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Extreme heat halts play at Australian Open

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Organisers suspended play at the Australian Open Thursday as temperatures hit 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) on a third day of extreme heat, throwing the Grand Slam tournament into chaos. 

Maria Sharapova wears an ice towel during her Australian Open match against Karin Knapp in Melbourne on January 16, 2014

Players were to complete their current sets before a suspension until at least 5:00 pm (0600 GMT) on outside courts, they said, while the roofs were closed on the centre and second courts.

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