Australian Open Tennis 2013 Results 

Kicking off the 2013 season of Grand Slam events, the 101st edition of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament took place on 14~27 January. It was preceded by five days of qualifying matches to fill in the 128-player brackets for the knockout competition that featured two defending champion as the top seeds for singles—Novak Djokovic of Serbia among the men and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus among the women. Absent from the tournament with a stomach virus was Spain’s Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 4 in the world, as well as American John Isner, No. 13, with a knee injury.

Seeded players ripped through the first round, with the only major casualties being #11 Juan Monaco of Argentina on the men’s side and Italy’s #7 Sara Errani plus Russia’s #12 Nadia Petrova on the women’s. The #2 seeds, Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer of Switzerland and Maria Sharapova of Russia, both won in straight sets, as did the #3 seeds, U.S. Open Champion Andy Murray of Great Britain and Serena Williams of the United States. They were joined in advancing unblemished by the #4 seeds, David Ferrer of Spain and Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Similarly, both #1 seeds came out of the first round without dropping a set, setting the stage for some huge match-ups to come.

For Australian fans, however, the tournament got off to a miserable start on the men’s side. On Day One, qualifier Matthew Ebden and wildcard John Millman both fell in five sets, and #8 Janko Tipsarević of Serbia took just three sets to dispatch former World #1 Lleyton Hewitt. On Day Two, Marinko Matosevic, John-Patrick Smith, Luke Saville and Benjamin Mitchell failed to advance, leaving just two unseeded Aussies in the running: James Duckworth, who would fall on Day Four, and Bernard Tomic, who would make it to the Third Round before being taken out by Roger Federer in straight sets.

Australian women did not fare any better. On Day One, Bojana Bobusic, Ashleigh Barty, Casey Dellacqua, Sacha Jones and Olivia Rogowska all lost. The next day, Jarmila Gajdošová fell out, leaving only #9 seed Samantha Stosur to move on to Round Two. Unfortunately for the host nation, on the very next day Stosur would fall prey to China’s Zheng Jie after leading and serving for the match at 5–2 in the third set.

Few surprises occurred among the men’s top seeds until Day Six, when #6 Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina fell to unseeded Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. Then, #8 Janko Tipsarević of Serbia was stopped by #10 Nicolás Almagro of Spain. On the women’s side, #8 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was waylaid by unseeded American Laura Robson on Day Four, and on Day Seven 2012 quarterfinalist Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, who was seeded #19, beat Germany’s #5 seed Angelique Kerber (7-5, 6-4). Otherwise, it was smooth sailing into the quarterfinals for all who were expected to arrive.

The Women’s Singles Championship provided plenty of excitement in the last three rounds, as #3 Williams bowed out to a compatriot, #29 Sloane Stephens, and #4 Radwanska lost to #6 seed Na Li of China. Then Na Li took out #2 Sharapova, setting up a finals showdown with #1 Azarenka, who had survived challenges from Russia’s upset-minded Svetlana Kuznetsova as well as the giant-killer Stephens, despite a controversial medical time-out in the semifinals. The Belarusian was not to be denied, however, and outlasted her Chinese opponent over full three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) to repeat as champion and claim her second Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

Meanwhile, the Men’s Singles went exactly according to plan up to the semifinals, where all of the top four seeds found themselves just two wins away from the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. Ferrer was no match for Djokovic, who won easily in straight sets (6-2, 6-2, 6-1). Federer, however, had his hands full with Murray. The two fought down to the wire before the Briton finally succeeded (6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2). Then in the finals, the Serbian defeated his opponent in four sets (6–7(2), 7–6(3), 6–3, 6–2) to take his third consecutive Australian title, becoming the first man in the Open Era to do so.

Other major events at the 2013 Australian Open included the Men’s Doubles won by top-seeded twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States and the Women’s Doubles claimed by the #1 seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. The host country did not end up empty-handed, however, as the Mixed Doubles title was won by Australian wildcard entrants Jarmila Gajdošová and Matthew Ebden on the very last day of competition.

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