Sunday, January 10, 2010

First Tennis News of 2010

Brisbane International

Top-seeded Andy Roddick clinched men's singles Brisbane International title. He won over defending champion Radek Stepanek of Czech in Brisbane International final in straight sets, 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (7) in two hours and five minutes.

Roddick's serve was his key of the victory as he won 77% of first serves and created seven aces.

"I certainly don't know if I expected to come and win my first tournament after a pretty extended lay-off," said Roddick who had an injury after last year Wimbledon final.

In the women's singles final on Saturday (1/9), Belgian Kim Clijsters prevailed over her countrywomen Justine Henin.

Federer Withdraws from Kooyong

Roger Federer has decided not to participate in next week's Kooyong Classic. It is the second time the world number one has missed Australian Open warm-up in the past seven years. The other time he did not play was in 2008.

In Qatar Open semi-final, the Swiss maestro was subjugated by Nikolay Davydenko who grabbed the title after subduing Rafael Nadal 0-6, 7-6 (8), and 6-4.

Murray Leads Great Britain to 1-2 Defeat

In the Hopman Cup final, Great Britain's Laura Robson shocked Anabel Media Garrigues with a 6-1, 7-6 (6) victory in the opening match. Robson hit 28 winners while Martinez Sanchez created 36 unforced errors.

It was 15-year-old Robson's first singles win during the tournament.

“I was pretty nervous in the end but I just tried to keep going for my shots. It was pretty convenient that the only match I won was in the Final so I’m happy,” the junior Wimbledon champion said.

The second match was Andy Murray against Tommy Robredo of Spain. The world number four, who had not lost a match in the group stages, made the Great Britain's chance to win Hopman Cup, vanish. He was surprisingly defeated by Robredo 1-6, 6-4, and 6-3.

Murray lost again in the mixed doubles match. He and Robson were downed by Robredo and Garrigues 6-7 (6) and 5-7.

Spain's win is the third after the victory Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and her brother Emilio Sanchez in 1990 and then with Robredo in 2002.


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