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Radwanska Wins First Title of 2013 in Auckland

 

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Agniezska Radwanska

(January 5, 2013) No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland became the first tournament champion of  2013 by winning the ASB Classic in Auckland for her 11th career WTA singles title, defeating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4.

“I’m very, very happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the year,” Radwanska said. “It’s the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.
“I had to fight for every ball. She is a great fighter.”

Wickmayer was in her third Auckland final.

“I’m disappointed but I left my heart and soul on court,” Wickmayer said on court after the match. “I was trying to be as aggressive as I could but it wasn’t enough today. I have to congratulate Agnieszka.”

Radwanska pocketed the winner’s check for $37,000.
In the doubles final, Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova came back from a set down to gain a 6-2 2-6 10-5 win against Julia Goerges and Yaroslava Shvedova.  This was Black’s first WTA tour level event since returning to the tour after having a child.

ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
$235,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, January 5, 2013
Singles – Final
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (3) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 64

Doubles – Final
Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) d. (1) Goerges/Shvedova (GER/KAZ) 26 62 105 (Match TB)

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Radwanska, Wickmayer Gain Auckland Final

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(January 4, 2013)  En route to the Auckland semifinals, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska lost only ten games. The Pole was tested by No. 71American Jamie Hampton  7-6(4), 7-6(3) on Friday to move into the ASB Tennis Classic final.

“Actually, it was very tough and I was just happy to be two points better in each set,” Radwanska said.

Radwanska saved a set point at 5-6 in the first set, came back to win the tiebreaker and rolled up a two-break 3-0 lead in the second set. Hampton made her way back into the set to force a second set tiebreaker.

Jamie Hampton

Jamie Hampton

Hampton  who was playing her first WTA tour semifinal was making her second main draw appearance at Auckland.

Radwanska will take on former Auckland champion Yanina Wickmayer. The Belgian eked out a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(3) victory over Germany’s Mona Barthel.

Wickmayer spoke about the topsy-turvy match -”I started well, but she came out really aggressive in the second set, particularly against my serve. I went to the bathroom and thought it all through and focused on playing my best tennis. I was lucky it went my way in the third set.”

The finalists have a 1-1 head-to-head record.

Regardless of the outcome Radwanska will keep her No. 4 ranking.  She is making her Auckland debut this year. By making the final, Wickmayer is assured of reaching the top 20.

 

ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
$ 235,000.00
29 DECEMBER- 5 JANUARY 2013

 

RESULTS – 4 JANUARY 2013

Women’s Singles – Semifinals
[1] A Radwanska (POL) d J Hampton (USA) 76(4) 76(3)
[3] Y Wickmayer (BEL) d [8] M Barthel (GER) 64 16 76(3)

 

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) d J Coin (FRA) / M Pelletier (CAN) 64 61

 

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, 5 JANUARY 2013
CENTRE COURT start midday
[1] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs C Black (ZIM) / A Rodionova (AUS)

Not before 2pm
[1] A Radwanska (POL) vs [3] Y Wickmayer (BEL)

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Hampton Upsets Jankovic at the BNP Paribas Open

 

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Top Seed Radwanska Moves into Auckland Semis

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(January 3, 2012) Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3 after a lengthy rain delay on Thursday to move into the semifinals of Auckland on Thursday.

Also moving in tote semis  –  third seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium who beat countrywoman Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-4 and eighth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany beat Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-1

Rounding out the semis will be American Jamie Hampton, who upset defending champion Zheng Jie of China back in the first round, moved on with a 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 win over Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. It will be her first WTA tour level semifinal clash.ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
$235,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, January 3, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 63 63
(3) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 63 64
(8) Mona Barthel (GER) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 62 61
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. Kiki Bertens (NED) 61 67(5) 62

Doubles – Semifinals
Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) d. (3) Dekmeijere/Moulton-Levy (LAT/USA) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. (4) Craybas/Daniilidou (USA/GRE) 64 76(5)

Order Of Play – Friday, January 4, 2013
Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Mona Barthel
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Jamie Hampton
3. Goerges/Shvedova vs. Coin/Pelletier

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Radwanska Advances in Auckland

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ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
$235,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 63 61
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. (2) Julia Goerges (GER) 75 67(1) 63
(3) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 63 60
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (6) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 62 63
(8) Mona Barthel (GER) d. (WC) Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 76(6) 62
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 61 76(5)
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Heather Watson (GBR) 64 36 63
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 62 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Goerges/Shvedova (GER/KAZ) d. Beygelzimer/Glushko (UKR/ISR) 64 36 106 (Match TB)
Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) d. (2) Erakovic/Watson (NZL/GBR) 62 46 105 (Match TB)
(3) Dekmeijere/Moulton-Levy (LAT/USA) d. Falconi/Sanchez (USA/USA) 76(6) 63

Doubles – First Round
(4) Craybas/Daniilidou (USA/GRE) d. Davis/Dubois (USA/CAN) 62 64

Order Of Play – Thursday, January 3, 2013
Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Mona Barthel vs. Johanna Larsson
2. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Yanina Wickmayer
3. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Elena Vesnina
4. Dekmeijere/Moulton-Levy vs. Black/Rodionova
5. Jamie Hampton vs. Kiki Bertens (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Craybas/Daniilidou vs. Coin/Pelletier

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Radwanska Advances in Auckland

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ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
$235,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Singles – First Round
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (LL) Greta Arn (HUN) 62 62
(2) Julia Goerges (GER) d. (Q) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 63 64
Heather Watson (GBR) d. (5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 63 ret. (viral illness)
(6) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) 63 62
(8) Mona Barthel (GER) d. (Q) Grace Min (USA) 61 63
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. (Q) Nudnina Luangnam (THA) 60 62
Marina Erakovic (NZL) d. (Q) Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
(3) Dekmeijere/Moulton-Levy (LAT/USA) d. Halep/Rus (ROU/NED) 64 75
Beygelzimer/Glushko (UKR/ISR) d. Guthrie/Hayman (NZL/NZL) 62 75
Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. Flipkens/Larsson (BEL/SWE) 64 62
Falconi/Sanchez (USA/USA) d. Buyukakcay/Doi (TUR/JPN) 63 36 105 (Match TB)
Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) d. Kuznetsova/Wickmayer (RUS/BEL) 62 63

Order Of Play – Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Romina Oprandi vs. Yanina Wickmayer
2. Johanna Larsson vs. Julia Goerges
3. Jamie Hampton vs. Marina Erakovic
4. Goerges/Shvedova vs. Beygelzimer/Glushko (after suitable rest)
5. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Simona Halep (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Black/Rodionova vs. Erakovic/Watson

Court 4 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Mona Barthel vs. Eleni Daniilidou
2. Elena Vesnina vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
3. Kiki Bertens vs. Heather Watson

Court 2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Pauline Parmentier vs. Kirsten Flipkens
2. Falconi/Sanchez vs. Dekmeijere/Moulton-Levy
3. Craybas/Daniilidou vs. Davis/Dubois (after suitable rest)

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Zheng, McHale Ousted in Auckland

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ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
$235,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Monday, December 31, 2012
Singles – First Round
(3) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 76(3) 62
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (4) Zheng Jie (CHN) 75 61
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. (7) Christina McHale (USA) 64 61
Simona Halep (ROU) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 46 63 61
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (WC) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 75 63
Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 67(5) 62 75
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 61 67(2) 75
(WC) Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 16 76(5) 64 (saved 2mp)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 46 63 62

Doubles – First Round
(2) Erakovic/Watson (NZL/GBR) d. Hourigan/Williams (NZL/NZL) 60 61

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
Nudnida Luangnam (THA) d. (2) Greta Arn (HUN) 64 36 63
(7) Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) d. Julie Coin (FRA) 62 64
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) d. Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 64 67(5) 64
Grace Min (USA) d. Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 26 64 63

Order Of Play – Tuesday, January 1, 2012
Center Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Kuznetsova/Wickmayer vs. Black/Rodionova
2. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
3. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Greta Arn
4. Stéphanie Dubois vs. Marina Erakovic
5. Anastasija Sevastova vs. Julia Goerges (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Guthrie/Hayman vs. Beygelzimer/Glushko

Court 4 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Heather Watson vs. Sorana Cirstea
2. Nudnida Luangnam vs. Romina Oprandi
3. Mona Barthel vs. Grace Min
4. Halep/Rus vs. Dekmeijere/Moulton-Levy

Court 2 (from 14.00hrs)
1. Falconi/Sanchez vs. Buyukakcay/Doi
2. Flipkens/Larsson vs. Coin/Pelletier

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WTA Auckland Monday Schedule

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ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
$235,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, December 31, 2012
Center Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Greta Arn vs. Nudnida Luangnam (Singles Q Final)
2. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Elena Vesnina (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Kiki Bertens
4. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Yanina Wickmayer
5. Zheng Jie vs. Jamie Hampton (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Hourigan/Williams vs. Erakovic/Watson

Court 4 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Julie Coin vs. Stéphanie Dubois (Singles Q Final)
2. Christina McHale vs. Pauline Parmentier
3. Eleni Daniilidou vs. Coco Vandeweghe
4. Johanna Larsson vs. Misaki Doi

Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Anastasija Sevastova vs. Luksika Kumkhum (Singles Q Final)
2. Grace Min vs. Maryna Zanevska (Singles Q Final)
3. Galina Voskoboeva vs. Kirsten Flipkens
4. Simona Halep vs. Arantxa Rus

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Radwanska to Headline Auckland’s ASB Classic

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(October 16, 2012) Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska will grace the courts of Auckland for the ASB Classic this January.

New ASB Classic Tournament Director Karl Budge says he is thrilled to secure a player of Radwanska’s quality who is in the best form of her career.

“Agnieszka started the year at no.8 in the world and by June she’d won three more titles in Dubai, Miami and Brussels, reached the final of Wimbledon and jumped to no.2 in the world. That’s a pretty impressive six months.”

Introduced to tennis by her father Robert at the age of four, Radwanska has accumulated a total of $US10 million in prize money. The 23-year-old has 10 career titles, has been in the top 10 since 2008, and as a junior she won both Wimbledon and the French Open.

Radwanska also has a younger sister, Urszula, on the professional tennis circuit, who has just entered the top 30.

As well as Radwanska’s obvious ability on the court, Budge says tennis fans can look forward to having some fun with one of the most popular players on the tour – with the “bubbly” Radwanska winning the WTA fan favourite award last year.

ASB Executive General Manager Culture and Community Linley Wood says as principal sponsor of the ASB Classic they are delighted to have helped secure the equal highest ranked player to ever feature in the tournament.

“Radwanska’s entry in the ASB Classic continues the tournament’s long history of attracting global stars of women’s tennis.”

“Next January’s ASB Classic, our 17th as principal sponsor, will be a fantastic opportunity for Kiwi tennis fans to enjoy the most in-form women’s player to hit our courts.”

The 2013 ASB Classic runs from 31 December this year to 5 January 2013. Tickets go on sale from Ticketek on Thursday, 1 November.

 

Check out the ASB Classic website www.asbclassic.co.nz

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Zheng Jie Wins Auckland When Pennetta Retires with Injury

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By Stephanie Neppl

Zheng Jie of China has won the 2012 ASB Classic when Italy’s Flavia Pennetta was forced to pull out due to injury.

The final was moved indoors due to inclement weather, and No. 4 seed Pennetta charged ahead and won the first set 6-2. However, she frequently received treatment on her lower back. Despite being down a break in the second set, Zheng turned the tides and won the set 6-3. Pennetta’s physical struggles continued and she could not play on after going down 0-2 in the third set.

The victory was Zheng Jie’s first since she won a title in Stockholm in 2005. She called her gap between titles, “too long” and said she hopes to come back next year. “I am so excited and so happy to win this title because this is the first time I’ve won my first tournament of the year,” she said.

Pennetta said she isn’t sure what the injury is and would get an MRI tomorrow. “I think now the important thing is to recover.” She first felt the injury at 4-2 in the first set and said despite oncourt treatments the pain just got worse and worse.

Zheng said she felt sad for Pennetta. “I want to say sorry for Flavia and the problems with her back. I hope she is better for next week.”

 

Stephanie Neppl is in Auckland, New Zealand covering the ASB Classic for the tournament web site. She is the Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland covering the ASB Classic and Heineken Open.

Follow the ASB Classic on their web site http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/, twitter https://twitter.com/#!/ASBClassicAuckland and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ASBClassic.

ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
January 2-8, 2012
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, January 8, 2012
Singles – Final
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (4) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 26 63 20 ret. (low back injury)

Doubles – Final (played Saturday)
(3) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (4) Goerges/Pennetta (GER/ITA) 67(2) 62 107 (Match TB)

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Hlavackova and Haradecka Take Auckland Doubles Title

By Stephanie Neppl

The French Open doubles champions are now the ASB Classic victors.

The Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Haradecka were too strong for the new pairing of Flavia Pennetta and Julia Goerges in today’s ASB Classic doubles final which was forced indoors because of heavy rain.

But the Grand Slam champions were taken to three sets by the Italian and German in a match that swung one way and then the other within minutes.

In the super tiebreak third set the Czechs took out the match 6-7 (2) 6-2 10-7 with a couple of simple mistakes being the difference between the two pairings.

Stephanie Neppl is in Auckland, New Zealand covering the ASB Classic for the tournament web site. She is the Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland covering the ASB Classic and Heineken Open.

Follow the ASB Classic on their web site http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/, twitter https://twitter.com/#!/ASBClassicAuckland and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ASBClassic.

ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
January 2-7, 2012
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, January 7, 2012
Doubles – Final
(3) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. (4) Goerges/Pennetta (GER/ITA) 67(2) 62 107 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Sunday, January 8, 2012
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Flavia Pennetta vs. Zheng Jie

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