February 22, 2017

Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand
RESULTS – FRIDAY, 13 JANUARY 2017
Singles – Semi-finals
[4] J. Sock (USA) d [7] S. Johnson (USA) 64 63
J. Sousa (POR) d [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) 61 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 64 64
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 64

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SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 14 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
J. Sousa (POR) vs [4] J. Sock (USA)

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] J. Sock (USA) d [7] S. Johnson (USA) 64 63
J. Sousa (POR) d [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) 61 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 64 64
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 64

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 14 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
J. Sousa (POR) vs [4] J. Sock (USA)

 

HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$250,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017
RESULTS – JANUARY 13, 2017
Singles – Semifinals
[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) w/o (viral illness)
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [Q] J. Fett (CRO) 64 60
Doubles – Semifinals
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) 46 61 10-3
R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 64 62
ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
DOUBLES FINAL – [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 2:30 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [Q] E. Mertens (BEL) vs [3] M. Niculescu (ROU)

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUS
RESULTS – JANUARY 13, 2017
Women’s Singles – Final
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d [2] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 62
Women’s Doubles – Final
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 64 64
Singles – Semi-finals
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [3] V. Troicki (SRB) 63 76(6)
D. Evans (GBR) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 62 36 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 76(4)
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) 63 36 10-8
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 14 JANUARY 2017
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 4:00 pm
ATP DOUBLES FINAL – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)
Not Before 6:00 pm
HEWITT V PHILIPPOUSSIS
7:30 pm
ATP SINGLES FINAL – D. Evans (GBR) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)

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Johanna Konta Beats Agnieszka Radwanska to Take Sydney Title

Johanna Konta

(January 13, 2017) Great Britain’s Johanna Konta beat second seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 to win the Sydney title, her second career WTA title. Konta is the first British player since Jo Durie in 1983 to claim the Sydney crown.
Konta dominated the tournament winning all her matches in straight sets, dropping only 29 games along the way.
“I felt each match that I was playing I was thinking a little more clearly and was, just, I guess, getting that much more match-tight,” Konta said. “Overall I was very happy with the match I played today. I really felt I definitely maintained a high level throughout and I made it very difficult for her to do much today. Going into any match against Aga – I played her twice before – I knew it had to be nothing short of what it was today if I was to have a chance of coming through.”
“She was just playing unbelievable tennis from the beginning until the end,” said Radwanska. And normally you’re thinking on the court that she can’t play like this whole match and she going to have a couple of games where she plays worse. But she didn’t. She was just playing whole match so aggressive with pretty much everything in, and I couldn’t do much.”
Konta will see her ranking rise to No.9 in the new rankings, equaling the career best from last October, while Radwanska will stay at No.3.

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Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results


ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 12 JANUARY 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[7] S. Johnson (USA) d [2] J. Isner (USA) 63 57 76(3)
[4] J. Sock (USA) d J. Chardy (FRA) 57 64 63
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d J. Vesely (CZE) 62 64
J. Sousa (POR) d R. Haase (NED) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 63 76(6)
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP) 64 36 11-9
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) d L. Paes (IND) / A. Sa (BRA) 63 76(4)
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d F. Bagnis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) 36 76(5) 11-9

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 13 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[4] J. Sock (USA) vs [7] S. Johnson (USA)
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) vs [4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK)

 

 

HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$250,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 12, 2017
Singles – Quarterfinals

[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [1] K. Bertens (NED) 62 75
[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) d [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) 64 64
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) d [LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 61 64
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d S. Rogers (USA) 46 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) walkover

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) vs [Q] J. Fett (CRO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUS

RESULTS – JANUARY 12, 2017
Women’s Singles – Semifinals

[2] A. Radwanska (POL) d B. Strycova (CZE) 61 62
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) 62 62

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d [4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 61 62
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 63 64

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
D. Evans (GBR) d [1] D. Thiem (AUT) 36 64 61
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [2] P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 64
[3] V. Troicki (SRB) d [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) W/O (back)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 26 64 61

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER) 63 64
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(4) 26 11-9
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 1:30 pm
WTA DOUBLES FINAL – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [3] V. Troicki (SRB) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA SINGLES FINAL – [6] J. Konta (GBR) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – D. Evans (GBR) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 1:30 pm
ATP – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT)

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Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY 2017

Singles – Second Round
[2] J. Isner (USA) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 63 36 76(6) – Saved 1 M.P.
R. Haase (NED) d [3] D. Ferrer (ESP) 26 64 76(4)
[4] J. Sock (USA) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 76(5) 46 61
J. Chardy (FRA) d [6] F. Lopez (ESP) W/O (lower back)
[7] S. Johnson (USA) d Y. Lu (TPE) 64 76(4)
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) 46 76(4) 64
J. Vesely (CZE) d *[LL] J. Statham (NZL) 67(6) 75 63
J. Sousa (POR) d [Q] B. Klein (GBR) 63 64

*[LL] J. Statham (NZL) replaced [1] R Bautista Agut (ESP) – (stomach virus)

Doubles – First Round
L. Paes (IND) / A. Sa (BRA) d [1] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 76(3) 63
[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) d [WC] J. Statham (NZL) / F. Tearney (NZL) 75 75
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d [3] R. Lindstedt (SWE) / M. Venus (NZL) 63 36 10-8 )

 

 

HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$250,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 11, 2017
Singles – Second Round

[1] K. Bertens (NED) d G. Voskoboeva (KAZ) 61 64
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [11] J. Larsson (SWE) 64 64
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d L. Safarova (CZE) 26 63 75
S. Rogers (USA) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 62 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) d [1] M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Spears (USA) w/o (Spears: left leg injury)
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d N. Melichar (USA) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) 46 75 10-4

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] K. Bertens (NED) vs [Q] E. Mertens (BEL)
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) vs [LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs S. Rogers (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [3] M. Niculescu (ROU)
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUS
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 11, 2017
Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Radwanska (POL) d [Q] Y. Duan (CHN) 63 62
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 63 75
B. Strycova (CZE) d [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 75 67(6) 64
[WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d [WC] M. Brengle (USA) / Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 63 64
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [2] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 76(7) 64
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) w/o (Kasatkina: dizziness)

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) d [Q] G. Elias (POR) 67(5) 63 75
[2] P. Cuevas (URU) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 26 62
[3] V. Troicki (SRB) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 64
[4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d M. Zverev (GER) 36 76(4) 63
[5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] J. Thompson (AUS) 75 64
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [Q] M. Barton (AUS) 61 36 64
D. Evans (GBR) d [8] M. Granollers (ESP) 16 63 63
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) 62 ret. (abdominal strain)

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / F. Fognini (ITA) 63 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d N. Almagro (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) W/O (Almagro – leg)
[4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) 26 64 10-5
F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 67(4) 11-9
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 42 ret. (Marach – leg)

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 noon
ATP – [6] G. Muller (LUX) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [3] V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – [1] D. Thiem (AUT) or [Q] G. Elias (POR) vs D. Evans (GBR)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [6] J. Konta (GBR) vs [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN)

SHOW COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
ATP – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER)
ATP – [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
ATP – W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

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Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY 2017

Singles – First Round
J. Sousa (POR) d [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 75
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 64
[Q] B. Klein (GBR) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 61 67(6) 76(3) – Saved 1 M.P.
J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] A. Sitak (NZL) 64 62
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 62
Y. Lu (TPE) d K. Khachanov (RUS) 46 76(5) 76(9) – Saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d R. Harrison (USA) / J. Isner (USA) 76(4) 61
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) d G. Duran (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR) 64 64
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP) d M. Jaziri (TUN) / S. Robert (FRA) 76(7) 64
F. Bagnis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / J. Vesely (CZE) 63 67(5) 10-7
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[3] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs R. Haase (NED)
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [2] J. Isner (USA)
[1] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs J. Vesely (CZE)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) vs [4] J. Sock (USA)
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [3] R. Lindstedt (SWE) / M. Venus (NZL)

GRANDSTAND start 12:30 pm
[WC] J. Statham (NZL) / F. Tearney (NZL) vs [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU)
[7] S. Johnson (USA) vs Y. Lu (TPE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[WC] D. Brown (GER) vs [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP)
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
[1] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs L. Paes (IND) / A. Sa (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[Q] B. Klein (GBR) vs J. Sousa (POR)

 

 

HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$250,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 10, 2017
Singles – Second Round

[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 63 62
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [LL] S. Vickery (USA) 01 ret. (right leg injury)
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) d [WC] L. Cabrera (AUS) 61 63
[LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d A. Petkovic (GER) 63 06 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d S. Errani (ITA) / K. Flipkens (BEL) w/o (Errani: left thigh injury)

First Round
R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 64 62
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d C. Chuang (TPE) / N. Gibbs (USA) 60 75
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d [4] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN) 61 61
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) d [WC] P. Parmentier (FRA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) 64 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
[1] K. Bertens (NED) vs G. Voskoboeva (KAZ)
[11] J. Larsson (SWE) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
[1] M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Spears (USA) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs S. Rogers (USA)
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs N. Melichar (USA) / M. Ninomiya (JPN)

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUS
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 10, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [1] A. Kerber (GER) 76(5) 62
[2] A. Radwanska (POL) d [Q] C. McHale (USA) 76(1) 61
[WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) d [3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 64 63
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [5] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 75 63
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 61 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d [9] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 63
[10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 60 75
[Q] Y. Duan (CHN) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 62

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 75 63

First Round
[1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) 57 61 10-5
D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) d L. Huber (USA) / M. Sanchez (USA) 16 64 10-7
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d R. Atawo (USA) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 62

 

Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 36 63 75 – Saved 1 M.P.
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [7] M. Klizan (SVK) 26 61 30 ret. (foot)
[8] M. Granollers (ESP) d *[LL] S. Giraldo (COL) 67(5) 75 63
M. Zverev (GER) d N. Almagro (ESP) 64 62
[WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) d B. Paire (FRA) 63 36 76(1)
[WC] J. Thompson (AUS) d **[LL] N. Basilashvili (GEO) 75 62

*[LL] S. Giraldo (COL) replaced F. Verdasco (ESP) – (fatigue)
**[LL] N. Basilashvili (GEO) replaced [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) – (abdominal strain)

Men’s Doubles – First Round
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) 76(3) 46 10-5
M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) d *[Alt] J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) 61 64

*[Alt] J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) replaced [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) / C. O’Connell (AUS) – (O’Connell – back)

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 pm
WTA – [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs B. Strycova (CZE)
WTA – [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [3] V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA – [Q] Y. Duan (CHN) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)
ATP – [1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [Q] G. Elias (POR)

SHOW COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
ATP – [6] G. Muller (LUX) vs [Q] M. Barton (AUS)
ATP – [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [WC] J. Thompson (AUS)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs [6] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
WTA – T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [2] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – N. Mahut (FRA) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs M. Zverev (GER)
ATP – D. Evans (GBR) vs [8] M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – after suitable rest – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [WC] M. Brengle (USA) / Ar. Rodionova (AUS)
ATP – after possible rest – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) vs [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
ATP – after suitable rest – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs N. Almagro (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)
ATP – after suitable rest – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER)
ATP – after suitable rest – M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / F. Fognini (ITA)
WTA – after suitable rest – D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)

 

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Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand

RESULTS – MONDAY, 9 JANUARY 2017

Singles – First Round
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) d [WC] M. Venus (NZL) 36 64 63
[7] S. Johnson (USA) d S. Robert (FRA) 64 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 64 63
[WC] D. Brown (GER) d [Q] M. Mmoh (USA) 76(4) 36 64
R. Haase (NED) d [Q] F. Tearney (NZL) 64 75
M. Jaziri (TUN) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 76(1) 63

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
J. Sousa (POR) vs [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Y. Lu (TPE) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) vs G. Duran (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR)

Not Before 6:30 pm
A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP)
[WC] A. Sitak (NZL) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:30 pm
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) vs G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs R. Harrison (USA) / J. Isner (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
F. Bagnis (ARG) vs [Q] B. Klein (GBR)
M. Jaziri (TUN) / S. Robert (FRA) vs S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP)
F. Bagnis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / J. Vesely (CZE)

HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$250,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[1] K. Bertens (NED) d A. Beck (GER) 61 62
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [7] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 61 62
[11] J. Larsson (SWE) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 67(5) 63 61
[LL] S. Vickery (USA) d [Q] T. Pereira (BRA) 63 76(5)
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 63 62
[LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [LL] C. Burger (NED) 60 36 63
A. Petkovic (GER) d [LL] N. Gibbs (USA) 64 60
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d [LL] K. Nara (JPN) 06 75 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d V. Golubic (SUI) 63 64
K. Flipkens (BEL) d [WC] J. Fourlis (AUS) 76(10) 64
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [LL] S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 63
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [LL] M. Minella (LUX) 46 62 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Spears (USA) d N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 64
N. Melichar (USA) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) d [Alt] J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) 62 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [WC] A. Bai (AUS) / L. Cabrera (AUS) 64 63

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
[LL] S. Vickery (USA) vs [Q] E. Mertens (BEL)
K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [3] M. Niculescu (ROU)
Possible court change – R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[WC] L. Cabrera (AUS) vs [Q] J. Fett (CRO)
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs [WC] P. Parmentier (FRA) / F. Schiavone (ITA)

COURT EVENTS TASMANIA start 12:00 noon
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [4] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN)
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / N. Gibbs (USA)

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUS
$776,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d L. Siegemund (GER) 62 60
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d [LL] Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 63 64
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [8] E. Vesnina (RUS) 62 40 Retired
[9] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 60
[10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d M. Puig (PUR) 63 26 64
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [LL] D. Vekic (CRO) 63 76(1)
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d S. Stosur (AUS) 63 61
B. Strycova (CZE) d E. Makarova (RUS) 63 75
[Q] Y. Duan (CHN) d [LL] I. Falconi (USA) 75 36 60
[Q] C. Mchale (USA) d [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) 46 75 62

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 62 63
[WC] M. Brengle (USA) / Ar. Rodionova (AUS) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / B. Krejcikova (CZE) 61 67(5) 10-8
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d K. Srebotnik (SLO) / S. Zheng (CHN) 63 67(3) 10-7

Men’s singles
{5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d F. Fognini (ITA) 64 64
[Q] G. Elias (POR) d [Q] C. O’Connell (AUS) 67(3) 64 61
D. Evans (GBR) d [Q] T. Monteiro (BRA) 63 46 63
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(4) 46 76(5)
[Q] M. Barton (AUS) d K. Edmund (GBR) 76(3) 76(5)

Men’s Doubles – First Round
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 pm
ATP – [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) vs B. Paire (FRA)

Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS)
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [6] J. Konta (GBR)
ATP – [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [WC] J. Thompson (AUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
WTA – [3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN)
ATP – [6] G. Muller (LUX) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
ATP – [LL] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [8] M. Granollers (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [5] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – M. Zverev (GER) vs N. Almagro (ESP)
WTA – [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
WTA – C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [Q] Y. Duan (CHN)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [9] R. Vinci (ITA)
ATP – A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [7] M. Klizan (SVK)
WTA – after suitable rest – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)
WTA – after suitable rest – L. Huber (USA) / M. Sanchez (USA) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
WTA – [4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – after suitable rest – R. Atawo (USA) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – after suitable rest – [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) / C. O’Connell (AUS) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT)

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Troicki Wins Historic Sydney Final

Troicki

By Dave Gertler

(January 17, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Going into the 2015 Apia International final, Serbian Viktor Troicki looked a steady favorite. His opponent Mikhail Kukushkin, who like Troicki had started in qualifying rounds in Sydney – albeit as a seeded qualifier, unlike Troicki – had also won seven matches straight to reach the first all-qualifier final in ATP history, and also looked solid. The Kazakh had not dropped a set before Saturday’s final, while the Serb had required three sets to decide three of his seven wins in previous rounds.

 

While Kukushkin and Troicki – Nos. 51 and 54 in the world respectively – both beat a series of players ranked higher than them once reaching the main draw, Kukushkin had ousted defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals on Ken Rosewall Arena. Yet it was Troicki’s lower-profile come-from-behind quarter-final win on over Simone Bolelli that positioned him well for the semi-final and final. With Bolelli serving for the match in the final set, Troicki had needed to – and did – come up with something special to win the next three games, and the match. Perhaps the Serbian former world No. 12 carried some of the confidence from this win into his next two matches on Ken Rosewall Arena.

 

Initially, during Saturday night’s final, Kukushkin and Troicki were trading holds of serve comfortably until Troicki serving at 2-2 went down 0-30 and, instead of being broken, played and won the longest rally of the set to stop the bleeding in his service game, eventually holding serve convincingly for 3-2. Troicki would not lose another game that set, breaking Kukushkin for 4-2, then 6-2.

 

Serving at 1-2 in the second set – and after a game where Troicki had served three of his 13 total aces – Kukushkin started to grimace and look like he was experience difficulty moving, Troicki breaking Kukushkin’s serve, which had significantly slowed and kept getting slower towards the end of the match. 127km/h second serves were being consistently punished by the Serb, and were a stark contrast to the serving form Kukushkin had shown on Ken Rosewall Arena the previous two evenings to beat Del Potro and Gilles Muller.

 

“He was really defending well,” said Kukushkin of his opponent, “He was as well pushing a lot and he was playing really good today. He was serving amazing.”

 

Troicki broke and consolidated for a 4-1 lead, and the match looked like it would be over in less than an hour, then Kukushkin called for a medical timeout. “He broke my rhythm a little bit at 4-1 in the second set,” said Troicki, “He took a medical timeout, and I felt I was close, you know, close to finishing the match. He started hitting the ball pretty sweet and fast. Didn’t want to rally too much. He played few good shots; I missed some. Yeah, that was when he broke me.”

 

Troicki ended up giving the break back to Kukushkin, but that would be the last game Kukushkin would win, Troicki taking the match, and his first title since 2010, 6-2, 6-3.

 

“Very happy. Yeah, a lot of emotions actually,” said Troicki, whose only other title came in Moscow in 2010, and who has now been back on tour for six months from a year-long doping suspension, “It’s been a tough road, a lot of work, and it paid off with a nice title. If I look back where I was like five, six months ago it’s amazing to have a title already.  So it’s really nice moment for me and for all my team. I really, it’s very emotional. Yeah, that’s all I can say.”

 

In an even stranger twist of fate, Troicki’s first-round opponent at the Australian Open on Monday will be Czech Jiri Vesely who also won a tournament from qualifying in Auckland, this week.

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney and is covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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Kvitova wins all-Czech Sydney Final

 

Petra with trophy

By Dave Gertler

(January 16, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Czech world No. 4 Petra Kvitova has defeated emerging world No.22 Karolina Pliskova in the first all-Czech final at the Apia International on Friday night. It was the first time Kvitova had appeared in a final in Sydney, having lost to the eventual winner Tsvetana Pironkova in the semi-final last year, which was her fourth appearance at the event.

 

“I’m just glad how I played today,” said Kvitova after her 7-6(5), 7-6(6) win that took just shy of two hours to complete on Ken Rosewall Arena, “I mean, it was very a tough match to really handle it everything. Two tiebreakers, it’s always very difficult. Karolina played really well and she served very well.”

 

The 22-year-old Pliskova, playing her sixth WTA-level final in the past year – but her first ever final at Premier level – held a break over Kvitova for most of the first set until, while attempting to serve it out at 5-4, her opponent’s return game clicked into gear, and Kvitova was able to break back and force the first set to a tie-break, throughout which she continued to elevate her game and separate herself from her opponent, taking the tie-break 7-5.

 

“I feel today I must say a little bit tired,” said Pliskova, whose strong serving and follow-up attack game had seen her through to the final only losing one set along the way, “Also in the match I wasn’t that I don’t want to say fast, because I’m not that fast normally, but I felt a little bit tired, not that much power in my serve.”

 

Throughout the match, Kvitova hit 38 winners, almost doubling her opponent’s figures, and in the second set, it was the dual Wimbledon champ who held an early break before her opponent broke back for 3-3 and held on for a second-set tie-break. A series of double faults and errors by Pliskova gave Kvitova a 5-1 advantage which all but sealed the championship, and although Pliskova then managed to level the score, it was Kvitova who eventually came through an entertaining tie-break, taking it 8-6.

 

“You know, it was quite weird tiebreak,” said Kvitova, “Because she was serving so well all the match then she did two double faults, so I was a little bit like relaxed and it was fine. I mean, I was still holding my serve pretty well. It’s tiebreak tennis, and you never know what’s going to be there.”

 

Both the Czech women are seeded, and will play qualifiers in the first round of the Australian Open next week. “I come to Melbourne tomorrow,” said Kvitova, “And I need to forget about the Sydney trophy to be ready and focused for the Melbourne. It’s just really crazy world sometimes in tennis. You really can’t enjoy the title because the next week it’s something different and you have to be prepared already.”

 

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney and is covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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Tomic out, Troicki into Semi-finals of Sydney

Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic

By Dave Gertler

(January 15, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Two-time finalist, Australian Bernard Tomic, has failed to reach the semi-final of the 2015 Apia International, bowing out to world No.45 Gilles Muller in their quarter-final on Thursday.

 

The big-serving lefty from Luxembourg fired off 25 aces to Tomic’s 15 in their two sets on Ken Rosewall Arena, and was the better player in both tie-breaks, particularly in the marathon second-set tie-break which he won 15-13 to seal the match against the hometown favorite and 2013 Sydney champion.

 

“He served really well,” said Tomic, “I knew it was going to be difficult.  This is a player that has been in the last eight at majors I think four or five years back at the US Open. It was very difficult playing him. That serve is probably one of the best serves out there now that’s left handed. Not a lot of guys that can play like him.”

 

Muller has needed to play his best tennis so far at the Apia International, exacting tight wins over Sam Groth and Jeremy Chardy on his way to the quarters, and will now need to continue elevating his game if he’s to make it past an on-fire Viktor Troicki, back with a vengeance from his suspension, and seemingly attempting to make up for lost time.

 

While Tomic and Muller were on main court on Thursday evening, Troicki and Italian Simone Bolelli were battling it out on an outside show court. Although currently outside the top 50, 29-year-old Bolelli came back from a set down against Troicki by playing flawless top-20 quality tennis. After losing the first set 3-6, Bolelli manoeuvred himself into a winning position, taking the second set 6-3, and leading by a break late in the final set before Troicki’s relentless defense proved a deciding factor, allowing the Serb back into the final set, which he would win 7-5, along with the match.

 

“I was expecting pretty tough match,” said Troicki, who served 16 aces to Bolelli’s two during the 2-hour, 8-minute-long match, “I had few tough battles with Simone, who’s a good friend. I think he played great. He was unlucky at the end to lose. But I think we both played good. I was defending a lot because he was really aggressive. Yeah, I had bit more luck in the end and played some good points, played some big points pretty good. So I was happy with that. I also served well. So I’m really satisfied with the win today and happy with the result.”

 

Troicki, who lost to Gilles Simon in the 2011 Sydney final, the same year he reached his highest rank of world No. 12, is seemingly playing with a new lease on life after returning from a doping ban which left him sidelined for a year.

 

“Well, I experienced something that most of the guys don’t experience,” said Troicki, who had to play through qualifying this year, “I’ve been banned, yeah, from playing. When you cannot do something that you love and when you’re not doing it for a while you see how much you miss it and love it. Ever since I was a kid I dreamed about this, playing, competing, doing something that I love. I really love playing tennis. So I enjoy on the court much more than I used to. Yeah, it’s fun being back. All my life I was looking forward to this. I enjoy it more on the court, as I said. It’s more fun and more enjoyment on the court.”

 

An all-journeyman semi-finals has been set for Friday – Viktor Troicki versus Gilles Muller, and Leonardo Mayer versus Mikhail Kukushkin – and the Apia International will have a new men’s champion crowned on Saturday.

 

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney and is covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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Del Potro Usurps Top Seed Fognini in Sydney

By Dave Gertler

(January 14, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro has come from behind in his second-round match at the Apia International, to usurp top seed Italian Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday. The Argentine world No. 338 – who last year was ranked No. 5 in the world when he beat Bernard Tomic in the Sydney final – hadn’t played a match since Dubai in February 2014 before he faced his first-round opponent on Tuesday.

 

“I feel better on the court,” said Del Potro, “Especially in the end of the match. I serve well, I hit good forehands, and my backhands improved from yesterday to this match a little bit.”

 

On Wednesday, Del Potro faced an initial onslaught from world No. 18 Fognini who broke Del Potro twice in the first set, taking it 6-4. Del Potro found his range toward the end of the second set, again relying on his main weapons, his serve and forehand, to maintain pressure on Fognini’s game, breaking Fognini four more times to win the second and third sets 6-2, 6-2.

 

As far as adding his aggressive backhand back into his arsenal, Del Potro isn’t rushing anything, saying, “My game is serve strong and hit and try to make winners with my forehand. If my backhand is OK, I will be aggressive too with my backhand in the future. But now I think I have to put it on court, just to hit the ball as better I can, and don’t try to make winners with my backhand at this moment. I just need to play a lot of backhands during the point, and if I do that, I will get confidence very soon to play aggressive as well.”

 

A dip in form by the mercurial Fognini in the latter half of the match contributed to Del Potro’s from-behind win, but Del Potro’s serve and service percentage got better as the match wore on. In the second set, he only dropped one point behind his first serve, and in the final set his first serve percentage was 78%, winning 12 of 15 points behind it.

 

Del Potro will face Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarter-finals on Thursday, and indicated he would be physically ready. “My wrist is the same,” said Del Potro, “It’s not getting worse, so I have confidence with that. Of course I’m very happy to beat my first top 20 player on the year.”

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney and is covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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