At a quirky, off-the-chain opening major to this season, records were broken, and records were extended. By the time the singles finals rolled around, the event had taken on a certain vintage, namely 2008 feel—Serena vs. Venus and Rafa vs. Roger.

Here are the highlights and lowlights among all that was seen and heard on the ground in Melbourne these past two weeks:

See No. 8 here.


As only she (and probably Venus) can, Serena Williams actually asked a reporter to apologize for sort of dismissing a so-called "scrappy" early-round performance against Lucie Safarova, no slouch herself as a former French Open finalist.


Check out No. 6.