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2012 Australian Open Tennis Championships - Men Preview
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Dates: Monday, January 16th through Sunday, January 29th
Site: 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 and Fox Sports (Australia)
Annual: 85th
Defending Champion: Kim Clijsters def. Li Na, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Doubles Champions: Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta def. Azarenka/Kirilenko
Total Purse: $26,810,757 ($26,000,000 in Australian Dollars)
Shares: First Place - $2,372,025; 2nd - $1,186,010; Semifinalist - $450,685

 
2012 Australian Open Tennis Championships - Women's Seeds
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Seeded Players
1. Caroline Wozniacki 17. Dominika Cibulkova
2. Petra Kvitova - W 18. Svetlana Kuznetsova
3. Victoria Azarenka 19. Flavia Pennetta
4. Maria Sharapova 20. Daniela Hantuchova
5. Li Na - F 21. Ana Ivanovic
6. Samantha Stosur - U 22. Julia Goerges
7. Vera Zvonareva 23. Roberta Vinci
8. Agnieszka Radwanska 24. Lucie Safarova
9. Marion Bartoli 25. Kaia Kanepi
10. Francesca Schiavone 26. Anabel Medina Garrigues
11. Kim Clijsters - A 27. Maria Kirilenko
12. Serena Williams 28. Yanina Wickmayer
13. Jelena Jankovic 29. Nadia Petrova
14. Sabine Lisicki 30. Angelique Kerber
15. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Monica Niculescu
16. Peng Shuai 32. Petra Cetkovska
 
A - Australian Open champion
F - French Open champion
W - Wimbledon champion
U - U.S. Open champion
 

2012 Australian Open Players to Watch - Women
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Finish Last Nine Years
Player (Open Record)200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kim Clijsters (38-8) SF Rup ---SF SF ------3rdWon
Na Li (18-6) --- --- 3rd1st4th3rd---SF Rup
Vera Zvonareva (20-9) 1st 4th 2nd1st4th1stSF 4thSF
Caroline Wozniacki (13-4) --- --- ---------4th3rd4thSF
Franc. Schiavone (18-11) 1st 2nd 3rd4th2nd3rd1st4thQF
Ag. Radwanska (11-5) --- --- ------2ndQF 1st3rdQF
Petra Kvitova (5-3) --- --- ------------1st2ndQF
Victoria Azarenka (14-6) --- --- ---1st3rd3rd4thQF 4th
Svet. Kuznetsova (25-10) 1st 3rd QF 4th4th3rdQF 4th4th
Flavia Pennetta (9-9) 1st 1st 1st3rd1st2nd3rd2nd4th
Shuai Peng (7-7) --- --- 2nd1st2nd1st3rd1st4th
Maria Sharapova (28-7) 1st 3rd SF SF RupWon---1st4th
Nadia Petrova (26-12) 3rd 1st 4thQF 3rd4th4thQF 3rd
Samantha Stosur (14-9) 3rd 2nd 1st4th2nd---3rd4th3rd
Shahar Peer (10-6) --- --- ---1stQF 3rd1st3rd3rd
Julia Goerges (3-3) --- --- ------------1st2nd3rd
A. Pavlyuchenkova (3-3) --- --- ------------1st2nd3rd
Alize Cornet (6-6) --- --- ---1st1st2nd4th1st3rd
Dominika Cibulkova (5-4) --- --- ---------1st4th1st3rd
Lucie Safarova (8-6) --- --- ---1stQF 1st3rd1st3rd
Monica Niculescu (3-4) --- --- ---------1st2nd1st3rd
Maria Kirilenko (13-7) --- --- 2nd3rd3rd4th1stQF 2nd
Yanina Wickmayer (4-3) --- --- ------------1st4th2nd
Marion Bartoli (11-10) 1st 2nd 2nd2nd2nd1stQF 3rd2nd
Jelena Jankovic (18-9) 2nd 2nd 2nd2nd4thSF 4th3rd2nd
Kaia Kanepi (5-5) --- --- ------2nd1st3rd2nd2nd
MJ Martinez Sanchez (4-5) --- --- ------------3rd2nd2nd
Tsvetana Pironkova (5-6) --- --- ---2nd1st2nd2nd2nd2nd
Dan. Hantuchova (24-11) QF 2nd 3rd4th4thSF 3rd3rd1st
Gisela Dulko (6-8) --- 1st 2nd2nd2nd1st2nd3rd1st
Angelique Kerber (3-4) --- --- ---------2nd1st3rd1st
Roberta Vinci (4-6) --- --- ---3rd1st1st1st3rd1st
Ana Ivanovic (14-7) --- --- 3rd2nd3rdRup3rd2nd1st
Kateryna Bondarenko (3-5) --- --- ------1st1st3rd2nd1st
T. Tanasugarn (15-15) 3rd 1st 2nd1st1st1st1st2nd1st
A.M. Garrigues (10-11) 1st 3rd 1st1st1st2nd4th1st1st
Elena Vesnina (6-6) --- --- ---4th2nd3rd1st1st1st
Jarmila Gajdosova (0-6) --- --- ---1st1st1st1st1st1st
Alexandra Dulgheru (0-2) --- --- ---------------1st1st
Serena Williams (51-6) Won --- Won3rdWonQF WonWon---
Jie Zheng (8-6) --- 1st 1st1st1st---4thSF ---
Sabine Lisicki (4-3) --- --- ---------3rd2nd2nd---
Petra Cetkovska (0-2) --- --- ---------1st1st------
1st- First-Round Loser QF- Quarterfinalist
2nd- Second Round SF- Semifinalist
3rd- Third Round Rup- Runner-Up
4th- Fourth Round --- - Did Not Play

Australian Open Championships - Past Women's Singles Champions
From The Sports Network
 
YearResults
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 (ret)
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
2002Jennifer 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
1998Martina 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, -3
1991 Monica Seles def. Jana Novotna, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
1990 Steffi Graf def. Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-3, 6-4 (ret)
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
1978Chris 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
1970Margaret 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 (ret)
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
1951Nancye 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:
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 finals 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.

The 2011 Australian Open was without one key component, its two-time defending champion, Serena Williams, who withdrew due to a foot injury. Serena is in the field this week, but seeded 12th, while her sister Venus is missing the championship due to Sjogren's syndrome.

Serena Williams is the most dominant title-holder "Down Under" in recent years, winning five of the last nine championships.

In 2010, Serena knocked off Justine 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 Venus completed a sweep, as they defended their doubles title.

A winner of four of the last seven Australian Opens, Serena defeated Henin, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and improved her all-time Aussie Open mark to 51-6. Tied at 2-2 in the final set, Serena captured the final four games to become the first top seed to win since 2004, when Henin defeated Kim Clijsters. The match was a tight one until the latter stages, and Williams finished it with a total of 12 aces, while Henin double-faulted six times. Serena had 37 unforced errors, five more than her opponent.

In 2009, Serena cruised past Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-3, for her 10th of 13 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 sister Venus took home the women's doubles title.

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 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.

Tenth-ranked German Andrea Petkovic, who quietly reached the quarterfinals at three of the four majors last year, pulled out of the Aussie Open because of a back injury.


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