Tomic Wins First ATP Title at Sydney

Bernard Tomic

(January 12, 2013) Australian Bernard Tomic won his first career ATP World Tour title at the Apia International Sydney Saturday night with a dramatic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 with over South African Kevin Anderson.


“It’s an amazing feeling. Now that I know what it feels like to win a tournament, it’s the best feeling in the world,” said Tomic.

“It’s an honor to have won my first tournament in front of you,” Tomic said, referring to receiving the Ken Rosewall trophy from the man himself in the arena named after him. “It’s been a long road, but finally I have one of these trophies.”


“It’s an amazing feeling. Now that I know what it feels like to win a tournament and it’s the best feeling in the world. I’m so happy I won. To do it here in Sydney is awesome. I can’t ask for anything better. I’m so proud of myself. Can’t stop here now. Now I’ve got to look to the next tournament and keep playing the tennis I’ve been playing.

“It’s my first title, and I know I’ll win a lot more if I keep this attitude up. I’m happy for this year now. I’m so excited. I’m looking forward to Melbourne. I feel unstoppable. I feel like I’m playing great tennis. It’s amazing stepping on court. You’re so confident. That’s going to be taken down to Melbourne and I’m going to use that for every match I play there.

“He’s not easy to play. I was lucky I got that double fault in the third set, because anything could have happened after that. I did play well off the ground. I served pretty good, but he was serving outstanding. Third set was epic. I think under pressure I played really good tennis.”

Defending doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan kept their title Saturday with a decisive 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow doubles experts Horia Tecau and Max Mirnyi.


The victory for Tomic is his eighth straight, creating a great lead-in to his home major, the Australian Open. Since the beginning of the new season, the Australian has had a good string of wins over player ranked higher than he is – Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas and Andreas Seppi at Hopman Cup in Perth and in Sydney  wins over  fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic , Florian Mayer,  Andreas Seppi and Anderson.

Tomic takes to the court next at the Australian Open in Melbourne as the No. 1 Australian on Tuesday versus Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer and could face Roger Federer if he reaches the third round.


Radwanska Wins Sydney, Tomic Makes Final

Agniezska Radwanska

Agniezska Radwanska

(January 11, 2013) World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska has won back-to-back titles to start 2013 by demolishing Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-0, 6-0 in the final of the Sydney International on Friday.

The victory  which gave her her 12 overall WTA title, has extended her winning streak to nine.

“I’m extremely happy that I won two titles in a row not even losing one set. It’s really been amazing two weeks,” Radwanska said.

“Wherever I go I always think I can win it. Melbourne is also that kind of tournament. Being top 10, top five already for a couple years, I think it means that I can also win a Grand Slam.”

“I would like to say there was an injury, but there wasn’t – I was feeling fine, ” said Cibulkova. “Actually I felt I could win every game I lost until 60 10. But when I lost that 1-0 game, I just completely broke down and stopped thinking about what I had to do out there. It wasn’t easy, because you want to play your best and you want to win.”

Next stop for Radwanska will be the Australian Open where she will take on Australian qualifier Bojana Bobusic in the opening round.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson defeated Julien Benneteau of France 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Friday to reach the final of the Sydney International.

Anderson will take on Australia’s Bernard Tomic for the title on Sunday.

Australian Bernard Tomic continued his run in Sydney with a 7-6 (10), 6-4 semifinal win over third seed Andreas Seppi to reach his first ATP World Tour final.

“I’ve been playing great tennis, and now I’m one match away to win the tournament and my first ever title,” said Tomic.

“It’s going to be a big match. You know, I’m grateful for this opportunity. I think I’ve got a good shot to win it.”

Tomic is the first Australian male to reach the Sydney final since Chris Guccione in 2008.



Singles – Semi-finals
B Tomic (AUS) d [3] A Seppi (ITA) 76(10) 64
K Anderson (RSA) d J Benneteau (FRA) 36 64 76(8) – Saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 75 63
[4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 61 61


KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 4:30 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU)

Not Before 7:30 PM
K Anderson (RSA) vs B Tomic (AUS)


Radwanska Extends Streak to Eight to Move into Sydney Final

Agniezska Radwanska

(January 10, 2013) World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska has moved into the Sydney International final, extending her 2013 winning streak to eight matches with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on Thursday over former French Open champion and No. 7  Li Na.

So is Radwanska feeling pressure to keep the streak alive? “Actually when I was going on court, of course if I win, great; if not, I mean, not that big deal because I really had a lot of matches here and in Auckland,” she said. “I’m really ready for the Australian Open. It’s always hard to say, but I think of course winning two tournaments in a row is a good thing.”

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia  will meet Radwanska in the final on Friday. Cibulkova stunned second seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Bernard Tomic of Australia advanced to the semifinals with a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

“It’s really good to win a match like this. Physically I’m still pretty good. I’m getting ready for tomorrow right now,” said Tomic.


“This is a big chance for me to do well here. Hopefully I can keep going.”


Sydney, Australia

Results – Thursday, January 10, 2013
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (4) Li Na (CHN) 63 64
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (2) Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 46 63

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) 75 64
Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) d. (2) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 64 63


Singles – Quarter-finals
[3] A Seppi (ITA) d [8] M Granollers (ESP) 64 75
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] R Harrison (USA) 64 62
K Anderson (RSA) d D Istomin (UZB) 64 63
B Tomic (AUS) d J Nieminen (FIN) 67(6) 64 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) 63 64

KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 11:00 am
[4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 1:30 PM
J Benneteau (FRA) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[3] A Seppi (ITA) vs B Tomic (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] A Radwanska (POL) vs D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) – WTA

Not before 4.00pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – ATP


Top Seed Isner Falls to Harrison in Sydney

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

(January 9, 2013) Top-seeded John Isner, who has been battling a knee problem since the beginning of the season lost 6-4, 6-4 to fellow American Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday.

Injuries have hit the tournament hard. Sydney has suffered withdrawals of the original top seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet pulled out before the tournament.  More injuries took out Giles Simon, suffering a neck injury and Radek Stepanek a back injury.

Isner withdrew from the Hopman Cup mixed-team competition in Perth last week with a right knee injury but still played Sydney.

On the ladies side, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland moved into the semifinals with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Italy’s Roberta Vinci and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 6-1.

Radwanska has a seven-match winning streak in 2013.

“So far I feel good and I’m very happy that I can play good matches, already seven in a row,” she said. “I think this year is the first time that I played two tournaments before (the Australian Open). I never did that before. So far it’s good and I’m going to keep going.”

Australian  Bernard Tomic is into the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset over German No.28 Florian Mayer..


“I’m serving really well and my groundstrokes are really good, too. I’m moving really well. There is nothing much more I can ask myself at this stage,” said Tomic.


“I think whereas before I got carried away; I started over-thinking. Now it’s just who I play on that day. I don’t look too much ahead now and just focus on who I have to play and play as best as I can. That’s what I’m doing.”



Fourth seed Li Na overcame in a hard-hitting quarterfinal against American qualifier Madison Keys  4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 to open the night session on Ken Rosewall Arena. Second seed Angelique Kerber stopped Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 7-5.



Singles – Second Round
[Q] R Harrison (USA) d [1] J Isner (USA) 64 64
[3] A Seppi (ITA) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 62 36 63
D Istomin (UZB) d [4] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 63
B Tomic (AUS) d [5] F Mayer (GER) 76(4) 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d [6] R Stepanek (CZE) 0-0 40/15 ret. (back)
[8] M Granollers (ESP) d F Fognini (ITA) 62 76(4)
K Anderson (RSA) d F Lopez (ESP) 63 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d *[LL] I Klec (SVK) 63 61

*[LL] I Klec (SVK) replaced [2] G Simon (FRA) – neck

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) 63 62
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [2] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) W/O (Stepanek – back)
[3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) 36 64 13-11

Doubles – First Round
M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS) 36 76(2) 10-8


KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 11:00 am
M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) – ATP
[Q] R Harrison (USA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 2:30 PM
[1] A Radwanska (POL) vs [4] N Li (CHN) or [Q] M Keys (USA) – WTA
D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] S Kuznetsova (RUS) or [2] A Kerber (GER) – WTA

Not Before 7:30 PM
B Tomic (AUS) vs J Nieminen (FIN) – ATP
[8] M Granollers (ESP) vs [3] A Seppi (ITA) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 PM

Not Before 12:00 PM
D Istomin (UZB) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) – WTA
N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA



Qualifier Kuznetsova Stuns Wozniacki in Sydney



(January 8, 2013) Former US Open and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who had to qualify to play the Apia International Sydney, defeated former tennis No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2 in extreme heat conditions.

“I think it shows how good the tennis is right now, how players have to be fit to be able to play in the hot conditions, in the windy conditions, in anything. We’re like iron woman almost,” said Kuznetsovaof her win.


Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland extended her unbeaten start to the season to six matches with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm on Tuesday. Radwanska, who won last week’s WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand, had to deal with temperatures topping 100 degrees at Olympic Park.

“This is too hot to play tennis,” Radwanska said. “Even for players, for ball kids, for the people sitting out there, it’s just too hot.”

“The first main thing is just to stay calm and trying to survive.”

The Sydney tournament has an “Extreme Heat Policy” but it only comes into effect at the discretion of the tournament referee. Tennis officials apply a complex formula to such decisions, factoring in heat, humidity and wind to determine when on-court conditions become too stressful for players.


World No.7 Li Na destroyed Japanese qualifier Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes extending her perfect start to 2013.


Li will face American qualifier Madison Keys after she beat Zheng Jie of China 6-0, 6-4. Zheng. Zheng came just off a long battle with Sam Stosur the day before.


In the battle of Australians, Bernard Tomic moved into the second round of Sydney with a  6-3, 6-4 victory over Marinko Matosevic in one hour 13 minutes Tuesday evening.


“Every player I play now I want to beat and give myself the best opportunity and chance to win,” said Tomic.


“Every match I go in now I believe I can win and I’m going to stay in there the whole match and fight for every point. That’s when I’m going to be the best and most satisfied with myself.”


Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland extended her unbeaten start to the season to six

In other women’s matches, third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy and fourth-seeded Li Na of China easily advanced to the quarterfinals. Errani beat Russia’s Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-1, while Li, who was pushed to two sets in beating American Christina McHale in the first round Monday, dominated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 6-0.


Sydney, Australia
January 6-11, 2013

Results – Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 64 63
(2) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 62 75
(3) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 61 61
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 60
(Q) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (7) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 76(4) 16 62
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 76(3) 16 76(1)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 36 64 76(4)
(Q) Madison Keys (USA) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 60 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) d. (3) Kirilenko/Raymond (RUS/USA) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Llagostera Vives/Zheng (ESP/CHN) 46 64 102 (Match TB)

Singles – First Round
[6] R Stepanek (CZE) d [Q] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 63
F Lopez (ESP) d [7] J Chardy (FRA) 67(2) 75 63
[Q] R Harrison (USA) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 21 ret. (lower abdominal pain)
K Anderson (RSA) d A Bedene (SLO) 63 36 63
F Fognini (ITA) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 63 61
[WC] J Millman (AUS) d [PR] T Robredo (ESP) 63 64
B Tomic (AUS) d M Matosevic (AUS) 63 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] B Phau (GER) 60 61

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Cabal (COL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 57 11-9 – saved 2 M.P.
[2] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 64 46 10-5
[3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d R Bopanna (IND) / M Melo (BRA) 64 62
[4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d C Kas (GER) / A Seppi (ITA) 61 64
J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 76(3) 63
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 67(3) 63 10-5


KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 noon
[1] A Radwanska (POL) vs R Vinci (ITA) – WTA
J Nieminen (FIN) vs [2] G Simon (FRA) – ATP
[5] F Mayer (GER) vs B Tomic (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 7:30 PM
[4] N Li (CHN) vs [Q] M Keys (USA) – WTA
[Q] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [2] A Kerber (GER) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) vs D Istomin (UZB) – ATP
D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [3] S Errani (ITA) – WTA
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [Q] R Harrison (USA) – ATP
[WC] J Millman (AUS) vs [3] A Seppi (ITA) – ATP
N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [4] L Huber (USA) / S Mirza (IND) – WTA

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
[8] M Granollers (ESP) vs F Fognini (ITA) – ATP

After suitable rest
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP

After suitable rest
[3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) – ATP

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [6] R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
K Anderson (RSA) vs F Lopez (ESP) – ATP

After suitable rest
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) – ATP
A Panova (RUS) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA

COURT 7 start 2:00 PM

TBA – Not before 2.00pm
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / J Zheng (CHN) or A Groenefeld (GER) / K Peschke (CZE) – WTA

Time TBA
M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS) – ATP


Stosur Ousted in First Round of Sydney, Li Advances

Samantha Stosur

(January 7, 2013) Australian  Sam Stosur  came up short against China’s Zheng Jie in a tough three set battle 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-4.


“I feel a lot better after this loss than last week’s loss because I felt like I did some better things,” said Stosur, who suffered her second first-round exit in as many weeks.


“Overall I think everything was a lot better. She came up with some very good points when things could have kind of gone away from her in that third.”


Zheng reeled off four straight games in the third set to gain a 5-3 lead. Stosur broke to stay in it, but couldn’t stave off a third match point with a backhand into the net. Zheng will take on American qualifier Madison Keys in the second round.


Fourth seed Li Na continued her impressive beginning to 2013 with a 7-6 (2), 7-5 over American Christina McHale in hot conditions.


“I play her last time it was in French and also was very tough match,” said Li who arrived in Sydney having won the inaugural event in Shenzhen over the weekend.


“I think today it’s challenging for the both players on the court. The heat, you know, so both was play already two hours on the court; still fighting in the end. But I was happy finally I can win the last point.”


Sydney Results  for January 7, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] F Mayer (GER) d [Q] J Sousa (POR) 61 62
[8] M Granollers (ESP) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) 57 75 61
J Benneteau (FRA) d P Andujar (ESP) 63 57 62
D Istomin (UZB) d [WC] J Duckworth (AUS) 67(4) 64 76(3)

Doubles – First Round
J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) d [WC] J Duckworth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) 64 75


KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 11:00 am
[1] A Radwanska (POL) vs [Q] K Date-Krumm (JPN) – WTA
[4] N Li (CHN) vs [Q] A Morita (JPN) – WTA

Not Before 2:00 PM
[Q] M Keys (USA) vs J Zheng (CHN) or [6] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA

Not Before 6:00 PM
B Tomic (AUS) vs M Matosevic (AUS) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [3] S Errani (ITA) – WTA
[PR] T Robredo (ESP) vs [WC] J Millman (AUS) – ATP
[7] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [Q] S Kuznetsova (RUS) – WTA
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs F Fognini (ITA) – ATP

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) – ATP
J Nieminen (FIN) vs [Q] B Phau (GER) – ATP

After suitable rest
[3] M Kirilenko (RUS) / L Raymond (USA) vs D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) – WTA
N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / J Zheng (CHN) vs A Groenefeld (GER) / K Peschke (CZE) – WTA

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
[Q] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [6] R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
D Cibulkova (SVK) vs E Makarova (RUS) – WTA
A Bedene (SLO) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP

Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Cabal (COL) / M Matkowski (POL) – ATP

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
F Lopez (ESP) vs [7] J Chardy (FRA) – ATP
J Jankovic (SRB) vs R Vinci (ITA) – WTA
[Q] G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs [2] A Kerber (GER) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [Q] R Harrison (USA) – ATP

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
C Kas (GER) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) – ATP
[3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs R Bopanna (IND) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs [2] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) vs R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) – ATP


Wozniacki Sails, Kvitova Upset in Sydney

Caroline Wozniacki China Open

(January 6, 2013) Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki wasted no time in a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Urszula Radwanska to advance to the second round of the Apia International Sydney.


World No.8 Petra Kvitova was not so lucky continuing her recent woes with another early defeat, to the tough world No.15 Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1. The diminutive Slovak handed Kvitova her second straight loss and will face Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the second round after Makarova beat American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 4-6 ,6-1 in a tough three-set battle.


Russian world No.14 Maria Kirilenko ended the hopes of Australian wildcard Olivia Rogowska 7-5, 6-2 in an impressive display by the Aussie in hot conditions on Ken Rosewall Arena.


Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has made it through a tough qualifying draw and will meet world No.18 Julia Goerges in a hard-hitting first-round encounter.

Sydney, Australia
January 6-11, 2013

Results – Sunday, January 6, 2013
WTA Singles – First Round
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 61 61
(7) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 61 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (WC) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 75 62
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 64 46 61

WTA Doubles – First Round
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 62 61
Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) d. (WC) Myers/Sanders (AUS/AUS) 26 64 104 (Match TB)

WTA Singles Qualifying – Final Round
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. (2) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 76(5) 76(4)
Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) d. (4) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 63 60
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. (8) Marina Erakovic (NZL) 63 60
(11) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 57 60 62
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) 76(3) 62
Madison Keys (USA) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 63 64

Order Of Play – Monday, January 7, 2013
Ken Rosewall Arena (from 11.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Nadia Petrova
2. Li Na vs. Christina McHale
3. ATP: Granollers vs. Ebden
4. Zheng Jie vs. Samantha Stosur (NB 17.00hrs)

Grandstand (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Istomin vs. Duckworth
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Sara Errani
3. Casey Dellacqua vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
4. ATP: Benneteau vs. Andújar

Court 4 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Lucie Safarova vs. Madison Keys
2. Kirilenko/Raymond vs. Erakovic/Makarova
3. Cibulkova/Safarova vs. Huber/Mirza (after suitable rest)

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Hlavackova/Hradecka
2. Ayumi Morita vs. Daniela Hantuchova
3. ATP: Duckworth/Guccione vs. Chardy/Kubot (after suitable rest)
4. Goerges/Hantuchova vs. Petrova/Srebotnik (after suitable rest)

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Tamira Paszek vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Julia Goerges
3. ATP: Mayer vs. Sousa
4. Chan/Rosolska vs. Panova/Voskoboeva

Court 8 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Galina Voskoboeva vs. Yanina Wickmayer


Tsonga Out of Sydney with Hamstring Injury

10062012 China Open Tsonga smiles in press

(January 4, 2013)France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has withdrawn from the Apia Sydney International after sustaining a left hamstring injury which forced him to retire from his mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup.

Tournament Director Craig Watson issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sustained an injury in Perth and has been forced to pull out of the Apia International Sydney with a left hamstring injury. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best for a successful Australian Open. We look forward to welcoming him back to Sydney in 2014.”

Tsonga was to be the top seed in the tournament.



Stosur and Tsonga to Participate in Sydney Tournament

Australia’s No. 1 female Tennis player Sam Stosur and Olympic  doubles silver medallist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga confirmed their participation in this January’s Apia International Sydney which takes place from January 6-12.

“Every year the tournament is tough, the cut off is around 25 in the world so you really jump straight in the deep end there,” said Stosur. ”Going into the first Grand Slam of the year you want to be playing the best in the world and that always happens in Sydney,” Stosur added.


“There are lots of friends and family that come out and support me and it just feels like home. What better way to get ready for the Australian Open than Sydney,” Stosur continued.


World No. 8 Tsonga returns to Sydney for the first time since 2009. “For me it’s very important to prepare well for the Australian Open,” said Tsonga. “Playing the Sydney event provides great preparation,” Tsonga added.


Apia International Sydney Tournament Director, Craig Watson, said Tsonga’s presence in Sydney is a real boost to the men’s line-up for the 2013 event.


“Tsonga is one of the global superstars of men’s tennis and we are thrilled that Sydney tennis fans will get the chance to see him play this January,” said Watson.


“I also expect other top male players will follow Tsonga’s lead and choose the Sydney event as the best way to finetune their Australian Open preparations,” Watson added.


Tsonga has captured an impressive nine ATP World Tour singles titles in his career but is yet to break through on the big stage of a Grand Slam. He aims to recapture the momentum that playing the Sydney event provided him in 2008 when he reached the final of the Australian Open.


“I always enjoy my time there,” said Tsonga. “Right after [Sydney] in 2008 I played the final at the Australian Open,” Tsonga added.


The 27-year-old Frenchman achieved a career high ranking of No. 5 in April this year and has won two titles in 2012 in Metz and Doha where he beat World No. 1 Roger Federer. The big serving Frenchman also teamed up with countryman Michael Llodra in the Olympic doubles competition where they were silver medallists. The pair lost the gold medal match to current Apia International Sydney men’s doubles titleholders, American brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan.


NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said the participation of high-profile players such as Sam Stosur and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, demonstrated the regard in which the tournament is held.

“The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, has a strong relationship with the Apia International Sydney and we are pleased to see the continued high calibre of players competing in this world-class event in 2013,” said Mr Souris.


Wozniacki Upset; Kvitova, Li, Azarenka, Radwanska Reach Sydney Semis


Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska will all be in semifinal action on Thursday at the Apia International Sydney.


Wimbledon champion Kvitova will take on French Open and defending champion Li in the first semi final on Ken Rosewall Arena.


In the second semi final, No. 3 Azarenka is up against Poland’s Radwanska who upset world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in tonight’s quarter final 3-6 7-5 6-2.


There will also be men’s quarter final action at Sydney OIympic Park Tennis Centre tomorrow, with the headline match featuring No. 1 seed Juan Martin Del Potro and 2010 champion Marcos Baghdatis.


The highly anticipated match between the Argentine and Cypriot will kick off the evening session, followed by the matchup between unseeded pair Julien Benneteau and Alex Bogomolov Jr.


Other men’s quarter final matches include France’s 2010 finalist Richard Gasquet against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan and another former finalist Jarkko Nieminen versus Bobby Reynolds.
Sydney, Australia
January 8-13, 2012

Results – Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Singles - Quarterfinals
(7) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 36 75 62
(2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 60 64
(3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (8) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 75 64
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 76(3)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Kudryavtseva/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 61 75
(2) Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) d. (WC) Safarova/Zvonareva (CZE/RUS) 57 64 108
(4) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 64 46 106
Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. (WC) Arvidsson/Dokic (SWE/AUS) 62 63



Singles - Second Round
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) d L Kubot (POL) 64 62
[Q] B Reynolds (USA) d [2] J Isner (USA) 36 64 63
[3] R Gasquet (FRA) d F Fognini (ITA) 62 61
J Benneteau (FRA) d [4] F Lopez (ESP) 63 64
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) d [5] V Troicki (SRB) 76(5) 64
[Q] J Nieminen (FIN) d [8] R Stepanek (CZE) 76(5) 57 61
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) 36 75 76(3)
[Q] D Istomin (UZB) d [LL] R Sweeting (USA) 62 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] M Ebden (AUS) / J Nieminen (FIN) d [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) 06 64 10-4

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (AHO) 75 64
L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d F Fognini (ITA) / D Tursunov (RUS) 76(3) 63
X Malisse (BEL) / D Norman (BEL) d M Kohlmann (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) 63 64


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
X Malisse (BEL) / D Norman (BEL) vs [WC] C Ebelthite (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS) – ATP
[Q] D Istomin (UZB) vs [3] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
[4] N Li (CHN) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) or [2] P Kvitova (CZE) – WTA
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) or [7] A Radwanska (POL) vs [3] V Azarenka (BLR) or [8] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA

Not Before 7:30 PM
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) – ATP
J Benneteau (FRA) vs A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) – ATP

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
I Dodig (CRO) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) – ATP
[1] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) – WTA
[Q] J Nieminen (FIN) vs [Q] B Reynolds (USA) – ATP
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
[4] M Kirilenko (RUS) / N Petrova (RUS) vs [WC] L Safarova (CZE) / V Zvonareva (RUS) or [2] L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) – WTA