Qualifying begins: 26 June
The Draw: 30 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July
Order of Play: 2 July
Championships begin: 3 July
COME BACK FOR LIVE SCORES & LIVE BLOG FROM 26 JUNE
Nothing can be taken for granted
Who would have thought Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic would be beaten in the first week of a Grand Slam event? It’s the first time since 2002 that the top two seeds in the men’s event have gone out before the quarter-finals and the first time neither Murray or Djokovic have made the second week of a slam since the Australian Open of 2006.
For Murray, it’s a big blow as he tries to win the tournament for the first time, having lost in five finals. Djokovic now has to bounce back and try to chase Murray down at the top of the rankings but both need to recover quickly from shock defeats.
The changing of the guard will have to wait
Angelique Kerber began the Australian Open as champion and world No.1, but her defeat by Coco Vandeweghe in the third round means Serena can regain top spot by winning a seventh title in Melbourne.
There are still plenty of obstacles ahead, not least Britain’s Jo Konta, but even if it doesn’t happen here, the fact that Kerber has not been in top form means it’s only likely to be a matter of time.
As Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, put it on Monday: “Clearly Kerber is struggling to handle the pressure.”
Jo Konta is a genuine title contender
Perhaps we guessed it before the tournament began but her performances in her first four rounds have been ruthlessly efficient. Ranked outside the top 100 just two years ago, Konta made the semi-finals last year and on current form, is surely the biggest threat to Serena Williams in the draw. Aggressive, focused, intense and a brilliant athlete, Konta has turned herself from a talented, if wild player, to a likely Grand Slam champion, in the space of two years