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Upcoming Tournaments

St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
Feb 08 - Feb 14
Taiwan Open - Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Taiwan Open - Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung, TAIWAN
Feb 08 - Feb 14
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Champions...

Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Feb 15 - Feb 20
Rio Open

Rio Open

Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
Feb 15 - Feb 21
Qatar Total Open

Qatar Total Open

Doha, QATAR
Feb 21 - Feb 27
Abierto Mexicano TELCEL

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL

Acapulco, MEXICO
Feb 22 - Feb 27
Australian Open

Australian Open

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Jan 18 - Jan 31

Tournament Info

Tier: Grand Slams
Prize Money: $14,835,728
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 six singles titles Down Under. Just two 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
2016 Angelique Kerber Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza
2015 Serena Williams Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova
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
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  • WTA Player Of The Month: Kerber

    February 05, 2016
    Angelique Kerber roared past both pre-tournament favorites to win her first major title at the Australian Open - and for that reason you voted her January's WTA Player Of The Month.
  • WTA Breakthrough Of The Month: Zhang

    February 05, 2016
    Zhang Shuai earned her first Grand Slam main draw win and rode that wave into the Australian Open quarters; because of this, you've voted her WTA Breakthrough Performance Of The Month.
  • Seven Things: Melbourne Review

    February 03, 2016
    WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | WTAi sums up the seven things to know after a riveting first month of play Down Under.
  • By The Numbers: Aussie Swing

    February 02, 2016
    With the dust still settling after a thrilling Australian Open, SAP and wtatennis.com highlight the noteworthy numbers from the opening month of the tennis season.
  • WTAi Podcast: The AO Ker-Boom

    February 02, 2016
    WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Sports360's Reem Abuleil gives her thoughts on the fortnight in Melbourne, plus an in-depth interview with the champion, Angelique Kerber.
  • Christina McHale: From Melbourne To Maui

    February 02, 2016
    WTA Insider David Kane | Former World No.24 Christina McHale started her season with two titles, one coming after a last-minute wildcard sent her to the middle of a Hawaiian paradise.
  • Vote: Breakthrough Of The Month

    February 02, 2016
    Cast your vote now for January's Breakthrough Performance of the Month - Daria Kasatkina, Johanna Konta, Zhang Shuai, Samantha Crawford, or Daria Gavrilova?
  • Vote: January's Player Of The Month

    February 02, 2016
    Cast your vote now for January's WTA Player of the Month - Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Victoria Azarenka, or Agnieszka Radwanska?
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  • 11 First-Time Australian Open Champions

    January 30, 2016
    From the youngest Grand Slam champion ever to the original "Serena Slam," take a look back at 11 WTA stars winning the Happy Slam for the first time.
  • Around The Grounds At The Australian Open

    January 29, 2016
    Cakes, crocodiles, mutant turtles, selfies - see how the players spent their time away from the court during a busy two weeks of the Australian Open.
  • The 11 Co-No.1 Doubles Teams

    January 21, 2016
    Martina Hingis joined Sania Mirza atop the WTA doubles rankings on Monday; who were the other 10 teams to dominate game together?
  • Serena's 21 Grand Slam Titles

    December 30, 2015
    Serena Williams now has 21 Grand Slam titles - the third-most of any tennis player, male or female, all time. Take a look back at all 21 of them in this very special gallery!
  • Gallery: 20 Iconic Pics From The AO

    February 05, 2015
    Smiles, supercoaches, trophies, action shots, even some multiple exposures - see 20 of the most iconic pics from this year's Australian Open, right here on wtatennis.com.
  • AO Gallery: Serena & The Trophy

    February 01, 2015
    The day after winning her sixth Australian Open and 19th overall Grand Slam title, Serena Williams headed into Melbourne with the trophy. See all the best pics here.
  • AO Gallery: 19 Pics For No.19

    January 31, 2015
    From action shots to trophy shots to some impressive hang time, check out 19 of the best pics from Serena Williams' historic 19th Grand Slam championship victory.
  • 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!
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2016 Angelique Kerber Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza
2015 Serena Williams Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova
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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