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Djokovic, Murray Head Field in Brisbane Invitational
First tournament of 2013 also features Wawrinka, del Potro and Isner

BRISBANE, Australia - The first ATP event of the 2013 season will feature four of the top names in men's tennis as the 32-player field of the 2013 Brisbane Invitational is highlighted by Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray as well as Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro.

Djokovic is the top-seed of the tournament with Murray as the number two seed. Wawrinka is the three seed and del Potro is the fourth seed. The remainder of the ranked seeds are No. 5 Mikhail Youzhny, number six seed Nicolas Almagro, American John Isner and Tommy Haas.

The event is one of the precoursers to the first major event of the year, the Australian Open in melbourne later in January. 

Former great Lleyton Hewitt will play Grigor Dmitrov
  

First Round

Match 1
#9 Martin Cilic d. #8 Lukasz Rosol 6-3, 6-4
... The Brisbane Invitational began with a tight match as Martin Cilic edged Lukasz Rosol in straight sets. Both sets were close as Cilic, leading 4-3 on serve in the first set broke Rosol with three consecutive points to take a 5-3 lead before serving out the set. The second set saw Rosol serving at 4-4 before Cilic ran off two consecutive points to break serve and take a 5-4 lead. Cilic served for the match and with the game tied at 30-30, the Czech ripped off his seventh ace of the match and then hit a forehand winner to move to the quarterfinals.

Match 2
#5 John Isner d. #12 Igor Sijsling 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 ... John Isner dropped the first set and used a tremendous first serve to rally and defeat Igor Sijsling in three sets. After dropping the first set, Isner broke a 2-2 tie in the second set by taking four consecutive games. The third set saw an identical finish as Isner served at 2-2 in the third set taking the fifth game with four straight points and then took the final three games to advance to the quarterfinals.

Top Seeds
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Andy Murray
3. Stan Wawrinka
4. Juan del Potro
5. Mikhail Youzhny
6. Nicolas Almagro
7. John Isner
8. Tommy Hass

 

 

 



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Serena Williams Cruises in First Match of '13
Williams advances in straight set in opener of Brisbane Invitational

TENNYSON, Australia - The 2013 WTA season began with top-seed Serena Williams defeating Dinah Pfizenmaier in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in the first match of the 2013 Brisbane Invitational at the Queensland Tennis Centre 

Williams had little problem advancing in the 32-field tournament. Williams and Pfizenmaier stayed on serve throughout the first five games before Williams broke Pfizenmaier to go up 4-2. Both players held service in the next two games before Williams powered through the final game to take the first set. The younger Williams sister overcame four aces by Pfizenmaier in the opening set by taking advantage of six unforced errors.

In the second set, Williams broke the German Pfizenmaier twice to go ahead 4-0 and then held service twice to claim the victory and advance to the quarterfinals. Williams will play the winner of Germany's Annika Beck and American Varvara Lepchenko. 

Williams faces a difficult road the finals of the first even of the season. Caroline Wazniacki, Sabine Lasicki and Maria Kirilinko are all on Williams side of the bracket. The other side of the bracket features Sara Errani, Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep.

Match Stats
S. Williams (USA) d. Pfizenmaier (Germany) 6-3, 6-2
Unforced Errors Pfizenmaier 14, Williams 12 Double Faults Pfizenmaier 3, Williams 0 Aces Pfizenmaier 6, Williams 4



Today's Matches
8 Annika Beck v. 9 Varvara Lepchenko
4 Maria Kirlenko v. 13 Kurumi Nava
5 Lucie Safarova v. 12 Anna Schmiedlova



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WHAT??????...........TENNIS??????????

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LOL...yeah, switching it up a little...I also have a soccer game as well...but the US Open got me in a tennis mood...at least for a little bit



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No, that's cool..........what tennis game is it?

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Three of Four Top Seeds Advance to Semi-Finals at Brisbane
Williams, Sharapova and Wozniacki in final four of first event of 2013

TENNYSON, Australia - The 2013 WTA season began with top-seed Serena Williams advancing to the semifinals of the  2013 Brisbane Invitational at the Queensland Tennis Centre, Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova roudn out the field in the first event of the 2013 WTA season. 

Williams, who will face Wozniacki in the first semifinal, had little problem advancing in the 32-field tournament advancing with three straight victories while Wozniacki advanced with a hard fought, three-set win in the quarterfinals, defeating Sabine Lisicki. Wozniacki was blanked in the first set before taking the second set 6-4 and holding off Lisikci, 6-3, in the final set.

On the other side of the bracket, Sharapova comes into the final very well rested. After defeating kiki bertens in straight sets in just over 35 minutes, Sharapova advanced after Karin Knapp retired in the second set. In the quarterfinals, Sharapova did not even take the court as Ana Ivanovic withdrew with an injury. Kuznetsova, the only top seed to advance to the semis, defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round before delivering the the second upset of the tournament, stunning Simona Halepo, 6-4, 7-5.   

Kuznetsova faced the surprising Jie Zheng in the quarterfinals. Zheng , the No. 8-seed, won her opening round match, defeating Allison Riske in the most compelling match of the week. Zheng took a three-set thriller with a 7-6 win in the final set. Zheng then got past Stefani Errani when Errani, who was leading the match after taking the first set, retired in the second set with the score tied at four. 

Zheng and Kuznetsova played an exciting two-set match with Kuznetsova breaking Zheng at 4-4 in the fi

First Round
S. Williams d. Pfizenmaier  6-3, 6-2
V. Plepchenko d. A. Beck 6-2, 6-4

M. Kirilenko d. K. Nara 6-4, 6-1 
L. Safarova 6-3, 6-1

C. Wozniacki d. S. Hseih 6-0, 6-0
S. Voegele d. K. Pliskova 6-4, 6-2

S. Lasikci d. M. Doi 6-1, 6-0
C. Scheepers d.  6-2, 6-1

S. Errani d. B. Zaharova-Strycova 6-0, 6-0
J. Zheng d., A. Riske 6-2, 3-6, 7-6

S. Halep d. L. Dominiquez-Lino 4-1, retired
S. Kuznetsova d. A. Tomljanovic 6-0, 6-0

M. Sharapova d. K. Bertens 6-1, 6-0
K. Knapp d. P. Hercog 6-3, -5

A. Ivanovic d. Y. Schvedova 6-2, 6-0
A. Petkovic d. S. Peer 6-2, 6-1

Second Round
S. Williams d. V. Lepchenko 5-0, retired

L. Safarova d. K. Nara 0-6, 2-1, retired

C. Wozniacki d. S. Voegele 6-2, 7-5
S. Lisicki d. C. Scheepers 6-2, 6-1 

J. Zhang d. S. Errani 6-3, 4-4 retired
S. Kuznetsova d. S. Halep -4, 7-5

M. Sharapova d. K. Knapp 6-3, 3-1 retired
A. Ivonicivic d. A. Petkovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Quarterfinals
S. Williams d. L. Safarova 6-2, 6-4
C. Wozniacki d. S. Lisicki 0-6, 6-4, 6-3

S. Kuznetsova d. J. Zheng 6-4, 7-6
M. Sharapoa d. A. Ivonicivic Walkover

Semi-Finals
Serena Williams vs. Caroline Wozniacki 
Maria Sharapova d. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 

 



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Sharapova Pushes Through to Finals
Three-set victory advances Maria to Brisbane Finals

TENNYSON, Australia - Maria Sharapova took three tough sets to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova to advance to the finals of the 2013 Brisbane Invitational at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

2013-sharapova.jpgSharapova was well rested headed into Saturday's semi-final match with the surprise of the tournament in Kuznetsova, but it diod not take long to Sharapova to gain the advantage in the opening set. After each player held serve in the first four games, Sharapova broke Kuznetsova in the fifth game as she rallied to win five consecutive points after falling behind 40-love. Sharapova broke Kuznetsova to win the first set.
 
In the second set, Kuznetsova broke Sharapova in the opening game and seemed to have figured out a solid game plan as she forced a pair of unforced errors. In the second game, Sharapova roared back and evened the second set with a five-point break. The two would remain on serve throughout the second set and Sharapova held a triple break point for the match before Kuznetsova won three straight points. An unforced error gave Sharapova the advantage before Kuznetsova reeled off three consecutive points to teven things at 5-5.
 
After holding serve the pair played a second set tiebreaker that Sharapova took control of early winning three of the first four points with Kuznetsova's only point coming off one of her seven service aces of the match. Serving at 3-1 Sharapova led Kuznetsova to her forehand where ripped a winner to make the score 3-2 and ignited a surge of five straight points including an unforced error and a double fault by Sharapova. After a backhand winner by Sharapova, Kuznesova won nthe set with a scorching forehand blast to even the match.
 
The third set saw the more fresh-legged Sharapova take advantage of the tiring Kuznetsova by winning 12 consecutive points en route to a break and a 3-0 lead. Kuznetsova was able to hold serve throughout the rest of the set, but could not muster a break as Sharapova served out the match in five points. Kuznetsova could not overcome 35 unforced errors despite the fact that Kuznetsova had seven aces.
 
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Williams Rolls to Finals
Serena drops Wozniacki in straight sets to reach Brisbane Finals

TENNYSON, Australia - Serena Williams took advantage of numerous errors by Caroline Wozniacki to win in straight sets, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, and set up a meeting with Maria Sharapova in the finals of the 2013 Brisbane Invitational at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon. 

2013-S.Williams.jpgWilliams took advantage of 26 unforced errors by Wozniacki to win a match that was much closer than the straight-set victory would indicate. Williams and Wozniacki held serve throughout the first set before Williams triumphed with a dramatic 8-6 win in the tiebreaker. Only once did a lead go past one point, (Williams led 3-1), inn the 14-point tiebreaker. The first set tiebreaker saw five ties and six lead changes before Williams broke a 6-6 tie with an unforced error by Wozniacki and a brief volley that saw Williams rip a forehand winner to break Wozniacki for the set0-winning point.

In the second set, Williams and Wozniacki held serve until Williams broke Wozniacki at 3-4 to take a 5-3 lead. Williams and Wozniacki were at duece until Williams hit a drop shot during a brief rally and then took control of the match with a winner off a weak second serve. Williams clinched a berth in the finals after a pair of double faults let Wozniacki back in the game before hitting a winner and winning the match on Wozniacki's 26th unforced error of the day.

Williams, the top-seed in the tournament, will play Sharapova, the No. 2-seed, with the early WTA No. 1 position on the line.

 



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Championship Match
[2] Maria Sharapova vs. [1] Serena Williams

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Williams, Sharapova Duel in Brisbane Championship
WTA two top players go head-to-head in highly anticipated final

TENNYSON, Australia - Top-seed Serena Williams will take on No. 2-seed Maria Sharapova in the finals of the 2013 Brisbane Invitational at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon. 

2013-queensland.jpgWilliams and Sharapova, who were one-two in the tournament, will be one-two in the world when the WTA Rankings are released after the match on Sunday afternoon. The match, which is the first event of the WTA season and a major precursor to the Australian Open later this month in Melbourne, is one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in women's tennis. 

Predicted to battle for the top ranking in the WTA this season, the duo will meet for the first time in front of what is said to be a standing-room only crowd that will be in excess of 6,000 fans.

"This is a great way to start the 2013 season," said Williams last night after defeating Caroline Wozniacki. "Maria is playing great and she is well rested this week."

Sharapova had two matches end due to injuries and has only played five sets this week. Sharapova had only lost two games in her first three matches before surviving a three-set marathon, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, over No. 5-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

By comparison, Williams won all her matches in straight sets with the exception of her second round match with Vara Lepchenko who withdrew trailing 5-0 in the first set. 

Road to the Finals
Serena Williams
d. Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-3, 6-2
d. Vavara Lepchenko 5-0 ret.
d. Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-4
d. Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (8-6), 6-3

Maria Sharapova
d. Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-0
d. karin Knapp 6-0, 3-1 ret.
d. Ana Ivanicovic walkover
d. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-7 (7-4), 6-3



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Sharapova Stuns Williams in Classic for Brisbane Championship
Championship decided in three-set tiebreaker thriller 

TENNYSON, Australia - Maria Sharapova defeated Serena Williams in a thrilling three-set tiebreaker to claim the 2013 Brisbane Invitational at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday afternoon by a score of 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2). 

In what will go down as one of the most dramatic matches of the year, Williams and Sharapova went back-and-forth in a way that only champions could do before Sharapova wore down Williams in a third set tiebreaker to earn the first WTA event of the year.

2013-Sharapova2.jpgThe first set saw both Williams and Sharapova hold serve through the first 10 games before Sharpova took control of the set by breaking Williams to go ahead 6-5. Williams served an ace on the first serve, but then Sharapova took four of the next five points, including three consecutive points to take the game. Sharapova served out the set on six points as the Brisbane crowd were howling in surprised approval.

In a wild second set, Williams won four straight points to hold serve and then broke Sharapova with four more consecutive points as the crowd shifted support towards the favorite Williams. Sharapova broke Williams in the third game, holding off three game points. The two held serve as Williams led, 3-2, before breaking Sharapova once again in two classic points. 

At duece, Williams won a 12-hit volley and then followed with an 18-point rally that culminated with a forehand winner than barely caught the baseline and gave Williams a 4-02 lead. However, then it was Sharapova's turn as she broke Williams twice, winning 13 of 18 points to lead 5-4 and serving for the match.

It didn't take long for Williams re-assert her dominance as she ripped off four straight points to tie the match at 5-5. Each player held serve easily as the set headed into a tiebreaker. Williams controlled the tiebreaker from the outset and jumped to a 5-1 lead. Sharapova won two points before striking a forehand into the net to give Williams a 6-3 lead. sharapova rallied for a backhand winner and then an unforced error by Williams to creep within a point, but Williams held serve with a scorching winner past a sprawling Sharapova to take the set and even the match.

With the capacity crowd buzzing, Williams broke Sharapova in the first game as it seemed like the momentum of Williams would continue. However, Sharapova came right back and broke Williams. The two would exchange serve for the next four games before Williams broke Sharapova in four straight points to gain a 4-3 lead. Williams held serve in a wild game as Sharapova fought of Williams three times before a pair of unforced errors gave Williams the game and a 5-3 lead.

And like many in attendance anticipated, like a heavyweight fight between two sluggers, Sharapova held serve with four straight points and then took the next game as the usually reliable Williams began the game with a pair of double faults and Sharapova capitalized to even the match at five. Both players held serve easily to force a match-deciding tiebreaker.

Sharapova served and quickly hit a winner of Seren's return for a 1-0 lead. After an ace by Williams, the American double faulted to give Sharapova a 2-1 lead. The fault seemed to disrupt Williams as the two exchanged winners to make the score 3-2. After two lets and on second serve, Sharapova crept towards the net on the next serve and ripped a cross-court forehand past Williams for a 4-2 lead as the two changed sides.

With Williams serving again, Sharapova took advantage of a long exchange and ran down a Williams corner shot with a blistering backhand for a 5-2 lead. Deflated, Williams could not break Sharapova as she quickly delivered a pair of winners to secure the match.

"I don't think I have ever played a match as back-and-forth as this one," said Sharapova. "Serena is great and it was just a matter of my conditioning and being able to take advantage of key situations."

With the victory, Sharapova will be the top-ranked player in nthe world when the WTA Rankings are released on Monday morning. Sharapova will play in the APLA International in Sydney next week before the Austrailian Open in melbourne in two weeks. Williams will play in the Moorilla Hobart Invitational in Hobart.



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