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In Pictures:Five years of Aussie Open winners

The men and women who have reigned in Melbourne over the last five years.
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2013 13:22


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The first grand slam of the year is hosted in Melbourne, Australia between January 14-January 27. In the middle of Australia's summer it is sure to be a hot one! The favourites this year will be Serena Williams (pictured) who is on a fantastic run and world number one Novak Djokovic 
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Novak Djokovic loves the Australian Open, he really, really does. The Serbian has won three out of the last five tournaments there including last year's event. In 2012, it was Spaniard Rafael Nadal - who has been ruled out this year - he defeated in the final
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Despite Serena Williams' recent dominance, the female world number one is still Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian won her first Australian Open (and first major) in 2012 becoming the top seed. It came just one year after the player had considered quitting the sport. The emotional victory was over Maria Sharapova in a 6-3, 6-0 demolition job  
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2011 was Novak Djokovic's year, no question about that. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and was a finalist in the French Open - becoming the sixth male player in the open era to win three majors in a calendar year. In Melbourne, he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets
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In 2012, Kim Clijsters hung up her tennis racket for good. But the year before she added a fourth major title by winning her first Australian Open trophy. Her 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory came against China's Li Na and it was the last grand slam she would win
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Pretty as a picture, isn't he? Here Roger Federer enjoys the attention after defeating Andy Murray in the 2010 Australian Open final. It was the Swiss legend's 16th major title and poor Murray had yet to win one. Federer claimed victory in straight sets extending his dominance with his third win out of the last four slams
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If Djokovic is the recent king of Australia, Serena Williams is the queen. Williams has won two of the last four events and a remarkable five of the last ten. In 2010, the American's 12th grand slam title came with a three-set victory over Belgium's Justine Henin
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Poor old Nadal! Just when it looked like the Spaniard was back to fitness, he pulled out of this year's Australian Open with a stomach virus. Nadal won his first Australian Open and sixth major in 2009 after a hard-fought five-set battle with Roger Federer. Federer doesn't have Nadal to contend with this time but Djokovic and Murray provide plenty of competition 
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Serena Williams (L) was again top of the Australian pops in 2009. In Melbourne, she also won the doubles title with sister Venus Williams. It was a memorable title for Serena, the 10th of her career. The 6-0, 6-3 victory was a walk in the park for the American coming in under an hour against Russian Dinara Safina
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Djokovic is better known for his recent victories, humans are forgetful, but five years ago the Serbian reigned in Melbourne. And how exciting is this... it was his first grand slam win!! With his 2008 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga he became the first Serbian to win a grand slam singles title 
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And last but not least, we have Russian Maria Sharapova who won her first Australian Open and third grand slam event in 2008. At only 20, Sharapova defeated Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. The win meant she had only failed to win the French Open - something she put right in 2012
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The first grand slam of the year is hosted in Melbourne, Australia between January 14-January 27. In the middle of Australia(***)s summer it is sure to be a hot one! The favourites this year will be Serena Williams (pictured) who is on a fantastic run and world number one Novak Djokovic ;*;Novak Djokovic loves the Australian Open, he really, really does. The Serbian has won three out of the last five tournaments there including last year(***)s event. In 2012, it was Spaniard Rafael Nadal - who has been ruled out this year - he defeated in the final;*;Despite Serena Williams(***) recent dominance, the female world number one is still Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian won her first Australian Open (and first major) in 2012 becoming the top seed. It came just one year after the player had considered quitting the sport. The emotional victory was over Maria Sharapova in a 6-3, 6-0 demolition job  ;*;2011 was Novak Djokovic(***)s year, no question about that. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and was a finalist in the French Open - becoming the sixth male player in the open era to win three majors in a calendar year. In Melbourne, he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets;*;In 2012, Kim Clijsters hung up her tennis racket for good. But the year before she added a fourth major title by winning her first Australian Open trophy. Her 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory came against China(***)s Li Na and it was the last grand slam she would win;*;Pretty as a picture, isn(***)t he? Here Roger Federer enjoys the attention after defeating Andy Murray in the 2010 Australian Open final. It was the Swiss legend(***)s 16th major title and poor Murray had yet to win one. Federer claimed victory in straight sets extending his dominance with his third win out of the last four slams;*;If Djokovic is the recent king of Australia, Serena Williams is the queen. Williams has won two of the last four events and a remarkable five of the last ten. In 2010, the American(***)s 12th grand slam title came with a three-set victory over Belgium(***)s Justine Henin;*;Poor old Nadal! Just when it looked like the Spaniard was back to fitness, he pulled out of this year(***)s Australian Open with a stomach virus. Nadal won his first Australian Open and sixth major in 2009 after a hard-fought five-set battle with Roger Federer. Federer doesn(***)t have Nadal to contend with this time but Djokovic and Murray provide plenty of competition ;*;Serena Williams (L) was again top of the Australian pops in 2009. In Melbourne, she also won the doubles title with sister Venus Williams. It was a memorable title for Serena, the 10th of her career. The 6-0, 6-3 victory was a walk in the park for the American coming in under an hour against Russian Dinara Safina;*;Djokovic is better known for his recent victories, humans are forgetful, but five years ago the Serbian reigned in Melbourne. And how exciting is this... it was his first grand slam win!! With his 2008 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga he became the first Serbian to win a grand slam singles title ;*;And last but not least, we have Russian Maria Sharapova who won her first Australian Open and third grand slam event in 2008. At only 20, Sharapova defeated Serbia(***)s Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. The win meant she had only failed to win the French Open - something she put right in 2012 Daylife ID:
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The first grand slam of the year is hosted in Melbourne, Australia between January 14-January 27. In the middle of Australia's summer it is sure to be a hot one! The favourites this year will be Serena Williams (pictured) who is on a fantastic run of wins and world number one Novak Djokovic 

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:34:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=041Fdj0g4e0XVWILLIAM WESTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The first grand slam of the year is hosted in Melbourne, Australia between January 14-January 27. In the middle of Australia's summer it is sure to be a hot one! The favourites this year will be Serena Williams (pictured) who is on a fantastic run of wins and world number one Novak Djokovic 

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Tennis Australian Open 2012http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0h0bbKKbM1dbB

Novak Djokovic loves the Australian Open, he really, really does. The Serbian has won three out of the last five tournaments there included last year's event. In 2012 it was Spaniard Rafael Nadal - who has been ruled out this year with injury - who he defeated in the final

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:03:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0h0bbKKbM1dbBHOW HWEE YOUNGEPAEPA Images

Novak Djokovic loves the Australian Open, he really, really does. The Serbian has won three out of the last five tournaments there included last year's event. In 2012 it was Spaniard Rafael Nadal - who has been ruled out this year with injury - who he defeated in the final

Tennis Australian Open 2012
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrateshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=02RO823bTK7yK

Despite Serena Williams' recent dominance, the women's world number one is still Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian won her first Australian Open (and first major) in 2012 becoming the top seed. It came just one year after the player had considered quitting the sport. The emotional victory was over Maria Sharapova in a 6-3, 6-0 demolition job  

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 03:54:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=02RO823bTK7yKGREG WOODAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Despite Serena Williams' recent dominance, the women's world number one is still Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian won her first Australian Open (and first major) in 2012 becoming the top seed. It came just one year after the player had considered quitting the sport. The emotional victory was over Maria Sharapova in a 6-3, 6-0 demolition job  

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates
Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with thehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=02S4ewS3iD7lI

2011 was Novak Djokovic's year, no question about that. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and was a finalist in the French Open - becoming the sixth male player in the open era to win three majors in a calendar year. In Melbourne, he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:35:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=02S4ewS3iD7lITORSTEN BLACKWOODAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

2011 was Novak Djokovic's year, no question about that. He won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and was a finalist in the French Open - becoming the sixth male player in the open era to win three majors in a calendar year. In Melbourne, he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets

Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with the
Kim Clijsters of Belgium poses with thehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=01tk9Jh1eF4Fc

In 2012, Kim Clijsters hung up her tennis racket for good. But the year before she added a fourth major title by winning her first Australian Open title. Her 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory came against China's Li N

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 13:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=01tk9Jh1eF4FcWILLIAM WESTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

In 2012, Kim Clijsters hung up her tennis racket for good. But the year before she added a fourth major title by winning her first Australian Open title. Her 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory came against China's Li N

Kim Clijsters of Belgium poses with the
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Pretty as a picture, isn't he? Here Roger Federer enjoys the attention after defeating Andy Murray in the 2010 Australian Open final. It was the Swiss legend's 16th major title and poor Murray had yet to win one. Federer claimed victory in straight sets extending his dominance with third win out of the last four slams

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:59:32 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=06ez5im8Ii1CaMICK TSIKASREUTERSReuters Pictures

Pretty as a picture, isn't he? Here Roger Federer enjoys the attention after defeating Andy Murray in the 2010 Australian Open final. It was the Swiss legend's 16th major title and poor Murray had yet to win one. Federer claimed victory in straight sets extending his dominance with third win out of the last four slams

Federer reacts during a news conference at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Williams reacts after winning match point against Henin in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbournehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0bagbnwcbTgVw

If Djokovic is the recent king of Australia, Serena Williams is the queen. Williams has won two of the last four events and a remarkable five of the last ten. In 2010, the American's 12th grand slam title came with a three-set victory over Belgium's Justine Henin

Sat, 30 Jan 2010 13:35:50 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0bagbnwcbTgVwDAVID GRAYREUTERSReuters Pictures

If Djokovic is the recent king of Australia, Serena Williams is the queen. Williams has won two of the last four events and a remarkable five of the last ten. In 2010, the American's 12th grand slam title came with a three-set victory over Belgium's Justine Henin

Williams reacts after winning match point against Henin in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne
Rafael Nadal Attends 'Champions Drink Responsibly' in Sitgeshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0bXM4Ke3Ftbl7

Poor old Nadal! Just when it looked like the Spaniard was back to fitness, he pulled out of this year's Australian Open after a stomach virus ruined his preparation. Nadal won his first Australian Open and sixth major title in 2009 after a hard-fought five-set battle with Roger Federer. Federer does not have Nadal to contend with this time around but Djokovic and Murray provide plenty of competition 

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:05:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0bXM4Ke3Ftbl7Robert MarquardtGetty ImagesGetty Images

Poor old Nadal! Just when it looked like the Spaniard was back to fitness, he pulled out of this year's Australian Open after a stomach virus ruined his preparation. Nadal won his first Australian Open and sixth major title in 2009 after a hard-fought five-set battle with Roger Federer. Federer does not have Nadal to contend with this time around but Djokovic and Murray provide plenty of competition 

Rafael Nadal Attends 'Champions Drink Responsibly' in Sitges
TENNIS-OPEN-AUS-DOUBLES-WILLIAMShttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=05CC4qU1XL3ne

Serena Williams (L) was again top of the Australian pops in 2009. In Melbourne, she also won the doubles title with sister Venus Williams. It was a memorable title for Serena, the 10th of her career. The 6-0, 6-3 victory was a walk in the park for the American coming in under an hour against Russian Dinara Safina

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=05CC4qU1XL3neWILLIAM WESTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Serena Williams (L) was again top of the Australian pops in 2009. In Melbourne, she also won the doubles title with sister Venus Williams. It was a memorable title for Serena, the 10th of her career. The 6-0, 6-3 victory was a walk in the park for the American coming in under an hour against Russian Dinara Safina

TENNIS-OPEN-AUS-DOUBLES-WILLIAMS
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Novak Djokovic is better known for his recent victories, humans are forgetful, but five years ago the Serbian reigned in Melbourne. And how exciting is this... his 2008 Australian Open triumph was the first grand slam win of his career. He has gone on to win five more. With victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga he became the first Serbian to win a grand slam singles title 

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 03:50:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0agz3Big7N00ZScott BarbourGetty ImagesGetty Images

Novak Djokovic is better known for his recent victories, humans are forgetful, but five years ago the Serbian reigned in Melbourne. And how exciting is this... his 2008 Australian Open triumph was the first grand slam win of his career. He has gone on to win five more. With victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga he became the first Serbian to win a grand slam singles title 

2013 Australian Open Previews
Maria Sharapova of Russia prepares to serve during a practice session at Melbourne Parkhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0gyyc6i0QIekE

And last but not least, we have Russian Maria Sharapova who won her first Australian Open and third grand slam event in 2008. At only 20, Sharapova defeated Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. The win meant she had only failed to win the French Open - something she put right in 2012

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 06:26:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/In-Pictures%3A-Five-years-of-Australian-Open-winners?image_id=0gyyc6i0QIekETOBY MELVILLEREUTERSReuters Pictures

And last but not least, we have Russian Maria Sharapova who won her first Australian Open and third grand slam event in 2008. At only 20, Sharapova defeated Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in straight sets. The win meant she had only failed to win the French Open - something she put right in 2012

Maria Sharapova of Russia prepares to serve during a practice session at Melbourne Park


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