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2011 Australian Open
Date:   17 – 30 January
Edition:   99th[1]
Category:   Grand Slam (ITF)
Location:   Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Champions
Men's Singles
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Women's Singles
Belgium Kim Clijsters
Men's Doubles
United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan
Women's Doubles
Argentina Gisela Dulko / Italy Flavia Pennetta
Mixed Doubles
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik / Canada Daniel Nestor
Boys' Singles
Czech Republic Jiří Veselý
Girls' Singles
Belgium An-Sophie Mestach
Boys' Doubles
Slovakia Filip Horanský / Czech Republic Jiří Veselý
Girls' Doubles
Belgium An-Sophie Mestach / Netherlands Demi Schuurs
Wheelchair Men's Singles
Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Singles
Netherlands Esther Vergeer
Wheelchair Quad Singles
United States David Wagner
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
Netherlands Maikel Scheffers / Japan Shingo Kunieda
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Netherlands Esther Vergeer / Netherlands Sharon Walraven
Wheelchair Quad Doubles
United Kingdom Andrew Lapthorne / United Kingdom Peter Norfolk
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The 2011 Australian Open was a tennis tournament featuring six different competitions. It was part of the 2011 ATP World Tour, the 2011 WTA Tour, ITF Junior Tour and the NEC Tour. The tournament took place at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, from 17 January to 30 January. The event was the 99th edition of the Australian Open.[1] It was also the first Grand Slam event of 2011. The tournament was played on hard courts. It was organised by the International Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia.[2]

Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for the second time. Kim Clijsters won her first Australian Open title. In the men's doubles the Bryan Brothers won their fifth Australian Open. Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta won their first Grand Slam title in the women's doubles. Daniel Nestor claimed his second mixed doubles Grand Slam alongside Katarina Srebotnik who won her fourth mixed title.

In the junior tournaments both the singles and doubles titles in the boys and girls events were won by Jiří Veselý and An-Sophie Mestach. Vesely won the doubles alongside Filip Horanský. Mestach won her doubles crown with Demi Schuurs. Vesely and Mestach won their first Grand Slam titles. They became the first players to achieve the junior double together since Kristian Pless and Virginie Razzano. They achieved this at the 1999 Australian Open.

Shingo Kunieda and Esther Vergeer both won the singles and doubles in the men's and women's wheelchair tennis events. Kunieda won his fourth Australian Open in a row, his fifth overall. In the doubles Kuneda was partnered to the title by Maikel Scheffers. Vergeer's singles win was her eighth Australian Open crown. It was also her 17th Grand Slam title overall. The final also marked the fourth time that she has not lost a game during a Grand Slam final. The win in the final was Vergeer's 404th match win in a row. Vergeer was partnered by Sharon Walraven in the doubles. In the mixed events David Wagner won the singles. Andrew Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk won the doubles competition.

Tournament[change | change source]

Rod Laver Arena where the Finals of the Australian Open took place.

The 2011 Australian Open was the 99th edition of the Australian Open. It was held at Melbourne Park, in Melbourne, Victoria. The tournament was an event run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). It was part of the 2011 ATP World Tour and the 2011 WTA Tour calendars. The tournament consisted of men's and women's singles and doubles draws as well as a mixed doubles event. There was also singles and doubles events for boys and girls (players under 18). The tournament was part of the Grade A group of tournaments of the junior tour. There was also events for wheelchair tennis players (they competed in three categories: men, women and quadipedic) as part of the NEC tour. The tournament was played on hard courts. The three biggest courts used were the Hisense Arena, the Margaret Court Arena and the Rod Laver Arena.

Points and prize money[change | change source]

Point distribution[change | change source]

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event.

Seniors points[change | change source]

Stage Men's Singles[3] Men's Doubles[3] Women's Singles[4] Women's Doubles[4]
Champion 2000
Runner up 1200 1400
Semifinals 720 900
Quarterfinals 360 500
Round of 16 180 280
Round of 32 90 160
Round of 64 45 0 100 5
Round of 128 10 5
Qualifier 25 60
Qualifying 3rd Round 16 50
Qualifying 2nd Round 8 40
Qualifying 1st Round 0 2

Junior points[change | change source]

Stage[5][6] Boys Singles Boys Doubles Girls Singles Girls Doubles
Champion 250 180 250 180
Runner up 180 120 180 120
Semifinals 120 80 120 80
Quarterfinals 80 50 80 50
Round of 16 50 30 50 30
Round of 32 30 n/a 30 n/a
Qualifier who loses in first round 25 n/a 25 n/a
Qualifying Final Round 20 n/a 20 n/a

Wheelchair points[change | change source]

Stage[7] Men's Singles Men's Doubles Women's Singles Women's Doubles Quad Singles Quad Doubles
Champion 800
Runner up 500 100
Semifinals/3rd 375 100 375 100 375 n/a
Quarterfinals/4th 100 n/a 100 n/a 100 n/a

Prize money[change | change source]

The 2011 Australian Open offered record prize money to both men and women. It had a total of A$25 million (US$24 million), up 3.8% on the total prize money from 2010.[8] The winners of the singles titles took home A$2.2 million (US$2.1 million). The finalists finalists were given A$1.1 million (US$1 million).[9] Below is the list of prize money given to each player in the main draw of the professional competitions; all prize money is in Australian dollars (A$). Prize money for the doubles is given as a team.[10]

Men's and Women's Singles[change | change source]

  • Winners: $2,200,000
  • Runners-up: $1,100,000
  • Semi-finalists: $420,000
  • Quarter-finalists: $210,000
  • Fourth round: $93,000
  • Third round: $54,500
  • Second round: $32,000
  • First round: $20,000

Men's and Women's Doubles[change | change source]

  • Winners: $454,500
  • Runners-up: $227,250
  • Semi-finalists: $113,000
  • Quarter-finalists: $56,000
  • Third round: $31,500
  • Second round: $17,200
  • First round: $9,600

Mixed Doubles[change | change source]

  • Winners: $135,500
  • Runners-up: $67,500
  • Semi-finalists: $33,900
  • Quarter-finalists: $15,500
  • Second round: $7,800
  • First round: $3,800

Events[change | change source]

Seniors[change | change source]

There were five competitions open to professional tennis players. The Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association awarded ranking points in all events apart from the mixed doubles. The singles draws were contested by one hundred and twenty eight players. Sixty four teams took part in the doubles events. Thirty two teams lined up in the mixed doubles competition.

Men's Singles[change | change source]

Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open for the second time.

At the start of the 2011 Australian Open, World Number one Rafael Nadal was on the edge of history. He had a chance to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time. He had won the previous three.[11] This would not be the Grand Slam, but the media had named it the "Rafa Slam."[12] The name came from the "Serena Slam" which was used when Serena Williams won all four Grand Slam titles in a row.[13]

Nadal was the number one seed and led the field. The other top ten seeds were; sixteen time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, 2008 Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic, two time Grand Slam finalists Robin Söderling and Andy Murray, Wimbledon runner up Tomáš Berdych, David Ferrer, 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick, Fernando Verdasco and Mikhail Youzhny.[14][15]

The start of the 2011 Australian Open saw all the seeds make it to the second round. But Gulbis, Querrey, who lost in the fifth set 8–6 and Davydenko did not win. Montanes, Fish, Monfils, Baghdatis, Tsonga, Bellucci and Nalbandian won their matches in the final set. The second round saw Michaël Llodra lose to qualifier Milos Raonic, Feliciano López who went out to Wildcard Bernard Tomic, Juan Mónaco lost to Robin Haase, Fish lose to Robredo and Montanes lost to Malisse. While Nalbandian had to retire against Berenkis and Bellucci lost 8–6 in the final set to Hernych. Youzhny, Verdasco, Almagro and Federer all survived final set deciders to progress to the third round. Raonic continued his form from the previous round as he upset Youzhny this time in four sets, the biggest upset to date. While Alexandr Dolgopolov upset Tsonga, coming back two sets to one down. The third round is also where the seeds meet for the first time, so Garcia–Lopez, Baghdatis, Gasquet, Ljubicic and Troicki all exited to higher seeds. Although Stanislas Wawrinka who was the nineteenth seed managed to defeat Gaël Monfils the twelfth seed in straight sets. While Marin Čilić, semifinalist from 2010 defeated John Isner 9–7 in the final set. The fourth round saw Ferrer end Raonic's run, and Dolgopolov edge out Soderling in the final set for the biggest upset in the tournament to date. There were also wins for Berdych, Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Nadal, all except Federer eliminated other seeds. There was one other upset as nineteenth seed Wawrinka beat Roddick in straight sets.

Djokovic, Federer and Murray successfully made their way into the semifinals, however the upset of the tournament happened as Nadal went out. The "Rafa Slam" attempt came to an end on Australia Day in straight sets against Ferrer, a year to the day since Nadal last lost a Grand Slam match.[16][17] The semifinals witness Djokovic taking out Federer in straight sets[18] while Murray overcame Ferrer the next night in four sets.[19] In the final Djokovic defeated Murray for his second Australian Open crown in straight sets.[20]

Championship match result

Serbia Novak Djokovic def. United Kingdom Andy Murray, 6–4, 6–2, 6–3.

Women's Singles[change | change source]

Kim Clijsters won her first Australian Open title.

The 2011 women's draw was missing its defending champion Serena Williams who pulled out in late 2010 due to ligament damage. World number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark was the number one seed. The Dane headed up the top ten seeds which included Vera Zvonareva, three time US Open champion Kim Clijsters, seven time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, Samantha Stosur, reigning French Open Champion Francesca Schiavone, Jelena Janković, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Shahar Pe'er. Former Grand Slam champions, Justine Henin, Ana Ivanović, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova were also seeded.[21]

The start of the 2011 Australian Open saw all the seeds apart from Rezaï, Hantuchová, Dulgheru. The biggest upset of the first round was Ivanović losing 10–8 in the final set to Ekaterina Makarova while Schiavone survived after being a set down to win the final set. The biggest loser in the second round was Janković as she lost to Peng in straight sets. The Serb was not the only seed to exit though as Iveta Benešová defeated Maria Kirilenko, Martinez–Sanchez lost to Cornet, Kleybanova, Kanepi, Pironkova, Bartoli and Wickmayer all joined her on the plane home. While Schiavone had to survive another final set decider this time winning it 9–7. The third round saw Kutznetsova defeat Henin, in what turned out to be the Belgium's last ever match as she announced her retirement in the second week of the tournament. Whilst Andrea Petkovic had a virtual bye into round four as Williams retired after just seven points of their match. Makarova caused another upset as she knocked out Nadia Petrova while Benešová defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final set. Other seeds who went out to other seeded players were Cibulková, Peer who lost in the final set. While Petra Kvitová ended home hopes as she disposed of Stosur, while Sharapova had to come from a set down to progress to the next round.

The fourth round witnessed women's tennis history, as the match between Kuznetsova and Schiavone broke records. The match became the longest match, in terms of time for women in a Grand Slam as it lasted for 4 hours, and 44 minutes. At 8–7 in the final set Kutznetsova had three match points, but the Italian saved all three. In the next game Schiavone broke her opponents serve but touched the net after hitting the winner, meaning the point went to Kutznetsova, when holding three break points. Kutznetsova had another three match points in the next game before a run of four games in a row where the serve was broken. Finally after breaking in the previous game and missing three match points Schiavone closed the match out to win 16–14 in the final set.[22] Other fourth round matches saw Sevastova's run end against Wozniacki and Makarova's end against Clijsters, while Petkovic upset Sharapova in straight sets. Other upsets saw the seeded players of Li and Kvitová defeat higher seeded players.

"I finally feel like you guys can call me Aussie Kim, because I've won the title"

Kim Clijsters, in her post final speech.[23]

The quarterfinals witnessed Wozniacki put an end to Schiavone's run by winning a final set decider. Into the semifinals with the Dane were Li who defeated Petkovic, Clijsters who defeated Radwańska and Zvonerava who took care of Kvitová. In the first semifinal Li caused an upset, as she saved match point, to defeat the world number one Wozniacki in three sets.[24] Her opponent in the final, Clijsters, won in straight sets against Zvonerava.[25] In the final Clijsters came from a set down to claim her first Australian Open title. It was her fourth grand slam title in her career and second consecutive slam having won the US Open in 2010.[26]

Championship match result

Belgium Kim Clijsters def. People's Republic of China Li Na, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3.[23]

Men's Doubles[change | change source]

Bob and Mike Bryan won the men's doubles title for the fifth time and achieved a third consecutive title at the event.

The 2011 men's doubles competition saw the two-time defending champions and four-time champions overall come back to defend the two previous titles in the team of Bob and Mike Bryan, which they were the number one seeded team in the draw. Out of all of the seeded players, the teams that lost in the first round were the teams of 7th seeded Lukáš Dlouhý and Paul Hanley, 9th seeded team of Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman, 11th seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecău, Nicolás Almagro and Marc López the 15th seeds, Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares the 16th seeded team. Those teams that lost in the second round of the event are the two teams of Mark Knowles and Michal Mertiňák the 12 seeds, and the 14th seeded Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram. The only third round exit was by 13th seeded Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo. All of the top eight seeds made the quarterfinal or better with the lone exception of the seventh seeded team. Lastly, this event saw four teams exit in the quarterfinal round, which those was the 4th seeded team of Łukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski the 5 seeded team, the 6th seeded and 2010 Wimbledon Champions Jürgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner, and the 8th seeded team of Michaël Llodra and Nenad Zimonjić.

Thus, only three seeded teams survived to make it to the semifinals, which the lone team to lose during this stage was the second seeded team of Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. This set up a dynamic final of the 1st and 3rd seeded teams respectively in the Bryan Brothers and the Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes, which the Indian team never has won the Australian Open in men's doubles. This would be the third time that they would lose in the final, but albeit in different years.

So, this was the Bryan Brothers' fifth Australian Open title in Men's doubles in the past six years, which this win was the third consecutive title at the event for them having won in 2009 and 2010, and the other two years they won were in 2006 and 2007. This was the Bryan Brothers tenth Men's Doubles Grand Slam title for their careers.

Championship match result

United States Bob Bryan / United States Mike Bryan def. India Mahesh Bhupathi / India Leander Paes, 6–3, 6–4.

Women's Doubles[change | change source]

The 2011 women's doubles competition was wide open with no team in the field having previously won a grand slam. Argentina's Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta of Italy led the field as the number one seeds, who had won seven titles in 2010 including the WTA championships but they had never been past a Grand Slam semifinal. Second seeds were the French Open finalists Květa Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who had already won a tournament in 2011, the ASB Classic. Number three seeds are the US Open finalists Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova; the number four seeds are the 2009 WTA Champions Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez with Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova seeded fifth heading the field.[27]

All the seeds made it through the opening round with the exception of Francesca Schiavone and Rennae Stubbs, who lost winning just five games in what is Stubbs' last Australian Open.[28] In round two the biggest casualties were the departure of the number four seeds; Llagostera Vives and Martínez Sánchez in straight sets.[29] In the third round the number six, seven and eighth seeds all crashed out. In the quarterfinals Huber won the battle of the ex partners as she downed Black's team to set up a semi final with Dulko and Penetta. The other semi was filled by Azarenka and Kirilenko and the number two seeds. In the semis the Number one seeds advanced to the final where after a shock they faced Azerenka and Kilrenko.[30] In the final Dulko and Pennetta came from a set down to win.[31]

Championship match result

Argentina Gisela Dulko / Italy Flavia Pennetta def. Belarus Victoria Azarenka / Russia Maria Kirilenko, 2–6, 7–5, 6–1.[32]

Mixed Doubles[change | change source]

Katarina Srebotnik won her first Australian Open Mixed Doubles crown. She was partnered by Daniel Nestor.

The mixed doubles field was led by top seeds and US Open champions Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber. Other significant seeds were: number two seeds Daniel Nestor and Katarina Srebotnik, Nestor's ex-doubles partner Nenad Zimonjić and Maria Kirilenko are the third seeds. Fourth seeds were defending champions Leander Paes and Cara Black, while the fifth and sixth seeds were Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Květa Peschke and Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond.[33]

All the seeded teams made it through the first round apart from the teams of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Květa Peschke who lost to Rennae Stubbs and Chris Guccione and Moody and Reymond who lost to Horia Tecău and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The second round witnessed the number one seeds Bryan and Huber withdraw and the defending champions, Paes and Black go out to Paul Hanley and Chan Yung-jan after two tiebreak sets.[34] The quarterfinals saw no upsets as Nestor and Srebotnik, Zimonjic and Kirlienko, Hanley and Chan and Tecau and Mettek–Sands made the semifinals. In the semifinals Nestor and Srebotnik won in straight sets against Zimonjic and Kirilenko. Their opponents in the final were Hanley and Chan after they won a match tiebreak 11–9 against Tecau and Mettek–Sands.[35] The final came down to a match tiebreak which the number two seeds, Nestor and Srebotnik won. It was Nestor's second Australian Open mixed title while for Srebotnik it was her first.[36]

Championship match result

Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik / Canada Daniel Nestor def. Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan / Australia Paul Hanley, 6–3, 3–6, 10–7.[36]

Juniors[change | change source]

Sixty four players competed in the boys and girls singles events, with thirty two teams competing in the boys and girls doubles events. The event is one of nine ITF Grade A junior competitions. Qualifying for the main draw took place between the 20 and 21 January 2011. Sixty four players attempted to qualify for the main draw of the boys and girls singles. There were eight qualifying spots available to join the forty six direct acceptance, two special exemptions and eight wildcards in the main draw. The qualifying event was held at the Pakenham Regional Tennis Centre.[37] The main draws took place between the 23 and 29 January 2011.[38]

Boys' Singles[change | change source]

World number one Jiří Veselý led the field. Other top seeds included World number two Dominic Thiem, Orange Bowl Champion George Morgan and World number five Mate Pavic.[39] In the first round of the tournament Pavic exited in straight sets to Karim Hossam. While fellow seeds Dimitri Bretting, Joris De Loore and Ben Wagland also went out of the tournament.[40] Also in action was Vesley and the 2010 finalist Sean Berman who both won their opening matches.[41] Luke Saville casued the biggest upset in the second round as he outsted World number two Thiem in straight sets[42] while Vesely and Morgan progressed with straight sets wins.[43] The third round saw Morgan and Saville win epics in the final set.[44] The quarterfinals saw Vesely, Morgan Baena and Saville reach the semifinals,[45][46] where Vesely and Saville reached the final.[47][48] In the final Vesely claimed his first junior Grand Slam title as he lost just three games against home hope Saville.[49]

Championship match result

Czech Republic Jiří Veselý def. Australia Luke Saville, 6–0, 6–3.[50]

Girls' Singles[change | change source]

Mestach became the first girl to win both the singles and doubles titles at an Australian Open since Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The 2011 Australian Open girls field was led by the World number one, US Open and youth Olympic champion, Daria Gavrilova. Joining the Russian leading the field was An-Sophie Mestach, Irina Khromacheva and Mónica Puig. While Orange Bowl champion Lauren Davis who competed in the main draw of the women's singles was the third seed and she was also joined by Caroline Garcia who also appeared in the women's draw.[39] The first round saw all of the seeds bar Natalija Kostic[51] move into the second round. Gavrilova, however was not in the second round as she was dumped out in straight sets by fifteen year old Kanami Tsuji[52] Puig, in the second round got rid of the last of the home contingent losing just two games in the process.[53] Eugénie Bouchard caused the biggest upset of round three when she lost just three games against Davis. Garcia caused an upset in the quarterfinals as she upset the number four seed Khromacheva in straight sets.[54] The semifinals witnessed Mestach drop her first and only set of the tournament when she defeated Garcia whilst Puig saw off Bouchard in straight sets.[55] In the final Mestach defeated Puig in straight sets to win her first junior Grand Slam title.[56]

Championship match result

Belgium An-Sophie Mestach def. Puerto Rico Mónica Puig, 6–4, 6–2.[50]

Boys' Doubles[change | change source]

The first round witnessed Dimitri Bretting and Dennis Novak the fifth seeds and seventh seeds Luis Patiño and Filip Peliwo exit at the first hurdle. All the remaining seeds made it to the quarterfinals, where the number one seeds George Morgan and Mate Pavić who exited to the eighth seeds Mitchell Krueger and Karue Sell in a match tiebreak while second seeds Filip Horanský and Jiří Veselý knocked out sixth seeds Dominic Thiem and Matthias Wunner. Horansky and Vesely reached the final after defeating the fourth seeds Joris de Loore and Mate Delić who received a bye in the previous round in straight sets. While third seeds Ben Wagland and Andrew Whittington took care of Krueger and Sell in a match tiebreak.[57] Horansky and Vesely triumphed in straight sets in the final over Wagland and Whttington.[55]

Championship match result

Slovakia Filip Horanský / Czech Republic Jiří Veselý def. Australia Ben Wagland / Australia Andrew Whittington, 6–4, 6–4.[55]

Girls' Doubles[change | change source]

All the seeds made it through the first round with out incident. Nastja Kolar and Danka Kovinić the fifth seeds, Tang Haochen and Tian Ran the seventh seeds and the biggest upset with the second seeds Eugénie Bouchard and Mónica Puig all went out in the second round. In the quarterfinals An-Sophie Mestach and Demi Schuurs sent the number one seeds Irina Khromacheva and Yulia Putintseva home for the loss of just three games. While Margarita Gasparyan and Daria Gavrilova the fourth seeds lost a match tiebreaker to Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato whilst Lucia Butkovská and Anna Schmiedlová the eighth seeds won only one game. Kato and Hozumi progressed to the final, where they faced Mestach and Schuurs who knocked out the third seeds Natalija Kostić and Ilona Kremen in a match tiebreaker.[58] In the final Mestach and Schuurs defeated Hozumi and Kato in straight sets for their first Grand Slam doubles title.[55]

Championship match result

Belgium An-Sophie Mestach / Netherlands Demi Schuurs def. Japan Eri Hozumi / Japan Miyu Kato, 6–2, 6–3.[55]

Wheelchair tennis[change | change source]

There are six events in the wheelchair tennis discipline; a singles and doubles draw for each of the three categories. The tournament was played between the 26 and 29 January 2011. All events were part of the NEC tour under the Grand Slam category.[59] A total of $63,000 was awarded in prize money across all the events.[60]

Wheelchair Men's Singles[change | change source]

Kunieda won his fourth consecutive Australian Open

In the opening round World number one Shingo Kunieda defeated Ronald Vink for the loss of just one game. Kunieda would play Robin Ammerlaan in the semifinals after the Dutchman defeated home hope Ben Weekes. In the other half of the draw Stéphane Houdet saw off Maikel Scheffers while Stefan Olsson saw off Houdet's doubles partner Nicolas Peifer.[61] In the semifinals Kunieda and Houdet emerged victorious in the battle for the final.[62] Kunieda defeated Houdet for his twelfth Grand Slam title losing just three games.[63]

Championship match result

Japan Shingo Kunieda def. France Stéphane Houdet, 6–0, 6–3.[64]

Wheelchair Women's Singles[change | change source]

Esther Vergeer won her eighth Australian Open and recorded her 404th consecuative match win.

There were eight entries into the singles competition. On her first appearance in a Grand Slam competition Marjolein Buis won in three sets against Annick Sevenans to reach the semifinals. Also into the semifinals were World number one Esther Vergeer who recorded her four hundred and second consecutive match win with a 6–0, 6–0 win over her doubles partner, Sharon Walraven. Buis then took on World number two and home favourite Daniela di Toro who lost just three games on Australia Day against Aniek van Koot.[61] While Jiske Griffioen would play Vergeer in the semifinals after defeating Grand Slam debuant Jordanne Whiley in straight sets.[65] The semifinals witnessed di Toro and Vergeer make the final with straight sets wins.[66] In the final Vergeer claimed her eighth Australian Open title as she defeated di Toro without losing a game to chalk up her four hundredth and fourth consecutive win.[67][68]

Championship match result

Netherlands Esther Vergeer def. Australia Daniela di Toro, 6–0, 6–0.[64]

Wheelchair Quad Singles[change | change source]

David Wagner defeated Peter Norfolk for the first time in five finals to win the Australian Open for the first time.

The tournament was played in a round robin format. Peter Norfolk, the defending champion, opened with a straight sets win over doubles partner Andrew Lapthorne.[65] Whilst World number one David Wagner defeated his doubles partner Nick Taylor for the loss of two games.[61] In the second round of matches Wagner edged Norfolk in a final set decider, whilst Grand Slam debuant Lapthorne recorded his first victory as he won in straight sets against Taylor. The loss for Taylor meant that he was elminated from the event.[69] In the final round robin matches, Norfolk defeated Taylor for the loss of just three games, while Wagner defeated Lapthorne in straight sets. The win for Norfolk and the loss for Lapthorne meant that Norfolk would play Wagner in the final.[70] In the final Wagner defeated Norfolk for the loss of just five games.[71] It was Wagner's first Australian Open singles title.[72]

Championship match result

United States David Wagner def. United Kingdom Peter Norfolk, 6–2, 6–3.[64]

Wheelchair Men's Doubles[change | change source]

There was four teams competing in this event. Shingo Kunieda and Maikel Scheffers beat Wimbledon champions, Robin Ammerlaan and Stefan Olsson in straight sets. They were joined in the final by the all French pairing of Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer who defeated Ronald Vink and Ben Weekes.[62] In the final Kunieda and Scheffers came from a break down in the first set to defeat the French pair in straight sets.[73]

Championship match result

Japan Shingo Kunieda / Netherlands Maikel Scheffers def. France Stéphane Houdet / France Nicolas Peifer, 6–3, 6–3.[73]

Wheelchair Women's Doubles[change | change source]

There were four entries to this competition. Esther Vergeer and Sharon Walraven defeated Daniela di Toro and Jordanne Whiley in straight sets to make the final. The final was turned into an all Dutch affair as Aniek van Koot and Jiske Griffioen joined them after defeating Marjolein Buis and Annick Sevenans in two tiebreaks.[62] In the final Vergeer and Walraven lost just two games as they defeated van Koot and Griffioen to claim their third consecutive Grand Slam title.[73]

Championship match result

Netherlands Esther Vergeer / Netherlands Sharon Walraven def. Netherlands Jiske Griffioen / Netherlands Aniek van Koot, 6–0, 6–2.[73]

Wheelchair Quad Doubles[change | change source]

Norfolk won the Quad doubles with Andrew Lapthorne. It was Norfolk's first Australian Open Doubles title.

There was just two entries in the Quad doubles, and they played a straight final to decided the championship.[59] In the one off match history was made as Lapthorne and Norfolk became the first all British pair to win a wheelchair Grand Slam doubles title. It was Lapthorne's first Grand Slam title and Norfolk's first Grand Slam doubles title as the pair defeated the all American pair of Taylor and Wagner in straight sets for their fourth win over them.[74]

Championship match result

United Kingdom Andrew Lapthorne / United Kingdom Peter Norfolk def. United States Nicholas Taylor / United States David Wagner, 6–3, 6–3.[75]

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The 2011 Australian Open was broadcast around the world with eleven different broadcasters officially screening the event. Channel 7 was the host broadcaster, with ESPN covering North America with its International franchise covering South and Latin America. Eurosport holds the rights to broadcast the tournament in Europe. In Asia broadcasts were covered by ESPN Star Sports and in Japan by WOWOW and by CN Sports Interactive Media Group in China. In Africa coverage is by SuperSport, and in the middle east by Abu Dhabi TV. Pacific coverage was broadcast by Sky New Zealand in New Zealand and by FIJI TV in Fiji.[76] During the course of the tournament, Tennis Australia and Eurosport, announced that they had extended their partnership for another five years, which extends Eurosports unbroken coverage of the Australian Open to over twenty years.[77] For the first time in the history of the Australian Open, the qualifying competition for the main draw was streamed live on the internet. The qualifying competition was broadcast between 12 and 15 January.[78] The charity event Rally for Relief was also broadcast live on australianopen.com and Australian network channel seven.[79]

During the first week of the tournament, viewing figures in Australia were down for the second year running.[80] 1.36 million people tuned in for the Men's singles final which was lower than the rating which the women's final received according to figures released by OzTAM.[81]

Attendance[change | change source]

2011 introduced a kids tennis day event, which took place on the Saturday before the tournament took place. Around eight thousand people turned up for the event.[82] People entertained themselves through a variety of activities, including watching stringers string racquets and arts and crafts. The highlight of the day for many fans was a chance to watch past and present players. These players included, Pat Cash, Henri Leconte, Peter Luczak, Alicia Molik and Anastasia Rodionova.[83]

A total of 651,127 people attended the tournament throughout the two weeks. This was lower than the attendance in 2010, although daily records were set.[84] 51,276 people filled Melbourne Park, which was a record for the middle Saturday. The day was also the biggest crowd ever at the Australian Open for a day session. A further 25,845 attended the evening session which brought the total number of people for the day to 77,121 which was again record breaking. As it was the largest amount of spectators to have attended on one day.[85]

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