Australian Open 2016: Winners and Losers from Melbourne

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Australian Open 2016: Winners and Losers from Melbourne
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Andy Murray congratulates Novak Djokovic after their match in the finals of the 2016 Australian Open.

The 2016 Australian Open is in the books. In the future, when people look back on the two weeks that were, who will they remember as the biggest winners and losers?

Angelique Kerber qualifies as one of the biggest winners. Her amazing run cumulated with an upset over Serena Williams.

Novak Djokovic is the winningest of the winners. He defeated Andy Murray to win a record-tying sixth Australian Open title and his 11th Grand Slam.

As for the losers, Rafael Nadal's first-round loss was a shocker. Other than that, the men's tournament went pretty close to the draw. Top-ranked Djokovic faced No. 2 Murray in the finals. Third-ranked Roger Federer made it to the semis, and fourth-ranked Stan Wawrinka reached the fourth round. 

Meanwhile, 12 of the top 20 seeded women were gone by the third round. Three top-10 players lost in the first round. 

By the time Djokovic finished his victory speech, more than 250 men and women had left the courts in Melbourne. But that doesn't necessarily make them losers at Australian Open.

Shuai Zhang was contemplating retirement before she went on a run from qualifying to the quarterfinals. She'll move up 69 spots in the WTA Tour rankings. She won seven matches in Melbourne, the same as Djokovic and Kerber. That certainly makes Zhang a winner. 

Who joins her on the list? The following are the winners and losers from the 2016 Australian Open.

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