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Australian Open 2011

Djokovic, Clijsters Win Singles Titles

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Novak Djokovic ... Australian Open 2011 men's singles champion

Novak Djokovic ... Australian Open 2011 men's singles champion

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  • Men's No 3 seed Novak Djokovic (Serbia) has won the Australian Open men's singles tennis final, defeating No 5 seed Andy Murray (UK) in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

  • Women's No 3 seed Kim Clijsters (Belgium) won the Australian Open women's singles tennis final, defeating No 9 seed Na Li (China), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

  • In a massive upset in the men's quarterfinals at the Australian Open, world No 1 men's tennis player Rafael Nadal (Spain) lost to compatriot David Ferrer in three straight sets. Ferrer won the quarterfinal match 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

    Nadal was reportedly playing with a hamstring injury and was thought to be on the point of retiring from the match after losing two sets to Ferrer.

    Despite not playing at his best, Nadal persisted in seeing the match to its end.

    Nadal is the current Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open champion and was in the running to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the one time.

  • The following day, world No 1 women's tennis player Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) was knocked out of the competition in a taut three-set women's semifinal.

    Na Li of China won the semifinal, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, in a hard-fought two hours, 35 minutes, and will contest the women's final on January 29.

  • On January 27, men's No 2 seed and Australian Open men's defending champion Roger Federer (Switzerland) was knocked out of the competition, losing to No 3 seed Novak Djokovic (Serbia) in the semifinals.

    Djokovic won in three sets, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4, in three hours of playing. Djokovic was Australian Open men's singles champion in 2008.

The 2011 Australian Open, the first of the world's four Grand Slam tennis tournaments during the year, opened at Melbourne Park on January 17.

Not competing in this year's Australian Open is five-time women's singles champion Serena Williams who is not defending her 2010 title due to a foot injury sustained after winning her fourth Wimbledon title in July 2010.

Serena Williams won the Australian Open women's singles title in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The women's singles final is expected to take place on January 29 and the men's singles final on January 30.

Day 1 of the tournament saw four seeds defeated in the first round by unseeded players.

Top seeded players

Thirty-two players each in the men's and women's singles fields were seeded in this year's competition.

The top 20 seeds:

Men

  1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) - eliminated in the quarterfinals
  2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) - eliminated in the semifinals
  3. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) - won the men's singles final
  4. Robin Soderling (Sweden) - eliminated in Round 4
  5. Andy Murray (UK) - eliminated in the men's singles final
  6. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) - eliminated in the quarterfinals
  7. David Ferrer (Spain) - eliminated in the semifinals
  8. Andy Roddick (USA) - eliminated in Round 4
  9. Fernando Verdasco (Spain) - eliminated in Round 4
  10. Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) - eliminated in Round 3
  11. Jurgen Melzer (Austria) - eliminated in Round 4
  12. Gael Monfils (France) - eliminated in Round 3
  13. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) - eliminated in Round 3
  14. Nicolas Almagro (Spain) - eliminated in Round 4
  15. Marin Cilic (Croatia) - eliminated in Round 4
  16. Mardy Fish (USA) - eliminated in Round 2
  17. Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia) - eliminated in Round 3
  18. Sam Querrey (USA) - eliminated in Round 1
  19. Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) - eliminated in the quarterfinals
  20. John Isner (USA) - eliminated in Round 3

Women

  1. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) - eliminated in the semifinals
  2. Vera Zvonareva (Russia) - eliminated in the semifinals
  3. Kim Clijsters (Belgium) - won the women's singles final
  4. Venus Williams (USA) - retired in Round 3 due to injury
  5. Samantha Stosur (Australia) - eliminated in Round 3
  6. Francesca Schiavone (Italy) - eliminated in the quarterfinals
  7. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) - eliminated in Round 2
  8. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) - eliminated in Round 4
  9. Na Li (China) - eliminated in the women's singles final
  10. Shahar Peer (Israel) - eliminated in Round 3
  11. Justine Henin (Belgium) - eliminated in Round 3
  12. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) - eliminated in the quarterfinals
  13. Nadia Petrova (Russia) - eliminated in Round 3
  14. Maria Sharapova (Russia) - eliminated in Round 4
  15. Marion Bartoli (France) - eliminated in Round 2
  16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) - eliminated in Round 3
  17. Aravane Rezai (France) - eliminated in Round 1
  18. Maria Kirilenko (Russia) - eliminated in Round 2
  19. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) - eliminated in Round 1
  20. Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) - eliminated in Round 2

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