2012 Brisbane & Auckland WTA Singles Results


  WTA, ITF & Exhibition Jan 1-6

Brisbane International, AUS PREMIER
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n6 S Stosur, n10 A Petkovic...
n12 S Williams, n13 Clijsters

ASB Classic, Auckland, NZL
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n15 S Lisicki, n17 Shuai Peng
n19 S Kuznetsova,... n20 F Pennetta

Hopman Cup, Perth, AUS
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#34 Kaia Kanepi
5'11" 163lb RH 2H-BH

#2 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

#48 Jie Zheng
5'4½" 126lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday in Australia, in the final of the Brisbane International, the 2010 champ in Palermo, 26 year old #34 (career high: #16) Kaia Kanepi from Haapsalu, Estonia, defeated last year's champion at Pattaya City (and the 2002 & '07 Indian Wells champion), 28 year old #24 (career high: #5) Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-2, 6-1 (Kaia is shown with the hardware after the match).
    Kaia's prize is $110,000, Daniela's prize is $57,800.

    Kaia said: "It feels fantastic; I’m so happy. I couldn’t stop smiling after the match for a long time. I think I haven’t really realised what I have done and how I have played and who I have beaten and then what score. I enjoyed a lot the feeling that I have and to win such a big tournament like this." tourney story

    Daniela said: "I felt like I played a great match from the start until the end. [Kaia] didn’t give me too many chances. I tried to find a way, but it just didn’t work today. She was better in all the departments of the game and really deserved to win."

    Daniela still leads Kaia 3-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2010 on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 1st round in New Haven, when Daniela defeated Kaia 7-5, 6-3.

     Kaia is now 2-3 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Moscow final last year, and won the Palermo title in 2010. Kaia had a 27-19 singles match record in 2011.
    Daniela is now 4-9 in WTA singles finals; last year she won in Pattaya City, and reached the Birmingham final. Daniela was 41-29 in singles matches last year.

    In Perth on Saturday, Czech Republic defeated France to win the ITF Hopman Cup. Last year's winner at the WTA Championships, Wimbledon and Madrid, 21 year old #2 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated last year's champion at Osaka, 27 year old #9 (career high: #9) Marion Bartoli of France (residence: Geneva, SUI), 7-5, 6-1 (Petra is shown with the Hopman hardware).

    Petra's partner Tomas Berdych also defeated Richard Gasquet of France in the men's singles, so the dead mixed doubles rubber was not played. It is the second time that the Czechs have won the Hopman Cup.

    On Sunday in Auckland, New Zealand, in the rain-postponed final of the ASB Classic, a semifinalist at the 2010 Australian Open (and at Wimbledon in 2008), 28 year old #48 (career high: #15, her rank down due to a prolonged wrist injury) Jie Zheng from Cheng Du, Si Chuan, China, defeated the 2010 Auckland finalist (and champion at Marbella, Spain), 29 year old 4th seeded #20 (career high: #10) Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland), 2-6, 6-3, 2-0 retired when Flavia could no longer continue due to a low back injury (Jie is shown with the hardware after the match).

    Jie's prize is $37,000, Flavia's prize is $19,000.

    Jie said: "The first set was a little tough for me. Many of the games went to deuce but I lost all of them. My husband came to the court and told me it was just a few points and I still had a chance, that I had to keep fighting. I always fight hard. In the end, I was a little bit lucky. I'm sorry for Flavia. I wish for her that it gets better for next week...
    "It has been more than five years since my last title. I had two big injuries—my wrist and my ankle—but now I'm back." WTA story

    Flavia said: "I don't know what [the injury] is yet. I'm going to have an MRI done tomorrow, I think. At 4-2 in the first set was when I first felt it. I started to go down with my leg to be ready for the return and pain started coming out. When I was serving it was really painful... it was not good for me to keep going on the court... It's still a good week for me, though. I'd like to be in the finals every week, singles and doubles. But sometimes your body needs a few days of rest."

    After the match Flavia withdrew from this week's tourney in Sydney so she could recover before the Australian Open. And Jie (who has been playing this week with her right thigh strapped) withdrew from this week's tourney in Hobart due to a thigh injury.

    Jie and Flavia are now tied at 3-3 in career matches. Their previous meeting was on a Deco-Turf hardcourt last year in the 1st round in Doha, when Flavia defeated Jie, 6-2, 6-2.

    2006 Australian Open doubles champion (teamed with Zi Yan) Jie is now 4-2 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Warsaw final last year, and won the Hobart, Tasmania title in 2004. Jie had a 27-25 singles match record in 2011.

    2011 Australian Open doubles champion (teamed with Gisela Dulko) Flavia is now 9-12 in WTA singles finals; in 2010 she won in Marbella and reached the Auckland and Palermo finals. Flavia was 33-21 in singles matches last year.

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Brisbane International, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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

Australia News

    Brisbane: The main draw for Brisbane has 8 seeds, with no 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.

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2012: Serena Williams entertained the media New Year's Day in Brisbane...
Brisbane, 1st Round, Sun-Mon 10:30am Mon WTA story
loser's prize: $4,700 US; points: 1
n6 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n62 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Samantha serving

n10 s2 Andrea Petkovic GER d n37 Shahar Peer ISR 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-3 Mon

Andrea driving a forehand

    Andrea said: "It was really tough, but I expected a tough match. I know Shahar very well. She's tough from both sides and her backhand is really a weapon. I'm lucky I was able to get through this match today."

n11 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n39 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 4-4 retired—migraine Sun
n12 s4 Serena Williams USA d n38 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Serena driving a backhand

    It was Serena's first WTA match since she lost to Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-3, in last year's US Open final.

    Serena said: "I was a little rusty, not playing since the US Open, but I think I did well. I played a really good player today. It wasn't an easy first round at all. She's had some great wins and I can definitely see why.
    "I've taken some of the rust off—I definitely have tons of room for improvement though."

    Serena also said: "I don't love tennis today, but I'm here, and I can't live without it—so I'm still here and I don't want to go anywhere any time soon.
    "It's not that I've fallen out of love; I've actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete. I don't like working out; I don't like anything that has to do with working physically." Tennis.com story

n13 s5 Kim Clijsters BEL d n47 Simona Halep ROU 6-1, 6-4 Sun

Kim's forehand drive

n14 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n56 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Jelena's backhand drive

n16 s7 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n36 Polona Hercog SLO 6-1, 4-1 retired—low back injury Mon
*n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n18 s8 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Sun

Daniela driving a forehand

n22 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n42 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Ana serving

*n54 Iveta Benesova CZE d n25 Lucie Safarova CZE 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 Sun
n34 Kaia Kanepi EST d n118 q Alexandra Panova RUS 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 Mon
*n147 q Nina Bratchikova RUS d n41 Klara Zakopalova CZE 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 Mon
n44 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n167 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
n58 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n86 q Vera Dushevina RUS 6-0, 6-0 Mon
n73 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n134 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-4, 6-2 Sun
n76 q Vania King USA d n143 Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Brisbane, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 10:30am Tue WTA story - Wed WTA story
loser's prize: $8,800 US; points: 60
*n54 Iveta Benesova CZE d n6 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Iveta and Samantha driving backhands

    Samantha said: "Iveta played quite well, but I probably didn't do what I set out to do. As the match went on it got harder and harder to try and stop what was happening. Her serve comes in a little bit different angle and she hits her spots quite well. I certainly didn't feel like I did what I was capable of, but I always want to give credit to an opponent and I think she played very well today."

    Iveta had been 0-4 against Samantha prior to this match; she also had been 0-5 against her compatriot Lucie Safarova before defeating Lucie in the 1st round on Sunday.

    Iveta tweeted: "Wow, had such a great match today against Sam Stosur!! And loved my players box :-)) also thanks for your messages guys! Amazing!!" Iveta Benesova at Twitter

    Iveta will play last year's Australian Open champion, Kim Clijsters, in the quarterfinals on Thursday. They have met only once before, in 2004 on a hardcourt in the 2nd round in Hasselt, Belgium, when Kim defeated Iveta 7-6(3), 6-2.

n10 s2 Andrea Petkovic GER d n44 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 7-6(2), 6-0 Tue

Andrea driving a forehand

    Andrea said: "I played a little stupid in the first set. I was playing one dimensional, forcing the points. Just boom, boom, boom. Barbora's such a clever player and has all the shots, changes up the pace and moves incredibly well, so playing one dimensional is the most stupid thing you can do. After the first set my coach came out and put my head in the right spot. I started giving her some high balls and changing the rhythm, then hitting a fast one."

n11 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n58 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-4, 6-4 Tue

    Francesca said: "I worked hard in the off-season, physically and mentally. I was working on improving the overall quality of my tennis. I did my best every day, so it's great to be here and in the quarterfinals now."

n12 s4 Serena Williams USA d n73 Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-4 Wed

Serena serving, and in pain after spraining her left ankle

    As Serena, leading 5-3 in the 2nd set, served for the match, she rolled her left ankle and fell to the ground in pain. After having her ankle strapped, Serena lost that game, but broke Bojana's serve to win the match.
    A postmatch MRI showed that the ankle was sprained, and Serena withdrew from the tourney, giving Daniela Hantuchova a walkover to the semifinals.

    Serena said: "I have been to hospital and it has been confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain that I probably shouldn’t play on. I’m going to take a couple of days of—not too many—and see how I feel. I’m still hopeful of playing the Australian Open." tourney story

n13 s5 Kim Clijsters BEL d n22 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 Tue

Ana delivering a drop shot, Kim driving a backhand, and after match point

    Ana lead 3-0 in the final set, but Kim won the last six games to take the match.

    Kim said: "I knew that if I could just give myself the opportunity to get back into the match I had to not give [Ana] anything for free. If I could make her go for her winners and dictate the points then maybe there was a chance...she would start to make a few more unforced errors.

    "Her serve wasn't quite as good as it had been in the second set and up until the middle of the third. I was able to get a better look at her second serve and dictate the point from there and try and be more aggressive to her backhand." Sky Sports story

n14 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB v n147 q Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Jelena, whose clothing was supplied by the Chinese company Anta for the past two years, is now attired in Fila togs

*n34 Kaia Kanepi EST d n16 s7 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-0, 6-3 Wed

    Kaia said: "I was playing very well today. I started really well. Maybe my serve was the key today, and I was also feeling comfortable from the baseline. Thankfully we had the roof and the shade because it's a hot day today."

n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n76 q Vania King USA 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Daniela and Vania driving backhands

Brisbane, QFs, Thu 10:30am WTA story
loser's prize: $16,000 US; points: 120
*n34 Kaia Kanepi EST d n10 s2 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-1, 7-6(7)

Andrea and Kaia driving backhands

    Andrea said: "I wasn't really satisfied with my performance today. When somebody starts really well they put a lot of pressure on you, and I forced a little bit too much and made more errors. But [Kaia] played really, really well today, and I have to say, if she keeps playing like this she'll be a force."

n11 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n14 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3

Francesca and Jelena driving forehands, and Francesca after match point

    Jelena held two match points while Francesca served trailing 5-6, 15-40 in the 2nd set.
    Francesca said: "Even though I was down, I had much, much more energy left. Maybe my energy went a little bit down after I lost the first set, but then I saw her and she was a little bit tired, too, so I knew I had to push her hard and keep going. Then I caught her and played a really good tie-break."

n13 s5 Kim Clijsters BEL d n54 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-3, 6-2

Kim serving, Iveta following a backhand, and Kim driving a forehand

    Kim said: "I’m starting to feel more confident. The little bit of the up and down maybe I had in my previous matches, especially in the one against Ana [Ivanovic], that wasn’t there, which was good... I felt like I was looking for the lines a little bit better and from the beginning of the rally I felt that I was, with the return, going for the lines and trying to be in charge of the rally from as soon as I could be...

    "[Iveta is] so sharp that she can just hit it in the corner and it’s very tough to get out of that. So I knew that it was up to me to be the first one to do that whenever you get the chance, without rushing it." tourney story

    Kim will play Daniela Hantuchova in the Brisbane semifinals on Friday. Kim leads Daniela 9-0 in career matches, and Daniela took only one set from Kim in those 9 meetings (in Filderstadt in 2002). However, they have not met since 2007, when, on a Rebound Ace hardcourt in the 4th round of the Australian Open, Kim defeated Daniela 6-1, 7-5.

n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n12 s4 Serena Williams USA walkover—left ankle sprain

Brisbane, SFs, Fri 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $31,000 US; points: 200
*n34 Kaia Kanepi EST d n11 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-0

Kaia and Francesca driving forehand and backhand

    Kaia said: "I had some problems with my serve yesterday, so we focused on making it better today. It was working. In previous years I've been a surprise player—I was able to beat higher ranked players, but then maybe lose to lower ranked players. Now I'm playing more stable, not making as many errors, and beating top players more consistently. Hopefully I can get that ranking myself one day. I'm just not trying for a winner on every shot."

    About the final, Kaia said: "I have to play my own game—be aggressive, be patient, serve well—I have to do everything well. At the beginning of the year everyone is trying to find their game, and whoever finds it faster goes far."

*n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n13 s5 Kim Clijsters BEL 6(4)-7, 3-1 retired—left hip injury

Kim serving, Daniela following a forehand, and Kim leaving the court after retiring from the match

    The injury did not occur during the match. Kim said she started the match feeling "a little stiff," and then, Kim said: "I just felt my left hip getting tighter and tighter to the point where I felt like I couldn’t go forward with my upper body or put any pressure on when I was landing on my serve. So it was the smartest choice to try and not let it get any worse, to be ready for Melbourne in a couple of weeks. When you feel it getting worse and worse, you almost don’t have a choice." tourney story

    Daniela said: "I was so focused on my game I didn't realize what was happening until she came to the net. I'm not sure what the injury is, but before a Grand Slam you don't want to risk anything—I hope she'll be fine and ready to play in Melbourne."

    About the final, Daniela said: "I came to Australia almost two weeks early, preparing for the Australian season in Noosa... I'm really enjoying my time here in Queensland, I've already had so many great weeks here, so no matter what, I will have great memories to take with me."

Brisbane, Final, Sat 7pm+
loser's prize: $57,800 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $110,000 US; points: 470
*n34 Kaia Kanepi EST d n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 6-1

Kaia driving a forehand, Daniela and Kaia driving backhands, and Kaia after match point

Brisbane, Doubles Final, Sat after singles
loser's prize: $18,000 US
winner's prize: $34,000 US
cdr66 s4 Nuria Llagostera Vives & Arantxa Parra Santonja d Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears 7-6(2), 7-6(2)

Nuria, who retired from singles after last season but will continue in doubles, and Arantxa

Brisbane, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 1, 1030am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,400 8pts; q3 $2,650 12pts; qualifier 20 points
n76 Vania King USA d n138 Stefanie Voegele SUI 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
n86 Vera Dushevina RUS d n113 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
*n118 Alexandra Panova RUS d n89 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-0, 6-1
*n147 Nina Bratchikova RUS d n110 Mandy Minella LUX 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Brisbane, Withdrawals
n4 Maria Sharapova RUS left ankle injury
n50 Petra Martic CRO

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 1pm Tue AP story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n15 s1 Sabine Lisicki GER d n83 wc Virginie Razzano FRA 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Sabine's forehand drive

n17 s2 Shuai Peng CHN d n115 q Aravane Rezai FRA 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Shuai launching a backhand on the run

    Shuai said: "It's been a long time since I last played and it was my first match of the year so I was a little nervous. I was tired and so slow and it was hard to get into the match because [Aravane] hit the ball so well. It was like boom, boom, boom."

n19 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n136 q Alison Riske USA 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Svetlana serving

    Svetlana's 2011 season ended with a groin strain in November. Svetlana said: "I missed playing for one and a half months and obviously I was a little bit slow, but I was calm and in the end it was a good game."

n20 s4 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n60 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 7-6(5) Mon

Flavia smashing a forehand, and Sorana following a backhand

n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER d n63 Greta Arn HUN 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 Tue

Julia serving to 2011 Auckland champion Greta

    Julia has just recovered from illness. Julia said: "I wasn't really at 100 percent. I was sick the whole week but that's not an excuse...
    "Greta played a very good match, which is what I expected because she's the champ here. It was a tough match and I was happy to somehow come through."

n23 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA d n64 Rebecca Marino CAN 7-5, 6-4 Tue
n26 s7 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n145 q Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Yanina following a backhand

n30 s8 Monica Niculescu ROU d n144 q Jamie Hampton USA 7-6(1), 6-1 Tue
n32 Angelique Kerber GER d n61 Marina Erakovic NZL 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n43 Christina McHale USA d n65 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Christina following a forehand

n45 Sara Errani ITA d n59 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-1, 6-1 Mon
*n48 Jie Zheng CHN d n47 Ayumi Morita JPN 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Ayumi and Jie serving

n51 Elena Baltacha GBR d n274 wc Sasha Jones NZL 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Mon
n52 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n70 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 Mon
n57 Elena Vesnina RUS d n71 wc Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n69 Mona Barthel GER d n66 Jelena Dokic AUS 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon

Auckland, 2nd Round, Wed 1pm
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n15 s1 Sabine Lisicki GER d n69 Mona Barthel GER 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3

Sabine driving a backhand

*n52 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n17 s2 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-3

Lucie's backhand drive

n19 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n43 Christina McHale USA 6-1, 6-1
n20 s4 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n51 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-4, 6-2

Elena and Flavia driving backhands

*n32 Angelique Kerber GER d n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 6-3
*n57 Elena Vesnina RUS d n23 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 6-4

Elena following a forehand

*n45 Sara Errani ITA d n26 s7 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
*n48 Jie Zheng CHN d n30 s8 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-0, 6-2

Auckland, QFs, Thu 1pm WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
*n32 Angelique Kerber GER d n15 s1 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-4, 4-3 retired—left abdominal injury

Angelique and Sabine driving backhands

    Sabine said: "The injury actually happened in the warm-up. I felt it when I was serving. I'll see the doctor tomorrow to check out what's going on. I hope it's nothing too bad. I hope I recover quickly and that a couple of days off will be enough. I'm just hoping for the best."

n19 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n45 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-3

Svetlana driving a forehand, and Sara launching one on the run

n20 s4 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n57 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6-1

Flavia driving a forehand, Elena following one, and Flavia after match point

    Flavia said: "Everything was perfect. It was my day. I was playing really well today, not making mistakes and serving well. The first day I was feeling so bad, but every day since I've felt much better. I would like to play the same way tomorrow, and am really happy to be in the semifinals."

    Flavia will play Angelique Kerber in the Auckland semifinals on Friday. Flavia and Angelique have met twice before, both times last year. In July, on red clay in the 2nd round in Bastad, Sweden, Flavia defeated Angelique 6-2, 6-3. But in September, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the quarterfinals of the US Open, Angelique defeated Flavia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

n48 Jie Zheng CHN d n52 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-2, 6-3

Jie and Lucie driving forehand and backhand

Auckland, SFs, Fri 1pm WTA story
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
n20 s4 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n32 Angelique Kerber GER 6-1, 6-2

Flavia following a forehand, Angelique driving one, and Flavia after winning a point

    Flavia lost to Angelique in the quarterfinals of the 2011 US Open. Flavia said: "I thought a lot about the US Open quarterfinal match. Even though everything was coming into my mind before the match, I was just trying to focus on today's match and play my best. And I think my tennis was perfect today."

*n48 Jie Zheng CHN d n19 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

Jie driving a forehand, and Svetlana and Jie driving backhands

    Svetlana said: "[Jie] played a great match—the best match I've seen her play... It's [still] a very good start to the season. I had bigger expectations—not in results but in my game." tourney story

Auckland, Final, Sat 1pm—PPD-Sun 1:30pm indoors
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n48 Jie Zheng CHN d n20 s4 Flavia Pennetta ITA 2-6, 6-3, 2-0 retired—low back injury

Jie driving a forehand, Flavia driving a backhand, Jie about to lightly tap one, and Flavia congratulating Jie

Auckland, Doubles Final, Sat after singles
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
played indoors due to rain
cdr29 s3 Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka d cdr48 s4 Flavia Pennetta & Julia Goerges 6(2)-7, 6-2, [10-7]

Lucie and Andrea

Auckland, Qual Finals, Mon Jan 2 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n144 Jamie Hampton USA d n72 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-1, 6-4
n115 Aravane Rezai FRA d n122 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-4, 6-4
n136 Alison Riske USA d n124 Regina Kulikova RUS 6-2, 6(3)-7, 6-2
n145 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n211 Monica Puig PUR 6-3, 6-3

Auckland, Withdrawals
n31 Petra Cetkovska CZE
n103 wc Venus Williams USA Sjögren's Syndrome

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.

2012 Hopman Cup Teams
Group A
s1 Czech Republic n2 Petra Kvitova Tomas Berdych 3-0 7-1
Bulgaria n46 Tsvetana Pironkova Grigor Dimitrov 2-15-4
Denmark n1 Caroline Wozniacki Frederik Nielsen 1-23-5
s4 USA n55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands Mardy Fish 0-32-7
Group B
s2 France n9 Marion Bartoli Richard Gasquet 3-07-1
s3 Spain n27 Anabel Medina Garrigues Fernando Verdasco 2-1 4-4
Australia n33 Jarmila Gajdosova Lleyton Hewitt 1-23-6
China n5 Li Na Wu Di 0-33-6

Perth, Hopman Cup, Saturday, Dec 31, 9:30am
France d China 2-1
n5 Li Na CHN d n9 Marion Bartoli FRA 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Perth, Hopman Cup, Sunday, Jan 1, 3pm
Spain d Australia 2-1
*n33 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n27 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Jarmila after winning a point

Perth, Hopman Cup, Monday, Jan 2, 9:30am & 5pm
Czech Republic d Bulgaria 2-1
n2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n46 Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-2

Denmark d USA 2-1
n1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 7-6(4), 6-2

Caro after match point

Perth, Hopman Cup, Tuesday, Jan 3, 9:30am & 5pm
Spain d China 2-1
n5 Li Na CHN d n27 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-1

France d Australia 3-0
n9 Marion Bartoli FRA d n33 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-0, 6-0

    Jarmila had had a root canal the day before this match. Jarmila said: "What I learnt is that there are bad days in the office, and that you shouldn’t go to dentist day before. Obviously I had a few medications in me, but that doesn’t take [away] the fact that Marion was playing unbelievable and she would have beat me either way."

Perth, Hopman Cup, Wednesday, Jan 4, 9:30am & 5pm
Bulgaria d Denmark 2-1
n1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n46 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-5, 4-6, 6-2

Czech Republic d USA 3-0
n2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-2, 6-1

Perth, Hopman Cup, Thursday, Jan 5, 1pm
Australia d China 2-1
n5 Li Na CHN d n33 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-3, 6-2

France d Spain 2-0
n9 Marion Bartoli FRA d n27 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-4

Perth, Hopman Cup, Friday, Jan 6, 1pm
Czech Republic d Denmark 2-0
n2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4

Petra and Caro watching their serves fly

USA v Bulgaria
n55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n46 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-4, 6-4

Perth, Hopman Cup Final, Saturday, Jan 7, 3pm
Czech Republic d France 2-0
n2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n9 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-5, 6-1

    (Dec 23, 2011) WTA #4 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Brisbane International because her left ankle, which she injured in Tokyo on Sep 29, is "not 100%." However, Maria expects to be ready to play in the 2012 Australian Open. tourney story

    (Dec 19, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Auckland ASB Classic citing ongoing health issues due to Sjögren's Syndrome, which causes causes fatigue and joint pain. After playing exhibition matches earlier this month, Venus decided she was not yet ready to play. tourney story

    The Hong Kong Tennis Classic exhibition tourney (previously known as the World Team Challenge, JB Group Classic & Watson's Water Challenge), which was always played during the first week of the new year, has been "postponed" (i.e., cancelled) due to a lack of sponsors Gulf Times story.

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