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This tournament was also the last event in which five-time Grand Slam champion, 2008 champion, and former World No. 1 Sharapova competed, losing to Donna Veki? in the first round. She announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis in February.
Serena Williams was aiming to become the first woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in four different decades (as well as equal the all-time record for most Grand Slam titles held by Margaret Court) but she lost to Wang Qiang in the third round, her earliest exit in Melbourne since 2006.
The elimination of Angelique Kerber in the fourth round guaranteed a first-time Australian Open champion for the third year in a row. Jabeur became the first Arabian woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament, as well as the first African woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam since Amanda Coetzer at the 2001 Australian Open.
Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the women's singles semifinals since Wendy Turnbull in 1984. Barty's quarterfinal win over Petra Kvitová was her first ever top ten singles win at a Grand Slam, having lost her five previous matches.
Anett Kontaveit became the first player from Estonia, male or female, to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, and the second to do so at any Grand Slam after Kaia Kanepi. She would lose to Simona Halep in straight sets.