2015 WTA Brisbane International, Auckland ASB Classic, Shenzhen Open, Hopman Cup Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)

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n2 M Sharapova, n5 A Ivanovic
n9 A Kerber, n10 D Cibulkova
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n8 C Wozniacki, n14 S Errani
n19 V Williams, n25 B Zahlavova S
Shenzhen Open CHN
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n3 S Halep, n4 P Kvitova
n22 S Peng, nSR V Zvonareva

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#18 Venus Williams
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#2 Maria Sharapova
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    On Saturday at Brisbane, Australia, in the final of the Brisbane International, the 2014 champion at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart, 27 year old top seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Tokyo, Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey, 27 year old 2nd seeded #5 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-3 (photo shown).

    Maria's prize is $195,026; Ana's prize is $104,014.

    Maria said: "[Ana] was doing a lot of things better in the first set, and she deserved to win the first set, but I hung in there. 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." WTA story

    Ana said: "[Maria] 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."

    Maria now leads Ana 10-4 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the semifinals at Beijing, when Maria defeated Ana 6-0, 6-4.

    At Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday, in the final of the ASB Classic, the 2014 champion at Dubai, 34 year old 3rd seeded #18 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, defeated the 2014 champ at Istanbul (and US Open finalist), 24 year old top seeded #8 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 (photo shown).

    Venus's prize is $43,000; Caro's prize is $21,400.

    Venus said: "In the first set [Caroline] 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." WTA story

    Caro said: "Venus played really well. 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."

    Venus now leads Caro 6-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the semifinals at Dubai, when Venus defeated Caroline 6-3, 6-2.

    In the Guangdong province of China on Saturday, in the final of the Shenzhen Open, the 2014 champion at Doha & Bucharest (and French Open finalist), 23 year old top seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, defeated 25 year old 8th seeded #48 (career high: #37) Timea Bacsinszky from Belmont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, 6-2, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Simona's prize is $111,163; Timea's prize is $55,323.

    Simona said: "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. It worked, and I felt really relaxed today. I'm happy I could play better day by day and match by match here." WTA story

    Simona and Timea had met only once before, in 2010 on a hardcourt in the semifinals of an ITF tourney at Torhout, Belgium, when Simona defeated Timea 6-1, 6-3.

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

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    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.
 

Queensland State Tennis Centre,
Softstone St, Tennyson, Australia   directions     Latitude: -27.525237 Longitude: 153.007396

    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.


2015: Ana Ivanovic spoke at the Brisbane Town Hall on Sunday, January 4...
Brisbane, 1st Round, Sun noon-Mon 11am
loser's prize: $6,477 US; points: 1
n9 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n37 Carolina Garcia FRA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*n30 Madison Keys USA d n10 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-5, 6-2 Mon

Madison following a forehand

*n51 Kaia Kanepi EST d n13 s5 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 Sun
*n63 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n15 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-6(6), 6-0 Sun
n17 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n38 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 Sun
*n35 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n22 Samantha Stosur AUS 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 Sun

Varvara driving a backhand

n23 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n31 Victoria Azarenka BLR 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 Mon
*n65 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n26 Sabine Lisicki GER 0-6, 7-5, 6-4 Mon
n28 Elina Svitolina UKR d n50 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-0, 6-2 Sun
*n233 q Daria Gavrilova RUS d n43 Alison Riske USA 7-5, 6-3 Mon
*n60 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n52 Christina McHale USA 6-3, 6-0 Mon
*n71 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n61 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n95 q Madison Brengle USA d n92 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR 7-6(3), 6-3 Mon
n98 LL Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n177 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Brisbane, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $11,874 US; points: 55
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n65 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-0, 6-1 Tue

Maria driving a backhand

    It was Maria's first match of the season. Maria said: "It certainly felt good to start, after not playing a match for a couple of months. Despite all the training, it's such a different feeling to go out on the court and play in front of a crowd in an actual match atmosphere." WTA story

n5 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n71 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-4, 6-1 Wed

Ana driving a forehand

    Ana said: "I'm really happy to get the victory. It's never easy playing someone who already played a match when you're playing your first, and she's a home favorite. The first set was up and down, but I really stepped it up in the second set, which I'm really pleased about." WTA story

n9 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n233 q Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-3, 7-5 Tue

Angelique's backhand drive

n28 Elina Svitolina UKR d n63 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n17 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n60 M Lucic-Baroni CRO 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*n98 LL Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n23 Karolina Pliskova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Wed
*n35 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n30 Madison Keys USA 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n51 Kaia Kanepi EST d n95 q Madison Brengle USA 6-3, 7-6(3) Wed
Brisbane, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $22,141 US; points: 100
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n17 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-1, 6-3

Maria serving

    Maria had lost to Carla last year in Montreal. Maria said: "We went back and forth with our victories in 2014 so I'm always a little bit aware of girls that I lose to. I certainly know that she's capable of playing really well, though. She plays defense great and makes you hit a lot of balls. Especially on a slower court like here, you just don't want to give her that much time to play her game. I thought I did a good job of that today. Maybe I made a little too many unforced errors in the beginning, but I finished strong." WTA story

n5 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n51 Kaia Kanepi EST 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Ana driving a backhand

*n28 Elina Svitolina UKR d n9 s3 Angelique Kerber GER 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Elina after match point

n35 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n98 LL Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 7-5, 7-5

Brisbane, SFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $55,827 US; points: 185
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n28 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-1, 6-3

Maria launching a backhand

    Maria said: "I'm one step further than last year [at Brisbane], which is a nice bonus. But the tournament is not over. I still have to give everything I have tomorrow." WTA story

n5 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n35 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-6(2), 6-4

Ana about to swat a backhand

    Ana led 5-1 in the 2nd set, but had some trouble closing out the match. Ana said: "I really tried to take it one point at a time and do the things that I've been working on and practicing and try not think too much about the score. I felt a little bit higher intensity today than yesterday, so it was really good to get through. Obviously, tomorrow is going to be another challenge."

Brisbane, Final, Sat 7pm+
loser's prize: $104,014 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $195,026 US; points: 470
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n5 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-3

   
Maria driving a forehand, and Ana volleying a backhand

Brisbane, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $23,987 US
winner's prize: $45,576 US
*Martina Hingis & Sabine Lisicki d s4 Caroline Garcia & Katarina Srebotnik 6-2, 7-5

Brisbane, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 4, noon
losers' prizes: q1 $1,020 1pt; q2 $1,799 13pts; q3 $3,381 18pts; qualifier 25 points
n65 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n128 Maryna Zanevska UKR 7-5, 6-4
n92 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n98 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-4, 7-6(4)
n95 Madison Brengle USA d n112 Irina Falconi USA 6-2, 6-0
*n233 Daria Gavrilova RUS d n150 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 7-6(2), 6-4

Brisbane, Withdrawals
n20 s8 Garbine Muguruza ESP ankle sprain
n34 Camila Giorgi ITA

 
ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand

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

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    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.
 

ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland     Latitude: -36.853767 Longitude: 174.773394

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

           
2014: On Saturday, December 28 at Auckland, Venus Williams & Marina Erakovic put on a tourney promotional exhibition, Julia Goerges did the main draw player rep thing, and Ana Ivanovic, Tamira Paszek & Sorana Cirstea were among the darned good looking healthy young ladies at the player party...
Auckland, 1st Round, Mon-Tue noon
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n8 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n153 q Julia Glushko ISR 6-3, 6-2 Tue

    Caroline said: "Maybe it wasn't the prettiest match, but I got through and I won it. The first match is always tough. I served well, but I want to keep playing better as the week goes on." WTA story

*n62 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n14 s2 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 6-2 Mon

    Daniela is now being coached by Carlos Rodriguez, former coach of Justine Henin and Li Na. Daniela said: "To have a draw like that in the first round is not easy. I knew I had to be extremely focused for every point because [Sara] is very good at turning matches around. I felt like I was moving well, and tactically playing the way that I worked on with Carlos." WTA story

n18 s3 Venus Williams USA d n56 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-1, 6-0 Tue

    Venus said: "It went well for me today. To get to the final I'll have to play five days in a row, so I definitely don't want to play super long matches. It's much easier on me to play shorter matches like this."

n25 s4 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n77 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Mon

    Barbora said: "[Chanelle is] very solid from the baseline and moves pretty well. She doesn't give you easy points. You have to work every rally to finish the point, especially at the net, which I did in the third set, and I'm very pleased about that."

*n154 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d n27 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 Tue
n36 s6 Sloane Stephens USA d n66 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Sloane after match point

n39 s7 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n47 Roberta Vinci ITA 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*n93 Ana Konjuh CRO d n42 s8 Mona Barthel GER 6-2, 6-1 Mon
n44 Kurumi Nara JPN d n68 Kiki Bertens BEL 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n45 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n70 Johanna Larsson SWE 7-6(1), 1-6, 7-6(3) Tue
n55 Lauren Davis USA d n73 Shelby Rogers USA 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*n77 Marina Erakovic NZL d n59 Monica Puig PUR 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 Tue
n64 Elena Vesnina RUS d n67 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 7-6(5), 6-2 Tue
n75 Julia Goerges GER d n146 q Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*n104 wc Taylor Townsend USA d n76 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 Mon
*n179 q Urszula Radwanska POL d n78 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 7-5 Tue

Auckland, 2nd Round, Wed noon
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
n8 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n104 wc Taylor Townsend USA 6-1, 7-6(4)

Caro after match point

n18 s3 Venus Williams USA d n44 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-4, 6-1

Venus following a forehand

    Venus said: "Today was a different match than yesterday—not as straightforward. I was playing an opponent with more experience. [Kurumi is] very tenacious despite her size. She knows how to construct points, she plays great defense and can go on the offense as well, so it's a good match to have under my belt this early on in the season." WTA story

n25 s4 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n77 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
*n55 Lauren Davis USA d n36 s6 Sloane Stephens USA 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
n39 s7 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n45 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-1, 6(5)-7, 7-5
*n179 q Urszula Radwanska POL d n62 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
n64 Elena Vesnina RUS d n93 Ana Konjuh CRO 6-3, 6-1
n75 Julia Goerges GER d n154 q Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 7-5

Auckland, QFs, Thu noon
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
n8 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n75 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-4

    Caro said: "Maybe it wasn't the most comfortable match out there, but [Julia has] always given me a lot of trouble in the past, so I knew this wasn't going to be an easy one. I just kept fighting. I tried to be more consistent than her, and I think I managed to do that. Sometimes you need to know your strengths and your weaknesses. And I think I served well today as well. She's got some big shots, so I'm just happy to be through to my first semifinals here." WTA story

n18 s3 Venus Williams USA d n64 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6-4

    About the 2nd set, Venus said: "Things seemed to be going on serve, but then [Elena] had a big game for a break and another big game for a hold, and things were getting really interesting. She was really picking up her level. But after that, I don't know, the games came and then it was over. That's what you have to expect every time. Nobody's going to give it to you." WTA story

n25 s4 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n39 s7 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-4, 7-5
n55 Lauren Davis USA d n179 q Urszula Radwanska POL 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Auckland, SFs, Fri 3pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
n8 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n25 s4 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Caro after match point

    Caro said: "[Barbora is] a tricky player to play because she doesn't give you much rhythm. She comes to the net, she mixes the pace. I think she played really well today. For me it was about just staying in the match. I didn't start off too well, I didn't really feel the depth of the ball that I wanted to. But I started playing better as it went on, and I think she did too. I just had to kind of get going out there." WTA story

n18 s3 Venus Williams USA d n55 Lauren Davis USA 6-0, 6-3

Venus volleying a backhand

Auckland, Final, Sat 2:30pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
*n18 s3 Venus Williams USA d n8 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

Venus driving a forehand

Auckland, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s1 Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci d s4 Shuko Aoyama & Renata Voracova 6-2, 6-1

Auckland, Qual Finals, Mon Jan 5 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points
*n154 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n126 Misa Eguchi JPN 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(4)
n146 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n181 Mandy Minella LUX 4-6, 6-0, 6-0
n153 Julia Glushko ISR d n161 Claire Feuerstein FRA 4-1 retired
*n179 Urszula Radwanska POL d n178 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL 6-2, 6-4

Auckland, Withdrawals

 
Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China

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

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    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.
 
Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center, Guangdong, China     Latitude: 22.68638 Longitude: 114.1997288

2015: Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova attended a tourney ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday, January 5...
Shenzhen, 1st Round, Sun-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $3,199 US; points: 1
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n53 Annika Beck GER 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Mon

    Simona said: "After the first set I knew I had to be more aggressive, hit the balls and open the court more, and I think I did it well." WTA story

n4 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n119 wc Ying-Ying Duan CHN 6-3, 6-1 Mon
*n251 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS d n21 s3 Shuai Peng CHN 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Mon

    Former WTA #2 Vera missed most of the past two seasons due to a right shoulder injury and surgery. Vera said: "We've played so many times and we always have tough matches against each other. I'm just really happy to get through this one. After losing the first set, I was able to stay focused and come back in the second set, and then start really well in the third. I had a couple of opportunities to finish it on my serve but she was coming up with good shots, and I just couldn't convert. I'm happy I was able to break her in that last game to finally win the match."

n33 s4 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n82 Donna Vekic CRO 6-3, 6-1 Sun
*n74 Anna Schmiedlova SVK dn40 s5 Klara Koukalova CZE 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) Sun
*n84 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n41 s6 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n96 Polona Hercog SLO d n46 s7 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-1, 7-5 Mon
n48 s8 Timea Bacsinzsky SUI v n80 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 Sun
n54 Karin Knapp ITA d n81 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n57 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n88 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-2, 6(4)-7, 6-3 Mon
n69 Tereza Smitkova CZE d n149 q Olga Govortsova BLR 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n100 Saisai Zheng CHN d n83 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 Sun
*n588 wc Natalia Vikhlyantseva RUS d n85 A-L Friedsam GER 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Sun
*n137 q Cagla Buyukakcay TUR d n87 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-4, 6-3 Mon
n99 Timea Babos HUN d n102 Qiang Wang CHN 6(4)-7, 6-1, 6-4 Sun
n87 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n134 q Lin Zhu CHN 6-4, 7-6(4) Mon

Shenzhen, 2nd Round, Tue 11am-Wed noon
loser's prize: $4,928 US; points: 30
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n588 wc Natalia Vikhlyantseva RUS 6-2, 6-2 Wed

    Simona said: "It wasn't very easy because [Natalia is] a really good player and played really well. She served very well. But I'm happy that I played better than I did in the first round. I feel like my form is getting better and better day by day. I really want to do better match by match here." WTA story

n4 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n57 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-1, 6-2 Tue

    Petra said: "The first set I played well, but [Bojana] played more aggressively in the second set. Luckily, I managed to break her serve, and that gave me more confidence." WTA story

n33 s4 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n99 Timea Babos HUN 6-3, 6-4 Tue

    Zarina said: "It was a tough match today. She plays really well and has a good forehand. I just tried to play aggressively and make sure to hold my serve."

n48 s8 Timea Bacsinzsky SUI d n54 Karin Knapp ITA 7-5, 6-2 Wed
n69 Tereza Smitkova CZE d n84 Katerina Siniakova CZE SLO 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 Wed
*n87 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n74 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1 Wed
*n100 Saisai Zheng CHN d n96 Polona Hercog SLO 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 Tue
*n251 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS d n137 q Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 6-3, 7-6(5) Wed

Shenzhen, QFs, Thu noon
loser's prize: $8,934 US; points: 60
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n87 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-3, 6-3

    Simona said: "The match was good. I played better than the last few rounds. And I'm looking forward to playing the semifinals. My game is getting better day by day. I want to improve match by match and see how far I can go here." WTA story

n4 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n69 Tereza Smitkova CZE 7-5, 6-4
*n100 Saisai Zheng CHN d n33 s4 Zarina Diyas KAZ 3-6, 6(2), 6-2
n48 s8 Timea Bacsinzsky SUI d n251 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS 3-2 retired—back injury

    Former WTA #2 Vera missed most of the past two seasons due to a right shoulder injury. Vera said: "I played two great matches, unfortunately, though, maybe my body wasn't quite ready after not competing for so long. I got injured yesterday and it was just too painful out on court today. I'll have a few days of treatment but hopefully I'll be ready for Melbourne."

Shenzhen, SFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $29,730 US; points: 110
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n100 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-2, 6-3

Simona driving a forehand

    Simona said: "It was a tough match - she played really well in the second set. I was a little bit nervous, but I stayed focused and it worked very well for me because I was able to come back...
    "[Saisai is} hitting well with her forehand and she has a good slice, and she's moving well. She's very fast like a lot of the Chinese players. I think she will be a very good player." WTA story

*n48 s8 Timea Bacsinzsky SUI d n4 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 6-4

Shenzhen, Final, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $55,323 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $111,163 US; points: 280
n3 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n48 s8 Timea Bacsinzsky SUI 6-2, 6-2

Simona after match point

Shenzhen, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $9,222 US
winner's prize: $17,724 US
Nadiia Kichenok & Lyudmyla Kichenok d Chen Liang & Yafan Wang 6-4, 7-6(5)

Shenzhen, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 4
losers' prizes: q1 $1,081 1pt; q2 $1,852 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n87 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n249 Zhaoxuan Yang CHN 7-6(6), 6-3
*n134 Lin Zhu CHN d n116 Luksika Kumkhum THA 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
n137 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR d n167 Nigina Abduraimova 6-3, 6-1
n149 Olga Govortsova BLR d n180 Yafan Wang CHN 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Shenzhen, Withdrawals
n94 Sorana Cirstea ROU

 
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.
 

Burswood Dome, Perth     Latitude: -31.960164 Longitude: 115.896567

    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.

2015 Hopman Cup Teams
Group A
"Ties"
W-L
Matches
W-L
USA n1 Serena Williams John Isner 2-17-2
Czech Republic n16 Lucie Safarova Adam Pavlasek 2-15-4
Canada n7 Eugenie Bouchard Vasek Pospisil 2-15-4
Italy n12 Flavia Pennetta Fabio Fognini 0-31-8
Group B
Poland n6 Agnieszka Radwanska J Janowicz 2-1 6-3
Great Britain n49 Heather Watson Andy Murray 2-1 6-3
France n19 Alize Cornet Benoit Paire 2-15-4
Australia n29 Casey Dellacqua Matthew Ebden 0-31-8

Perth, Hopman Cup Final, Saturday, Jan 10, 3:30pm
Poland d USA 2-1
Agnieszka Radwanska POL d Serena Williams USA 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-1
John Isner USA d Jerzy Janowicz POL 7-6(10), 6-4
Radwanska & Janowicz POL d Williams & Isner USA 7-5, 6-3

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