Victoria Azarenka took a thrashing from the media and from fans. But in the end, she blocked out all the negativity to win the Australian Open.
We're still not quite sure why Victoria Azarenka left the court for so long in a controversial win over Sloane Stephens. We just know, it smells like gamesmanship.
Sloane Stevens, two months shy of her 20th birthday, appeared as stunned as anyone in the moments after upsetting third-seeded Serena Williams, who hadn't lost a match since late August.
After getting off to a fast start, it took American Sloane Stephens three sets to finally put away Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.
Maria Sharapova appears even more dominant than she did five years ago in her march to the 2008 Australian Open title. The No. 2 seed has lost only five games through four rounds.
You could feel how badly the fans wanted a competitive match. But in the end, Maria Sharapova had too much game for Venus Williams.
Serena Williams showed no ill effects of the ankle injury she had suffered two days earlier. In fact, she appeared increasingly mobile as the match progressed, despite the stifling heat.
In many ways, Kimiko Date-Krumm acts like the 42-year-old mom she is. Of course, you wouldn't know that based on her tennis play.
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka stumbled briefly, but recovered and rolled against Monica Niculescu. Time will tell if Serena Williams recovers fully from a rolled ankle suffered in her 6-0, 6-0 win.