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Tennis: It's the Australian Oven as temperatures soar

Published on Jan 14, 2014 11:11 AM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Top tennis stars were put through a punishing workout at the Australian Open on Tuesday as temperatures soared towards record levels and threatened to disrupt a packed schedule on day two.

With the mercury hitting 35 degrees Celsius before play even started, players and fans were feeling the heat at Melbourne Park where 64 matches were on the agenda.

Defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, both on court at 11.00am (8am Singapore time) for their round one matches, grimaced and sweated in the bright sun and draped themselves in ice packs during changeovers.

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