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Roger Federer makes 7th Aussie final as Chung Hyeon retires

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:05 PM

This is Federer's 7th Australian Open final as he chases his 6th Melbourne title and a record 20th Grand Slam victory

FINALS AGAIN. Switzerland's Roger Federer waves after South Korea's Chung Hyeon retired from their men's singles semi-finals match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2018. Photo by  William West/AFP

Vintage Venus Williams powers into Aussie Open semifinals

Jan 24, 2017 - 12:29 PM

The 36 year old Venus Williams becomes the oldest woman to make a Grand Slam last 4 in 23 years

Venus Williams of the US celebrates her victory against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during their women's singles quarterfinal match on day 9 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2017.  SAEED KHAN / AFP

Sizzling Serena Williams sweeps into Aussie Open second round

Jan 17, 2017 - 2:19 PM

The American with a record 23rd major title in her sights and watched by her new fiance thumps dangerous Swiss teen Belinda Bencic

Serena Williams of the US reacts after a point against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic during their women's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2017.  GREG WOOD / AFP

'Selfish' Serena says engagement hasn't sunk in

Jan 14, 2017 - 1:53 PM

As Serena Williams attempts to break Steffi Graf s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles at Melbourne Park she isn t allowing her personal life to interfere with her preparations

Serena Williams of the US hits a forehand return during a tennis training session in Melbourne on January 11, 2017. Top players from around the world are arriving in Melbourne in the lead up to the Australian Open from January 16 to 29. William WEST / AFP

Tougher at the top for record-seeking Serena Williams

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Serena Williams is eyeing a record breaking 23rd major win at the 2017 Australian Open

Serena Williams of the US hits a forehand return during a tennis training session in Melbourne on January 11, 2017. Top players from around the world are arriving in Melbourne in the lead up to the Australian Open from January 16 to 29. William WEST / AFP

5 women to watch at the 2017 Australian Open

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Here are 5 women who could challenge the favored Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams

WATCH OUT. Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, seen here against Alison Riske of the US during their quarterfinal match at the WTA Shenzhen Open on January 5, 2017, is one of 5 women to watch closely at the Australian Open. STR / AFP

Top-ranked Kerber stunned by Russian teen at Sydney International

Jan 10, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina upsets Angelique Kerber in straight sets at the Sydney International

UPSET. Daria Kasatkina of Russia hits a return to Angelique Kerber of Germany in their women's singles second round match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney on January 10, 2017.  GLENN NICHOLLS / AFP

Djokovic fears only karma in Grand Slam history quest

Feb 01, 2016 - 3:23 PM

Fears of a big slap from karma make Novak Djokovic humble as he continues his quest for Grand Slam history

CHAMPION. Novak Djokovic poses with his trophy after winning the Australian Open Men's Singles tennis tournament during a media call at Government House in Melbourne, Australia, 01 February 2016. Photo by DAVID CROSLING/EPA

Djokovic, Federer set up dream semifinal at Aussie Open

Jan 26, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Novak Djokovic is seeking his 11th Grand Slam title while Roger Federer is looking to extend his record tally to 18

DREAM SEMIFINAL. Novak Djokovic (L) and Roger Federer will face in a dream semifinal match at the 2016 Australian Open. Photos by MAST IRHAM, FILIP SINGER/EPA

No end in sight for veteran Serena Williams

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:21 PM

I think longevity is something definitely to look at Personally I didn t think I d be playing at this age says Serena Williams as she guns for a 7th Australian Open crown

SEMIS-BOUND. Serena Williams reacts during play against Maria Sharapova during their quarterfinals round at the Australian Open tennis tournament. Photo by LUKAS COCH/EPA

Sharapova bares frustration over 12-year Williams jinx

Jan 26, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Maria Sharapova acknowledges her 12 year jinx against Serena Williams is frustrating but says it also motivates her to work hard to keep putting herself in the position to beat her archrival

DEFEATED AGAIN. Maria Sharapova extends her losing streak against Serena Williams to 18. The Russian admits it feels frustrating. Photo by LUKAS COCH/EPA

Federer thrashes Berdych to reach 12th Aussie Open semis

Jan 26, 2016 - 3:05 PM

Roger Federer has now reached his 39th Grand Slam semifinal overall as he chases his fifth Australian Open title at the age of 34

ON TO THE SEMIS. Roger Federer reacts during his quarterfinals match against Tomas Berdych at the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament. Photo by FILIP SINGER/EPA

Serena beats Sharapova for 18th straight time in Australian Open quarters

Jan 26, 2016 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED World number one Serena Williams destroyed Maria Sharapova for an 18th straight time to enter the Australian Open semis

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER WIN. Serena Williams had little difficulty with Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarters. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Sizzling Sharapova fires Grand Slam warning shot with dominant win

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:52 PM

The fifth seeded Russian attempting to win her first title at Melbourne Park since 2008 was in blistering form to crush Nao Hibino

FIRST WIN. Maria Sharapova in action against Nao Hibino during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament. Photo by MAST IRHAM/EPA

Djokovic kicks off Aussie Open with easy first win

Jan 18, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Despite the high temperarures the top seed sends out a chilling warning to his rivals as he sets out to equal the record of 6 Australian Open crowns

TRIUMPHANT. Novak Djokovic serves the ball on his way to defeating Hyeon Chung during the first round match of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament. Photo by FILIP SINGER/EPA

Serena Williams battles into Australian Open second round

Jan 18, 2016 - 12:13 PM

In searing heat Serena Williams overcomes Camila Giorgi in the first round of the 2016 Australian Open

ON TO THE SECOND ROUND. Serena Williams in action as she goes on to defeat Camila Giorgi of Italy during their first round match on day one of the 2016 Australian Open. Photo by LUKAS COCH/EPA

Kei Nishikori eases into Australian Open second round

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Nishikori takes care of Kohlschreiber in straight sets

Practice makes perfect for upbeat Sharapova

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:40 PM

I feel really good I got to Melbourne earlier than I wanted to But it gave me a chance to practice here this week Had great days on a lot of the courts says Maria Sharapova

HARD AT PRACTICE. Maria Sharapova during a practice session in preparation for the Australian Open. Photo by DAVID CROSLING/EPA

Serena Williams '130%' fit, rules out surgery ahead of Aussie Open

Jan 16, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Serena Williams declares herself 130 fit for the Australian Open

'130 PERCENT FIT'. Serena Williams says she is '130 percent fit' for the 2016 Australian Open. File Photo by TONY MCDONOUGH/EPA

Illness not a concern for Federer before Aussie Open

Jan 11, 2016 - 9:36 AM

Roger Federer was sick last week but says he is not concerned about his fitness before the Australian Open and will be fully recovered in a few days

NO CONCERN. Roger Federer, seen here looking dejected after losing a point to Milos Raonic in the men's final of Brisbane International, had flu-like illness but says he will be fit for the upcoming Australian Open. Photo by BRADLEY KANARIS/EPA

Injured Serena Williams insists she will make Aussie Open

Jan 06, 2016 - 12:23 PM

The world number one suffers a knee injury that appears to cast significant doubt over her title defense at the Australian Open later this month