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Australian Open

Australian Open

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Jan 19 - Jan 31
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Pattaya City, THAILAND
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Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
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Acapulco, MEXICO
Feb 23 - Feb 28
Australian Open

Australian Open

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Jan 19 - Jan 31

Tournament Info

Tier: Grand Slams
Prize Money: $15,561,973
Surface: Hard
Director: Craig Tiley
The best male and female tennis players battle through blistering temperatures in the hopes of getting their hands on the coveted trophy at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.

Launching in 1905, the Australian Open has been staged in seven cities throughout Australia and New Zealand. It moved to its present home of what is now known as Melbourne Park in 1988, with the tournament also switching from a grass to hardcourt surface. The state-of-the-art facility features two courts with retractable roofs - Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. The Australian Open has been held on a variety of dates, settling into its current mid-January place on the calendar in 1987.

Among the more recent historic occurrences at the event are Martina Hingis becoming the youngest Grand Slam champion in the 20th century at 16 years and three months by capturing the 1997 title; the women's final being moved to nighttime in 2009; and the longest women's match in Grand Slam history being played, with Francesca Schiavone outlasting Svetlana Kuznetsova in four hours, 44 minutes in the fourth round in 2011. The tournament is also known for offering more prize money than any other.

Serena Williams has the Open Era record with five singles titles Down Under. Just one behind her with four triumphs are Hall of Famers Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf and Monica Seles. Martina Navratilova has the doubles record with eight titles, including seven consecutive.

Often referred to as the "Garden City" and "cultural capital of Australia", Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2014 Na Li Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2013 Victoria Azarenka Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2012 Victoria Azarenka Svetlana Kuznetsova / Vera Zvonareva
2011 Kim Clijsters Gisela Dulko / Flavia Pennetta
2010 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
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  • Serena Wins Keys Thriller, Stays No.1

    January 29, 2015
    Serena Williams needed nine match points to edge Madison Keys, secure the post-Australian Open No.1 ranking and set up a dream final against Maria Sharapova.
  • Sharapova Into 10th Grand Slam Final

    January 29, 2015
    An on-song Maria Sharapova stormed past Ekaterina Makarova to move into the 10th Grand Slam final of her career, only the third active player to hit that milestone.
  • #tbt: Serena Vs Maria, Melbourne 2005

    January 29, 2015
    It wasn't just the closest battle of their entire rivalry, it may have been the most pivotal - take a walk down memory lane right here, right now on wtatennis.com.
  • Video: Maria Sharapova The Artist

    January 29, 2015
    What happens when Maria Sharapova is asked to draw the Australian Open logo? What does Sania Mirza want to say to her fans? More fun video from the Happy Slam here!
  • WSJ: Boom Time In Women's Tennis

    January 29, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal's Tom Perotta takes a look at the rhyme and reason behind the higher-than-usual volume of aces at this year's Australian Open.
  • 10 Things To Know: The Semifinals

    January 29, 2015
    Can Maria Sharapova still take No.1 away from Serena Williams? Where will Ekaterina Makarova and Madison Keys' rankings go? Want to try some trivia? Read on!
  • Serena Storms Back Into Semifinals

    January 28, 2015
    Serena Williams served up 15 aces to beat Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets and reach her first Australian Open semifinal since winning the title five years ago.
  • Keys Into First Grand Slam Semifinal

    January 28, 2015
    WTA Rising Star Madison Keys kept her breakthrough fortnight going on Wednesday, outlasting Venus Williams to reach the first Grand Slam semifinal of her career.
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  • AO Gallery: All About The Fans

    January 29, 2015
    At the end of the day, it's all about you, the fans - check out all the best snaps of you with the stars of the WTA at the Australian Open in this very special photo gallery!
  • Gallery: Serena's 18 Grand Slams

    January 29, 2015
    Serena Williams has been winning Grand Slam titles for 15 years now - three years more than any other winning span in the Open Era. Take a trip down memory lane...
  • AO Gallery: 10 Epic Fist Pumps

    January 28, 2015
    The fist pump - it's become the universal celebration gesture in tennis, and the WTA stars have been using it all fortnight long at the Australian Open. Check out 10 of the best here.
  • AO Gallery: Hashtags & Carousels

    January 27, 2015
    Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Ekaterina Makarova are just some of the WTA stars who've been keeping busy off the court in Melbourne - see the pics here!
  • AO Gallery: Cute & Cuddly Animals

    January 26, 2015
    Emus, kangaroos, koalas, penguins... starfish? The WTA stars have been meeting animals from all over Australia at the Happy Slam this fortnight. See all of the pics right here.
  • AO Gallery: Stars Rise Up

    January 23, 2015
    Contenders Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard subdued upset-minded opponents in Australian Open third round play on Friday.
  • AO Gallery: Good Form On Display

    January 22, 2015
    Crisp volleys, sizzling serves and ferocious forehands were seen in second round action on Thursday at the Australian Open.
  • AO Gallery: Favorites Rule

    January 21, 2015
    All the seeds in second round action on Wednesday at the Australian Open advanced, but it wasn't always easy, especially for Maria Sharapova.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2014 Na Li Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2013 Victoria Azarenka Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2012 Victoria Azarenka Svetlana Kuznetsova / Vera Zvonareva
2011 Kim Clijsters Gisela Dulko / Flavia Pennetta
2010 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2009 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2008 Maria Sharapova Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna Bondarenko
2007 Serena Williams Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2006 Amélie Mauresmo Zi Yan / Jie Zheng
2005 Serena Williams Svetlana Kuznetsova / Alicia Molik
2004 Justine Henin Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2003 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2002 Jennifer Capriati Martina Hingis / Anna Kournikova
2001 Jennifer Capriati Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2000 Lindsay Davenport Lisa Raymond / Rennae Stubbs
1999 Martina Hingis Martina Hingis / Anna Kournikova
1998 Martina Hingis Martina Hingis / Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
1997 Martina Hingis Martina Hingis / Natasha Zvereva
1996 Monica Seles Chanda Rubin / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1995 Mary Pierce Jana Novotna / Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
1994 Steffi Graf Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1993 Monica Seles Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1992 Monica Seles Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario / Helena Sukova
1991 Monica Seles Patty Fendick / Mary Joe Fernandez
1990 Steffi Graf Jana Novotna / Helena Sukova
1989 Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1988 Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1987 Hana Mandlikova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1985 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1984 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1983 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1982 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1981 Martina Navratilova Kathy Jordan / Anne Smith
1976 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1975 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1974 Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1973 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Virginia Wade
1972 Virginia Wade Helen Gourlay-Cawley / Kerry Harris
1971 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Evonne Goolagong Cawley
1970 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Judy Dalton (tegart)
1969 Margaret Court Margaret Court / Judy Dalton (tegart)
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