2013 Brisbane, Auckland & Shenzhen WTA Singles Results

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Brisbane International, AUS PREMIER
$1,000,000 30m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | Brisbane radar
draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
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n1 V Azaremka, n2 M Sharapova
n3 S Williams, n5 A Kerber

ASB Classic, Auckland, NZL
INTL $235,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | TVNZ
draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA - NZH
n4 A Radwanska, n18 J Goerges
n23 Y Wickmayer, n26 J Zheng

Shenzhen Open CHN
INTL $500,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores
draws: WTA Q - main - D - OOP
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n7 Na Li, n11 M Bartoli

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Brisbane:

#3 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH
Auckland:

#4 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Shenzhen:

#7 Na Li
5'7" 143lb RH 2H-BH
Perth:
#50 Anabel Medina G.
5'6" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Hopman Cup, Perth, AUS Live Scores | standings - results - sched | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y!


    On Saturday at Brisbane, Australia, in the final of the Brisbane International, the 5 time Australian Open champion (and 2012 Wimbledon, Olympic, & US Open champ), 31 year old 3rd seeded #3 (and former #1) Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, defeated the 2011 (and 2010) Monterrey champion, 21 year old #36 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia, 6-2, 6-1 (Serena is shown hoisting the glassware after the match).

    Both Serena and Anastasia trained during the offseason at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Mauritius. Serena said: "I couldn't play a better person on or off of the court. It was an honor to play against you today Anastasia...

    "Today was really good. I kind of zoned, where I'm in a really calm place and not panicking, I'm not overthinking it and not just blasting every ball. I get really calm and kind of serene." WTA story

    Serena now leads Anastasia 4-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on blue clay in the 2nd round at Madrid, when Serena defeated Anastasia 6-2, 6-1. Serena is now 47-15 in WTA singles finals, Anastasia is 3-2.

    Meanwhile at Auckland, New Zealand, in the final of the ASB Classic, the 2012 champion at Dubai, Miami and Brussels, 23 year old top seeded #4 (career high: #3) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, defeated the 2010 Auckland champ, 23 year old #23 (career high: #12) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-4, 6-4 (Aga is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Agnieszka said: "Yesterday was so windy and then today was so hot, so the conditions were difficult this week, but I had a really good week anyway. I played five good matches without dropping a set so I think I'm ready for the Australian Open." WTA story

    Agnieszka now leads Yanina 2-1 in career matches. Agnieszka also won their previous meeting, in 2011 on red clay in the 3rd round at Roland Garros, 6-4, 6-4. Aga is now 11-4 in WTA singles finals, Yanina is 3-6.

    At Shenzhen, China on Saturday, in the final of the Shenzhen Longgang Gemdale Open, the 2011 French Open champion, 30 year old #7 (career high: #4) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, defeated the 2010 finalist at Copenhagen & Seoul (and 2005 champ at Portoroz & 's-Hertogenbosch), 30 year old #38 (career high: #27) Klara (Koukalova) Zakopalova from Prague, Czech Republic, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 (Na is shown with the Shenzhen glassware after the match).

    Na said: "Klara played well, and I managed my mood swings well, and I'm glad I made it. Winning the title certainly helps boost my confidence for the coming weeks, but it also depends on how I'm playing on the courts. Confidence itself won't guarantee a win." WTA story

    Klara said: "It was about a few points today but she really proved she's a top player. She played her best from 5-all. She's playing unbelievably fast and flat, and she's hitting her backhand down the line very well. To me she's one of the Top 3 players right now and I hope she can make it there. There's no way to be sad about losing. I lost to a top player and I'm happy to reach the final."

    Na and Klara are now tied at 2-2 in career matches. Na also won their previous meeting, on a Plexipave hardcourt last year in the 4th round at Indian Wells, 6-1, 6-0. Na is now 7-8 in WTA singles finals, Klara is 2-10.

    At Perth, Australia on Saturday, Spain defeated Serbia 2-1 to win the 2013 ITF Hopman Cup. the 2011 champ at Palermo and Estoril, 30 year old #50 (career high #16) Anabel Medina Garrigues from Valencia, Spain, defeated The 2008 French Open champion (and 2011 Bali champ), 25 year old #13 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-2 (Anabel is shown holding up her half of the hardware after the deciding doubles rubber).

    Ana still leads Anabel 3-2 in career matches. Their previous encounter was on a hardcourt in 2011 in the final at Bali, when Ana defeated Anabel 6-3, 6-0.

SCOREBOARD: WTA Brisbane, Auckland & Shenzhen; ITF Perth

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Brisbane International, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +10 hours
       = US EDT +15 hours
       = US PDT +18 hours

Australia News


    Brisbane: The main draw for Brisbane has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) begins on Friday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.
 

click for broader view   Site of Queensland State Tennis Centre,
Softstone St, Tennyson, Australia   directions
Latitude: -27.525237 Longitude: 153.007396 goto link for World Wind

    The Brisbane International was formerly known as the Australian Women's Hardcourts, and was held at nearby Gold Coast. In 2009 the tourney was moved to the newly-constructed Queensland State Tennis Centre at Tennyson, a Brisbane suburb. The $AUD 82 million Tennyson facility has 23 courts, including four clay, two natural grass and 17 hardcourts. Centre court, named Rafter Arena after Aussie Patrick Rafter, a 2-time US Open champ, seats 5,500.

    Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory do not observe daylight savings time (other Aussie provinces do; as in Britain, it is called Summer Time rather than daylight savings). Thus the time in Brisbane during the summer months is 1 hour earlier than the time in Sydney and Melbourne.


2013: Maria Sharapova took a break while practicing in Brisbane on Sunday, December 30...
Brisbane, 1st Round, Sun-Mon 10:30am
loser's prize: $7,299 US; points: 1
n3 s3 Serena Williams USA d n21 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 6-1 Sun

Serena driving a backhand

    About the new season, Serena said: "If I have a year like I had last year—or 2012, I should say—it would be exciting. I'd like to do better at Roland Garros and the Australian Open." WTA story

n5 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n51 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 Mon

Angelique watching her backhand fly

n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA d n107 q Olga Puchkova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n8 s6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n34 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-4 Sun
*n41 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n9 s7 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(4), 7-5 Mon

   
Samantha and Sofia driving forehand and backhand

    Sofia said: "I was just excited to play the night match against Sam on this nice court. The first day I came here I got to practice on this arena and I said, 'Oh, I hope I can play a match here.' So yes, it was nice." WTA story

    Samantha said: "I think it was some good tennis and some pretty average tennis at times. I probably didn't play well enough when I had those opportunities to try and get ahead."

*n103 q Ksenia Pervak KAZ d n10 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) Mon

   
Caro and Ksenia driving forehands

    Ksenia said: "Last time I played Caroline was in Madrid this year and I was up 3-1 in the third and 15-40 on her serve. When I went on court I knew it was going to be a tough match, but I also knew if I played my game to the end, I would probably have chances."

    Caroline said: "It's tough to lose 7-6 in the third... she had three matches going into this one and was more used to the courts and everything, so that's maybe a bit of an advantage. I did my best out there. I fought to the end. It just wasn't enough today."

*n38 Sloane Stephens USA d n15 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-3 Mon
*n184 wc Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n16 Roberta Vinci ITA 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Sun

Jarmila launching a forehand

    Jarmila said: "Roberta's a tricky player for the first round because she has a very good slice, she doesn't give you any rhythm, and you have to be really careful what you do.
    "In the second and third sets I started returning better and put more pressure on her service games, so she started giving me a few second serves. It's nice to finish 2012 on a winning note, especially beating someone like Roberta—she's No.16 in the world and No.1 in doubles, so she's obviously playing well."

*n37 Sabine Lisicki GER d n17 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 6-4 Mon

Sabine's backhand drive

*n31 Urszula Radwanska POL d n30 Tamira Paszek AUT 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 Sun
n32 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n48 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 7-5, 6-2 Sun

Daniela after winning a point

n36 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n46 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Sun
n44 Alize Cornet FRA d n334 q Bojana Bobusic AUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 Mon
*n133 q Monica Puig PUR d n116 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Brisbane, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 10:30am
loser's prize: $13,393 US; points: 60
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n37 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 6-3 Wed

Victoria driving a backhand

    Victoria said: "I knew what kind of player she is—I was prepared to take some bullets today. I just tried to stay focused on executing my game. I knew she was going to make some and that she was going to miss some, so I just had to stay with her and look for my chances, and take them."

n3 s3 Serena Williams USA d n44 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Serena driving a forehand

n5 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n133 q Monica Puig PUR 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) Wed

   
Angelique and Monica driving backhands

*n32 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 Tue

Daniela after match point

    Daniela said: "I love playing here in Brisbane. I made the final here last year, so I want to do well again and am just focusing on each round and match by match. It was a long, tough match with Sara today—we had a lot of long rallies and I just kept going for my shots. Fortunately it worked for me." WTA story

*n36 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n8 s6 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 7-5 Tue
*n103 q Ksenia Pervak KAZ d n31 Urszula Radwanska POL 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6) Tue
n38 Sloane Stephens USA d n41 Sofia Arvidsson SWE Wed 6-3, 6-4

Sloane following a backhand

    Due to an abdominal injury, this is Sloane's first tourney since last year's US Open. Sloane said: "It finally healed about seven weeks after the US Open. No physical activity whatsoever. I was just enjoying my life, doing kid things, hoping it would get better, hoping I'd come here and play well. I've played two really good matches so far, so hopefully I'll keep it going." WTA story

    Sloane will play Serena Williams in the quarterfinals on Thursday, They have never before met on the field of combat.

    Sloane said: "If you go on the court and already think the other person is better than you, you've already lost. You have to just think about what you're going to do, and focus on yourself. Even if I go out there and lose doing that, just bomb it and don't win a game, at least I've done what's right for me; it's not a loss."

n119 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n184 wc Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Brisbane, QFs, Thu 10:30am
loser's prize: $24,944 US; points: 120
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n103 q Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-1, 6-0

Victoria's backhand drive

    Victoria said: "It was pretty good. Even though we had some tough games in the match, I felt I was playing really well, and in the important moments I took my chances and closed out the games."

n3 s3 Serena Williams USA d n38 Sloane Stephens USA 6-4, 6-3

   
Sloane volleying a forehand, and Serena driving a backhand

    Serena said: "[Sloane] definitely pushed me—I've always said she's a really good player. She plays really well. She's really calm, something I have never been in my whole career. It shows a lot of maturity." WTA story

    About playing Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals, Serena said: "I have to make sure I'm ready... especially going against Victoria, who I think has been the most consistent player the last year. I have nothing to prove. I'll just go out there and do the best I can."

*n36 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n5 s4 Angelique Kerber GER 7-6(3), 7-6(3)
*n119 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR v n32 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-4

Brisbane, SFs, Fri 1130am
loser's prize: $46,487 US; points: 200
*n3 s3 Serena Williams USA d n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR walkover—big toe injury

    Victoria said: "It's a right toe infection. It's been there for about 10 days and it's been getting worse a little bit. I had to take action on it, which I did yesterday. It was a minor surgery, I had to take something out of my toe. And unfortunately I didn't have enough time to recover to be able to play the semifinals today." WTA story

    Serena said: "I like Vika. I think she's a great player. I love playing her... I had that toe problem just a couple of weeks ago and it's painful. God, it's so painful. Doesn't sound painful, but it is. You can't walk with that. I hope she gets better fast."

n36 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n119 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Anastasia driving a forehand

    Anastasia said: "I'm really pleased with how I came back and with what I've done this week. I'm really happy to be in the final of my first tournament of the year here in Brisbane."

Brisbane, Final, Sat 7pm+
loser's prize: $87,021 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $162,987 US; points: 470
n3 s3 Serena Williams USA d n36 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-1

Serena driving a backhand

Brisbane, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $27,212 US
winner's prize: $51,022 US
Sania Mirza & Bethanie Mattek-Sands d s4 Kveta Peschke & Anna-Lena Groenefeld 4-6, 6-4, (10-7)

Brisbane, Qual Finals, Sun Dec 30, 1030am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,134 1pt; q2 $2,027 8pts; q3 $3,812 12pts; qualifier 20 points
*n103 Ksenia Pervak KAZ d n69 Vania King USA 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-3
*n334 Bojana Bobusic AUS d n104 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
n107 Olga Puchkova RUS d n119 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-2, 6-3
n133 Monica Puig PUR d n169 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

Brisbane, Withdrawals
n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS right collarbone injury

 
ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +13 hours
       = US EDT +18 hours
       = US PDT +21 hours

New Zealand News


    Auckland: The main draw for Auckland has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) begins on Saturday; qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

click for broader view   ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland
Latitude: -36.853767 Longitude: 174.773394 goto link for World Wind

    The ASB Tennis Centre has 7 outdoor Plexicushion courts, 2 indoor Astrograss courts, and 3 indoor hard courts, all lit.

   
2012: Julia Goerges and Shuai Peng posed for pre-tourney pics on draw day...
Auckland, 1st Round, Mon-Tue noon
loser's prize: $1,800 US; points: 1
n4 s1 Agniezka Radwanska POL d n115 LL Greta Arn HUN 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n18 s2 Julia Goerges GER d n185 q Anastasija Sevastova LAT 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n23 s3 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n62 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 7-6(3), 6-2 Mon
*n71 Jamie Hampton USA d n26 s4 Jie Zheng CHN 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*n49 Heather Watson GBR d s5 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-3 retired—illness Tue
n29 s6 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n79 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino ESP 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n66 Pauline Parmienter FRA d n33 s7 Christina McHale USA 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n39 s8 Mona Barthel GER d n183 q Grace Min USA 6-1, 6-3 Tue
n47 Simona Halep ROU d n68 Arantxa Rus NED 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n54 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n82 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-1, 6(7)-7, 7-5 Mon
n61 Romina Oprandi SUI d n214 q Nudnida Luangnam THA 6-0, 6-2 Tue
n63 Kiki Bertens NED d n72 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6(5)-7, 6-2, 7-5 Mon

    Kiki said: "I've had wins over higher-ranked players, but I've never beaten a two-time Grand Slam champion before, so it's great. I think I played a really good first set but made a lot of mistakes - from the second set on I kept those down and played a little better."

    It was Svetlana's first match since last year's Wimbledon due to a knee injury. Svetlana said: "It was very tough conditions today [high winds] and definitely hard to play my best tennis, but I fought as hard as I could in the first and third sets, and in the end she was better.
    "I just have to play more matches now. I'm still just trying to get used to playing matches and competing again." WTA story

n67 Marina Erakovic NZL d n140 q Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-2, 6-1 Tue
n68 Elena Vesnina RUS d n147 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN 7-5, 6-3Mon
n73 Johanna Larsson SWE d n94 Misaki Doi JPN 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*n100 wc Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n97 wc Coco Vandeweghe USA 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Mon

Auckland, 2nd Round, Wed noon
loser's prize: $3,100 US; points: 30
n4 s1 Agniezka Radwanska POL d n47 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6-1
*n73 Johanna Larsson SWE d n18 s2 Julia Goerges GER 7-5, 6(1)-7, 6-3

Johanna following a backhand

    Johanna said: "I'd actually never won a match during the 'Australian' tour before, so to come to a quarterfinal now means a lot to me I had my game plan pretty clear before the match and I think I stuck to it well the whole match, hitting some good shots from the baseline and fighting for every point. It feels very special."

n23 s3 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n61 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-3, 6-0
*n68 Elena Vesnina RUS d n29 s6 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-2, 6-3

Elena driving a forehand

    About her next opponent, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Elena said: "Radwanska makes you feel like you are playing cat and mouse on the court. You have to be very calm and very aggressive with her... She uses pace very well and changes the direction and power of her ball too. It's tough but I look forward to it." WTA story

n54 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n66 Pauline Parmienter FRA 6-2, 6-2
n39 s8 Mona Barthel GER d n100 wc Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-6(6), 6-2
*n63 Kiki Bertens NED d n49 Heather Watson GBR 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
*n71 Jamie Hampton USA d n67 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-1, 7-6(5)

Auckland, QFs, Thu noon
loser's prize: $5,500 US; points: 70
n4 s1 Agniezka Radwanska POL d n68 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 6-3
n23 s3 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n54 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-3, 6-4
n39 s8 Mona Barthel GER d n73 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-2, 6-1
*n71 Jamie Hampton USA d n63 Kiki Bertens NED 6-1, 6(5)-7, 6-2

Auckland, SFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $10,425 US; points: 130
n4 s1 Agniezka Radwanska POL d n71 Jamie Hampton USA 7-6(4), 7-6(3)

Aga volleying a backhand

    About the final, Agniezka said: "Yanina is a strong player who serves very well. I've never been in a final in my first tournament of the year, so it's a good start, and I'm going to do everything in my power to win that match tomorrow. Winning a title is a great thing, especially at a tournament I haven't played before." WTA story


n23 s3 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n39 s8 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(3)

Yanina after match point

    Yanina said: "It was really tough to get a rhythm on her serve. It's really tough to read, and when she served a bit slower the wind was taking it. I managed to stay mentally strong in the tie-break. I'm happy with the way I handled that pressure."

Auckland, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $20,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $40,000 US; points: 280
n4 s1 Agniezka Radwanska POL d n23 s3 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-4

Agniezka driving a backhand

Auckland, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
*Cara Black & Anastasia Rodionova d s1 Julia Goerges & Yaroslava Shvedova 2-6, 6-2, (10-5)

Auckland, Qual Finals, Mon Dec 31 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $500 1pt; q2 $700 6pts; q3 $950 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n214 Nudnida Luangnam THA d n115 Greta Arn HUN 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
n140 Stephanie Dubois CAN d n205 Julie Coin FRA 6-2, 6-4
n183 Grace Min USA d n200 Maryna Zanesska UKR 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
n185 Anastasija Sevastova LAT d n201 Luksika Kumkhum THA 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4

Auckland, Withdrawals
n55 Petra Cetkovska CZE
n78 Polona Hercog SLO
n96 wc Vera Zvonareva RUS

 
Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +8 hours
       = US EDT +13 hours
       = US PDT +16 hours

China News


    Shenzhen: The main draw for Shenzhen has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) begins on Saturday; qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

click for broader view   Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Latitude: 22.561787 Longitude: 114.082546 goto link for World Wind

2013: Laura Robson practiced grinning in Shenzhen on Friday, December 28...
Shenzhen, 1st Round, Sun-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $3,114 US; points: 1
n7 s1 Na Li CHN d n79 Mandy Minella LUX 6-4, 6-0 Tue
n11 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA d n367 wc Wing-Yau Chan HKG 6-1, 6-0 Mon
n25 s4 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n96 Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 6-2 Sun

    Su-Wei said: "I'm satisfied with today's performance. My opponent is a good player who has been doing well in the 2012 season, so I had to go all out."

n28 s5 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n65 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-1, 6-1 Mon
n40 s6 Shuai Peng CHN d n143 q Anne Keothavong GBR 6-4, 6-0 Mon
n53 s7 Laura Robson GBR d n108 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 6-2, 6-1 Sun

    Laura said: "Today I was a little bit nervous before the match because it was my first match in two months - but I was excited to get on court and had played well in practice. I just tried to stay confident and aggressive, and I think I did that today. I'm happy with my first match of the season." WTA story

n56 s8 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n89 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n58 Monica Niculescu ROU d n138 wc Saisai Zheng CHN 6-4, 7-5 Sun
*n92 q Stephanie Voegele SUI d n64 Timea Babos HUN 6-4, 7-5 Mon
*n112 Elina Svitolina UKR d n74 Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n77 Annika Beck GER d n110 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-2, 6(9)-7, 6-4 Sun
*n114 Julia Cohen USA d n81 Nina Bratchikova RUS 0-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 Mon
*n88 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n84 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n87 Ayumi Morita JPN d n118 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n131 wc Ying-Ying Duan CHN d n99 q Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 7-6(5), 7-5 Mon
*n177 LL Yi-Miao Zhou CHN d n150 q Jessica Pegula USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Shenzhen, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed
loser's prize: $4,802 US; points: 30
n7 s1 Na Li CHN d n114 Julia Cohen USA 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n11 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA d n92 q Stephanie Voegele SUI 7-5, 6-4 Wed
*n77 Annika Beck GER d n25 s4 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-3, 6-0 Tue
n28 s5 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n112 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n40 s6 Shuai Peng CHN d n87 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*n58 Monica Niculescu ROU d n53 s7 Laura Robson GBR 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n56 s8 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n131 wc Ying-Ying Duan CHN 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*n177 LL Yi-Miao Zhou CHN d n88 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3) Wed

Shenzhen, QFs, Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $8,703 US; points: 70
n7 s1 Na Li CHN d n56 s8 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-3, 6-3

Na driving a forehand

    Na said: "I was a bit too eager to win and became a bit anxious when I didn't serve well. But I am satisfied with my performance today." WTA story


*n28 s5 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n11 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-2

    Marion said: "Klara played very well. She has beaten me in the past outdoors. I think her game disturbs me more outdoors than indoors. It was also very windy today, so I had trouble addressing the ball and was uncomfortable. I started really well, 3-1, and lost a couple tough games and then she regained some confidence."

    Klara said: "It was very windy today. It wasn't just about tennis. It was more about thinking positive and fighting for every point."

n40 s6 Shuai Peng CHN d n77 Annika Beck GER 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

Shuai meeting the press after the match

    Shuai said: "Annika came out so strong and played so well the whole match. Even in the second set, I was behind almost the whole time, but the fans kept cheering me on, and like in all my matches, they gave me the encouragement and support I needed to win."

n58 Monica Niculescu ROU d n177 LL Yi-Miao Zhou CHN 6-4, 6-2

Shenzhen, SFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $30,051 US; points: 130
n7 s1 Na Li CHN d n40 s6 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-0

   
Na and Shuai driving forehands

    Na trailed 1-3 in the 1st set. Na said: "I expected today to be a very tough match, as last time we met at the 2012 China Open, it was a tough one." WTA story

n28 s5 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n58 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-1, 6-3

Klara's forehand drive

    Klara said: "I knew I had to be very patient. You can't hit winners off Monica's slice."

    Monica said: "Klara played very well. She was hitting everything in. Because of this weather, the balls were heavy and weren't jumping. She was hitting fast and without any tension, just hitting every corner. I knew she was going to do that, but I didn't know every ball was going to be like that!"

Shenzhen, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $56,040 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $112,080 US; points: 280
n7 s1 Na Li CHN d n28 s5 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

Shenzhen, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $9,004 US
winner's prize: $17,256 US
s1 Hao-Ching Chan & Yung-Jan Chan d Irina Buryachok & Valeria Solovieva 6-0, 7-5

Shenzhen, Qual Finals, Sun Dec 30
losers' prizes: q1 $1,050 6pts; q2 $1,801 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n92 Stephanie Voegele SUI d n154 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-2, 6-2
n99 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n177 Yi-Miao Zhou CHN 6-2, 6-3
> n150 Jessica Pegula USA d n191 Qiang Wang CHN 7-6(7), 7-5
*n143 Anne Keothavong GBR d n155 Nastassja Burnett ITA 6-3, 6-4

Shenzhen, Withdrawals
n22 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB illness
n59 Petra Martic CRO
n82 Iveta Benesova CZE shoulder injury
n91 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE

 
ITF Hopman Cup, Perth, Western Australia

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +8 hours
       = US EDT +13 hours
       = US PDT +16 hours

Australia News


    Perth: The Hopman Cup is not a WTA-sanctioned event, but an ITF event featuring WTA & ATP pairs from 8 nations competing as teams.
    As you might expect, each international "tie" consists of 3 "rubbers," 2 singles and 1 doubles.
 

    The eight competing teams are divided into two groups, A and B, which play round robin preliminaries. The two group winners play in the final.

2013 Hopman Cup Teams
Group A
"Ties"
W-L
Matches
W-L
s1 Serbia n13 Ana Ivanovic Novak Djokovic 3-0 6-2
s8 Australia n176 Ashleigh Barty Bernard Tomic 2-16-3
s3 Italy n35 Francesca Schiavone Andreas Seppi 1-24-5
s5 Germany n126 Andrea Petkovic
n115 Tatjana Malek
Tommy Haas 0-21-5
Group B
s4 Spain n50 Anabel Medina Garrigues Fernando Verdasco 3-0 7-2
s2 USA n24 Venus Williams John Isner 2-14-5
s6 South Africa n60 Chanelle Scheepers Kevin Anderson 0-22-4
s7 France n88 Mathilde Johansson Jo Wilfried Tsonga 0-22-4

Perth, Hopman Cup, Saturday, Dec 29, 10am & 5:45pm
Spsin d South Africs 2-1
n50 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n60 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-4, 6-2

Australia d Germany 3-0
*n176 Ashleigh Barty AUS d n126 Andrea Petkovic GER 4-6, retired—right knee injury

Perth, Hopman Cup, Sunday, Dec 30, 10am & 5:45pm
USA d South Africa 2-1
n24 Venus Williams USA d n60 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Spain d France 2-1
n50 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n88 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-3, 6-2

Perth, Hopman Cup, Monday, Dec 31, 10am
Serbia d Italy 2-1
n13 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n35 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-0, 6-4

Perth, Hopman Cup, Tuesday, Jan 1, 5:45pm
USA d France 2-1
n24 Venus Williams USA d n88 Mathilde Johansson FRA 3-6, 7-5, 6-4

Perth, Hopman Cup, Wednesday, Jan 2, 10am & 5:45pm
Italy d Germany 2-1
n35 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n115 Tatjana Malek GER 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Serbia d Australia 2-1
n13 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n176 Ashleigh Barty AUS 6-2, 6-3

Perth, Hopman Cup, Thursday, Jan 3, 10am & 5:45pm
Spain d USA 3-0
n24 Venus Williams USA d n50 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-4 *stands as 0-6 0-6
*John Isner withdrew with a knee injury before play began

Australia d Italy 2-1
*n176 Ashleigh Barty AUS d n35 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-0, 6-3

Perth, Hopman Cup, Friday, Jan 4, 10am & 5:45pm
South Africa d France 2-1
n60 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n88 Mathilde Johansson FRA 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Serbia d Germany
n13 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n115 Tatjana Malek GER 6-0, 6-1

Perth, Hopman Cup Final, Saturday, Jan 5, 5:45pm
Spain d Serbia 2-1
*n50 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n13 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-2

   
Anabel and Ana driving backhands


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