Apia Sydney International Day 1-2
Del Potro Makes Winning Return; Janowicz Denies Kyrgios; Tomis into Second Round
apiainternational.com.au: January 13 2015 Sydney, Australia – Juan Martin del Potro has made a winning return to tennis after almost 11 months on the sidelines, beating Sergiy Stakhovsky in the opening round of Apia International Sydney 2015. Del Potro defeated the Ukrainian 6-3 7-6(4), celebrating with a roar and his arms held aloft when she sealed victory on a Stakhovsky error.
The defending champion was overcome with emotion in his on-court interview, saying how pleased he was to be back and thanking the fans – including a large Argentinian contingent – for their support. He will next face top seed Fabio Fognini.
A dominant Bernard Tomic (Qld) wasted little time in getting his campaign for a third straight Apia International Sydney final appearance underway with an easy victory over Dutch qualifier Igor Sijsling at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre this afternoon.
The 2013 champion and 2014 finalist started the way he intended to finish, breaking Sijsling in the fourth match of the game to take an early 3-1 lead. From there he didn’t look back, the 22-year-old in complete control as he closed out the first set 6-1 in just 19 minutes. It was a similar story in the second set, with Tomic reeling off a back hand passing shot down the line to go up 2-1. Sijsling managed to hold serve at 5-1 to prevent an exact replica of the first set but Tomic, who won 85 per cent of his first serves, fired down his eighth ace to take the match 6-1 6-2.
Jerzy Janowicz has produced a breathtaking display of montrous serving and baseline power-hitting to beat Aussie young gun Nick Kyrgios in a third-set tiebreak at Apia International Sydney. The Polish star sealed a 6-1 6-7 7-6 victory after 1am at Ken Rosewall Arena, moving through to a second-round meeting with fifth seed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.
The match threatened to be a one-sided affair; Janowicz unleash a barrage of powerful first serves and crushed his forehand past a shell-shocked Kyrgios, breaking the Aussie twice en route to taking the first set in just 23 minutes. It was Kyrgios’ first competitive outing of the season after being forced to withdraw from the Hopman Cup due to a back injury, yet he admirably settled into the contest.
Sydney International Men’s Singles First Round Tuesday Jan 13
Jerzy Janowicz beat Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-7(6) 7-6(5)
Bernard Tomic beat Igor Sijsling 6-1 6-2
Juan Martin Del Potro beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3 7-6(4)
Gilles Muller beat Sam Groth 3-6 6-3 7-6(6)
Vasek Pospisil beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6(4)
Viktor Troicki beat 8-Martin Klizan 6-2 6-3
Mikhail Kukushkin beat Denis Istomin 6-3 7-6(1)
Jeremy Chardy beat Sam Querrey 6-4 6-4
Pablo Andujar beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-2 6-2
Muguruza Stuns Radwanska; Strycova Beats Stosur; Kvitova Ousts Peng
apiainternational.com.au: January 13 2015 Sydney, Australia – Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has continued her surprise run at Apia International Sydney, defeating Sam Stosur in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals. In a polished display of all-court tennis, the diminutive Czech overcame an error-prone Stosur to win 7-6(1) 6-2, following on from her defeat of fourth seed Caroline Woznaicki on Monday after the Dane retired with a wrist injury. She will play defending champion Tsvetana Pironkova, who got past an injured Madison Keys earlier on Tuesday.
Spanish rising star Garbine Muguruza stunned third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets to continue the run of upsets on day three at the Apia International Sydney, before second seed Petra Kvitova restored some order with her win over China’s Peng Shuai. On a day when several seeds fell, Kvitova was in scintillating form in the first set, giving away just a single game as she looked on track for an easy victory.
Meanwhile, Radwanska was in good form having just won the Hopman Cup last week before dominating Alize Cornet in the first round in Sydney, but couldn’t hold off the fast-finishing Spaniard; Muguruza triumphing 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2. Muguruza progressed to a quarterfinal showdown with the winner of the match between No.5 Angelique Kerber and Australian wildcard Daria Gavrilova.
Sydney Women's Singles Second Round Tuesday Jan 13
5-Angelique Kerber beat Daria Gavrilova 6-7(6) 7-6(2) 6-3
Jarmila Gajdosova beat 7-Dominika Cibulkova 1-6 6-3 6-4
2-Petra Kvitova beat Peng Shuai 6-1 7-5
Barbora Strycova beat Samantha Stosur 7-6(1) 6-2
Garbine Muguruza beat 3-Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova beat Madison Keys 4-6 4-1 ret.
Carla Suarez Navarro beat 6-Ekaterina Makarova 4-6 6-1 6-4
Karolina Pliskova beat Nicole Gibbs 6-0 6-0
Stosur Ousts Safarova; Gajdosova Upsets Petkovic; Radwanska, Pironkova Advance
apiainternational.com.au: Januray 12 2015 Sydney, Australia - In a huge result for Australia, wildcard Jarmila Gajdosova has upset world No.13 Andrea Petkovic in straight sets in the first round on Monday. The big-hitting Gajdosova won 6-1 7-6(5), joining compatriots Sam Stosur and Daria Gavrilova in the second round.
Petkovic is the highest-ranked opponent Gajdosova has beaten since returning to tennis in last 2013 following a debilitating six-month battle with mononucleosis. Next up for the Aussie at Apia International Sydney 2015 is seventh seed Dominika Cibulkova, a 6-2 6-2 winner over qualifier Kristina Mladenovic. Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki’s Australian Open hopes are in doubt after the Danish No.4 seed retired hurt with a wrist injury during the second set of her first-round clash with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Sam Stosur has won a three-hour epic against career nemesis Lucie Safarova to move through to the second round at Apia International Sydney 2015. Stosur beat the in-form Czech 7-6(3) 5-7 6-3, sealing a confidence-boosting victory with an ace.
Defending champion Tsvetana Pironkova continued her excellent form in the Harbour City, beating No.8 seed Flavia Pennetta to advance to the second round. Having come through the qualifying draw, Pironkova came into her match against the Italian well grooved, and completed a 6-3 7-6(4) victory in just over 90 minutes. Pironkova won eight matches in Sydney last year to win the title from the qualifying draw, and has now won 12 consecutive matches at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Agnieszka Radwanska has made light work of the tricky Alize Cornet in the opening round of the Apia International Sydney. Radwanska, the third seed and highest-ranked player in action at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on Monday, won 6-3 6-2 on Ken Rosewall Arena. She will next face Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who ousted Italian Sara Errani earlier in the day.
Sydney Women's Singles First Round Monday Jan 12
Carla Suarez Navarro beat Sabine Lisicki 6-3 3-6 7-6(4)
Jarmila Gajdosova beat Andrea Petkovic 6-1 7-6(5)
6-Ekaterina Makarova beat Elina Svitolina 7-6(1) 6-2
Garbine Muguruza Blanco beat Sara Errani 6-0, 7-5
Shuai Peng beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6 7-6(1) 6-4
Barbora Strycova beat 4-Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 1-1 ret.
3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-2
Samantha Stosur beat Lucie Safarova 7-6(3) 5-7 6-3
Daria Gavrilova beat Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-0
Madison Keys beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4
7-Dominika Cibulkova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova beat 8-Flavia Pennetta 6-3 7-6(4)
KarolinaPliskova beat Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4
5-Angelique Kerber beat Lesia Tsurenko 1-6, 6-4, 6-3