- Associated Press - Sunday, February 1, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - There was a chance the Australian Open men’s final could contain explicit language, and so came the warning.

Andy Murray’s fiancee, Kim Sears, dressed for Sunday’s final in an oversized T-shirt with a message that poked fun at the widespread attention paid to her use of colorful language during Murray’s semifinal.

Videos of her apparent expletive-laden outburst during Murray’s win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday went viral online and were then picked apart by the British press which tried to read Sears’ lips to analyze exactly what she had said.

Rather than shy away from the issue, Sears’ T-shirt for the final showed a sense of humor. It read: “Parental Advisory Explicit Content.”

Murray, who is no stranger to outbursts on the court, defended his finacee after the semifinal by saying the match had been tense.

“In the heat of the moment you can say stuff that you regret,” he said when asked about Sears’ use of some “Angle-Saxon adjectives.”

Sunday’s final against No. 1 Novak Djokovic was tense, too. Murray lost 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0, becoming the only man in the Open Era to lose four finals at the Australian Open.

Cameras panned several times to Sears, who was on her best behavior.

Murray, on the other hand, threw his racket and shouted at himself between points with words that are not fit for print. Occasionally he muffled his language by screaming into a towel.

By Jocelyn Gecker — https://twitter.com/jgecker


After a night out, Serena Williams plans to continue the celebration of her 19th Grand Slam title with an Aussie-style barbecue.

Williams hoisted her Australian Open trophy Sunday at a Melbourne park for the traditional day-after photo shoot. As she teetered around in heels, a slim skirt and midriff baring top, the No. 1-ranked player said she would have preferred to rest after the Saturday night final but was talked into going out.

“I didn’t want to go out, I just kind of wanted to stay home,” said Williams, who struggled with a cold during the tournament and said she threw up during Saturday’s final after a coughing fit. “But everyone was like ‘This is No. 19 Serena, you’ve got to go out.’ So they literally dragged me out of the bed and we went somewhere for a little bit, but not a lot.”

Williams beat No. 2 Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) to claim her sixth Australian Open trophy and her 19th overall, lifting her above the career records of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, who each had 18 Grand Slam singles titles.

After she won her 18th at last year’s U.S. Open, Williams said she felt liberated.

“Getting to 18 was a really big thing for me, and I put a lot of pressure on myself to get there. But once I got there, I just felt free after it, and I’ve been able to play a little bit better,” said Williams, who has almost two years at No. 1.

Now, she feels like she doesn’t need more trophies. But she still wants more.

“I’m at a point in my career where I don’t have to win anymore and every win is a super extra bonus, and every win is more awesome than the last one. I’m really enjoying that,” she said.

After the photo shoot, Williams said she planned to spend a quiet afternoon celebrating with friends.

“I have a lot of friends in Melbourne so we’re all just going to have a barbecue and hang out and relax and laugh and enjoy the day.”

By Jocelyn Gecker — https://twitter.com/jgecker

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