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2013 Australian Open Tennis Championships - Women Preview
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Dates: Monday, January 14th through Sunday, January 27th
Site: Melbourne Park, Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Courts and Capacities: Rod Laver Arena: 15,000; Hisense Arena: 10,000; Margaret Court Arena: 6,000
Other Court Capacities:Court 2 (3,000); Court 3 (3,000)
Surface: "True Blue" Plexicushion
Official Ball:Wilson
Television: ESPN and ESPN 2, Seven Network Australia
Annual: 86th
Defending Champion: Victoria Azarenka def. Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-0
Doubles Champions: Svetlana Kuznetsova/Vera Zvonareva def. S.Errani/R.Vinci
Total Purse: $31,503,037 ($30,000,000 in Australian Dollars)
Shares: First Place - $2,551,746; 2nd - $1,275,960; Semifinalist - $525,086
 
Seeded Players
1. Victoria Azarenka - A 17. Lucie Safarova
2. Maria Sharapova - F 18. Julia Goerges
3. Serena Williams - W, U 19. Ekaterina Makarova
4. Agnieszka Radwanska 20. Yanina Wickmayer
5. Angelique Kerber 21. Varvara Lepchenko
6. Li Na 22. Jelena Jankovic
7. Sara Errani 23. Klara Zakopalova
8. Petra Kvitova 24. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
9. Samantha Stosur 25. Venus Williams
10. Caroline Wozniacki 26. Su-Wei Hsieh
11. Marion Bartoli 27. Sorana Cirstea
12. Nadia Petrova 28. Yaroslava Shvedova
13. Ana Ivanovic 29. Sloane Stephens
14. Maria Kirilenko 30. Tamira Paszek
15. Dominika Cibulkova 31. Urszula Radwanska
16. Roberta Vinci 32. Mona Barthel
 
A - Australian Open champion
F - French Open champion
W - Wimbledon champion
U - U.S. Open champion
 
Players To Watch
Finish Last Nine Years
 Player (Open Record)200420052006200720082009201020112012
Victoria Azarenka (21-6) --- --- 1st 3rd 3rd 4th QF 4th Won
Maria Sharapova (34-8) 3rd SF SF Rup Won --- 1st 4th Rup
Petra Kvitova (10-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd QF SF
Caroline Wozniacki (17-5) --- --- --- --- 4th 3rd 4th SF QF
Ag. Radwanska (15-6) --- --- --- 2nd QF 1st 3rd QF QF
Ekaterina Makarova (11-5) --- --- --- --- 3rd 2nd 2nd 4th QF
Sara Errani (8-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 3rd 3rd 1st QF
Na Li (21-7) --- 3rd 1st 4th 3rd --- SF Rup 4th
Jelena Jankovic (21-10) 2nd 2nd 2nd 4th SF 4th 3rd 2nd 4th
Ana Ivanovic (17-8) --- 3rd 2nd 3rd Rup 3rd 2nd 1st 4th
Serena Williams (54-7) --- Won 3rd Won QF Won Won --- 4th
Jie Zheng (11-7) 1st 1st 1st 1st --- 4th SF --- 4th
Sabine Lisicki (7-4) --- --- --- --- 3rd 2nd 2nd --- 4th
Svet. Kuznetsova (27-11) 3rd QF 4th 4th 3rd QF 4th 4th 3rd
Julia Goerges (3-3) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd
Monica Niculescu (5-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd
Maria Kirilenko (15-8) --- 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 1st QF 2nd 3rd
Marion Bartoli (13-11) 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st QF 3rd 2nd 3rd
Sorana Cirstea (4-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd
Dan. Hantuchova (26-12) 2nd 3rd 4th 4th SF 3rd 3rd 1st 3rd
Angelique Kerber (5-5) --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd
A.M. Garrigues (12-12) 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 4th 1st 1st 3rd
Mona Barthel (2-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3rd
Franc. Schiavone (19-12) 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 4th QF 2nd
Shuai Peng (8-8) --- 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 4th 2nd
Nadia Petrova (27-13) 1st 4th QF 3rd 4th 4th QF 3rd 2nd
Shahar Peer (11-7) --- --- 1st QF 3rd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd
A. Pavlyuchenkova (4-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd
Dominika Cibulkova (6-5) --- --- --- --- 1st 4th 1st 3rd 2nd
C. Suarez Navarro (8-4) --- --- --- --- --- QF 3rd 2nd 2nd
Tsvetana Pironkova (6-7) --- --- 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
Roberta Vinci (5-7) --- --- 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd
Urszula Radwanska (1-2) --- --- --- --- --- --- 1st --- 2nd
Sloane Stephens (1-1) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2nd
Samantha Stosur (14-10) 2nd 1st 4th 2nd --- 3rd 4th 3rd 1st
Alize Cornet (6-7) --- --- 1st 1st 2nd 4th 1st 3rd 1st
Lucie Safarova (8-7) --- --- 1st QF 1st 3rd 1st 3rd 1st
Yanina Wickmayer (4-4) --- --- --- --- --- 1st 4th 2nd 1st
Klara Zakopalova (4-10) 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Elena Vesnina (6-7) --- --- 4th 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Tamira Paszek (1-6) --- --- --- 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Varvara Lepchenko (0-4) --- --- --- 1st --- --- 1st 1st 1st
Yaroslava Shvedova (2-3) --- --- --- --- 2nd 1st 2nd --- ---
Su-Wei Hsieh (3-2) --- --- --- --- 4th 1st --- --- ---
 
1st- First-Round Loser QF- Quarterfinalist
2nd- Second Round SF- Semifinalist
3rd- Third Round Rup- Runner-Up
4th- Fourth Round --- - Did Not Play
 
Past Women's Australian Open Winners and Results
YearResults
2012 Victoria Azarenka def. Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-0
2011 Kim Clijsters def. Li Na, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2010 Serena Williams def. Justine Henin, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
2009 Serena Williams def. Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-3
2008 Maria Sharapova def. Ana Ivanovic, 7-5, 6-3
2007 Serena Williams def. Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-2
2006 Amelie Mauresmo def. Justine Henin-Hardenne, 6-1, 2-0 (retired)
2005 Serena Williams def. Lindsay Davenport, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
2004 Justine Henin-Hardenne def. Kim Clijsters, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2003 Serena Williams def. Venus Williams, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4
2002 Jennifer Capriati def. Martina Hingis, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
2001 Jennifer Capriati def. Martina Hingis, 6-4, 6-3
2000 Lindsay Davenport def. Martina Hingis, 6-1, 7-5
1999 Martina Hingis def. Amelie Mauresmo, 6-2, 6-3
1998 Martina Hingis def. Conchita Martinez, 6-3, 6-3
1997 Martina Hingis def. Mary Pierce, 6-2, 6-2
1996 Monica Seles def. Anke Huber, 6-4, 6-1
1995 Mary Pierce def. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-3, 6-2
1994 Steffi Graf def. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-0, 6-2
1993 Monica Seles def. Steffi Graf, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
1992 Monica Seles def. Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-2, 6-3
1991 Monica Seles def. Jana Novotna, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
1990 Steffi Graf def. Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-3, 6-4
1989 Steffi Graf def. Helena Sukova, 6-4, 6-4
1988 Steffi Graf def. Chris Evert, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
1987 Hana Mandlikova def. Martina Navratilova, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
1986 Not Held
1985 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
1984 Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Helena Sukova, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3
1983 Martina Navratilova def. Kathy Jordan, 6-2, 7-6
1982 Chris Evert-Lloyd def. Martina Navratilova, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
1981 Martina Navratilova def. Chris Evert-Lloyd, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
1980 Hana Mandlikova def. Wendy Turnbull, 6-0, 7-5
1979 Barbara Jordan def. Sharon Walsh, 6-3, 6-3
1978 Chris O'Neil def. Betsy Nagelsen, 6-3, 7-6
1977 Evonne Goolagong Cawley def. Helen Gourlay, 6-3, 6-0
1977 Kerry Melville Reid def. Dianne Balestrat, 7-5, 6-2
1976 Evonne Goolagong Cawley def. Renata Tomanova, 6-2, 6-2
1975 Evonne Goolagong def. Martina Navratilova, 6-3, 6-2
1974 Evonne Goolagong def. Chris Evert, 7-6, 4-6, 6-0
1973 Margaret Smith Court def. Evonne Goolagong, 6-4, 7-5
1972 Virginia Wade def. Evonne Goolagong, 6-4, 7-5
1971 Margaret Court def. Evonne Goolagong, 6-4, 6-4
1970 Margaret Court def. Kerry Melville Reid, 6-3, 6-1
1969 Margaret Court def. Billie Jean King, 6-4, 6-1
1968 Billie Jean King def. Margaret Smith, 6-1, 6-2
1967 Nancy Richey def. Lesley Turner, 6-1, 6-4
1966 Margaret Smith def. Nancy Richey, default
1965 Margaret Smith def. Maria Bueno, 5-7, 6-4, 5-2 (retired)
1964 Margaret Smith def. Lesley Turner, 6-3, 6-2
1963 Margaret Smith def. Jan Lehane, 6-2, 6-2
1962 Margaret Smith def. Jan Lehane, 6-0, 6-2
1961 Margaret Smith def. Jan Lehane, 6-1, 6-4
1960 Margaret Smith def. Jan Lehane, 7-5, 6-2
1959 Mary Carter-Reitano def. Renee Schuurman, 6-2, 6-3
1958 Angela Mortimer def. Lorraine Coghlan, 6-3, 6-4
1957 Shirley Fry def. Althea Gibson, 6-3, 6-4
1956 Mary Carter def. Thelma Long, 3-6, 6-2, 9-7
1955 Beryl Penrose def. Thelma Long, 6-4, 6-3
1954 Thelma Long def. J. Staley, 6-3, 6-4
1953 Maureen Connolly def. Julia Sampson, 6-3, 6-2
1952 Thelma Long def. H. Angwin, 6-2, 6-3
1951 Nancye Wynne Bolton def. Thelma Long, 6-1, 7-5
1950 Louise Brough def. Doris Hart, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
1949 Doris Hart def. Nancye Wynne Bolton, 6-3, 6-4
1948 Nancye Wynne Bolton def. Marie Toomey, 6-3, 6-1
1947 Nancye Wynne Bolton def. N. Hopman, 6-3, 6-2
1946 Nancye Wynne Bolton def. Joyce Fitch, 6-4, 6-4
1945 Not Held
1944 Not Held
1943 Not Held
1942 Not Held
1941 Not Held
1940 Nancye Wynne Bolton def. Thelma Coyne, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0
1939 Emily Westacott def. N. Hopman, 6-1, 6-2
1938 Dorothy Bundy def. D. Stevenson, 6-3, 6-2
1937 Nancye Wynne Bolton def. Emily Westacott, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
1936 Joan Hartigan def. Nancye Wynne Bolton, 6-4, 6-4
1935 Dorothy Round def. Nancye Wynne Bolton, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
1934 Joan Hartigan def. Margaret Molesworth, 6-1, 6-4
1933 Joan Hartigan def. Coral Buttsworth, 6-4, 6-3
1932 Coral Buttsworth def. Kathrine Le Messurier, 9-7, 6-4
1931 Coral Buttsworth def. Margorie Crawford, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
1930 Daphne Akhurst def. Sylvia Harper, 10-8, 2-6, 7-5
1929 Daphne Akhurst def. Louis Bickerton, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
1928 Daphne Akhurst def. Esna Boyd, 7-5, 6-2
1927 Esna Boyd def. Sylvia Harper, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
1926 Daphne Akhurst def. Esna Boyd, 6-1, 6-3
1925 Daphne Akhurst def. Esna Boyd, 1-6, 8-6, 6-4
1924 Sylvia Lance def. Esna Boyd, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
1923 Margaret Molesworth def. Esna Boyd, 6-1, 7-5
1922 Margaret Molesworth def. Esna Boyd, 6-3, 10-8
 
NOTES:
World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka broke through for her first Grand Slam title last year, as she crushed Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.

The third-seeded Azarenka downed Sharapova, seeded fourth at Melbourne Park, to ascend to No. 1 in the world rankings -- dethroning Caroline Wozniacki. The then-22-year-old Belarusian was making her debut in a Grand Slam final and became the youngest champion at Melbourne Park since Sharapova. Azarenka dropped only two sets throughout the entire fortnight en route to her 10th career title.

Sharapova, a runner-up here in 2007 and winner in 2008, is now 4-3 in career Grand Slam finals, as she rebounded later in 2012 to win the French Open.

Sharapova started the match in impressive style, breaking Azarenka's serve and then holding her own to lead 2-0. The advantage was short-lived, as Azarenka captured 12 of the next 13 games, including the final nine for the title.

The win placed Azarenka in rare company as only the third player to have won singles titles in both the junior and women's event at the Australian Open, joining Chris O'Neil and Evonne Goolagong Cawley. She captured the junior crown seven years ago.

After winning the 2010 U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam of that year, Kim Clijsters opened the 2011 season in impressive fashion, capturing her first Australian Open title, defeating Li Na in three sets. Clijsters had reached the Down Under championship final once before, losing to Justine Henin in three sets back in 2004.

Prior to 2011, Clijsters' Aussie Open mark was hardly impressive, as she owned a 31-8 mark and losing in the third round in 2010. The third-seeded Belgian rallied to post a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over the ninth-seeded Li, who lost for the first time in 12 matches in 2011 and had beaten Clijsters two weeks prior in the Sydney final.

Clijsters lost only one set during the championship, as she won her fourth major title -- the previous three all coming at the U.S. Open (2005, 2009-10) -- in her eighth Grand Slam final.

Serena Williams is the most dominant title-holder Down Under in recent years, winning five of the last eight championships she has entered.

In 2010, Serena knocked off Henin in three sets to become the first back-to-back champion since Jennifer Capriati in 2001-02. In doing so, Serena captured this championship for the fifth time. In addition, Serena and her big sister Venus completed a sweep, as they defended their doubles title.

Back in 2009, Serena cruised past Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-3, for her 10th of 15 career major singles championships. The win, one of the most lopsided in Australian Open history, took only 59 minutes and occurred just a day after she and Venus took home the women's doubles title.

After winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, Serena is seeking her third straight Grand Slam title. If she meets Azarenka in the semifinals, as Azarenka is the top seed and Serena third, she boasts an 11-1 career mark against her, including wins in their last nine meetings.

Margaret Court was an 11-time winner of this event. Court won a total of 22 times at the Australian Open (11 singles, 8 doubles, 3 mixed titles). The draw consists of 128 players (108 Direct, 12 Qualifiers and up to eight wildcards). Chris O'Neil and Serena are the only players in women's Australian Open history to win this event as non-seeds.

Australian women have won this event 43 times, followed by the United States (22), Germany (4), Great Britain, Switzerland and Yugoslavia (3), the Czech Republic, Belgium and France (2), and Belarus and Russia (1). Australian Open women's singles champions are awarded the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, named after Akhurst -- a five-time winner of the event in the 1920s. Aged 16 years and three months (in 1997), Martina Hingis became the Australian Open's youngest female singles champion when she won the title.