The Australian Open began this week and is already in full swing. The first of the four Grand Slam tennis events this year is creating buzz around the world, as eager fans tune in to watch the annual tournament.
First held in 1905, the Australian open marked the first Grand Slam event, followed by the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. The Australian Open attracts thousands to Australia each year and has the second highest attendance of all the Grand Slam events, with the US Open having the highest.
This year has got off to an exciting start with British number one Heather Watson smashing her way through the courts with another win today against Ksenia Pervak. "If they want to win it, they're going to have to go out there and win it. I'm not going to give it away," said Watson in an interview with the BBC. World No. 2 Maria Sharapova is also off to an impressive start, having yet to lose a single game.
Over on the men’s courts, world number three and British number one Andy Murray is on track to play against Roger Federer in the semi-finals, under the scorching Australian sun.
At stake for the hopefuls playing on the courts this year is a AUD $30,000,000 cash prize (around £1,588,000). The women’s singles winner will be presented with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup and the men’s singles winner will be presented with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup. The current champions are Novak Djokvic, for the men’s, who defeated Rafael Nadal last year, and Victoria Azarenka, for the women’s, who defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets last year.
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