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The world no.1 doubles pairing of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their third Grand Slam title together, adding the Australian Open to their collection with a hard earned 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over the 7th seeded Czech duo of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. The win is Hingis' 10th Australian Open title, and her 5th in women's doubles. For Mirza, the win was her second Australian Open title, coming 7 years after she won the Mixed Doubles title, also her first Grand Slam title, with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

The opening set was a very lopsided affair with Mirza and Hradecka holding serve to open the match, followed by 8 consecutive breaks of serve. While that made for plenty of close games, it wasn't particularly pretty tennis from either duo as unforced errors dominated the contest.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a sixth Australian Open title, brushing aside the challenge of legendary Swiss Roger Federer in the first couple of sets before a rejuvenated and more aggressive Federer gave the Serbian ace a run for his money and made the match a real contest. Djokovic finally prevailed in four sets, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Federer surprised pundits and fans alike by opting to receive on winning the toss, many believing handing the psychological advantage already to Djokovic.

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World no.1 Serena Williams powered her way into her seventh Australian Open Final, brushing aside the challenge of the no.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.

Williams was in no mood to hang around again today and the faster conditions under the closed roof only augmented her game as she raced through the opening set in a little over 20 minutes, 6-0. It wasn't that Radwanska played poorly, in fact she made just 3 unforced errors all set, it was that Serena was just that much better.

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Nine-time Australian Open champion Martina Hingis, stayed on course for making it to double digits at her favourite Grand Slam event as she and Indian ace Sania Mirza registered their 35th straight win together to advance to the finals of the Australian Open Women's Doubles.

Mirza and Hingis, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions, are yet to lose a match this year, winning titles in Brisbane and Sydney en route to playing here in Melbourne at the Australian Open, and are on an incredible winning run at present.

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German youngster Angelique Kerber, the highest seed left in the bottom half of the women's draw stayed on course for making her first ever Grand Slam final, stunning 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park.

The match itself was anything but straight forward with Kerber, a runner-up to Azarenka at Brisbane a week before the Australian Open started, racing away to a 4-0 lead in the first set on the back of some fabulous stroke play from the back of the net.

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Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic continued his dream run at the Australian Open, becoming the first person from his country to reach the semi-finals of the tournament in its long history, setting up a date with world no.2 Andy Murray of Britain.

Raonic squared off against popular French showman Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals, and the duo produced an entertaining contest with Raonic taking every opportunity to move forward, while Monfils continued his habit of coming up with the spectacular.

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World no.1 Serena Williams stayed on course for a record equaling 22nd Grand Slam title, crushing long term rival Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals. Joining her in the final of the year's first Grand Slam is the no.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, a 6-1, 6-3 winner herself against 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

Radwanska opened proceedings on Rod Laver Arena this morning, and raced to a 4-0 lead as the Spaniard, a notoriously slow starter, struggled to compete with the always consistent Pole early on. Radwanska was done with the first set in a hurry, taking it 6-1.

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