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Ferrer Wins Fourth Auckland Title Equaling Emerson Record

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(January 12, 2013)  World No. 5 David Ferrer topped out 2008 Auckland champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 6-1 in  a mere 78 minutes to see the Spaniard join Australia’s Roy Emerson as the only four-time winners of the tournament.

Ferrer captued his first Auckland title in 2007 and has won the last three consecutive titles.

“I’m really happy, because I did a new record for my career,” Ferrer said. “It’s really nice to win one ATP tournament, but four times is very difficult.

“I think the first set was the key. He served to win the first set, but he didn’t take his chance. I tried to fight for every point and in the important moments, I was there. In the tie-break, I played better.”

“Twice, I was a break up and had a good opportunity to take the set, Kohlschreiber said. “I played really well, but I think after winning the first set, he missed almost nothing. He returned everything and my level dropped a bit. It’s very tough to play against him. The second set is a good example of him being too good all over the place… Overall, it was a great week. I really enjoyed it. It’s not every week I play in a final.”

Ferrer will now make his way to Melbourne for the Australian Open where he meets Belgium’s Olivier Rochus in the first round.

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Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending January 9, 2011

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Walking on air water – the 2011 tennis season has begun!


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Back on the bottom

Fresh off of serving a shortened suspension for HGH possession,  Wayne Odesnik  will compete this week in a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event, the $10,000 Plantation Open in Plantation, Florida.


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Planning Ahead

The WTA has announced the 2012 and 2013 calendars 2012_WTA_Calendar 2013_WTA_Calendar


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Marital Mishaps

Stan Wawrinka announced his separation from his wife on twitter this week : “I would like to announce my separation with my wife Ilham Vuilloud. Our main concern now is to look after the best interests and….. education of our daughter Alexia.”

During Thursday’s loss to Andrea Petkovic in Brisbane, Jarmila Groth and her husband Sam were heard cursing at each other during an on -court coaching session. Mrs. Groth’s coach was absent so her husband filled in.  Mrs. Groth was later apologetic and blamed the outburst on the intensity of the match.


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Break point- flu in the desert

Rafael Nadal was battling the flu last week in Doha Qatar and was ousted in the semifinals by Nikolay Davydenko. Nadal intends to delay his travel to Melbourne until he gets over his illness. Despite the flu, he and his partner Marc Lopez won the doubles title at the Qatar Open.


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In the News this week

Racquet swapping – Maria Sharapova is now with Head, Caroline Wozniacki with Yonex and Ernests Gulbis with Wilson.

Kei Nishkori has signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with a leading Japanese apparel retailer – UNIQLO.

Andy Murray is negotiations for renewing deals with Highland Spring water and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo has been named joint director of the WTA Paris Open.

Wilson Racquet Sports Rolls Out Social Media for the Australian Open.

Fed Cup Nominations for Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and II, and Americas Zone Group I announced

2011-12 USTA Board of Directors Takes Office

Expanded and Re-Formatted Champions Series Tennis Circuit to Debut in the Fall


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Ma-hoot!

With all the injures during Hopman Cup which forced retirements and team withdrawals, a special exhibition match was held with US team Bethanie Mattek -Sands and John Isner facing off against French team Nicolas Mahut and Kristina Mladenovic. Highlight of the quickly organized match – Nicolas Mahut wearing his partner’s dress and Mattek Sands’ socks.

The Hopman Cup was also the scene for a rematch of the combatants in the  longest match in tennis history- John Isner needed just 90 minutes to defeat Nicholas Mahut 6-3, 7-6.


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“Tweeners” of the Week

Laura Robson

Nicolas Mahut

Another week another between-the-legs shot, this week there were at least three of them – Roger Federer in Doha, Laura Robson and Nicolas Mahut at Hopman Cup.


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Injuries

Out of the Australian Open: Juan Carlos Ferrero, Laura Robson, Paul-Henri Mathieu.


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A double pleasure is waiting for you….

In a spoof of the old Doublemint Gum spots, the Bryan Brothers are featured in a new ESPN “It’s Not Crazy It’s Sports” promotional campaign.


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Outfits of the week


From Hopman Cup this week-Bethanie Mattek-Sands wearing what appear to be  pajama pants and Nicolas Mahut in a Lacoste tennis dress.


Game, Set, Match and Champions This Week:

John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands took home the Hopman Cup for the USA.

Greta Arn of  Hungary took Auckland by storm, leveling Maria Sharapova along the way.

Petra Kvitova Czeched out the trophy in Brisbane.

Roger Federer captured the Qatar crown.

Another Swiss in the winner’s circle this week as Stanislas Wawrinka wins his second Chennai title.

Not only was Robin Soderling victorious in Brisbane, but his tournament win has moved him to No. 4 in the rankings leapfrogging Andy Murray.

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Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard – Week Ending January 2, 2011

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Happy New Tennis Year 2011 and welcome to Tennis Panorama News!

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Fire Takes Rubin’s Home

The Lafayatte Louisiana home of former World  No.  6 Chanda Rubin was destroyed by fire last week. The likely cause of the fire – lightning.  There were intense thunderstorms the night of the blaze. Rubin was not injured.

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Auf  Wiedersehen

Nicholas Keifer has called it a career- the former world No. 4 wants to spend more time with his family. Keifer has a daughter who is less than a year old.

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Two “Heads” are better than none

Matt Cronin of TennisReporters.net reports that Maria Sharapova will announce her new racquet deal with Head. Sharapova had been playing with Prince racquets.


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Out of the Australian Open

Jie Zheng  is still recovering from wrist surgery.

Alona Bondarenko recently had knee surgery.

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King and Queen of the Hopman Cup Ball

The  twenty-first edition of the round robin exhibition tournament is underway in Perth Australia featuring teams from eight nations.

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Royal Order

Canada’s Daniel Nestor has been appointed t a a member to the Order of Canada. Not only was Nestor commended for his contributions to tennis  but also for his community and charity work.

Game, Set, Match and Welcome to the 2011  Tennis Season!

Action on tap this week includes tournaments in Auckland, Brisbane, Chennai and Doha.

Kourtin’ Karen’s Tennis News Scoreboard takes a brief and sometimes funny look at the week that was in the world of tennis. During the the major tournaments she produces the scoreboard almost daily.

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