2015/01/31

Stars Descend On Sydney for the Apia International

Julien Benneteau and Ken Rosewall at Sydney International draw ceremony

Julien Benneteau and Ken Rosewall at Sydney International draw ceremony

By Dave Gertler

(January 10, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Stars of the tennis world have been descending upon Sydney over the last days, while qualifying heats have been contested at the Apia International in Sydney. Last year’s women’s champion Tsvetana Pironkova, who qualified and won eight matches in a row at the 2014 Apia International, has had to navigate through qualifying again – albeit as top seed this year – and will make it into the main draw if she defeats American Nicole Gibbs on Sunday. Despite lifting her ranking from outside the top 100 a year ago to where it is now at No.37, that Pironkova still needed to qualify is testament to the depth of the women’s draw at this year’s event.

The tournament’s top seed Simona Halep will arrive in Sydney on Sunday, from Shenzhen, China where she won the tournament.
Petra Kvitova lost in the semi-finals of Shenzhen.
Caroline Wozniacki  arrived at Sydney Airport last night from Auckland, losing her Auckland final to Venus Williams.
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska will complete the Apia International’s top four seeds when she arrives in Sydney from Perth, where she and Jerzy Janowicz – who will also feature strongly on the men’s side of the Sydney tournament – have won the Hopman Cup in an eventful final against USA’s John Isner and Serena Williams.

Janowicz will continue to be a headline act of Australia’s Summer of Tennis, as he plays young Australian giant-killer Nick Kyrgios in their first round match, which was allotted yesterday during a draw ceremony whose guests of honour included Ken Rosewall and Lesley Bowrey. 2005 Sydney finalist Sam Stosur, as well as 2012 Sydney finalist Julien Benneteau, were also in attendance for their respective WTA and ATP draw ceremonies.

 

While the men’s draw is less stacked than a women’s draw which boasts six top-10 players, Benneteau called the men’s draw, “Very compact,” saying, “Maybe there is not top 10 players, but from the top seeds to the end of the draw, there are tough players between 20, 30, 40, very good players, so I really think that anyone can win on Saturday.”

The men’s top two seeds, Fabio Fognini and David Goffin, will fly surprisingly under the radar at this tournament given that last year’s champion Juan Martin Del Potro, has chosen this event to stage his comeback from injury that has left him sidelined for almost a year. Del Potro flew in on Thursday night and has been using the days since to practice on Ken Rosewall Arena, with some light strapping on his wrist.

 

Ken Rosewall predicted a big year for the new Australian men’s No. 1, saying, “Because of his rapid improvement and his performance at Wimbledon and other senior events, there’ll be a lot of players who’ll be wanting to be in top form when they play against him. Hopefully Nick can remain physically clear without any problems, and he’ll be in good form. But I think there’ll be extra pressure on him this time to kind of stand up to being the number one player in Australia.”

 

At the women’s draw ceremony, Lesley Bowrey, winner of the French Open in 1964 and 1965, had some timely and compassionate words of wisdom for Sam Stosur, who is known for her struggles to win matches on home soil. “I just want to wish Sam all the best,” said Bowrey, “And just go out there and be free and easy, really, and not worry, as you say about everyone else, and what they’re telling you, just play your own game and do what you want to do.” Stosur has been drawn to face Lucie Safarova, the Czech world No.15 to whom she has lost their last six matches.

 

“Look, sometimes when I used to lead in matches, and I used to lose them too,” continued Bowrey, perhaps referring to Stosur’s loss last week in Brisbane to Varvara Lepchenko, after having a match point at 5-1 in the deciding set, “We all do that, it’s nothing new, you just have to find a way. What I used to do is just say, well, if I’m leading 5-1 or 5-2 or 5-3, I’d just tell myself I’m down that, and just take the pressure right off myself. That’s how I used to handle it, just tell myself I’m not leading, I’m down. Tennis is a tough game, it’s a tough sport.”

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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Sydney and Hobart Schedules for January 11, 2015

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APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
USD 731,000
9-17 JANUARY 2015

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 noon
WTA – M Keys (USA) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS)
WTA – [WC] D Gavrilova (RUS) vs B Bencic (SUI)
WTA – L Safarova (CZE) vs S Stosur (AUS)
WTA – A Petkovic (GER) vs [WC] J Gajdosova (AUS)

GRAND STAND start 12:00 noon
WTA – Qualifying – T Pironkova (BUL) vs N Gibbs (USA)
WTA – Qualifying – [Alt] J Konta (GBR) vs K Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [WC] A Rodionova (AUS) / O Savchuk (UKR) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [PR] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / S Mirza (IND)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – E Rodina (RUS) vs L Tsurenko (UKR)
WTA – Qualifying – P Hercog (SLO) vs T Babos (HUN)
WTA – A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [4] H Chan (TPE) / K Peschke (CZE)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
ATP – Qualifying – M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs D Kudla (USA)
ATP – Qualifying – J Souza (BRA) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – Qualifying – V Troicki (SRB) vs N Jarry (CHI)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – Qualifying – T Gabashvili (RUS) vs J McGee (IRL)
ATP – Qualifying – S Travaglia (ITA) vs Y Sugita (JPN)
ATP – Qualifying – T Kamke (GER) vs I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 9 start 12:00 noon
ATP – Qualifying – J Smith (AUS) vs A Golubev (KAZ)
ATP – Qualifying – Z Zhang (CHN) vs J Nieminen (FIN)

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HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$ 250,000
11-17 JANUARY 2015

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
M Puig (PUR) vs K Kanepi (EST)
M Niculescu (ROU) vs [5] S Stephens (USA)
K Nara (JPN) vs [6] K Koukalova (CZE)
M Adamczak (AUS) / O Rogowska (AUS) vs A Tomljanovic (CRO) / H Watson (GBR)

COURT EVENTS TASMANIA start 10:00 am
QUALIFYING – Qualifying – J Larsson (SWE) vs P Ormaechea (ARG)
QUALIFYING – Qualifying – B Krejcikova (CZE) vs K Kozlova (UKR)
J Cepelova (SVK) / A Rosolska (POL) vs C Chuang (TPE) / E Hrdinova (CZE)
After suitable rest – K Bertens (NED) / J Larsson (SWE) vs [2] K Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A Klepac (SLO)
C Chan (TPE) / O Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [4] L Arruabarrena (ESP) / I Olaru (ROU)

COURT HEART FM start 10:00 am
QUALIFYING – Qualifying – L Zhu (CHN) vs R Hogenkamp (NED)
QUALIFYING – Qualifying – S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs M Brengle (USA)

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Sharapova Wins Brisbane; Federer a Victory Away from 1000

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(January 10, 2015) Maria Sharapova won her 34th career title with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ana Ivanovic at the Brisbane International on Saturday. The battle lasted for two hours and 38 minutes.

Sharapova let a 4-1 first set lead slip to the Serbian who came back to win the first set.

“She was doing a lot of things better in the first set, and she deserved to win the first set, but I hung in there,” Sharapova said. “It was important to get that break, and the third set came down to a few points, really. I’m just happy that I managed to get it in three.”

“She had some great comebacks”, ” Ivanovic said. “She got back the balls that I thought weren’t coming over the net. That’s why she’s where she is, and that’s why she’s such a great champion.”

The victory gives the Russian a chance to overtake Serena Williams for the No. 1 ranking depending on the results at the Australian Open, which begins on January 19. Sharapova is within 681 points of Williams.

“I played four good matches against very different types of opponents. Couldn’t have asked for better preparation,” Sharapova said. “Now that I won a tournament, maybe I have a better chance of going higher in the rankings. Right now I am No. 2; the next spot is 1.”

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Roger Federer is aiming to become just the third male player, behind Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) to win 1000 career matches on Sunday when he takes on Milos Raonic in the final of Brisbane.

Federer took down Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals on Saturday 6-2, 6-2 in 53 minutes while Raonic won an intense battle against Kei Nishikori 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4).
“I was able to play straightforward tennis, like yesterday, just really aggressive,” said Federer. “Against a really good player, it’s a great result. Happy I didn’t waste much energy like this. I’m fresh for the finals. Probably got a slight advantage over Milos in that regard.”

“It’s a goal for the season, so I still have time to get to a thousand,” Federer said in a post-match interview. “I mean, it’s a really big number, no doubt about it. Love to get it tomorrow. If not tomorrow, I hope it happens at the Australian Open. It would definitely be an incredible milestone to reach.”

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY 10, 2015

WTA Singles – Finals
[1] M Sharapova (RUS) d [2] A Ivanovic (SRB) 67(4) 63 63

WTA Doubles – Finals
M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER) d [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) 62 75

ATP Singles – Semi-finals
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [4] G Dimitrov (BUL) 62 62
[3] M Raonic (CAN) d [2] K Nishikori (JPN) 67(4) 76(4) 76(4)

ATP Doubles – Semi-finals
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 76(3) 76(2)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY 2015

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 4:30 pm
ATP – J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [3] M Raonic (CAN)

 

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Halep wins Shenzhen Open

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(January 10, 2015) Top seed Simona Halep soundly defeated Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-2 to win the Shenzhen Open title on Saturday in China. The 62 minute match gave the Romanian her ninth career title.

“I wasn’t feeling very well before the match – I was a little bit sick – so I told myself I have nothing to lose, just go on court, be relaxed, stay focused and fight for every point,” Halep said. It worked, and I felt really relaxed today. I’m happy I could play better day by day and match by match here. I’m looking forward to playing like today in the next tournament, maybe even better. But I don’t want to put any pressure on myself for the Australian Open. I have to be focused there, and I hope to win many matches there, but it’ll be tough. I’ll just try to do everything I did here.”

Halep’s last title came in Bucharest this past July.

SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000
3-10 JAN, 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 10, 2015
Singles – Finals
[1] S Halep (ROU) d [8] T Bacsinszky (SUI) 62 62

Doubles – Finals
L Kichenok (UKR) / N Kichenok (UKR) d C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) 64 76(6)

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Venus Williams Wins Auckland for 46th Career Title

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(January 9, 2015) In a face-off between two former No. 1s, Venus Williams rebounded from dropping the opening set to defeat top seed Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the ASB Classic in Auckland New Zealand. For Williams it was her 46th career singles title. She is second among active players in titles behind her sister Serena.

Williams, who had never dropped a set in five previous meeting with Wozniacki, fought back in the second set, rallying from being down a break after the opening game.

“The first set went fast,” Williams said. “After that I was like, ‘All right, time to take it to three.’ But of course with her playing that well, I had to find a way just to get it to three. In the first set she was serving so well. She had an amazing first serve percentage, all those amazing passing shots, even her mis-hits were too good. But I just tried to stay level-headed in the second set and focus on holding, and cut down on my unforced errors too, and it worked for me today.”

Williams took control in the third set breaking in the third game for a 2-1 lead and held on to win.

Williams hit 40 winners which included six aces.

Williams at 34,  became the fourth oldest winner of a WTA event, behind Billie Jean King, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Martina Navratilova.

“I am an old tennis player now,” said Williams said during the trophy ceremony.

“I waited until I was 33 until I came to New Zealand and that was the biggest mistakes of my life.”

“I want to congratulate Venus for a great week,” Wozniacki said.

“Week after week you work so hard and you have been on tour for so long I have a picture on my phone when I was 12 and you told me to stay in school.”

“I remember telling (Wozniacki) to stay in school,” Williams said. “But I didn’t know you would get so good.”

“Venus played really well,” Wozniacki added. “She’s had a great week. I served really well at the start, and I was putting a lot of pressure on her, but she played better and better as the match went on.”

Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci from Italy took the doubles title in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 from Shuko Aoyama of Japan and Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic.

More to follow.

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Top Four Men’s Seeds Reach Brisbane Semis: Sharapova and Ivanovic to Face off in Final

(January 9, 2015) The top four men’s seeds have reached the semifinals of the Brisbane International 2015 as No. 1 seed Roger Federer will face 4th seed Grigor Dimitrov and No.2 seed Kei Nishikori will play third seed Milos Raonic.

Federer cruised past No. 125 James Duckworth 6-0, 6-1, Dimitrov won 6-3, 6-4 over Martin Klizan, Nishikori dominated Bernard Tomic 6-0, 6-4, and Raonic battled past Sam Groth -6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (2).

On the ladies side top two seeds Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic have reached the finals of the Brisbane. No. 1 seed Sharapova beat Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3, and No. 2 Ivanovic defeated Varvara Lepchenko 7-6 (2), 6-4.

In Auckland it will be Caroline Wozniacki versus Venus Williams in the final. Wozniacki battled for two hours and 35 minutes to get past No.4 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 while Williams had a much easier time blasting past Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3.

In Shenzen, No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova fell to No.8 seed Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. Bacsinszky will play top seed Simona Halep for the title. Halep stopped Zheng Saisai in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

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ASB CLASSIC 2015 – AUCKLAND, NZL
$ 250,000
5-10 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 46 63 64
[3] V Williams (USA) d L Davis (USA) 60 63

Doubles – Semifinals
[4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE) d [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs [4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [3] V Williams (USA)

 

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BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL PRESENTED BY SUNCORP – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
USD 1,000,000
4 – 11 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 08, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
[1] M Sharapova (RUS) d E Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
[2] A Ivanovic (SRB) d V Lepchenko (USA) 76(2) 64

Doubles – Semifinals
[4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) 46 76(1) 10-8
M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER) d M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) 76(3) 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 12:00 noon
ATP – J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [3] M Raonic (CAN) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [4] G Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [2] A Ivanovic (SRB)
WTA – [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)

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SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000
3-10 JAN, 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
[1] S Halep (ROU) d S Zheng (CHN) 62 63
[8] T Bacsinszky (SUI) d [2] P Kvitova (CZE) 64 64

Doubles – Semifinals
C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) d C Buyukakcay (TUR) / K Knapp (ITA) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
Singles Final – [1] S Halep (ROU) vs [8] T Bacsinszky (SUI)
Doubles Final – C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) vs L Kichenok (UKR) / N Kichenok (UKR)

 

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Federer Survives Opening Match in Brisbane

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

(January 8, 2015) Roger Federer survived after being a set and a break down, to hold off Australian wild card John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in his opening match at the Brisbane International on Thursday.

The 153rd ranked Millman put major heat on the world No. 2 leading 6-4, 3-1 at one point.

“I didn’t play badly, but maybe felt a bit tired at times,” Federer said after the match. “The first match of the season you never know quite what to expect. I am sweating like crazy. I am happy we had a good match and I got through in the end.”

“Under a lot of pressure. I think I got quite lucky in the second set. He was playing great tennis.”

The 33-year-old, 17-time major champion earned his 997 career tour win, three shy of 1000. Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl have won more than 1000 matches in the Open Era.

Federer was the runner-up in last year’s Brisbane tournament.

The Swiss will next take on another wild card in James Duckworth who beat Jarkko Nieminen 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, saving two match points.

 

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 46 64 63
[3] M Raonic (CAN) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 64
[WC] J Duckworth (AUS) d J Nieminen (FIN) 46 76(5) 63 – Saved 2 M.P.
S Groth (AUS) d [Q] L Kubot (POL) 64 67(2) 76(3)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 67(2) 10-7
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) 64 75

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 9 JANUARY 2015

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – S Groth (AUS) vs [3] M Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – B Tomic (AUS) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] A Ivanovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] J Duckworth (AUS)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] M Sharapova (RUS) vs E Svitolina (UKR)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) vs M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Klizan (SVK)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) vs [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – after suitable rest – [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN)

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Auckland, Brisbane and Shenzhen Results

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ASB CLASSIC 2015 – AUCKLAND, NZL
$ 250,000
5-10 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 08, 2015
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) d J Goerges (GER) 64 64
[3] V Williams (USA) d E Vesnina (RUS) 62 64
[4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d [7] C Vandeweghe (USA) 64 75
L Davis (USA) d [Q] U Radwanska (POL) 26 62 61

Doubles – Semifinals
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) d [3] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) 63 64

Quarterfinals
[2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) d [WC] M Erakovic (NZL) / M Puig (PUR) 76(4) 36 10-5
[4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE) d D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 09, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
[4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
[3] V Williams (USA) vs L Davis (USA)

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BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL PRESENTED BY SUNCORP – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
USD 1,000,000
4 – 11 JANUARY 2015

WTA RESULTS – JANUARY 08, 2015
Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] M Sharapova (RUS) d [7] C Suárez Navarro (ESP) 61 63
[2] A Ivanovic (SRB) d K Kanepi (EST) 46 64 63
E Svitolina (UKR) d [3] A Kerber (GER) 46 75 63
V Lepchenko (USA) d [LL] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) 75 75

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d [WC] A Ivanovic (SRB) / A Kerber (GER) w/o (Ivanovic: abdominal injury)
M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) d J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 09, 2015
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – S Groth (AUS) vs [3] M Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – B Tomic (AUS) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] A Ivanovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] J Duckworth (AUS)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] M Sharapova (RUS) vs E Svitolina (UKR)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) vs M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Klizan (SVK)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) vs [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – after suitable rest – [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN)

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SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000
3-10 JAN, 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 08, 2015
Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] S Halep (ROU) d [Q] A Krunic (SRB) 63 63
[2] P Kvitova (CZE) d T Smitkova (CZE) 75 64
S Zheng (CHN) d [4] Z Diyas (KAZ) 36 76(2) 62
[8] T Bacsinszky (SUI) d V Zvonareva (RUS) 32 ret. (lower back injury)

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

L Kichenok (UKR) / N Kichenok (UKR) d T Bacsinszky (SUI) / V Zvonareva (RUS) w/o (Zvonareva: lower back injury)

Quarterfinals
C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) d M Linette (POL) / S Zheng (CHN) 61 61

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 09, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] S Halep (ROU) vs S Zheng (CHN)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[8] T Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [2] P Kvitova (CZE)
C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) vs C Buyukakcay (TUR) / K Knapp (ITA)

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Auckland, Brisbane and Shenzhen Results

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ASB CLASSIC 2015 – AUCKLAND, NZL
$ 250,000
5-10 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 07, 2015
Singles – Second Round
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [WC] T Townsend (USA) 61 76(4)
[3] V Williams (USA) d K Nara (JPN) 64 61
[4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d M Erakovic (NZL) 60 26 64
L Davis (USA) d [6] S Stephens (USA) 16 64 61
[7] C Vandeweghe (USA) d K Flipkens (BEL) 61 67(5) 75
J Goerges (GER) d [Q] L Hradecka (CZE) 63 75
E Vesnina (RUS) d A Konjuh (CRO) 63 61
[Q] U Radwanska (POL) d D Hantuchova (SVK) 16 63 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) d N Melichar (USA) / L Siegemund (GER) 36 76(3) 10-5
[3] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d P Martic (CRO) / A Tatishvili (USA) 75 64

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 08, 2015
CENTRE start 12:00 noon
[4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [7] C Vandeweghe (USA)
[WC] M Erakovic (NZL) / M Puig (PUR) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE)
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs J Goerges (GER)

Not Before 6:30 pm
E Vesnina (RUS) vs [3] V Williams (USA)
L Davis (USA) vs [Q] U Radwanska (POL)

GRANDSTAND start 3:30 pm
D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) vs [4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE)
After suitable rest – [1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs [3] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)

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RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2015
WTA

Singles – Second Round
[2] A Ivanovic (SRB) d [WC] J Gajdosova (AUS) 64 61
[7] C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 57 63 64
K Kanepi (EST) d [Q] M Brengle (USA) 63 76(3)
[L] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) d Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 46 63 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) d An. Rodionova (AUS) / Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 63 26 119
M Hingis (SUI) / Lisicki (GER) d A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Panova (RUS) 63 63

Doubles – First Round
M Krajicek (NED) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [3] H Chan (TPE) / K Peschke (CZE) 75 64

ATP

Singles – Second Round
[2] K Nishikori (JPN) d S Johnson (USA) 64 75
[4] G Dimitrov (BUL) d J Chardy (FRA) 36 64 76(8) – Saves 2 M.P.
M Klizan (SVK) d [7] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 16 76(6) 76(7) – Saves 6 M.P.
B Tomic (AUS) d [WC] T Kokkinakis (AUS) 76(2) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [4] E Butorac (USA) / S Groth (AUS) 36 75 10-6
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN) d C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 62 75
SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 8 JANUARY 2015

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – [3] A Kerber (GER) vs E Svitolina (UKR)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [1] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [7] C Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [Q] L Kubot (POL) vs S Groth (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – K Kanepi (EST) vs [WC] J Gajdosova (AUS) or [2] A Ivanovic (SRB)
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] J Millman (AUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [3] M Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Matkowski (POL)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [LL] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs V Lepchenko (USA)
ATP – J Nieminen (FIN) vs [WC] J Duckworth (AUS)

SHOW COURT 2 start Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS)

COURT 6 start TBD
WTA – [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [WC] A Ivanovic (SRB) / A Kerber (GER).

 

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SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$500,000
3-10 JAN, 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 07, 2015
Singles – Second Round
[1] S Halep (ROU) d [WC] N Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 62 62
[8] T Bacsinszky (SUI) d K Knapp (ITA) 75 62
[Q] A Krunic (SRB) d A Schmiedlova (SVK) 36 76(1) 61 (saved 6mp)
V Zvonareva (RUS) d [Q] C Buyukakcay (TUR) 63 76(5)
T Smitkova (CZE) d K Siniakova (CZE) 63 26 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
T Bacsinszky (SUI) / V Zvonareva (RUS) d [4] C Chan (TPE) / O Kalashnikova (GEO) 62 36 10-6
C Buyukakcay (TUR) / K Knapp (ITA) d [WC] Z Yang (CHN) / Q Ye (CHN) 57 63 10-7
L Kichenok (UKR) / N Kichenok (UKR) d L Kumkhum (THA) / L Zhu (CHN) 64 64

Doubles – First Round

C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) d [1] S Peng (CHN) / Y Xu (CHN) 36 62 14-12

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 08, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] Z Diyas (KAZ) vs S Zheng (CHN)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[1] S Halep (ROU) vs [Q] A Krunic (SRB)

Not Before 2:30 pm
T Smitkova (CZE) vs [2] P Kvitova (CZE)
T Bacsinszky (SUI) / V Zvonareva (RUS) vs L Kichenok (UKR) / N Kichenok (UKR)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[8] T Bacsinszky (SUI) vs V Zvonareva (RUS)
after suitable rest – C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) vs M Linette (POL) / S Zheng (CHN)

 

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Defending Brisbane Champ Hewitt Ousted, Sharapova Opens with Dominating win

Sam Groth

Sam Groth

(January 6, 2015) Sam Groth beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 in a night match, while top seed Maria Sharapova dismantled qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday at the Brisbane International.

 

RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2015

ATP

Singles – First Round
[Q] L Kubot (POL) d [5] K Anderson (RSA) 76(3) 64
[7] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d C Berlocq (ARG) 62 63
[WC] J Millman (AUS) d [Q] R Williams (USA) 63 61
J Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] D Kudla (USA) 46 61 64
M Klizan (SVK) d [PR] J Melzer (AUT) 67(5) 76(6) 61
S Groth (AUS) d L Hewitt (AUS) 63 62
M Kukushkin (KAZ) d [Q] M Copil (ROU) 64 46 64
S Johnson (USA) d M Matosevic (AUS) 26 76(0) 75

Doubles – First Round
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Matkowski (POL) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / S Gonzalez (MEX) 62 63
M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) d P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 64 20 ret. Herbert (lower back)
[WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) d J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) 63 36 10-8
WTA

Singles – Second Round
[1] M Sharapova (RUS) d [Q] Y Shvedova (KAZ) 60 61
[3] A Kerber (GER) d [Q] D Gavrilova (RUS) 63 75
E Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] A Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 62
V Lepchenko (USA) d M Keys (USA) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) d J Gajdosova (AUS) / A Tomljanovic (CRO) 75 63
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Panova (RUS) d [2] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) 62 46 10-3
[4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d A Petkovic (GER) / M Rybarikova (SVK) 62 36 10-8
A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d [WC] M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / L Raymond (USA) 76(3) 63
J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d I Olaru (ROU) / S Zhang (CHN) 75 62
M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER) d [WC] D Gavrilova (RUS) / S Sanders (AUS) 62 62

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 07, 2015
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – [LL] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs K Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – S Johnson (USA) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [4] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs J Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [WC] T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs B Tomic (AUS)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [WC] J Gajdosova (AUS) vs [2] A Ivanovic (SRB)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – M Klizan (SVK) vs [7] A Dolgopolov (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [7] C Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – K Kanepi (EST) vs [Q] M Brengle (USA)

Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP – C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN)
WTA – M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Panova (RUS)

SHOW COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
WTA – M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) vs [3] H Chan (TPE) / K Peschke (CZE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [4] E Butorac (USA) / S Groth (AUS) vs S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA)
WTA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) vs A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

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