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 Sat

    Na said: "After second set, she go change room, so I have time to calm down and then to think about how I can win the point. So I have a lot of time to think. So I calm down, and then just play safe ball back." postmatch interview

*#NR wc Justine Henin BEL d #28 s27 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Fri

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Alisa serving, Justine running down a forehand, and after match point

    Justine said: "I'm happy I'm in the fourth round. I kind of survived a little bit today. But it's always good to win this kind of match because I came back from nowhere. It was so difficult for me after last match. Physically I suffered a little bit in the last two days. I wasn't feeling the energy enough to be able to compete at my level. I've been patient. Slowly but surely it was better. And [Alisa] was dangerous because when you need the rhythm, especially because physically you're not feeling well, she put a lot of pressure serving well. That wasn't the kind of game that would help me come into the match. But finally I did it. So I'm very happy that I'm still in the tournament, that I have another chance to get better in the next round...

    "I wasn't at my level, of course. And she was doing a great job. But I wasn't able to put the pressure on her and to take the opportunities and to be consistent. It was hard for me to move. It was hard for me to find the energy. But she was doing a very good job at that time. Then I just tried to wait for the opportunities. She started to serve not that good at the end of the second set. I took my chances. In the third, it was much better. Was able to express myself a little bit more...

    "I face a few issues. And my body suffered a lot. It's not used to it anymore. I didn't have 48 hours. It's been quite short to recover. Not enough sleep. I slept terribly. I was in bed at 2 when I beat Dementieva. I slept five hours. Not that much last night. When I woke up this morning, I felt 'It's going to be tough today, because I'm tired.' I'm happy. I'm sure I'll have time enough to recover and feel much better in two days than today.
    "I was ready for a tough match. I was ready mentally, emotionally and physically it would be difficult. I have a bit of inflammation in my leg. I hope it's not going to get worse in the next 48 hours. I think it's generally I need to recover from that. I'm pretty positive these two days I have are going to help me now." postmatch interview

#59 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #63 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 7-6(4) Fri

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Maria following a forehand, Roberta driving one, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

Australian Open, 4th Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
loser: AUD$89,000 = $80,127 US, 280 points
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #13 s13 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-2 Mon

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Serena serving, Samantha and Serena driving backhands, and Serena after match point

    Serena said: "It's important when you're playing a local girl to not let the crowd get too involved or else they'll kill you. That was the plan to not let them get involved...
    "I think today it was all about the serve. Honestly I'm just hoping I can serve again like that, because that was pretty cool... I knew going into the match I had to serve well against Sam. She's a big server and even though she's not as tall, she serves incredibly well. I know that I had to serve well today...
    "I knew she was capable. She beat me last time and anything can happen. So she's a really, really good player and so dangerous. I was like, you have to be focused when you're playing Sam, for sure." postmatch interview

    Samantha said: "[Serena] played very well today. Actually thought I played well and I felt good out there. But when someone's playing that aggressively and not giving you anything at all, she's pretty hard to beat...
    "I thought I served well. I thought I stood my ground pretty well during the few rallies that we were able to get into. Everything that I had set out and wanted to try and play like today, I thought I did that pretty well...
    "But like I said, she played better. If I was able to play against any other player, then maybe I would have won today. I'm still pleased with the way I went out there and fought hard and did what I could do." postmatch interview

*#59 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #2 s2 Dinara Safina RUS 5-4 retired—low back injury Sun

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Dinara and Maria driving forehand and backhand

    Dinara said: "My back again. It suddenly hit me. It was getting worse and worse. I have no idea really how it could happen. It's really, really terrible...
    "I felt a little bit stiff in practice like during the serve, but nothing serious. My doctor told me I could sometimes have some discomfort in that spot, as I had bone edema, maybe I could not use full power. As long as I can play match, it can happen and I can have discomfort, but he said no pain, nothing...
    "Yesterday I had treatment. Today I warm up, it was fine. I was cooling down, and I start to feel a little more pain. Suddenly I played a long game at 3-2. I won the game. I turned to my coach. I said, I cannot move anymore...
    "I have to go back to Germany to my doctor to speak with him. I mean, I did MRI before I came here, and my bone edema was getting much smaller..." postmatch interview

    Maria said: "Of course I feel very bad. I think to get injury is the worse thing that you can get on the tournament. I saw that something happened, but I couldn't understand what really. Then she told me that the spine, something happened with the spine. She had it before already so... I'm feeling bad for Dinara really." postmatch interview

*#20 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS d #3 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Sun

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Nadia serving, Svetlana and Nadia driving backhands, and Nadia after match point

    Nadia said: "Instead of giving opportunity for [Svetlana] to put pressure on me and dictating the game, I took everything in my hands. This time I felt also much fitter. I knew it doesn't really matter how long the match would go for, I still had a lot of energy. I'm sure sometimes I even surprised her, how well I was chasing the balls...
    "I think it has a lot to do with my pre-season. I had six weeks of hard work. I really took my fitness to another level, especially because of last season has been difficult with the injury." postmatch interview

    About the 3rd set, Svetlana said: "I had advantage. I had Love-30 the second game on my serve. I fight back. I had advantage. I had 40-30. I served to [Nadia's] backhand and she just returned it too good. I lost that game and I stopped a little bit.
    "I was disappointed losing serve. I still was thinking about service game. By then she already won her serve and everything start to go so fast. I played bad game at 2-1, she broke me. She started to get more confident. And me, I lost confidence. I was very frustrated. That was the main mistake for me. I had to hold at 1-Love...
    "She played good. I give credit to her. It's the best I seen her play last two years I think, but I didn't deserve to win because I was not playing good enough. I was doing too many unforced errors. I didn't serve good. I was just struggling to find my game." postmatch interview

*#17 s16 Na Li CHN d #4 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-3 Mon

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Na driving a backhand, Caroline running down a forehand, and Na signing autographs after the match

    Na said: "I was play aggressive today. I know [Caroline is a] good player, and I also I play her last week in Sydney. So it was tough match. I know if I give her a chance, maybe she just beat me. So I was trying to hold on every point. I didn't want to give her chance." postmatch interview

    Caroline hit only three winners in the entire match. Caroline said: "I had my chances, especially in the first set leading all the time. Had my chance for 5-2. I didn't take it. Then [Na] started well with the new balls... She's taking the ball early and hitting pretty hard...
    "There's a long year ahead of me. Now I'm going to go and practice and work even harder and come back stronger hopefully... Today I was playing well at some points, less good at some others. I need the consistency." postmatch interview

    Na will play Venus Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. They have met only once before, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when Na won, 7-5,7-5.

#6 s6 Venus Williams USA d #18 s17 Francesca Schiavone ITA 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Venus serving, Francesca running down a forehand, Venus following a backhand, and after match point

    Venus won despite putting only 52% of her 1st serves in the box, with zero aces and 5 double faults (Francesca: 63%, 5 aces, 4 DFs). match stats

    Venus said: "[Francesca] played really well in the first set. I have to give her credit. She just played really aggressively. She was making her shots, doing everything she needed to do to win the match. But obviously it takes a lot to close out a match, especially on an important match like that one. I was able just to get some footing back in and start to execute the way I wanted to." postmatch interview

#7 s7 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #9 s9 Vera Zvonareva RUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 Mon

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Victoria drivng a forehand, Vera and Victoria driving backhands, and Vika after match point

    Victoria said: "I think I'm a little bit different player right now. I think I did some improvements in my off‑season that I really needed, especially mentally with my shots. I just think I just got tougher mentally also. That no matter what moment, I'm still gonna fight, still gonna try to play my best tennis, and it really helped me." postmatch interview

*#NR wc Justine Henin BEL d #16 q Yanina Wickmayer BEL 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3 Sun

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Justine serving, Yanina firing a flying forehand, Justine driving a backhand, and after match point

    Justine said: "The first set asked me a lot of energy and a lot of intensity. Then the beginning of the second set, I slow down a little bit. [Yanina] didn't give me a lot of points at that time. And she played very good tennis.
    "Just tried to stay calm. At the end of the second set, it was difficult mentally to stay in the set. But started to be really focused on the third set. I got the opportunity to start it pretty well, and that's what I did. It was important to put the pressure early in the third set. Finally I could keep my serve.
    "I served very well today. I'm very happy about that. In the third set, I've been aggressive enough, and there was a good tennis. So glad the way I finished. Really it's a great feeling to be in the quarters. I enjoyed my time on the court. It wasn't an easy match. I was expecting a tough match. That happened. I'm glad I could come through." postmatch interview

    Yanina said: "I think I had my chances in the first set. I started off a little nervous. It was new, playing that court. It was a big match for me, so I started off a little nervous. I think I did a good job hanging in there the first set and finding my rhythm.
    "Second set I think I played great. I really did what I had to do, got aggressive. I got broken in the first game, third set... I must say [Justine] served really well during the whole match, but especially in the third set. She put a lot of pressure.
    "But I try to keep doing what I was doing. I'm glad the way I handled the pressure and the way I handled the match. I think I did a good job." postmatch interview

*#35 Jie Zheng CHN d #32 s31 Alona Bondarenko UKR 7-6(5), 6-4 Sun

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Jie serving, Alona running down a forehand, Jie driving a backhand, and after match point

    Alona had defeated Jie a week ago in the Hobart, Tasmania quaterfinals, 7-5, 7-5.

    Jie said: "I think my body and mind is ready today for tough match. Because I know [Alona] is very tough player because she just win the last week Hobart. I tried keep fighting to force it, so I'm happy for today I do the will...
    "I think Australia is lucky for me because I win the first Grand Slam doubles title in Australia. So I'm so happy I'm in quarterfinal of Australia [singles] also." postmatch interview

Australian Open, QFs, Tue-Wed 11am
loser: AUD$200,000 = $180,060 US, 500 points
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #7 s7 Victoria Azarenka BLR 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 Wed

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Serena serving to Victoria, Victoria and Serena following flying forehands, and Victoria congratulating Serena after match point

    Serena now leads Vika 4-1 in career matches, and also won their previous meeting, on a chlorophyll court in the quarterfinals of last year's Championships at Wimbledon, 6-2, 6-3.

    Serena struck 57 winners in the match, including 17 aces, and hit 38 unforced errors, including only one double fault (Vika: 22 winners, 1 ace, 24 errors, 5 DFs). match stats

    After winning the 1st set, Victoria had a 4-0 lead in the 2nd. Serena said: "I wasn't playing my best, especially in the first two sets. I definitely think I played well in the third... I was down the whole match from the first point until the end... [Victoria] was playing so well. She's obviously young and does well. She's no pushover, that's for sure." postmatch interview - AP story

    Victoria said: "I think I played good tennis today. It was very high level of tennis from both of us. But what can you do? I had chances. I had opportunities. It wasn't many, but I didn't take it." postmatch interview

*#17 s16 Na Li CHN d #6 s6 Venus Williams USA 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 Wed

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Na and Venus driving forehand and backhand, Na driving a backhand, and after match point

    Na and Venus had met only once before, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when Na also won, 7-5,7-5.

    Na said: "I'm nervous on the first set. Venus played aggressive in the first set. She didn't miss a lot ball. I was feeling more pressure in the first set. Then second set I was feeling a little bit better, but still was like 5-3 down. Then I just try to play more ball back. Maybe have chance and then I do it...
    [In the 3rd set] she was 4-2 up. [I thought] maybe I just play more back and then move her running on the court. Maybe she's a little bit tired." postmatch interview

    Venus broke Na's serve eight times during the match, but failed to hold her own serve nine times. match stats - AP story

    Venus said: "I would have loved to have held serve more... [In the 2nd set, Na] obviously started to play a lot better. She obviously hits the ball so well. I give her a lot of credit for playing really well... She hits a good ball. She hits a low ball. Sometimes it's not as easy to move the low ball around as much." postmatch interview

    The Chinese National Tennis Federation formerly managed the careers of all Chinese players, collecting their earnings and then giving the players a percentage. Na and three other players including Jie Zeng have been released from this system, manage their own careers, and keep most of their earnings.
    A reporter surprised Na by asking "Until last year, you were paying 60% to the Federation, and now only 12%; is that correct?" to which Na said: "How did you know that?... It's true."

*#NR wc Justine Henin BEL d #20 s19 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-6(3), 7-5 Tue

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Justine driving a forehand, Nadia following a backhand, and Justine volleying one

    Justine won 81% of her 1st serve points, and hit 20 winners with 26 unforced errors (Nadia: 72%, 16 winners, 41 errors). match stats

    Justine said: “At the end I played much more aggressive tennis. I didn’t want to go to the tiebreaker. I wanted to close out the match." AP story - postmatch interview

    Nadia said: "It is my serve today. I've had quite a sore shoulder throughout all the Australian Open. Today has been really the worst day for me. I started with some pain and couldn't really get my serve going. I was double‑faulting a lot. I have a feeling I was just a little bit playing with my toss to avoid the pain.
    "Other than that, little bit more unforced errors obviously today. But Justine really was trying to put pressure on me... She's definitely playing very good. She's playing more aggressively. She's playing closer to the line, really going after the second serves. I think she also did improve her first serve, as well." postmatch interview

#35 Jie Zheng CHN d #59 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue

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Jie and Maria driving forehands, Jie driving a backhand, and after match point

    Although Maria hit 18 winners with 22 unforced errors, Jie played even more cleanly, striking 16 winners with only 9 errors. Jie also converted 4 or 6 break point opportunities (Maria: 0 of 5 on break points). match stats

    Jie said: "Today I play more aggressive, make lots the winner. Looked like strong on the court." postmatch interview

    Maria had to call for the trainer due to pain in her left leg. But, Maria said: "I lost today not because of my pain in my legs, just because [Jie] was playing much better than me today... She was running very well. I thought that I'm making winners, and she's there. Maybe I had to come more to the net today because on the baseline, I didn't have a chance. Plus for me was difficult to move. She was moving great, without any mistakes." postmatch interview

    Jie will play Justine Henin in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday. They have met only once before, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 3rd round in Toronto in 2005, when Justine won, 6-2, 6-4.



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Jie and Na posed for pre-semifinal photos on Wednesday...
it is the first time two Chinese players have reached the singles semis in a Grand Slam tourney

Australian Open, SFs, Thu 1:30pm+
loser: AUD$400,000 = $360,120 US, 900 points
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #17 s16 Na Li CHN 7-6(4), 7-6(1)

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Serena watching her serve fly Na-ward, Na running down a forehand, Serena volleying one on the move, Na driving a backhand,
Serena following a forehand, Na's forehand drive, Serena following a backhand, and after match point

    Serena hit 33 winners, including 12 aces, with 24 unforced errors, only 2 of which were double faults (Na: 21 winners, 1 ace; 38 errors, 6 DFs). match stats

    Serena now leads Na 4-1 in career matches, and won their last meeting, on a hardcourt in the 1st round at Stanford last year, 6-3, 7-6(6). Their three prior matches all went three sets. Na's win over Serena was on a indoor hardcourt in the 2nd round at Stuttgart in 2008, 0-6, 6-1, 6-4.

    Serena said: "[Na] was such a fighter, so it was good... She has everything from really a serve, which you might not think, but she has a really good serve, to both great backhand and forehand." postmatch interview

    Na said: "Not so bad [smiling]. I lose the match, of course, I was a little bit sad. Stop in the semifinal. But, good day for my tennis. I was play well today also." postmatch interview

    About her opponent in Saturday's final, Serena said: "[Justine is] playing really well. She's doing great. It will be good. I hope to serve well. But regardless, I'll have to do other things well, too."

*#NR wc Justine Henin BEL d #35 Jie Zheng CHN 6-1, 6-0

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Justine serving, Jie driving a forehand, Justine seen through Jie's racquet as Jie drives a forehand, Jie driving a backhand,
Justine's forehand drive, Jie running down a backhand, Justine volleying one, and after match point

    Justine hit 23 winners, including 5 aces, with only 14 unforced errors, 3 of which were double faults (Jie: 3 winners, 0 aces; 15 errors, 1 DF). Justine converted 6 of 11 break points against Jie; Jie did not score on any of the 3 break points she held against Justine. match stats

    Justine and Jie had met only once before, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 3rd round in Toronto in 2005, when Justine won, 6-2, 6-4.

    Justine said: "I've been playing a lot of tough matches in the last two weeks, it was best to recover today. I knew it could be a dangerous match. Grand Slam semifinal... I knew I had to be really careful about that match. I've been very focused, very concentrated. I did my job perfectly well. That worked pretty good.
    "That's a great feeling, of course. Very excited about what's going to come up for me, and can't wait for it now." postmatch interview

    Jie said: "I think she play so well today. For me, so surprise. She look like not second tournament [back after a year and a half retirement]. I think the first set, start serve game, she not feeling so well. I have two time the breakpoint, but not convert. And after this she plays super. I never have chance." postmatch interview

    About her opponent in Saturday's final, Justine said: "[Serena is] a real fighter. Never gives up. And I think she really helped the game to come at another level. And she really helped women's tennis a lot. She's still there with an amazing attitude. I think we respect each other a lot for that. We're both real fighters. We want to win. And I think maybe we helped each other to get better. So it's a good one."

Australian Open, Final, Sat cRL 7:30pm
loser: AUD$1,050,000 = $945,315 US, 1400 points
winner: AUD$2,100,000 = $1,890,630 US, 2000 pts
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #NR wc Justine Henin BEL 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

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Serena serving to Justine, Justine firing a flying forehand, Serena's forehand drive, Justine driving a backhand,
Serena lining up a backhand, Justine's forehand drive, Serena driving a backhand, and after match point

Australian Open, Doubles Final, Friday cRL 3pm
losers' prize: AUD$225,000 = $202,567 US
winners' prize: AUD$450,000 = $405,135 US
*s2 Serena Williams & Venus Williams d cdr2 s1 Cara Black & Liezel Huber 6-4 6-3

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Venus & Serena, their 4th Australian Open doubles title

Australian Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun cRL 4pm
losers: AUD$67,230 = $60,527 US; winners: AUD$134,460 = $121,054 US
s1 Cara Black ZIM & Leander Paes IND d Ekaterina Makarova RUS & Jaroslav Levinsky CZE 7-5, 6-3

Australian Open, Junior Girls Final, Sat cRL m2 (1st match at 1pm)
wta#223 s6 Karolina Pliskova CZE d wta#406 Laura Robson GBR 6-1, 7-6(5)

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Laura and Karolina driving backhand and forehand, and Karolina with the hardware

Australian Open, Junior Girls' Doubles Final, Fri cSC3 m3
*Jana Cepelova SVK & Chantal Skamlova SVK d s1 Timea Babos HUN & Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 7-6(1) 6-2

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Jana & Chantal


Australian Open, Qualifying Finals, Sat Jan 16 10am
qualifier gets 60 points;   losers' prizes:    q1 AUD$2860 = $2575 US 2pts
    q2 AUD$5710 = $5141 US 40pts     q3 AUD$11,440 = $10,299 US 50pts

#16 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #135 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-0, 6-0
#105 Regina Kulikova RUS d #128 Ksenia Pervak RUS 7-6(3), 6-1
#108 Shenay Perry USA d #131 Vesna Manasieva RUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
#109 Zuzana Kucova SVK d #130 Julia Schruff GER 6-4, 6-4
*#125 Renata Voracova CZE d #112 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 7-6(2), 0-6, 6-1
#115 Angelique Kerber GER d #129 Michaella Krajicek NED 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
#116 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d #153 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
*#134 Valerie Tetreault CAN d #120 Masa Zec Peskiric SLO 6-3, 6-3
#123 Kathrin Woerle GER d #143 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 4-6, 9-7
#139 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #167 Anna Floris ITA 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
#168 Yuliana Fedak UKR d #202 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 7-6(8), 7-6(4)
#192 Xinyun Han CHN d #205 Anastasia Pivovarova RUS 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4

Australian Open, Withdrawals, Non-entries
#42 Patty Schnyder SUI achilles tendon injury


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The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
TOP HALF
s1 Cara Black ZIM & Liezel Huber USA F
Tatjana Malek GER & Andrea Petkovic GER r1
Alexandra Dulgheru ROU & Edina Gallovits ROU r1
Carly Gullickson USA & Vladimira Uhlirova CZE r2
Kaia Kanepi EST & Jasmin Woehr GER r1
Victoria Azarenka BLR & Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS r3
Shannon Golds AUS & Marija Mirkovic AUS r1
s14 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER & Vania King USA r2
s10 Sania Mirza IND & Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP r3
Yayuk Basuki INA & Kimiko Date Krumm JPN r1
Timea Bacsinszky SUI & Tathiana Garbin ITA r2
Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Caroline Wozniacki DEN r1
Sabine Lisicki GER & Aravane Rezai FRA r1
Melinda Czink HUN & Natalie Grandin RSA r2
Alberta Brianti ITA & Urszula Radwanska POL r1
s7 Alisa Kleybanova RUS & Francesca Schiavone ITA QF
s3 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP & MJ Martinez Sanchez ESP r3
Jelena Dokic AUS & Petra Kvitova CZE r1
Shahar Peer ISR & Galina Voskoboeva KAZr2
Magdalena Rybarikova SVK & Renata Voracova CZE r1
Elena Baltacha GBR & Liga Dekmeijere LAT r2
Lucie Safarova CZE & Aleksandra Wozniak CAN r1
Sorana Cirstea ROU & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS r1
s15 Maria Kirilenko RUS & Agnieszka Radwanska POL SF
s12 Chia-Jung Chuang TPE & Kveta Peschke CZE r2
Ipek Senoglu TUR & Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ r1
Sally Peers AUS & Laura Robson GBR QF
Jill Craybas USA & Abigail Spears USA r1
Agnes Szavay HUN & Roberta Vinci ITA r2
Olga Govortsova BLR & Tatiana Poutchek BLR r1
Vera Dushevina RUS & Anastasia Rodionova AUS r3
s5 Nadia Petrova RUS & Samantha Stosur AUS r1

BOTTOM HALF
s6 Lisa Raymond USA & Rennae Stubbs AUS SF
Mariya Koryttseva UKR & Darya Kustova BLR r1
Jarmila Groth AUS & Olivia Rogowska AUS r1
Julie Coin FRA & Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN r2
Yung-Jan Chan TPE & Monica Niculescu ROU r3
Monique Adamczak AUS & Nicole Kriz AUS r1
Casey Dellacqua AUS & Marina Erakovic NZL r1
s11 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS & Ekaterina Makarova RUS r3
s13 Gisela Dulko ARG & Flavia Pennetta ITA QF
Alona Bondarenko UKR & Kateryna Bondarenko UKR r1
Polona Hercog SLO & Petra Martic CRO r1
Sarah Borwell GBR & Raquel Kops-Jones USA r2
Alicia Molik AUS & Meghann Shaughnessy USA r1
Klaudia Jans POL & Alicja Rosolska POL r2
Julia Goerges GER & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP r1
s4 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Shuai Peng CHN r3
s8 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Zi Yan CHN QF
Kirsten Flipkens BEL & Melanie Oudin USA r1
Jelena Jankovic SRB & Shenay Perry USA r2
Dominika Cibulkova SVK & Michaella Krajicek NED r1
Maria Kondratieva RUS & Anastasija Sevastova LAT r1
Virginie Razzano FRA & Yanina Wickmayer BEL w/o r2
Alize Cornet FRA & Sharon Fichman CAN r1
s9 Elena Vesnina RUS & Jie Zheng CHN r3
s16 Iveta Benesova CZE & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE r2
Sara Errani ITA & Carla Suarez Navarro ESP r1
Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE r3
Anna Chakvetadze RUS & Tamira Paszek AUT r1
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB & Tamarine Tanasugarn THA r1
Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU & Olga Savchuk UKR r2
Sophie Ferguson AUS & Jessica Moore AUS r1

s2 Venus Williams USA & Serena Williams USA

    (Sept 22, 2009 revised) 27-year-old former WTA #1 Justine Henin announced on Tuesday that she will return to the WTA Tour in January. Justine made the announcement on Belgian television; prominent Belgian newspapers had earlier declared that Justine was ready to reveal her intention to return.
    Three months notice are required for players returning from retirement, to meet anti-doping rules, so Justine's return to WTA play will be in Australia next January. Justine will play exhbitions in Charleroi, Belgium, and in Dubai, to prepare for next year. Justine has accepted wild card entries for January's Brisbane International, Sydney International, and Australian Open; after that she will have earned ranking points in 3 tourneys (required minimum for an "entry ranking"). She intends to continue playing at least through the London Olympics in 2012, when she will be 30 years old.
    On her official website, Justine said: "After 15 months of absence, I am pleased to announce to you that I’ve decided to begin my second tennis career. I don’t want to describe it as a comeback. It’s a new life that opens for me."
    Justine retired on May 14, 2008. She had won 41 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with Antwerp in 2008, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 493-107 record in singles matches. AP story - AP story 2

    (May 30, 2007) The Rebound Ace courts used since 1988 for the Australian Open and the events leading up to it will be replaced, beginning in 2008, by a less cushioned surface created by the US company Plexipave, called Plexicushion, which will be installed by Aussie company William Loud. WTA story

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (pages 47-50):

    Because of the travel involved, the Australian had always been number four on the Grand Slam ladder. But it had been a solid number four. In 1974 Jimmy Connors won his first Grand Slam Title there. That same year, Evonne Goolagong beat Chris Evert in the women's final. A year later, the finals were Newcombe over Connors, and Goolagong over Martina Navratilova.
    But it was getting tougher and tougher to get the players to make the trip to Australia around the Christmas holidays, which was when the tournament was held. Guarantees were beginning to push player income so high that the top players saw no reason to make the trip. Bjorn Borg never played the Australian after 1974. Connors hasn't been back since 1975. Evert didn't go for six straight years after her loss to Goolagong, and Navratilova skipped four years after her loss to Goolagong.
    The tournament deteriorated quickly. Kooyong, the venerable Melbourne tennis club where the tournament was held, was a badly outdated facility. It was overcrowded and the grass was not in good shape. In fact, many players complained that on one side of center court you were actually running uphill to get to the net.
    In 1978 Chris O'Neil beat Betsy Nagelsen in the women's final. The next year Barbara Jordan beat Sharon Walsh. None of these four players ever came close to a Grand Slam final again...

    Philippe Chatrier, the ITF president, was extremely concerned about what he saw in Australia. He had fallen in love with the country on his first trip there as a young sportswriter in 1956. Chatrier knew that the Australian had become a Grand Slam in name only. Brian Tobin, the president of Tennis Australia, knew that, too.

    ...The women had upgraded their half of the tournament in the early eighties by splitting from the men. Chatrier and Tobin together convinced the Men's Tennis Council [the MTC, which controlled men's pro tennis before the ATP] to move the tournament to the last week in November. That helped a little. Then came the matter of talking the women into going back to the old two-week format.
    "The women weren't too keen on that," Tobin said. "By 1980 the top women like Chrissie and Martina were coming here again and they were doing quite well on their own. But we knew to be a true Grand Slam again, we had to be a two-week tournament."
    There were still major problems. Not only was Kooyong an awful facility for a major championship, it was costing Tennis Australia $1 million a year to rent. A new facility was desperately needed, but that would cost, according to estimates, $40 million. Tennis Australia just didn't have that kind of money.

    ...Sitting at his desk one morning, Tobin saw a small story in the paper, which noted that the government of Victoria--the state in which Melbourne is located--was looking for a site to build a new entertainment center. Tobin called John Cain, the premier of Victoria, and asked for a meeting. Perhaps there was some way for the government and Tennis Australia to build a facility together.
    Cain was interested but there was an obvious problem. Grand Slam tennis tournaments were played outdoors; most entertainment events were staged indoors. It was Cain who came up with the solution. "Why not build it with a roof that opens?" he suggested.
    The rest, as they say, is history.
    The land chosen to build the National Tennis Center was Flinders Park... only five minutes from the heart of Melbourne... ground was broken early in 1986. (The projected cost... was about $70 million. Before it was done, the cost was more than $100 million.)

    ...They studied the other three Grand Slam facilities to try to figure out how to build the best possible venue... "We studied the U.S. Open site in order to see what not to do," Tobin said, laughing. They also proposed another date change to the MTC, asking that the tournament be moved to mid-January...

    The MTC approved the calendar change. The last Australian Open at Kooyong was played in January 1987, and when the tennis world arrived in Melbourne the following January, it was clear that the Australian had arrived as a Grand Slam. The stadium seated fifteen thousand, with excellent sight lines everywhere. Most of the seats were in the shade, which helped even on the days when the heat was most unbearable. The women's final that year was completed with the roof closed, when it started to rain after the match had begun. The locker rooms were the roomiest in the world. The walkways were wide, and there were two ministadiums that served as courts 1 and 2. Chatrier called it "the tennis stadium of the twenty-first century."
    With the new dates, everyone came to play. Steffi Graf started her Grand Slam by beating Chris Evert in the women's final... In 1990, Channel 7 would be on the air for about 120 hours during the two-week tournament.
    Most of the country would be watching most of the time.

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