June 22, 2017

Jack Sock Wins Auckland Crown

Jack Sock

(January 14, 2017) Fourth seed, American Jack Sock won the ASB Tennis Classic in Auckland beating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 on Saturday. Last year Sock had to withdraw from the final due to illness. For the 24-year-old, it’s his second career ATP World Tour title. Sock becomes the first American to claim the Auckland title since John Isner in 2014. Isner also won the title in 2010.

Sock led off the year, playing Hopman Cup last week in Perth, Australia.

“Coming from Perth I played a lot there so I felt good coming into this week but you never know how your first tournament of the year can go,” Sock said.

“I lost the second set today and I had to regroup and buckle down. In the off-season we worked a lot on that, regrouping and putting a lot of things behind you.”

“Anytime you can take a title, it feels really good,” Sock said. “I’ve had it once before. I’ve had chances. I’ve lost in a few finals. Winning the whole tournament is definitely a massive confidence booster.

“I was able to put in a lot of work in the off-season and I think it paid off. I was able to make lots of gains and lots of strides forward. I think it really showed this week.”

“I think I didn’t play a great match, said the losing finalist. “He was very confident and he serves very well, and I think that was the key of the match.”

With his success this week, Sock will see his ranking rise to No. 20 in the world.

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins Auckland

Bautista Agut

(January 16, 2016) Eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut won the ASB Classic on Saturday in Auckland when his Jack Sock retired trailing 6-1, 1-0. Sock said he was having “flu-like” symptoms.

The Spaniard, who won his third career ATP World Tour title, knocked out two-time champion John Isner in the quarterfinals and saved a match point in his victory over No. 2 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in the semis.

“I feel so happy,” said the world No. 25 after the match. “I think I had an amazing week. I had plenty of good wins, played wonderful tennis here. I feel sorry for Jack and I want to congratulate him because he had a really great year last year, and I want to wish him luck for the rest of this season.”

Sock defeated four-time Auckland champion, world No. 8 David Ferrer in the semifinals, his second top ten win of his career.

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Sloane Stephens Wins Auckland for Second Career WTA Title

(January 9, 2016) Sloane Stephens had to complete two wins on Saturday to claim the ASB Classic title in Auckland. The American had to complete her rain delayed semifinal earlier in the day. Stephens was leading former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 5-2 on Friday when the rains came. Saturday morning saw the Dane mount a comeback against the American, but Stephens held her off to win 6-2, 7-6(3) to advance to the final.

Two hours later, Stephens had to take on Germany’s Julia Goerges for the title. The fifth seed went on to win 7-5, 6-2 to claim her second WTA title.

“To win a tournament is amazing and I’m just really happy,” the 22-year-old Stephens said after the match. “It’s definitely been a tough week, I’ve played some really tough players and to play this morning and come back and play the final. It’s the first time I’ve done that so I was really pleased with the way I was able to hold myself together and win this afternoon.”

 

ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
USD 250, 000
4-9 JANUARY, 2016

Results – Saturday, Jan 9

Women’s Singles

Finals

[5] S. Stephens (USA) d J. Goerges (GER) 75 62

Semifinals

[5] S. Stephens (USA) d [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 62 76(3)

Women’s Doubles

Finals

E. Mertens (BEL) / A. Mestach (BEL) d D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 26 63 10-5

Semifinals

D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 64 64

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Defending Auckland Champ Venus Williams Falls in Opener

(January 5, 2016) Defending Auckland champion and top seed Venus Williams fell 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to Russian teenage wild card Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the ASB Classic.
No. 7 Williams made 73 unforced errors during the match.

The event was dealt another blow when Ana Ivanovic, the 2014 champion lost to Naomi  Broady 7-5, 6-4.
ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
USD 250, 000
4-9 JANUARY, 2016

Results – Tuesday, Jan 5

Women’s Singles
First Round
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [1] V. Williams (USA) 67(4) 63 63
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d [2] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 75 64
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 64 64
[7] B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] K. Bertens (NED) 62 64
J. Goerges (GER) d L. Hradecka (CZE) 60 63
[Q] T. Paszek (AUT) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 76(3) 46 63
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) d B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 36 64 63
[WC] M. Erakovic (NZL) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 76(2) 76(3)
C. Mchale (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles
First Round
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d J. Larsson (SWE) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 75 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63
D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d T. Maria (GER) / L. Siegemund (GER) 76(4) 62

Schedule – Wednesday, Jan 6

CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
[4] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [Q] T. Paszek (AUT)
[WC] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [Q] N. Broady (GBR)
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [WC] M. Erakovic (NZL)
Not Before 6:30 pm
C. Mchale (USA) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [2] J. Goerges (GER) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

GRANDSTAND start 12:15 pm
[5] S. Stephens (USA) vs C. Witthoeft (GER)
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs I. Falconi (USA)
J. Goerges (GER) vs [7] B. Strycova (CZE)
Not Before 4:30 pm After suitable rest
[WC] K. Flipkens (BEL) / A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / A. Mestach (BEL)
M. Irigoyen (ARG) / B. Krejcikova (CZE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs N. Hibino (JPN)

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