Round one: Russia(***)s Maria Sharapova completed her (***)bagel slam(***) downing compatriot Olga Puchkova 6-0 6-0 and has now left opponents scoreless at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open [Reuters];*;Round one: Argentina(***)s Juan Monaco was the first seed to fall in the early evening with a 7-6 6-1 6-1 defeat by Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, but David Ferrer and fifth seed Tomas Berdych both progressed [Reuters];*;Round one: Serena Williams defeated No. 110 ranked Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-0, 6-0 but it wasn(***)t plain sailing. The American sprained her ankle during the match but was dismissive about the injury saying (***)it would be a story to tell the grandchildren(***) [GETTY];*;Round one: Australian hope Bernard Tomic is still in the running at his home grand slam after a straight sets victory over Argentine Leonardo Mayer [GETTY] ;*;Round two: However things didn(***)t run so smoothly for Aussie hope Sam Stosur. She was knocked out by China(***)s Zheng Jie. Stosur does not fair well in front of home support and was knocked out in the first round last year [GETTY];*;Round two: One of the favourites in the women(***)s draw, Russian Maria Sharapova, crushed Japan(***)s Misaki Doi 6-0, 6-0 in just 47 minutes. She became the first woman to post consecutive double bagel scorelines at Grand Slam tournaments since Wendy Turnbull at the Aussie Open in 1985 [GETTY];*;Round two: The 17-Grand Slam champion Roger Federer missed the heat of the day with an evening start at the Rod Laver Arena, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russia(***)s Nikolay Davydenko [AFP];*;Round three: Two well-respected figures of the game shake hands after their third round clash. Only one Williams was left in the competition after Maria Sharapova defeated Venus 6-1, 6-3 [GETTY] ;*;Round three: Djokovic(***)s victory over Radek Stepanek was his 17th unbeaten match in the Australian Open. But the big question is will anyone be able to stop the Serb from claiming his third consecutive title? [GETTY];*;Round three: Up and coming Brit Heather Watson (R) was defeated by fourth seed Angieszka Radwanska (L). The 6-3, 6-1 victory was the Polish player(***)s 12th match win in a row [GETTY] ;*;Round four: Maria Sharapova continued her brilliant form at Melbourne Park and reaches the quarter-finals having lost only five games in four matches. Her latest victim was Kirsten Flipkens who lost 6-1, 6-0 [Reuters];*;Round four: Title favourite Novak Djokovic was made to work hard in an epic game against 15th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka to advance to the quarters. The Serbian hung on for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 win to clinch 5 hour, 2-minute match [Reuters];*;Round four: Serena Williams stayed on course for her potential semi-final against world number one Victoria Azarenka, brushing aside Maria Kirilenko. "I(***)m really out there just doing the best I can, just fighting for everything." she said [Reuters];*;Round four: Andy Murray has not dropped a set so far in the quest for his first Australian title. A tired Gilles Simon provided little opposition as the Scot swept past him 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in 1hr 35min [Reuters];*;Quarters: Not a huge shock, but Li Na supplied a little upset as she knocked out fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Radwanska was unbeaten in 13 matches but Na brought this to an end with a 7-5, 6-3 victory. Li Na meets Sharapova in the semi-finals who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 [GETTY];*;Quarters: (***)It was a miracle I won this match(***) said David Ferrer on producing a stunning fightback against fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. He came from two sets down and prevented Almagro from serving out for victory three times. Ferrer now has an equally tough task ahead of him, meeting Djokovic in the semi-finals [GETTY] ;*;Quarters: She was many peoples favourite to win the competition but Serena Williams came crashing out of it in the quarterfinals. To be fair the American was blighted by injury but that did not quell the joy of victor... [GETTY];*;...Sloane Stephens. The 19-year-old American had quite easily defeated her childhood idol and progressed to the semifinals of a grand slam for the first time. But how far will she go? And will she beat defending champion Victoria Azarenka in the semis?[GETTY];*;Quarters: King Federer had an almighty battle to get past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a five-set epic. Despite Tsonga fighting back to level the game two sets all, Roger prevailed in a lilac and grey combination. Up next for him is Scot Andy Murray - in what is likely to be another closely fought competition [GETTY];*;Semi-finals: World number one Victoria Azarenka ended Sloane Stephen(***)s fairytale run, but had to endure some anxious moments in her 6-1, 6-4 victory. She(***)ll meet China(***)s Li Na who breezed past Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 [Reuters];*;Semi-finals: It was all too much for Spain(***)s David Ferrer who was outgunned and outclassed by a brilliant Djokovic in the semi-final. The Serb sealed a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory in just 1hr 29 mins in front of a stunned Rod Laver Arena [Reuters];*;Semi-finals: Andy Murray finally broke his Grand Slam duck against Roger Federer, beating the Swiss legend for the first time in a slam with a masterful 6-4 6-7 6-3 6-7 6-2 victory. He(***)ll meet old friend Novak Djokovic in Sunday(***)s final [Reuters];*;Semi-finals: "It was tough tennis. I enjoy that" said the ever-gracious but disappointed Federer after the game [Reuters];*;FINAL: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka reigned once more with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Li Na. Her Chinese opponent struggled with an ankle injury and briefly knocked herself unconscious after another fall - however, Azarenka retained her number one ranking with the win. But can defending champion of the men(***)s tournament - Novak Djokovic - repeat Azarenka(***)s feat? [GETTY];*;FINAL: Yes he could! Djokovic went one better than Azarenka and won his third consecutive Aussie title with victory over Andy Murray in four sets. It was his fourth win at the tournament which he had fond words for. (***)This is definitely my favourite grand slam. I love this tournament. I love this court.(***) [GETTY]
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