Serena Williams is the woman to beat, but the first-round meeting between Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens leaps out of the draw.
With renewed perspective after some enforced time away from the game, Victoria Azarenka insists she’s returned to tennis as someone who has grown off the court.
Tram rides travelled, draws revealed, crystal ballgazing started – it must be about time for Australian Open 2015.
Alix Ramsay looks at the ups and downs of a hectic two days of opening-round matches at Australian Open 2015.
AO Analyst Craig O’Shannessy reveals how Sloane Stephens can end her Australian Open run of outs against two-time champion Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday.
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.
Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka are firm friends off the court, but it’s a friendship that will take a temporary back seat when they clash for a place in the third round on Thursday.
Last year was the high point of Stan Wawrinka’s career, but the reigning Melbourne champion is ready to look forward.
Unseeded after a year to forget, Victoria Azarenka was always going to be tested early at Australian Open 2015. After two matches, it’s a test she’s passing with flying colours.
It was tense, it was scrappy, it was frustrating – but for Victoria Azarenka, it was a win, the two-time Melbourne champion seeing off Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Saturday night.
Beaten AO 2014 finalist Dominika Cibulkova wins a cracker of a last 16 match to beat the twice former champion Victoria Azarenka, 6-2 3-6 6-3.
Victoria Azarenka's defeat by Agnieszka Radwanska at AO 2014 was just the start of a run of bad luck for the double former champion at Melbourne Park. But she's definitely on her way back and no one will relish facing her now.
AO Analyst Craig O’Shannessy assesses how the diminutive Dominika Cibulkova was able to find a way to beat Victoria Azarenka by racking up 27 forehand winners.
Dominika Cibulkova d Victoria Azarenka 6-2 3-6 6-3.
Victoria Azarenka d Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4 6-4
Victoria Azarenka d Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2
Victoria Azarenka d Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-2.
Victoria Azarenka is quickly into her stride as she beats Sloane Stephens for the third year running at the Australian Open, 6-3 6-2.