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Australian Open Gallery: Semifinals & Koalas

There was drama on the court and a cuddly friend off the court in Melbourne on Thursday.

Published January 27, 2012 12:00

Kim Clijsters hadn't lost a Grand Slam semifinal since coming out of retirement back in 2009...
Kim Clijsters hadn't lost a Grand Slam semifinal since coming out of retirement back in 2009...
But Victoria Azarenka had other ideas, faltering in the second set but playing great otherwise.
But Victoria Azarenka had other ideas, faltering in the second set but playing great otherwise.
Kim Clijsters won the second set but was edged in the other two, suffering a 64 16 63 defeat.
Kim Clijsters won the second set but was edged in the other two, suffering a 64 16 63 defeat.
After one last Kim Clijsters backhand error, Victoria Azarenka dropped to the court with joy.
After one last Kim Clijsters backhand error, Victoria Azarenka dropped to the court with joy.
Kim Clijsters congratulated Victoria Azarenka after falling to her in her final Australian Open.
Kim Clijsters congratulated Victoria Azarenka after falling to her in her final Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova was out for revenge as she took on Petra Kvitova in the day's second semifinal.
Maria Sharapova was out for revenge as she took on Petra Kvitova in the day's second semifinal.
Petra Kvitova had her chances but missed most of them, including going 3-for-14 on break points.
Petra Kvitova had her chances but missed most of them, including going 3-for-14 on break points.
Maria Sharapova went 5-for-5 on break points and managed to get past Petra Kvitova, 62 36 64.
Maria Sharapova went 5-for-5 on break points and managed to get past Petra Kvitova, 62 36 64.
There was still time for fun on Thursday, with Lisa Raymond and Martina Hingis meeting a koala.
There was still time for fun on Thursday, with Lisa Raymond and Martina Hingis meeting a koala.
The cute and cuddly koala did the rounds, hanging out with American star Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
The cute and cuddly koala did the rounds, hanging out with American star Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
  • Kim Clijsters hadn't lost a Grand Slam semifinal since coming out of retirement back in 2009...
  • But Victoria Azarenka had other ideas, faltering in the second set but playing great otherwise.
  • Kim Clijsters won the second set but was edged in the other two, suffering a 64 16 63 defeat.
  • After one last Kim Clijsters backhand error, Victoria Azarenka dropped to the court with joy.
  • Kim Clijsters congratulated Victoria Azarenka after falling to her in her final Australian Open.
  • Maria Sharapova was out for revenge as she took on Petra Kvitova in the day's second semifinal.
  • Petra Kvitova had her chances but missed most of them, including going 3-for-14 on break points.
  • Maria Sharapova went 5-for-5 on break points and managed to get past Petra Kvitova, 62 36 64.
  • There was still time for fun on Thursday, with Lisa Raymond and Martina Hingis meeting a koala.
  • The cute and cuddly koala did the rounds, hanging out with American star Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
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