Sunday, 6 January 2013

Brisbane, Shenzhen, Auckland (Sydney!): Top seeds win as expected

Brisbane final:

Serena Williams def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-1

Serena Williams might as well be seeded number 1 here. She dropped zero sets on route to another Premier title, brushing away the Russian in straightforward fashion. Just like what Anastasia proclaimed after the match, Serena makes everyone feel like they don't know how to play tennis. Her level is just out of this world. If she continues like this, she might be touching the record slam numbers of Martina Navratilova soon.

Shenzhen final:

Li Na def. Klara Zakopalova 6-1 1-6 7-5

Although she struggled mightily, Li Na regrouped at the crucial moment to delight her home crowd fans by clinching the Shenzhen title. Li struggled with her second serve and went on a mental walkabout in the 2nd set. However, she focused just in the nick of time to edge out the red hot Zakopalova. This is Li's first title in China since 2004 Guangzhou, almost 10 whooping years ago, so she must be elated. Hopefully, she can maintain her relatively good form into Australia.

Auckland final:

Agnieszka Radwanska def. Yanina Wickmayer 6-4 6-4

Agnieszka Radwanska adds another title to her haul as she overcomes Yanina Wickmayer without much difficulty. Sometimes, it seemed like she didn't even care as Yanina was just destroying herself with her over eagerness to win the title. Basically, Radwanska keep asking the questions by pushing the ball onto the court while Yanina was busy bashing it out. Yanina's coach told her to treat it like a practice session and go for her shots. LOL! No match shold be treated like a practice session unless it's against someone who's standard is totally below you. That was an epic fail moment from Wickmayer's coach.

Sydney 1st round:

Caroline Wozniacki def. Urzsula Radwanska 6-1 6-2
Maria Kirilenko def. Olivia Rogowska 7-5 6-2
Ekaterina Makarova def. Varvara Lepchenko 6-4 4-6 6-1
Dominika Cibulkova def. Petra Kvitova 6-1 6-1

Dominika Cibulkova def. Petra Kvitova 6-1 6-1

I called it last week and she proved me right again. Petra's days as a top player is pretty much over. It seems like she did nothing during the off season and expected magic once she picked up her racket this season. To think that she was a few wins from the number 1 rank last year, Petra has really plummeted a long way. Cibulkova just had to put the ball in and WHAM! an error comes right away from the Czech's hands. Please rest up and find the energy Petra, because it is a waste of talent if she continues to be so mindless and unmotivated.

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