Friday, January 10, 2014
Second-seeded Petra Kvitova suffered an upset 6-4, 6-3 loss to Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova in the semifinals of the Sydney International on Thursday.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Former U.S. Open champions Juan Martin del Potro and Samantha Stosur rallied to win their second-round matches against tough French opponents Wednesday at Australian Open warm-up tournaments.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Lleyton Hewitt won a title for the first time since 2010 with an upset 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at the Brisbane International over Roger Federer, his longest-standing rival on tour.
Rafael Nadal at last made a title-winning start to a year when he held off Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Serena Williams showed she has carried her momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International and set the tone for the Australian Open.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
World number one Rafael Nadal showed his trademark grit and determination on Thursday as he reached the semi-finals of the Qatar Open with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
One of the Williams sisters advanced to the final in an Australian Open warm-up event at Auckland, and the other is one victory away in Brisbane.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Croatia's Marin Cilic beat fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-5, 7-5 Wednesday on a day dominated more by injury withdrawals in the women's draw than completed match results at the Brisbane International.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Serena Williams did a quick little dance behind the baseline to remind herself to move her feet. After a complete air swing at the net in the second set, she smiled ruefully and drew in some long, deep breaths.
Monday, December 30, 2013
After pulling out of the Brisbane International with injuries in recent seasons, Maria Sharapova is aiming to use the season-opening tournament this time as a springboard for her comeback and to see how her new support crew works in competition.