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#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

    Serena won despite suffering from illness, coughing badly and leaving the court to throw up at one point.

    Serena said: "The match definitely got tough in the second set. Maria started playing a lot better. She started being a little more aggressive. I think I got a little more passive. Was just trying to get the ball back in play. But I also started serving better in the second set because I knew if I wasn't having my groundstrokes where I wanted them to be, I knew I could serve it out. So, yeah, it definitely got really interesting." postmatch interview

    Maria said: "In the finish I definitely thought I could have put a few more serves in in the tiebreaker. Giving her many looks on the second serve. Even though they were good, deep second serves, she was ready. Aggressive. She hit a couple of winners. Then some of the service games where I had 15-30 or 30-All, she came up with really big serves, ones I sometimes couldn't get my reach at. Those you just have to let go and keep going." postmatch interview

    Serena now leads Maria 17-2 in career matches; Maria's two wins both occurred in 2004. Their most recent meeting last year on a Laykold hardcourt in the semifinals at Miami, when Serena defeated Maria 6-4, 6-3.

    Sunday Men's Final: s1 Novak Djokovic SRB d s6 Andy Murray GBR 7-6(5), 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-0

click for 2015 women's singles draw in the video frame

  2015 Major Skirmishes, Top Half

4th Round:
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n24 s24 Garbine Muguruza ESP 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
n18 s18 Venus Williams USA d n6 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n41 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
n33 Madison Keys USA d n84 Madison Brengle USA 6-2, 6-4

n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-2
n33 Madison Keys USA d n18 s18 Venus Williams USA 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n33 Madison Keys USA 7-6(4), 6-2

  2015 Major Skirmishes, Bottom Half

4th Round:
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n21 s21 Shuai Peng CHN 6-3, 6-0
n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU d n79 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-2
n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n39 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n71 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 6-2

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-3, 6-2
n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU 6-4, 6-0

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 6-2

    2015 prize money amounts are shown below in Australian dollars. As of January 16, 2015, one Australian dollar equals about $0.82 US.

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
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
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Australian Open,  Melbourne, Australia

tourney time:
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       = US PT +19 hours

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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.

Melbourne Park   Latitude: -37.821497 Longitude: 144.978772

2015: On Saturday, January 17, 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 Australian Open champ Serena Williams
met the press and practiced at Melbourne Park, and 2008 AO champion Maria Sharapova did likewise...
Australian Open, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser: AUD$34,500, 10 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n106 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-0, 6-4 Tue

Serena firing a forehand

    Serena said: "I felt okay. As always, I had the jitters going out in the first match of a Grand Slam. It's never super easy to be the one that everyone wants to beat. So I always have to be a little bit above. But yeah, I felt okay. I definitely think I can improve a tremendous amount though." WTA story

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n183 q Petra Martic CRO 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Maria driving a forehand

    Maria said: "[Petra is] capable of playing very good tennis. She's been injured a little bit, I believe, in the last year or so, but she can play. She's got some big weapons. Against someone who's already played a few matches, I knew I had to be really strong." WTA story

n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU d n51 Karin Knapp ITA 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Simona driving a backhand

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n137 q Richel Hogenkamp NED 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*n141 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d n5 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Lucie after match point

    Lucie said: "I was so nervous in the beginning. My hand was shaky. But I played one time against Ana before, at Wimbledon five years ago, and I had two match points, so my goal was if I had match point this time to finish it. And I'm so happy I did it this time." WTA story

    Ana said: "I think the whole match I didn't really feel like myself out there. It was really tough to find my rhythm a little bit, and in the third set I really felt like she raised her level on the court. I played okay in the beginning, but in the second and third set I really dropped my level."

n6 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n43 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 6-0 Tue

Aga's forehand drive

    Aga said: "I think I really played well today. Maybe little bit slow start. Otherwise I think everything was working for me today. I'm very happy with my game." WTA story

n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n98 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 6-2, 6-4 Mon

Genie serving

    Genie had lost her only previous meeting with Anna-Lena. Genie said: "I knew I was going to be ready for someone kind of going for it, gunning for her shots, and that's what happened. At this stage it's about being ready for that. I know I was able to deal with it even when she was playing well. Whenever I had little chances I think I took them. Overall it was solid, I think." WTA story

n8 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n100 Taylor Townsend USA 7-6(1), 6-2 Tue

Caro serving

*n39 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n9 s9 Angelique Kerber GER 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 Mon
n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n102 An-Sophie Mestach BEL 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n50 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*n35 Camila Giorgi ITA d n12 s12 Flavia Pennetta ITA 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*n84 Madison Brengle USA d n13 s13 Andrea Petkovic GER 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue
n14 s14 Sara Errani ITA d n105 Grace Min USA 6-1, 6-0 Mon
*n38 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n15 s15 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*n63 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n16 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-4, 2-6, 8-6 Mon
*n104 Carina Witthoeft GER d n17 s17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n18 s18 Venus Williams USA d n88 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Venus serving

    Venus said: "I felt good out there. I felt like my serve was working, moving well, playing aggressive. [Maria-Teresa] and I had a really tough match at Wimbledon last year, and even from the first game she was just hitting the ball so hard. So obviously I was prepared for her to play well against me again. Thankfully I was able to break serve a few times and make it a little easier this time." WTA story

n19 s19 Alize Cornet FRA d n61 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Alize driving a backhand

n20 s20 Samantha Stosur AUS d n48 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 6-1 Tue

Samantha fielding a forehand

n21 s21 Shuai Peng CHN d n162 q Tatjana Maria GER 6-4, 7-5 Mon

Shuai's 2 handed forehand with backhand (Bartoli-style) grip

n22 s22 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n119 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*n79 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n23 s23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n24 s24 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n74 Marina Erakovic NZL 7-5, 6-0 Tue
n25 s25 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n95 Timea Babos HUN 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n26 s26 Elina Svitolina UKR d n114 LL Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-3, 7-5 Tue
*n36 Caroline Garcia FRA d n27 s27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Caroline after match point

*n69 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n28 s28 Sabine Lisicki GER 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon
n29 s29 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n92 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-4, 6-0 Tue
n30 s30 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n83 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n31 s31 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n149 q Urszula Radwanska POL 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*n71 Julia Goerges GER d n32 s32 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Julia driving a forehand

n33 Madison Keys USA d n90 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 7-5 Tue

Madison's forehand drive

*n41 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n34 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Vika's backhand drive

    Vika has been plagued by injury for the past year. Victoria said: "I don't know if it's going to happen here or whenever, but I just want to work hard, and really have that mentality that that's what I want. Right now I'm just focused on my everyday job and trying to do it as best as possible." WTA story

n37 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n77 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n40 Mona Barthel GER d n86 Donna Vekic CRO 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n182 wc Oceane Dodin FRA d n42 Alison Riske USA 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 Mon
n44 Roberta Vinci ITA d n58 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 7-5, 6-1 Mon
n45 Klara Koukalova CZE d n460 wc Storm Sanders AUS 7-5, 6-4 Mon
n46 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n94 Ana Konjuh CRO 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Magda volleying a backhand

*n110 wc Irina Falconi USA d n47 Kaia Kanepi EST 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 Tue
*n67 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n49 Heather Watson GBR 6-4, 6-0 Tue

Tsveti about to swat a forehand

n52 Lauren Davis USA d n76 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-1, 7-5 Tue
n53 Christina McHale USA d n197 q Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-4, 1-6, 12-10 Mon
*n66 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n54 Annika Beck GER 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n65 Tereza Smitkova CZE d n55 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-1, 6-1 Tue
n59 Monica Puig PUR d n252 wc Arina Rodionova AUS 6-0, 6-3 Mon
n60 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n78 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-4, 6-4 Tue

Daniela driving a backhand

*n80 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n62 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 7-5 Mon
n64 Ajla Tomljanovic AUS d n75 Shelby Rogers USA 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 Tue

Ajla driving a forehand

n68 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n87 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Jarmila serving

n70 Kiki Bertens NED d n187 wc Daria Gavrilova RUS 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-2 Mon
n72 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n81 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Mon
n73 Johanna Larsson SWE d n82 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n93 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n85 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Mon
n89 Polona Hercog SLO d n103 Qiang Wang CHN 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n91 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n169 q Renata Voracova CZE 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*n150 q Alexandra Panova RUS d n96 Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-5, 6-0 Mon
n97 Nicole Gibbs USA d n133 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*n402 wc Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n99 Jie Zheng CHN 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n140 q Anna Tatishvili USA d n101 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 7-5 6-4 Tue
n107 q Denisa Allertova CZE d n113 sr40 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-0, 6-2 Tue
*n258 sr52 B Mattek-Sands USA d n118 Ying-Ying Duan CHN 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Mon
*n203 sr15 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n143 q Ons Jabeur TUN 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Australian Open, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser: AUD$60,000, 70 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n203 sr15 Vera Zvonareva RUS 7-5, 6-0 Thu

Vera driving a forehand, and Serena serving

    Vera held three set points in the 1st set, but could not convert them. Serena said: "[At that point] things really clicked. I had no other option but for things to click. Yeah, I just had to start playing better." postmatch interview

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n150 q Alexandra Panova RUS 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 Wed

Alexandra driving a forehand, and Maria pursuing one

    While serving at 5-4 in the 3rd set, Alexandra held 2 match points. Maria saved both MPs, broke Alexandra's serve, held to love on her own serve, and broke Alexandra again to win the match.

    Maria said: "I thought my thought process through the match to that point was pretty negative. I think I was dwelling too much on my mistakes, what I was doing wrong, not really being in the present, something that I'm really usually good at. At that point when you're behind and you feel like you're making a lot of errors, you don't feel like you have a good rhythm out there, I just really tried to take it a point at a time, think positively, and change my thought process a little bit." postmatch interview

n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU d n68 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Simona's forehand drive

    Simona said: "I played much better than first round tonight, so I'm happy with this. I am more aggressive and I served very well tonight. I played fast. I stayed very close to the baseline. She shows very strong on court. I felt her like big serve and big shots. But, you know, I was very, very fast on court, I think, and I opened the court very well. I did some good angles, and I just wanted to finish the points, like to make winners. So I did well tonight, and I'm really happy with the way how I play now." postmatch interview

n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n40 Mona Barthel GER 6-2, 6-4 Thu

Petra following a forehand

n6 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n73 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-0, 6-1 Thu

Aga's forehand drive

    Agnieszka said: "I think it was great match. I really start well. I play aggressive from the beginning to the end. And well, short, good match. So, you know, it's better, especially that it's really hot today. Be fresh for the next one." postmatch interview

n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n70 Kiki Bertens NED 6-0, 6-3 Wed

Genie fielding a backhand

    Genie said: "I think I put pressure on her a lot and I think probably forced her to make some errors. I was happy with the way I was able to step in and control the, points, whether I did the winner or she did the error. In the end I think that's how I want to play." postmatch interview

*n41 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n8 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-2 Thu

Vika driving a forehand

    Victoria has spent much of the past year recovering from injury. Vika said: "I think it was a very good match, very high quality. I'm happy with the way I stayed consistent throughout the whole match. I think there's always things you can improve, but it's a great progress from one match to another. I just want to keep trying to stay in that path and continue to grow, continue to improve." postmatch interview

    Caro said: "[Victoria] played better than me today and hats off to that. I just need to go back and work hard. Early, still beginning of the year. So still have 10 months to make up for this. Hopefully it's still going to be a good year." postmatch interview

n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n44 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-4 Wed

Kate after match point

n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n67 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 6-0 Thu

Domi's backhand drive

n14 s14 Sara Errani ITA d n66 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 7-6(3), 6-3 Wed
n18 s18 Venus Williams USA d n52 Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-3 Thu

Venus fielding a forehand

    Venus said: "[Lauren] actually hits the ball quite powerfully and she's very aggressive. I think she played even more aggressively than when we played in Auckland. I think maybe her strategy was to try and take control of the points. So I had to play some defense as well as some offense today." WTA story

n19 s19 Alize Cornet FRA d n107 q Denisa Allertova CZE 6-4, 6(2)-7, 6-2 Thu

Alize driving a backhand

*n37 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n20 s20 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-4 Thu

Coco after match point

    Coco said: "I was a little bit nervous. But we were talking about the first match I played against Schiavone, I was super nervous the whole match. My coach was talking about, 'We don't train for you to be nervous out on the court, and to potentially lose a match because of nerves. So play like you can make every shot and play like you own this court out here.' That's what I was thinking when I was playing out there. I enjoyed my time. So I had a lot of fun." postmatch interview

    Samantha said: "I think she obviously had a great night out on the court tonight. I mean, there's not that much to say. It came down to a couple points. I don't feel like I played a bad match at all by any means. It was maybe just, yeah, a couple of points on my serve to go down a break each time and that was it. I didn't get a breakpoint. I didn't feel like I did much wrong." postmatch interview

n21 s21 Shuai Peng CHN d n46 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 6-1 Wed
n22 s22 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n182 wc Oceane Dodin FRA 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 Wed
n24 s24 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n60 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 Thu

Garbi driving a backhand

n25 s25 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n402 wc Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-1, 7-5 Thu
n26 s26 Elina Svitolina UKR d n97 Nicole Gibbs USA 7-6(3), 7-6(6) Thu
*n33 Madison Keys USA d n29 s29 Casey Dellacqua AUS 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 Thu
n30 s30 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n64 Ajla Tomljanovic AUS 6-1, 7-6(1) Thu
n31 s31 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n72 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 Wed
n35 Camila Giorgi ITA d n65 Tereza Smitkova CZE 6-1, 6-4 Thu
n36 Caroline Garcia FRA d n93 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n38 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n140 q Anna Tatishvili USA 6(5)-7, 6-3, 6-2 Thu
n39 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n80 Katerina Siniakova CZE 7-5, 6-4 Wed
*n71 Julia Goerges GER d n45 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Wed

Julia after winning a point

*n104 Carina Witthoeft GER d n53 Christina McHale USA 6-3, 6-0 Wed
*n63 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n59 Monica Puig PUR 6-2, 7-6(6) Wed
*n258 sr52 B Mattek-Sands USA d n69 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 7-6(3), 7-6(6) Wed
n79 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n91 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Wed
n84 Madison Brengle USA d n110 wc Irina Falconi USA 6-1, 6-3 Thu
*n141 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d n89 Polona Hercog SLO 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Australian Open, 3rd Rd, Fri-Sat
loser: AUD$97,500, 130 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n26 s26 Elina Svitolina UKR 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 Sat

Serena driving a forehand

    Asked why she had a slow start, Serena said: "I'm not sure. I need to figure that out. Well, my next match I'm just going to have a longer warmup, more intense warmup. But as long as I was able to come through today, I can always have an opportunity for tomorrow." postmatch interview

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n31 s31 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-1, 6-1 Fri

Maria's forehand drive

    Maria had narrowly avoided defeat in her previous match. Maria said: "I think I rebounded really well. I had a good hit yesterday. Just kind of thought a little bit about what I wanted to try to achieve tonight... I thought I did a good job of focusing well. Yeah, [Zarina] can be a tough, tough player to play against if you give her the time to change down the line like she likes to do, step down and hit flat, low. So she has that capability, and if you give her the time, she'll do it." postmatch interview

n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU d n258 sr52 B Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 7-5 Fri

Simona driving a forehand

    Simona said: "I played well today, better than the second round, so this thing is good. She was very strong and I just wanted to play my game, but, you know, it was a great, great match for both of us. I was hitting aggressive and I stayed very close to the baseline. I served well. So I'm happy with my game now." postmatch interview

*n33 Madison Keys USA d n4 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 7-5 Sat

Madison after match point

    Madison said: "I just tried to stay solid, and consistently keep doing what I was trying to do. Then that last game, you know, I just went out and just kept telling myself to make my first serve, and I did. So really happy I was able to pull out that win." postmatch interview

n6 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n30 s30 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-0, 7-5 Sat

Aga fielding a backhand

    Agnieszka said: "I think it was a very good match. I start very well. I play really aggressive and I was really serving good and returning good. In the second set, of course I could finish that set much earlier. Serving against the sun is not fun. But I'm just very happy that I could close that set and just win." postmatch interview

n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n36 Caroline Garcia FRA 7-5, 6-0 Fri

Genie serving

    Genie said: "I wasn't playing great tennis in the first. I feel like she was putting some pressure on me and I really didn't feel like I got a rhythm. But I'm happy that I just kept going. Even if it wasn't going so well, I was able to turn it around." postmatch interview

n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n22 s22 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Fri

Kate driving a backhand

n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n19 s19 Alize Cornet FRA 7-5, 6-2 Sat

Dominika's backhand drive

*n79 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n14 s14 Sara Errani ITA 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Fri

Yanina after match point

n18 s18 Venus Williams USA d n35 Camila Giorgi ITA 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 Sat

Camila launching a forehand, and Venus fielding one on the fly

    Venus said: "[Camila] played amazing. Thought she played awesome and just so aggressive. Everything was working for her. I've never played her before, so it's challenging to get a rhythm against her. It's challenging to know what the exact plays are. As the match went on I think I was able to get a little bit more settled and figure that out a little bit. But she played great. Just kind of kept trying to get games on my board so hopefully I would get an opening at some point." postmatch interview

n21 s21 Shuai Peng CHN d n63 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 7-6(7), 6-3 Fri

Shuai serving

n24 s24 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n38 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 Sat

Garbi after match point

    Garbine said: "Three victories in a Grand Slam. Last year I also achieved round of 16, so really happy. I'm playing good tennis." postmatch interview

*n41 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n25 s25 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Sat

Vika's backhand drive

    Victoria said: "I'm just happy that I managed to go through my matches. There are things that obviously I want to improve. But, you know, it's a progress. It's one step closer. So I'm happy I have another opportunity to play Monday." postmatch interview

*n84 Madison Brengle USA d n37 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6-2 Sat

Madison fielding a forehand

    Madison said: "I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do out there today... We just worked on a couple things yesterday when I went out to practice... I wanted to do everything I could to not let her play so much in a rhythm. Tried to work on that. It ended up working well today." postmatch interview

n39 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n104 Carina Witthoeft GER 6-4, 6-4 Fri

Irina after match point

n71 Julia Goerges GER d n141 q Lucie Hradecka CZE 7-6(6), 7-5 Fri

Julia following a forehand

Australian Open, 4th Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
loser: AUD$175,000, 240 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n24 s24 Garbine Muguruza ESP 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Garbi serving, and Serena driving a backhand

    Garbine had defeated Serena in their previous meeting, in the 2nd round at Roland Garros last year. Serena said: "[Garbine] made me play a lot better. I had to play the best match of the tournament or else I was going to be out. I think she was just hitting winners like left and right. Every shot I hit, she basically hit a winner on. So I had to change my approach. I was hitting a little bit too much to her." postmatch interview

    Garbi said: "The level was very high, the most high level... I really started playing really good... At the end I was feeling more tired, and my shots weren't as good as the first set. I just think she also started to play better. Serve was very important for her." postmatch interview

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n21 s21 Shuai Peng CHN 6-3, 6-0 Sun

Shuai and Maria serving

    Maria said: "I lost against Peng in my career before and I knew I had to start off the match really well. I think I did. I played solid. I don't think I did anything spectacular, but felt that I was consistent. I served smart at times. I returned quite well. I think that really helped me. I think I won the right points at the right time and ultimately won the match." postmatch interview

n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU d n79 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-2 Sun

Simona driving a backhand

    Simona said: "A lot of confidence I have now because I didn't lose a set. I had good matches here in first week, so I'm really happy that I'm in second week now like last year. Here I started to play my best tennis in Grand Slams. So means a lot for me. I really have more confidence now to play the quarterfinals." postmatch interview

*n18 s18 Venus Williams USA d n6 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 Mon

Venus driving a forehand

    Venus was broken in the 1st game of the final set, then won the next six. Venus said: "In the third set I was trying to get back to the form that I was in in the first set. I didn't do a lot wrong in that first game. It was just overhit some, missed an easy one that would have definitely helped my cause. It was frustrating but I stayed focused and I wanted to just continue playing like I did in the first game because it was really the right way to play." postmatch interview

    Aga said: "[Venus] was very consistent. Returning very well. I was putting first serve [in] pretty much all the time, and everything was going back. She really had answer for everything today." postmatch interview

n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n39 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 Sun

Genie after match point

    Genie led 6-1, 3-0 before dropping the 2nd set. Genie said: "I think I started being a bit less aggressive, a bit too passive, and you know, that's not my game at all. I don't do well when that happens. She could string together a few good points here and there, hit some good shots and serves and got some confidence in the second set. You know, that helped her. So definitely disappointing. But I learned a lot from it and I'll try to make sure it doesn't happen next time." postmatch interview

n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n71 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 6-2 Sun

Kate driving a backhand

    Kate said: "I'm so happy that I'm showing my good tennis here and already in the quarter; third time here in Australian Open. So I'm so happy that I beat today Julia. She's tough opponent. She's in great shape. She played great her matches. So I'm happy that I came through." postmatch interview

n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n41 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Vika and Domi driving backhand and forehand

    Dominika said: "Today was extremely, extremely good match from my side. I would say it was a high level of tennis. The first set, the way I played, was just really, really -- no mistakes. I was going for my shots and I was just doing the right things. I was really putting her under so much pressure. And then -- then she stepped up in the second set much more. She started to serve better and return better. So she kept me out of the -- more behind the baseline. Then in the third set I just knew I have to go for it more than hundred percent. I knew I have to be much more aggressive and just stay there and to go for my shots. So, yeah, today was really, really tough one, but I managed to get through. It was such a good match." postmatch interview

    Victoria said: "There was some good quality of tennis today, even though the result is not the one that I wanted and not what I was looking for. But I need to be realistic a little bit and keep working hard and try to sharpen my game. I need to be more consistent and I need to be able to take my opportunities when I have them. But overall, I can be pretty happy. But I'm such a perfectionist that I don't want to be satisfied." postmatch interview

n33 Madison Keys USA d n84 Madison Brengle USA 6-2, 6-4 Mon

Madison Keys serving

    Madison Keys said: "There's definitely the high of winning and beating Kvitova and everything, and then having to kind of refocus, regroup, and go into another match, a match where, you know, I was a higher-ranked player, I should have won. So it was a different pressure and it was different nerves. But, you know, I think I managed pretty well." postmatch interview

Australian Open, QFs, Tue-Wed 11am
loser: AUD$340,000, 430 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n11 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Domi driving a forehand, and Serena after match point

    Serena has been suffering from respiratory illness, but it did not seem to affect her play.

    Serena said: "I have to keep my answers short because I keep coughing... It already feels like a long season already, so many matches in a row [Serena is 9-1 for the year so far]. But it's a great start. Hopefully I'll be able to keep this level up." ESPN story

    Domi said: "[Serena] playing really well today, I have to say. She was putting so much pressure from the serve and return. I didn't have a chance to play my game. Just felt under so much pressure. It was a good day for her." postmatch interview

    About playing Madison Keys in the semifinals, Serena said: "I think [Madison] likes the surface. I'm just happy to be in the semis, and whatever happens, an American will be in the final."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n7 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Genie following a forehand, and Maria driving a backhand

    Maria said: "I felt pretty good from the start. I thought I had a really good start. I kept my focus throughout the whole match. I didn't feel that I had too many letdowns, which is important. When I did have a few slips I was able to come out with great first serves or really powerful returns. But overall really happy with the way the match went." postmatch interview

    Genie said: "[Maria] definitely played well today and she didn't give me many chances. I know I could have done better for sure, so I'm disappointed with that, with... not taking the few chances I got here and there. Against great players, you have to take every little chance you can get. Although she didn't give me many, I know I had some. Disappointed I couldn't do better with those." postmatch interview

    About playing Ekatarina Makarova in the semifinals, Maria said: "I haven't faced a lefty in this tournament yet. She's been using her lefty serve extremely well from what I've seen. But I'll be looking out for that, work on a few things tomorrow, and be ready for that match."

*n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n3 s3 Simona Halep ROU 6-4, 6-0 Tue

Simona and Kate driving forehands

    Kate said: "[Simona] doesn't miss a lot, so every point we had really tough one and really long one. I tried to be more aggressive more to win this point because she never miss and she never give up. So I tried to stay solid and to keep my game." postmatch interview

    Simona said: "[Kate] played well and everything was in for her. So she deserves this winning. I'm really sad a little bit now that I could not play my tennis, my game, but that's tennis and I have to look forward to the next tournament." postmatch interview

*n33 Madison Keys USA d n18 s18 Venus Williams USA 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Wed

Venus and Madison delivering forehands

    Madison won despite playing with a left adductor muscle strain which required treatment during a 2nd set medical time out. She had the same injury at Wimbledon last year.

    Madison said: "I felt it since the beginning. It's been tight, but it's been something that with some treatment it's been fine. Then one shot in the match, all of a sudden I felt it kind of really get tight. I thought I was close to pulling it... I ignored it at Wimbledon, and tore it, which ultimately made me have to withdraw. At that moment it was kind of a panic of, I need to get some tape on this so I don't do that again... It still hurts. Definitely going to be getting some treatment on that. Hoping I can get it as good as possible for tomorrow." postmatch interview

    Venus said: "I definitely didn't serve as consistently as I wanted to. I felt like just not as aggressive off the ground as I would have liked. So I think in this kind of match you have to be aggressive. Like I said, I give a lot of credit to her because she really set her points up. She was swinging freely. Most of them went in for her. So it was great for her." postmatch interview

Australian Open, SFs, Thu 1:30pm+
loser: AUD$650,000, 780 points
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n33 Madison Keys USA 7-6(4), 6-2

Madison serving, Serena driving a backhand, and after winning a point

    After winning the 1st set tiebreak, Serena raced to a 5-1 lead in the 2nd, but was then unable to dispatch Madison until the 9th match point.

    Serena said: "I was impressed by [Madison's] ability to stay in the match. She never let up at all till the end. I think that is a really great quality to have... I think I was able to serve big when I needed to. So that really helped me out a lot." postmatch interview

    Madison said: "I'm really happy to have gotten this far in a tournament. It's my first one. Just looking forward to having more... [Serena] played really well. She served really well. It was pretty much impossible for me to break her serve. So great job to her today." postmatch interview

    About playing Maria Sharapova in the final, Serena said: "Maria is playing great. She's in the tournament only because she's a fighter and only because she refuses to give up. So it's a new match. She has nothing to lose, once again. She has only things to gain.
    "And I feel that way, too... I've won this tournament several times. I don't have to go out there and have another title. I want it, but it's not life or death for me. I think that helps me he relax. So she absolutely has nothing to lose, and I have nothing to lose, so it will be fun."

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n10 s10 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 6-2

Maria following a backhand, Kate driving a forehand, and Maria after match point

    Maria said: "I thought I played solid. I did everything I had to do. I wasn't afraid for it to become a physical match. I think it was important to really stand my ground in the first few games, which I did well, even though I was behind, especially the first and second one. Those key moments are really important. Definitely happy I was able to win really solid today." postmatch interview

    Kate said: "Of course I'm a little bit upset that I lost. But she's a great champion and she been so many times in this situation, in this round. She won so many Grand Slams. I was a little bit too nervous maybe... Definitely from this match I take much more experience than was from US Open [semifinal last year]." postmatch interview

    Maria has a 2-16 record against her final opponent, Serena Williams. Maria said: "[Serena is] great at making players hit that shot that you don't necessarily have to go for. You know, maybe going for a little too much, going on the line. It's been a really difficult matchup for me, but I am a competitor. If I do play her, I will go out and I will do everything I can to try to change that result around."

Australian Open, Final, Sat cRL 7:30pm
loser: AUD$1,550,000, 1300 points
winner: AUD$3,100,000, 2000 pts
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-3, 7-6(5)

Maria serving, Serena reaching for a backhand, Maria driving one, Serena following a forehand,
Serena serving, Maria about to connect with a forehand, Serena driving a backhand, and after match point

Australian Open, Doubles Final, Friday cRL 4pm
losers' prize: AUD$285,000
winners' prize: AUD$575,000
Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Lucie Safarova CZE d s14 Yung-Jan Chan TPE & Jie Zheng CHN 6-4, 7-6(5)

Australian Open, Mixed Doubles Final, Sun cRL 4pm
losers: AUD$71,500; winners: AUD$142,500
s7 Martina Hingis & Leander Paes d s3 Kristina Mladenovic & Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-3

Australian Open, Junior Girls Final, Sat
*Tereza Mihalikova SVK d s14 Katie Swan GBR 6-1, 6-4

Australian Open, Junior Girls' Doubles Final, Fri
s2 Miriam Kolodziejova CZE & Marketa Vondrousova CZE d Katharina Hobgarski GER & Greet Minnen BEL 7-5, 6-4

Australian Open, Qualifying Finals, Sat Jan 17 12:30pm
qualifier gets 40 points;   losers' prizes:    q1 AUD$4,000 2pts     q2 AUD$8,000 20pts     q3 AUD$16,000 30pts
n107 Denisa Allertova CZE v n136 Laura Siegemund GER 6-1, 6-2
*n141 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n114 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-1 6-2
*n137 Richel Hogenkamp NED d n117 Shahar Peer ISR 6(2)-7, 6-3, 6-4
n119 Evgeniya Rodina RUS d n124 Maryna Zanevska UKR 7-5, 6-4
*n162 Tatjana Maria GER d n123 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 6-3, 6-2
n140 Anna Tatishvili USA d n175 Katarzyna Piter POL 6-2, 6-0
n143 Ons Jabeur TUN d n179 Yafan Wang CHN 6-2, 6-4
*n197 Stephanie Foretz FRA d n145 Olga Govortsova BLR 7-6(5), 6-3
n149 Urszula Radwanska POL d n180 Hiroko Kuwata JPN 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
n150 Alexandra Panova RUS d n155 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
n169 Renata Voracova CZE d n543 Alexa Glatch USA 6-4, 7-5
n183 Petra Martic CRO d n191 Fangzhou Liu CHN 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Australian Open, Withdrawals, Non-entries
n56 Jana Cepelova SVK withdrawal
n57 Petra Cetkovska CZE non-entry
n112 Vania King USA non-entry


The 64 doubles teams, arranged in drawsheet order; teams in red have been eliminated:
s1 Sara Errani ITA & Roberta Vinci ITA R3
Karolina Pliskova CZ & Anna Schmiedlova SVK R1
Oksana Kalashnikova GEO & Kurumi Nara JPN R1
Mona Barthel GER & Mandy Minella LUX R2
Darija Jurak CRO & Megan Moulton-Levy USA R1
Zarina Diyas KAZ & Chanelle Scheepers RSA R2
Maddison Inglis AUS & Alexandra Nancarrow AUS R1
s16 Julia Goerges GER & Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER SF
s11 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP & Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ R2
Irina Falconi USA & Petra Martic CRO R1
Kiki Bertens NED & Johanna Larsson SWE QF
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO & Lisa Raymond USA R1
Anastasia Rodionova AUS & Arina Rodionova AUS R2
Naiktha Bains AUS & Sara Tomic AUS R1
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS & Samantha Stosur AUS R3
s8 Hao-Ching Chan TPE & Kveta Peschke CZE R1
s3 Ekaterina Makarova RUS & Elena Vesnina RUS QF
Madison Keys USA & Alison Riske USA R1
Coco Vandeweghe USA & Yanina Wickmayer BEL R1
Dominika Cibulkova SVK & Kirsten Flipkens BEL R2
Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP & Maria Torro-Flor ESP R3
Timea Bacsinszky SUI & Yuliya Beygelzimer UKR R1
Shuai Peng CHN & Yi-Fan Xu CHN R1
s15 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN & Casey Dellacqua AUS R2
s10 Timea Babos HUN & Kristina Mladenovic FRA R2
Bojana Jovanovski SRB & Katarzyna Piter POL R1
Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA & Lucie Safarova CZE
Tatjana Maria GER & Raluca Olaru ROU R1
Shelby Rogers USA & Donna Vekic CRO R2
Alize Cornet FRA & Pauline Parmentier FRA R1
Andrea Petkovic GER & Magdalena Rybarikova SVK R1
s7 Caroline Garcia FRA & Katarina Srebotnik SLO R3
s6 Garbine Muguruza ESP & Carla Suarez Navarro ESP R2
Varvara Lepchenko USA & Anna Tatishvili USA R1
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik POL & Andreja Klepac SLO QF
Jelena Jankovic SRB & Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP R1
Daria Gavrilova AUS & Storm Sanders AUS R1
Monique Adamczak AUS & Olivia Rogowska AUS R2
Lyudmyla Kichenok UKR & Olga Savchuk UKR R1
s9 Andrea Hlavackova CZE & Lucie Hradecka CZE R3
s14 Yung-Jan Chan TPE & Jie Zheng CHN Final
Klara Koukalova CZE & Stefanie Voegele SUI R1
Lara Arruabarrena ESP & Irina-Camelia Begu ROU R2
Zhaoxuan Yang CHN & Qiu Yu Ye CHN R1
Chia-Jung Chuang TPE & Shuai Zhang CHN R1
Daniela Hantuchova SVK & Karin Knapp ITA R2
Belinda Bencic SUI & Katerina Siniakova CZE R1
s4 Martina Hingis SUI & Flavia Pennetta ITA R3
s5 Raquel Kops-Jones USA & Abigail Spears USA QF
Kimberly Birrell AUS & Priscilla Hon AUS R1
Vitalia Diatchenko RUS & Monica Niculescu ROU R2
Lauren Davis USA & Christina McHale USA R1
Annika Beck GER & Shahar Peer ISR R1
Alexandra Panova RUS & Heather Watson GBR R2
Shuko Aoyama JPN & Renata Voracova CZE R1
s12 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS R3
s13 Michaella Krajicek NED & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE SF
Marina Erakovic NZL & Monica Puig PUR R1
Jarmila Gajdosova AUS & Ajla Tomljanovic AUS R2
Jessica Moore AUS & Abbie Myers AUS R1
Gabriela Dabrowski CAN & Alicja Rosolska POL R3
Cara Black ZIM & Saisai Zheng CHN R1
Maria Irigoyen ARG & Romina Oprandi SUI R1
s2 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE & Sania Mirza IND R2
doubles withdrawals: Serena Williams USA & Venus Williams USA; Sloane Stephens USA & Taylor Townsend USA; Jana Cepelova SVK & Tereza Smitkova CZE

    (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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