The talking is over and Melbourne Park is ready for 14 days of sizzling tennis action. Everything is set fair. Now bring it on.
Serena Williams is the woman to beat, but the first-round meeting between Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens leaps out of the draw.
No.2 seed Maria Sharapova reaches her seventh AO semifinal with a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 victory against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. And the secret is hard work.
After winning her first tournament of the year in Brisbane, Maria Sharapova has her sights set on another Melbourne title to add to her 2008 success.
The tentative Maria Sharapova of the early rounds disappears as the Russian eclipses China's Peng Shuai in a comprehensive 6-3 6-0 victory.
Maria Sharapova knows all too well that the first round in Melbourne can be fraught with danger, meaning she was happy to advance past Petra Martic on Monday night.
Fashion is always a top talking point at the Slams and what better time to reflect on the best-dressed players on the field at Australian Opens past ... but not forgotten.
Maria Sharapova's comprehensive victory against Eugenie Bouchard revealed a gulf in class between two players who often invite comparisons.
Alix Ramsay looks back at Day 3 of Australian Open 2015, where big names barely made it through, and small talk (briefly) silenced the press.
Lost dogs, mystery husbands, Goran up to his usual mischief and Genie’s honest answers – Alix Ramsay wraps up Day 7 from Melbourne Park.
The 2015 tennis season has struck with characteristic turbulence as some big names flounder, and others claim their territory.
Reigning champions Li Na and Stanislas Wawrinka were in attendance as the draw for Australian Open 2015 was released at Melbourne Park on Friday morning.
In his final major as a teenager, Nick Kyrgios has ridden a wave of emotion to the quarterfinals - where an older, wiser Andy Murray awaits.
Roger Federer’s departure left a hole in the bottom half of the Melbourne Park draw; is it one Andy Murray can exploit by downing his Wimbledon 2014 conqueror Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday?
Two days after fraught second-round escapes, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova will be hoping to resume normal service on Friday in Melbourne.
His age may be creeping up, but Roger Federer’s appetite for adding to his glittering CV remains unsated.
Eugenie Bouchard has many qualities which have propelled her up the world rankings. But she has yet to find a way to crack the code of beating the top players when it matters.
It’s been seven long years since Maria Sharapova lifted the women’s singles trophy in Melbourne; is this the year that drought finally ends?
AO Analyst Craig O’Shannessy looks at the critical point that gave Maria Sharapova a sniff of victory in her second-round escape against Alexandra Panova on Wednesday.
Maria Sharapova d Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-2.
Maria Sharapova d Peng Shuai 6-3 6-0.
Women's No.2 seed Maria Sharapova makes light work of Zarina Diyas, winning their Friday night round three encounter 6-1 6-1 in just 61 minutes.
Maria Sharapova d Zarina Diyas 6-1 6-1
Maria Sharapova d Alexandra Panova 6-1 4-6 7-5
Women's No.2 seed saves two match points on her way to a dramatic victory against qualifier Alexandra Panova.
Maria Sharapova d Petra Martic 6-4 6-1
Maria Sharapova pre-tournament interview