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Lleyton Hewitt Upsets Roger Federer for Brisbane Title

 

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(January 5, 2014) For the first time since the Halle in 2010 Lleyton Hewitt has won a tournament. In a battle of 32-year-olds, Hewitt stunned No. 1 seed Roger Federer 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win Brisbane International.

The former No. 1 who have been playing each other on tour since 1999 were playing their 27 match against each.

In the first set, Hewitt came out as the Hewitt of old, breaking Federer three times with Federer hitting 22 unforced errors.

The momentum swung in Federer’s favor in the second set after fighting back to even the match.

The third set was a tale of missed opportunities for the 17-time major champion. Federer failed to take advantage of seven break points within the Australian’s first three service games. Overall Federer was 1 for 10 in break point chances on the day.

The first game of the final set lasted 16 minutes with Hewitt saving 4 break points. In turn, Federer was broken in the fourth game and Hewitt held on to win.

“Playing the best players in the world and finals of tournaments, always it’s exciting,” Hewitt said. “That’s why you still play the game. For me, it was motivation enough just to try to get the win out there and obviously win another title. It’s been a couple of years. So I was just ready for the challenge today.

“I played great obviously at the start, really well. It took Roger a little bit of time to get into the match. Then I just had to fight hard at the start of the third set.

“It means a lot with the calibre of players here as well in this tournament. It’s not an easy tournament to win. I wasn’t one of the top four seeds, so I had to win all five matches to get through. There are pleasing parts and massive positives to take out of it.”

“I didn’t play great today which is a bit unfortunate, but also Lleyton was the best player I played this week,” Federer said. “He made it toughest on me. So I have a clear idea what I need to work on, and I have a clear idea where my mind and body is that… I’m very hungry and eager to attack the Australian Open next week.”

For Hewitt,  who is now 7-2 in finals in Australia, it’s his first tournament win on home soil since he captured Sydney in 2005. He raises his record against Federer to 9-18. The victory will move him up in the rankings from No. 60 to around No. 43. The last time Hewitt was in the top 50 was in October 2010.

 

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Roger Federer to Play Brisbane International Tournament in 2014

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(July 23, 2013) Roger Federer confirmed that he will start his 2014 season at the Brisbane International. This will be first time the Swiss has ever played the event.

“I’ve heard many great things from the other players, they say it’s a very friendly tournament, fan friendly, player friendly,” Federer said. “What else do you expect to be quite honest, in Australia you guys do great work.

“For some time we’ve been in contact with Brisbane [International] and I saw how the tournament got stronger and stronger … and the connection with Pat Rafter, him having the arena named after him I think is great.

“I’ve always hoped that I could come there [to Brisbane] … so I am happy we are all able to make it work … I’m not just coming there [to Australia] for the Australian Open, especially when I commit so early in advance, it’s also to win in Brisbane,” said Federer though a press release.

 

Federer, winner of 17 major titles is the first player to be announced for the 2014 tournament. Tournament director Cameron Pearson said: “Roger Federer is a global superstar and arguably the most accomplished tennis player in history. His attendance at this event will be a legacy for future generations,”

“We have been in discussions with Roger for some time and he has seen this tournament develop into one of the premier events in Australia. His attendance solidifies the quality of the Brisbane International and the appeal the tournament has.

“When Roger steps onto Pat Rafter Arena for the first time, it is going to be something special,” Pearson added.

The Brisbane International 2014 will take place at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane from 29 December 29, 2013 to January 5, 2014.

 

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Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to Play Brisbane 2013

Newly crowned US Open champion Serena Williams and 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova today confirmed they have signed on for the Brisbane International 2013.

Williams is looking forward to her second appearance at the Brisbane International. “I love the tournament, it’s great,” said Williams, whose US Open triumph this week capped off a golden tennis year that included Olympic gold in both singles and doubles as well as the Wimbledon title.

“[The Brisbane International] it helps me prepare. I get a great tournament … tough field,” said Williams.

 

“I had so much fun this year but unfortunately it ended fast for me with a disaster of an injury, I want to do well there [in Brisbane] … the city was great, I did a lot of shopping and I stayed in a great hotel,” the current world No. 4 continued.

The 30-year-old American reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 event but withdrew prior to the match with a left ankle sprain.

 

Throughout her career Williams has captured an impressive 45 WTA singles titles and on 4 August 2012 she became only the second woman after Steffi Graf to complete a career Golden Grand Slam, winning all four Grand Slams plus an Olympic gold medal.

 

World No.2 Sharapova is set to make her first appearance at the Brisbane International in January and like Williams, is excited to be starting her year in Brisbane.

 

“I am so looking forward to coming to Brisbane for the Brisbane International. It will be my first time attending so I can’t wait to see all my fans there,” Sharapova said.

 

“Going into Australia after a long off season you always want to have the best possible matches. I tried to put Brisbane on the map last year but unfortunately couldn’t make it out of injury … I have heard so many great things about it. It is such a big event for all the players,” Sharapova added.

 

Coached by father Yuri Sharapov and Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova has enjoyed a stellar 2012, reaching the final of the Australian Open, being crowned the French Open champion, winning an Olympic silver medal and having the honour of bearing the flag for the Russian Olympic team.

 

Sharapova has won 27 WTA singles titles and in 2011 was named Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete.

 

Brisbane International Tournament Director, Cameron Pearson, said the announcement of Williams and Sharapova is great news for fans.

 

“These global superstars are an exciting addition to our player field, which of course already includes Andy Murray – the newly crowned US Open men’s singles champion, and we look forward welcoming them to Queensland and providing fans with some great tennis action.

 

“Having Serena and Maria, the world’s top female players, choosing to start their year in Queensland, is testament to the quality of the Brisbane International and the competition on offer,” Pearson added.

 

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, welcomed the female tennis champions to Brisbane.

“Queensland tennis fans will be thrilled to welcome Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova to Brisbane for the 2013 tournament,” said Ms Stuckey.

 

“The Brisbane International is a great event on our calendar, last year attracting a record 92,802 attendees, giving Queensland world-wide exposure.

 

“Events like this are a major contributor to the state’s economy, playing an important role in the Newman Government’s goal to establish Queensland as Australia’s number one tourist destination.”

 

In 2012 the ATP recognised the Brisbane International for the best fan experience of any tournament in the ATP International Group, which includes the Middle East, Asia and Pacific regions.

Brisbane International 2013 presented by Suncorp is made possible by the support of Events Queensland and will take place at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane, from 30 December 2012 to 6 January 2013.

 

Brisbane International 2013 series packages will go on sale at 9:00 am (AEST), Wednesday 3 October 2012 and from 9:00 am (AEST), Wednesday 10 October 2012 single tickets plus series packages are available.

 

Ground passes for the event are $16.90.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au/brisbaneinternational or call 1300 888 104. For further tournament information please visit www.brisbaneinternational.com.au

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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.

Advantage

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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