2015 was the 103rd edition of the Australian Open tennis tournament which was played on the outdoor hard courts at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. Steeped in history, it is traditionally the first Grand Slam tennis event of the calander year and as ever had all of the sport's big names to be involved.
Play for the 2015 Australian Open got underway on January 19 and culminated with the men's final on February 1, one day after the women's final. The tournament featured men's and women's events in singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles, so there were betting opportunities galore over the two-week event.
Stan Wawrinka was the defending champion in men's singles after his against the odds triumph in 2014, but was unable to follow up as Novak Djokovic knocked him out in the semi-final before beating Andy Murray 7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–0 in a thrilling final. The victory was Djoko's fifth at the Australian Open, giving him another entry on the honour roll with greats such as Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras along with Aussie legends Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.
Li Na won the women's tournament in 2014, but the door was left open for a new champion this year after she announced her retirement on 19 September 2014. Serena Williams was a heavy favourite from the outset and having eased through the rounds, she beat Maria Sharapova 6–3, 7–6(7–5) in the final.
There has definitely been a shift in the men's game over the last couple of with the dominance of quartet Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray seeming to slightly fade. Only once since 2005 had someone outside the four managed to win a Grand Slam, but Wawrinka's success in the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open added to the triumph of Marin Čilić at Flushing Meadows suggests that 2016 Australian Open betting could be more varied than in previous years.
Heading into the 2016 Australian Open, Roy Emerson still holds the most men's singles titles in the Grand Slam event with seven victories in the pre-open era. Djokovic is now the most successful player in the open era with five wins, while two players are tied on four wins each; Andre Agassi and Roger Federer with the latter able to improve his record this year.
It's another Aussie who holds the record for most women's singles wins with Margaret Court winning an incredible 11 Australian Open titles. Serena Williams tops the list in the open era and will be looking to add to her 6 titles so far in 2016.
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