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The Championships, Wimbledon

The Championships, Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 29 - Jul 12
Bucharest Open - Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest Open - Bucharest, Roma...

Bucharest, ROMANIA
Jul 13 - Jul 19
Collector Swedish Open

Collector Swedish Open

Bastad, SWEDEN
Jul 13 - Jul 19
NÜRNBERGER GASTEINLADIES 2015

NÜRNBERGER GASTEINLADIES 2015

Bad Gastein, AUSTRIA
Jul 20 - Jul 26
TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup

TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup

Istanbul, TURKEY
Jul 20 - Jul 26
2015 Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open

2015 Jiangxi Women's Tennis Open

Nanchang, CHINA
Jul 27 - Aug 02
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 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
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
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  • CNN Open Court: Madison Keys Rising

    February 13, 2015
    Madison Keys made a big splash at the Australian Open, breaking through to her first Grand Slam semifinal. CNN Open Court caught up with the WTA Rising Star.
  • CNN Open Court: Serena's Celebration

    February 10, 2015
    CNN Open Court caught up with Serena Williams at the Australian Open photo shoot, talking about everything from the victory to how she celebrated. See the video here.
  • Top 10 Quotes From The Australian Open

    February 05, 2015
    Does Venus like driving on the opposite side of the road? How does Vika feel about Vegemite? What's Genie's favorite movie? The 10 best quotes from Melbourne are here!
  • Serena, Sharapova & Halep In Fed Cup

    February 03, 2015
    The Top 3 players in the world are among a mindblowing line-up playing Fed Cup this week. Agnieszka Radwanska, Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka are also playing.
  • Serena Keeps Fighting The MND Fight

    February 03, 2015
    Serena Williams blasted 88 aces to win her sixth Australian Open title, and she's hoping those aces will help win the fight against Motor Neurone Disease, as well.
  • Serena Williams: Her Place In History

    February 02, 2015
    We know she's second in the Open Era now, but how high up is she on the all-time Grand Slams list? Who else has won two majors six times each? More Serena stats...
  • Keys Breaks Top 20, Venus No.11

    February 02, 2015
    WTA Rising Star Madison Keys made a massive rise after her breakthrough Down Under, while another American is oh so close to getting back where she belongs...
  • Ubha: What We Learned Down Under

    February 02, 2015
    Ravi Ubha reviews the outcome of the Australian Open and its implications for the rest of the year.
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  • Serena's 20 Grand Slam Titles

    June 21, 2015
    Serena Williams now has 20 Grand Slam titles - the third-most of any tennis player, male or female, all time. Take a look back at all 20 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!
  • 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.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
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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