Australian Open
Australian Open The Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
January 15-28, 2007
Australian Open
The 2007 Australian Open Tennis Championships
Note: Melbourne is 17 hours faster than CST USA.
Maria Sharapova Sizzles
Posted: November 22, 2006
Maria Sharapova Australian Open In the women's field, Maria Sharapova of Russia will look to build on her US Open title win and capture her first Australian Open title. Standing in her way will be favorites world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, Wimbledon and defending Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo plus former number ones Venus Williams and Serena Williams.
Day 1: January 15th
Day 1: Schedule Of Play

Australian Open Links
Draws: Women's | Men's
Australian Open Seeds
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Scores: Live | Results
Television Schedule

Serena Wins
Final Preview
Melbourne Picks

Both Williams sisters are expected in Melbourne as they both also look to shake off rust and injury to turn in much better performances than in 2006 where Venus lost in an early round to an unknown, and Serena lost to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovokia while looking unfit and arguably uninterested in tennis.

Defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland appears likely to cruise to yet another title unless one of his challengers can step up his game. Missing in 2006 from Melbourne due to injury, Raphael Nadal of Spain, who consistently beats Federer on clay, may have some success versus Federer on the somewhat similar high bouncing surface. Other great players including Americans James Blake and Andy Roddick seem to fizzle versus Federer. Time will tell if Roddick's new net game can prove successful against Federer. Blake's forehand troubled Federer in the year ending Shanghai final and can hopefully cause more damage in Melbourne.

About The Australian Open
Played each January in Melbourne, Australia, the Australian Open is the first of the four grand slam tournaments in professional tennis. During this time of the year down under it's summer and the players are thankful that the center court stadium roof closes during the extreme heat. In years past some top players skipped Melbourne in order to prepare for the remainder of the tennis season which was then believed by some players to be more important. In recent years however most if not all top WTA and ATP Tour players make the long flight to Melbourne in search of a jump start to their new year.

Lawn Tennis Australian Open Headlines
01/25/2006 09:04am CST USA Tennis Rivals Say Williams Sisters Not Done Yet
01/19/2006 11:46am CST USA Australian Open Draw Opens For Martina Hingis
01/16/2006 11:30am CST USA Media Rush To Criticize Venus' Loss

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