The world number one knows she had her chances to beat Sofia Kenin in their semi-final, as she reflects on her departure from her home major.
Novak Djokovic stretched his Grand Slam winning streak against Roger Federer to six with a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 victory, earning the defending champion a record eighth trip to the final.
An epic matchup. A historic result. The Wimbledon men's final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic didn't disappoint. And fans were on the edge of their seats for it all.
We'd be lying if we said this match wasn't one of the first significant showdowns on our radar the moment the Australian Open draw was released. Turns out the results have played out as we had hoped, and now it's on: Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep. Yes, the 23-time Grand Slam winner takes on the world No. 1 on Monday (3 a.m. ET on ESPN2) in a quarterfinal battle that's no doubt worthy of being the championship match Down Under. So who has the advantage? That's a good question, which is why we asked a handful of experts around the grounds. Here's what they had to say:
The Round of 64 at the Australian Open ended on Thursday morning, and although there were few surprises, there were some hard-fought matches. Among those matches was Kei Nishikori vs. Ivo Karlovic, a five-set marathon that required seven games won to decide each of the last four sets. Nishikori, the No. 8 seed on the men's side, ultimately came out on top 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6, and he now must turn around to play Joao Sousa.
Much like opening day, Tuesday at the Australian Open was fairly routine, with the top players moving through. Serena Williams dropped only two games against Tatjana Maria, while Novak Djokovic rolled in straight sets. Simona Halep avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose two consecutive first-round Slam matches to the same opponent, while Naomi Osaka maintained her strong form.
Andy Murray knew his final moments on the court were ticking away. Trailing 5-1 in the fifth set against Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open, Murray, who had conceded victory at this point, stopped at the baseline, looked up at the adoring crowd, raised his racket and soaked in the applause. The noise only grew louder as his mother, Judy, was shown on the big screen, both reveling in and lamenting the moment.
Hoping to improve on last year's finish
Each of the seeds' best showings in Melbourne.
The Australian Open gets under way in the early hours of Monday morning with the players raring to go fresh from their intense training blocks.
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In a departure from tradition, the Australian Open will for the first time ever employ a final set tie-break in 2019.
Our data-driven look at the title contenders, who could break through, and who has the toughest draw.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber are among the stars involved on the opening day of action at Melbourne Park.
Think of them as tennis’ Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders— three ruling stalwarts, still armed with the damn gavel after all these years. The public may eagerly await the arrival of fresh blood, of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, to shake things up and topple the established order. But we’re not there…yet. Let’s pause and acknowledge that here we are, in 2019, and Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer—combined age: 100—still rule this party.
and a clear dark horse (watch out, Rafa).
It's the seventh Australian Open title for the younger Williams sister, and moves her to the top spot in number of major titles in the Open era.
Serena Williams captured her 23rd Grand Slam title with a win over her sister Venus in Melbourne.
Five thoughts on Serena Williams's historic win over sister Venus for her seventh Australian Open and 23rd Grand Slam title.
In terms of what it actually was, Serena Williams’s Australian Open victory was fairly straightforward; in terms of what it means, it’s totally overwhelming.