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Serbia's Ana Ivanovic reacts after victory in her women's singles match against Australia's Samantha Stosur on day five of the 2014 Australian Open

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Serena Williams celebrates her third round victory over Daniela Hantuchova at the Australian Open

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Jamie Murray (L) suffered from heat stroke following his victory with doubles partner John Peers (R) over Matt Reid and Luke Saville at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Dizziness, cramp and fatigue as heat stops play at last - with Jamie Murray among the worst affected

The hottest day of the Australian Open so far finally saw play suspended but only after a succession of players suffered in the 43C heat. One of the worst affected was Jamie Murray, who experienced painful body cramps for several hours after winning his doubles match.

Maria Sharapova has called for clarity over the extreme heat ruling that saw play at the Australian Open suspended

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova calls for clarity over extreme heat policy after she questions where the limit is for struggling players

The Russian was expressing her concern after she battled through a gruelling three-and-a-half hour match with Karin Knapp

Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Karin Knapp in the Australian Open second round

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova battles through three-and-a-half hour epic to beat Karin Knapp in second round

Temperatures reached 42.4C during the draining match which Sharapova eventually came through 6-3 4-6 10-8

Rafael Nadal tries to cool himself down while on court at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Play on day four halted due to extreme heat policy finally being implemented after mass criticism

Andy Murray was one of many to express his concern over the soaring temperatures in Melbourne that led to play being suspended

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Australian Open 2014 - Comment: Competitors need compensation if injury means they miss start of a Grand Slam

A trend of players pulling out of first round matches is emerging

Defending Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka came through in straight-sets against Johanna Larsson to move into the second round

Australian Open: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka joins Caroline Wozniacki in reaching the second round

Azarenka defeated Johanna Larsson 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 while Wozniacji breezed past Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-0 6-2

Both Heather Watson and Laura Robson were knocked out of the Australian Open on the opening day's play

Australian Open 2014: Laura Robson and Heather Watson crash out in first round, ending British interest in women's singles

Robson was the first player knocked out of the opening Grand Slam of the year after she lost to Kirsten Flipkens while Watson went down swinging in a three-set defeat to Daniela Hantuchova

Serena Williams has regretted her complaint over the cold temperatures in Melbourne with the heat set to dominate opening week of Grand Slam

Australia Open: Serena Williams regrets 'freezing' Melbourne complaints with temperatures set to soar

Williams admits she is not looking forward to the expected heat that will hit the first week of the opening Grand Slam of 2014

Andy Murray lost to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition match yesterday but says his back feels fine

Australian Open: Andy Murray ready for the heat after back surgery pays off

Andy Murray wrapped up his public preparations for next week’s Australian Open by losing an exhibition match to Lleyton Hewitt here in Melbourne yesterday, but is in a good frame of mind.

Australian Open 2014: 10 contenders to win in Melbourne, including Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka

The tournament in Melbourne begins on Monday - but who will be the last woman standing?

Andy Murray will face Go Saeda of Japan in the first round of the Australian Open.

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray to face Japan's Go Soeda as he is drawn in same half as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Laura Robson will face Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in the women's draw

Andy Murray: 'A player has to deliver, it's nothing to do with how much he cost'

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray seeded fourth for Melbourne tournament

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