Event: 100th Australian Open
Date: Jan 16 – Jan 29 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Venue: Melbourne Park
Men's Champion: Novak Djokovic
Wome's Champion: Victoria Azarenka
The 2012 Australian Open was a tennis tournament that took place in Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia from 16 to 29 January 2012. It was the 100th edition of the Australian Open, and the first Grand Slam event of the year. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players competed in singles and doubles tournaments.
Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title after he defeated Rafael Nadal in the longest final in history. The 2012 final passed the 2008 Wimbledon final for the record, finishing after 5 hours and 53 minutes of play. Victoria Azarenka defeated Maria Sharapova for her first Grand Slam title; and over took Caroline Wozniacki as the number one ranked player on the WTA Tour.
In the doubles Leander Paes and Radek Štepánek won the title. Paes completed a career Grand Slam with the title while Štepánek won his first ever Slam. On the women's side an all Russian duo of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva took the title. The mixed event was won by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau.
Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7(5-7), 7–5
Victoria Azarenka def. Maria Sharapova, 6–3, 6–0
Leander Paes / Radek Štepánek def. Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan, 7–6(7–1), 6–2
Svetlana Kuznetsova / Vera Zvonareva def. Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci, 5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Horia Tecau def. Elena Vesnina / Leander Paes, 6–3, 5–7, [10–3]
Luke Saville def. Filip Peliwo, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Taylor Townsend def. Yulia Putintseva, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3
Liam Broady / Joshua Ward-Hibbert def. Adam Pavlásek / Filip Veger, 6–3, 6–2
Gabrielle Andrews / Taylor Townsend def. Irina Khromacheva / Danka Kovinic, 5–7, 7–5, [10–6]
Maikel Scheffers def. Nicolas Peifer, 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–0
Esther Vergeer def. Aniek van Koot, 6–0, 6–0
Ronald Vink / Robin Ammerlaan def. Stéphane Houdet / Nicolas Peifer, 6–2, 4–6, 6–1
Esther Vergeer / Sharon Walraven def Aniek van Koot / Marjolein Buis, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4