AT A GLANCE
Melbourne Park (hard court)
The 14-day tournament begins Monday (Sunday EST). The women’s singles final is Saturday, Jan. 26; the men’s singles final is Sunday, Jan. 27. Like the U.S. Open, there are separate day and night sessions.
A tournament-record total of about $45 million, with about $3 million each to the men’s and women’s singles champions.
2018 SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Roger Federer of Switzerland and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark
Federer beat 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for a second consecutive title in Melbourne and sixth overall. The victory also lifted Federer’s men’s-record Grand Slam trophy haul to 20. Wozniacki edged Simona Halep 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 to finally grab her first major championship. Wozniacki had lost in two previous Grand Slam finals, as well as exiting in the semifinals four other times.
Serena Williams returns after missing the Australian Open a year ago; she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, on Sept. 1, 2017, then dealt with health complications from childbirth and did not return to Grand Slam play until the French Open last May.
For the first time, the Australian Open will have final-set tiebreakers for men’s matches that reach a fifth set and women’s matches that go to a third set. The tournament joins Wimbledon in eliminating the possibility of neverending final sets; previously the U.S. Open was the only major with a last-set tiebreaker. The tiebreaker in Australia will come at 6-all and will be won by whichever player is the first to 10 points, ahead by at least two
24: Margaret Court’s all-time mark for most Grand Slam singles titles, one more than Williams’ haul, which stands as the record for the professional era.