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Upcoming Tournaments

Guangzhou International Women's Open

Guangzhou International Women's ...

Guangzhou, CHINA
Sep 15 - Sep 20
Kia Korea Open

Kia Korea Open

Seoul, KOREA
Sep 15 - Sep 21
Toray Pan Pacific Open

Toray Pan Pacific Open

Tokyo, JAPAN
Sep 15 - Sep 21
Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open

Wuhan, CHINA
Sep 21 - Sep 27
China Open

China Open

Beijing, CHINA
Sep 27 - Oct 05
Generali Ladies Linz

Generali Ladies Linz

Linz, AUSTRIA
Oct 06 - Oct 12
Australian Open

Australian Open

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Jan 13 - Jan 25

Tournament Info

Tier: Grand Slams
Prize Money: $13,615,654
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
2009 Serena Williams Venus Williams / Serena Williams
Previous Winners

News

  • Video: The Secret To Winning

    February 07, 2014
    The stars of the WTA - including Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki - talk about the secret to winning...
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Videos

  • Australian Open Pictorial

    February 02, 2010
    The Australian Open was filled with drama and excitement - take a look back at the year's first Grand Slam.
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News

  • Video: The Secret To Winning

    February 07, 2014
    The stars of the WTA - including Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki - talk about the secret to winning. That, behind-the-scenes footage and more in this last batch of Aussie Open vids.
  • Video: Time Lapse & Slow Motion

    February 05, 2014
    All week wtatennis.com is looking back at the best photo and video from the Australian Open. Today it's all about speeding things up and then slowing things down - let's get it started...
  • WTA Stars Gracing The Front Pages

    January 30, 2014
    A Canadian ended a near-30-year drought, Poland's finest got closer to that elusive first Grand Slam trophy and Asia's greatest got the W - and back home the people were paying attention.
  • A Little Bit More From Singapore...

    January 29, 2014
    Have a look back at all of the best stories, photos, quotes and tweets from Monday's in-market launch event for the Road To Singapore and WTA Championships, as well as a little bit more...
  • Laugh To Cure MND Reaches $100,000

    January 29, 2014
    The tennis family came together during the Australian Open, helping the Laugh To Cure MND campaign reach its fundraising target of $100,000 for a new research study on the disease.
  • WTA Diary: The Li & Genie Edition

    January 28, 2014
    Catch up on all the Li Na and Eugenie Bouchard news from the past seven days in this week's WTA Diary.
  • Mladenovic & Nestor Win The Mixed

    January 26, 2014
    Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor won their second Grand Slam mixed doubles title at the Australian Open. Which men's players have been trying to get Mladenovic to play with them? Read on!
  • Li's Magical Sojourn In Melbourne

    January 26, 2014
    Perhaps it was Li Na's destiny to win the Australian Open - it's something she pondered after beating Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday's final. Ravi Ubha looks back at her magical sojourn in Melbourne.
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Photos

  • Gallery: Serena's 18 Grand Slams

    September 07, 2014
    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: The Fantastic WTA Fans

    February 06, 2014
    From national pride to one very frighteningly-painted fan - not one of these three - see all the best fan pics from Australia here. And which king of '90s Britpop was Down Under too? Find out!
  • AO Gallery: Shiny Things From Oz

    February 04, 2014
    This week on wtatennis.com we'll be looking back at some of the best photos and videos from the Aussie Open. Today, 20 of the best photos from the fortnight - and a lot of sparkle and shine...
  • Gallery: 15 Of China's Finest Firsts

    January 31, 2014
    From Li Ting and Sun Tiantian to Zheng Jie and Li Na, Chinese tennis has become a tennis power to be reckoned with over the last decade. Here are 15 of China's finest firsts in women's tennis.
  • AO Gallery: Li & Bouchard's Front Pages

    January 30, 2014
    Li Na and Eugenie Bouchard were two of the biggest headline-makers at the Australian Open this year, particularly in Week 2 - here are some of their front pages back home during the Happy Slam.
  • AO Gallery: Li Na & The Trophy Shoot

    January 26, 2014
    Three years ago she took the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen to the Eiffel Tower, now the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to Brighton Beach. Li Na went on the traditional Australian Open champion photo shoot.
  • AO Gallery: Prime Time Down Under

    January 25, 2014
    Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova put on a brilliant display of tennis on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night, but there could only be one winner. See all the best pics from the prime time final right here.
  • AO Gallery: Li & Cibulkova Emerge

    January 23, 2014
    Agnieszka Radwanska and Eugenie Bouchard had great tournaments, but it was Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova who set up a championship clash. All the best pics from the semis, here!
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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 Amelie Mauresmo Zi Yan / Jie Zheng
2005 Serena Williams Svetlana Kuznetsova / Alicia Molik
2004 Justine Henin Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suarez
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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