Here we are on the eve of the 2012 women's final. As we get ready to crown another champion, let's look back at the great women's rivalries and their contests at the Australian Open.
The tournament’s greatest female champions include Margaret Court (seven consecutive titles), Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Monica Hingis (three consecutive titles each).
Among those with the most titles in a career are Court (11) and Serena Williams (five). Williams is the only champion to win the title on two relatively different surfaces: Rebound Ace and Plexicushion. I’ll mention each of these champions in the pages that follow.
Not many matches are considered here from the era between 1922 and 1965 because the Australian Open was not then the truly international competition it is today. So this list is biased toward the Open Era (after 1968), and especially toward the year 2010—a golden year in women’s tennis?