Forecasts of rain expected to bring some respite but risk of landslides and water pollution grows, officials say. Meanwhile, a top climatologist says Australia could become so dry that its residents could become "climate refugees."
Williams will face Canadian Bianca Andreescu for the US Open title as the American sets herself up for another attempt to clinch a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Serena Williams was relentless in her first appearance at Melbourne Park since winning the title in 2017, losing only five points in the opening set on her way to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria in just 49 minutes.
Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, who earlier called Maria Sharapova "a cheater", reiterated her stance that the Russian star should not have been allowed to play after she was found guilty of using a performance enhancer.
The Canadian criticised the WTA for giving Sharapova the chance to compete in tournaments after serving a 15-month doping ban and said the Russian should never be allowed to play again.
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