2010 Australian Open Daily

Your A.M. once-over of everything Down Under

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Serena Williams earned her 12th major title on Sautrday.
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What Happened?

Just when it looked as if Sunday's men's final would have to be played indoors, the skies cleared and the retractible roof opened.

• Top-seeded Roger Federer captured his fourth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) victory over fifth-seeded Andy Murray. The result upped Federer's record career haul to 16 major titles -- and extended Great Britain's 74-year drought without a men's Grand Slam champion. (HIGHLIGHTS)

• Earlier, the top-seeded team of Leander Paes and Cara Black won the mixed doubles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Ekaterina Makarova and Jaroslav Levinsky. It was the second Grand Slam mixed doubles title for the Paes-Black team after their 2008 U.S. Open triumph.

 

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The scene was glum in Andy Murray's hometown ... Was the young Scot's underwear to blame for Sunday's defeat? ... Federer's genius alone defeated Murray in the men's final ... Telegraph picks the best bits from Murray-Federer ... Footage from Serena Williams' trophy photo shoot at Melbourne Park ... Five reasons why Murray lost Sunday's men's final.

 

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Fans at the Dunblane Hotel in Andy Murray's Scotland hometown nervously watch Sunday's Aussie Open men's final.
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Serena Williams earned her 12th major title on Sautrday.
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What Happened?

Temperatures climbed to 97 degrees on the warmest day of the tournament so far.

• Top-seeded Serena Williams outlasted Justine Henin in three sets to capture a fifth Australian Open title and move level with Billie Jean King on the career Grand Slam leaderboard with 12. Williams, the defending champion, sealed the 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory in two hours and six minutes -- one day after winning the women's doubles title alongside Venus. (HIGHLIGHTS)

• Americans Bob and Mike Bryan earned their fourth Aussie Open doubles title in five years with a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory over Canada's Daniel Nestor and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic. The victory marked the eighth career Grand Slam championship for the twins.

• Earlier, British phenom Laura Robson lost in the girls' singles final for the second straight year, bowing to sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in straight sets. Brazil’s Tiago Fernandes knocked off hometown favorite Sean Berman in the boys' championship.

 

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Interesting pop-psychological analysis of Britain's nationwide tension over Murray's Grand Slam opportunity ... NDTV dug up some rare photos for a gallery documenting Roger Federer's tennis odyssey (a definite must-see for Fed fans) ... The British Eurosport team of Greg Rudeski, Michael Stich and Virginia Wade analyze Serena's victory ... The Age hopes for two memorable finals to reverse the sense of malaise at this year's Open.

 

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Serena Williams collapses after match point of Saturday's hard-fought win over Justine Henin for the Aussie Open title.
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Roger Federer shone on Friday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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What Happened?

More pristine conditions on Friday in Melbourne, with temperatures in the 70s throughout the day.

• Top-seeded Roger Federer looked invincible during a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 destruction of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second men's semifinal -- the lone singles match of the day. Federer conceded just 15 points in 13 service games during the 88-minute masterclass. The 28-year-old Swiss, who's made 18 of the past 19 Grand Slam finals, faces Andy Murray in the men's final on Sunday (3:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2).

• The second-seeded team of Venus and Serena Williams captured a fourth Australian Open women's doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over top-seeded Cara Black and Liezel Huber. The Williams sisters have collected four of the past six Grand Slam doubles titles, running their career haul to 11 in total. (You can only wonder how many they'd have if they'd played doubles for their entire careers.)

 

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TMZ.com wonders if Murray made an uncredited cameo in the apocalyptic thriller Legion ... Murray-mania is sweeping the young Scot's hometown of Dunblane ... The British Eurosport team of Greg Rudeski, Michael Stich and Virginia Wade discuss Tsonga's mystifying self-destruction against Federer ... Margie McDonald of The Australian traces the emergence of Li Na and Zheng Jie back to the Athens Olympics ... In case you missed it: A Croatian fan stormed the court after Murray's semifinal victory over Marin Cilic.

 

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Venus and Serena Williams reach for a shot against Cara Black and Liezel Huber during Friday's women's doubles final.
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Andy Murray reacts to a point in Thursday's semifinal win.
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What Happened?

More pleasant weather on Thursday at Melbourne Park -- sunny with a high of 79 -- as the draws continue to winnow out.

• Top-seeded Serena Williams struggled with fatigue but survived a stiff semifinal test against China's Li Na. Serena squandered four match points before sealing the 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) victory with an emphatic ace in the second-set tiebreak.

• In the second women's semifinal, Justine Henin needed just 51 minutes to advance past Zheng Jie in a 6-1, 6-0 rout -- the most lopsided Australian Open semifinal in 28 years.

• Fifth-seeded Andy Murray rallied from a set down to dispense of Croatia's Marin Cilic in the first men's semifinal. Murray lost the opening set -- his first dropped set of the tournament -- before rolling to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

• Williams and Henin -- the two most dominant players of the past decade -- meet Saturday (3:30 a.m. ET, ESPN2) for the first time against one another in a Grand Slam final. Williams holds a slight 7-6 edge in the head-to-head series, with Henin leading 4-2 in Grand Slams. Surprisingly, they've never met at the Australian Open.

• Following her taxing victory over Li, Serena played in the women's doubles semifinal with Venus and won. She'll play the doubles final on Friday (11 p.m. ET, The Tennis Channel) before Saturday's showdown with the well-rested Henin.

 

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China's biggest English-language daily celebrates Li and Zheng ... Popular fashion comedy blog Go Fug Yourself takes aim at Venus Williams ... More fashion hits and misses from the Aussie Open runway ... Before Li became the breakout star of this year's tournament, she went bungee jumping ... Seven-time Grand Slam champ Mats Wilander says Murray has the look of a "champion in waiting" ... More on the local broadcasting controversy that's deprived Australian television viewers of so much tennis.

 

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Li Na of China keeps her eye on the ball during Thursday's first women's semifinal against top-seeded Serena Williams.
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Andy Roddick cools off during Tuesday's five-set defeat.
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What Happened?

Another temperate day in Melbourne saw a major upset, another minor one, and two major scares of the tourney's top seeds.

• Sixth-seeded Venus Williams squandered a one-set lead in a shock loss to No. 16-seeded Li Na. It was a mistake-ridden match that saw the players combine for 110 unforced errors and 17 breaks of serve before Li escaped with the 2-5, 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory.

• Defending champion Serena Williams survived a major scare in the other women's semifinal, rallying from a 4-6, 0-4 hole to defeat Victoria Azarenka.

• Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame a listless first set to claim a four-set victory over Nikolay Davydenko in the first men's semi.

• France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earned a five-set victory over Novak Djokovic, who battled stomach issues throughout the latter half of the match. (Djokovic doesn't know what caused it, but remained somewhat upbeat.)

Match of the Day: Tsonga had never played a five-setter in 37 previous Grand Slam matches before Tuesday. After yesterday's quarterfinal thriller opposite Djokovic, he's played two in three days.

 

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Tsonga discussed Djokovic's stomach ailment in the post-match press conference ... The Wall Street Journal goes inside the numbers of Justine Henin's run to the semis ... Andy Murray kept his poker face after Wednesday's victory over Rafael Nadal ... The Christian Science Monitor on why Chinese women are breaking into the tennis elite ... Azarenka reflects on Thursday's gutting come-from-ahead loss to Serena.

 

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Venus Williams reaches to return a shot from Li Na of China during Thursday's women's quarterfinal at Rod Laver Arena.
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