Rather than putting another shrimp on the barbie, it is so hot Down Under at the Australian Open you can literally fry an egg in Melbourne.

Temperatures topped 44C (112 F) during the second round matches on Thursday as the searing heat disrupted play at the year's first major.

At 13:53 local time, the "extreme heat policy" was implemented, and play was suspended on uncovered courts.

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Maria Sharapova spent a brutal three hours and 28 minutes on Rod Laver Arena and afterwards bemoaned the lack of communication between players and officials.

"We have never received any emails or warnings about the weather or what to do," the 2008 Australian Open winner said.

"Actually, I did receive one, I think, while I was in the ice bath a few minutes ago, and I was like, 'that's a little too late'."

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  • Eugenie Bouchard of Canada makes a forehand return to Casey Dellacqua of Australia during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

  • Serena Williams of the United States stretches for a return to Ashleigh Barty of Australia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

  • Lauren Davis of the U.S. makes a forehand return to her compatriot Sachia Vickery during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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  • Vasek Pospisil of Canada serves to Samuel Groth of Australia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches out for a return to Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during the first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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    Heather Watson of Great Britain in action during her first round loss to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia

  • Tennis - 2014 Australian Open - Day One - Melbourne Park

    Heather Watson of Great Britain in action during her first round loss to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia

  • Tennis - 2014 Australian Open - Day One - Melbourne Park

    Heather Watson of Great Britain in action during her first round loss to Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia

  • Tennis - 2014 Australian Open - Day One - Melbourne Park

    Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia celebrates her victory against Heather Watson of Great Britain

  • Tennis - 2014 Australian Open - Day One - Melbourne Park

    Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in action against Heather Watson of Great Britain

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    Germany's Mona Barthel plays a shot during her women's singles match against China's Zhang Shuai on day one of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 13, 2014. IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Sara Errani of Italy plays a forehand in her first round match against Julia Goerges of Germany during day one of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


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