Moon Tennis – Australian Open

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Australian Open

Ladies Singles Final

Caroline Wozniacki finally became a Grand Slam Champion after an epic three sets victory over Simona Halep. The Dane needed a tie-break to take the first set in a battle that would also determine who would become World number 1. Halep got a break early in the second set to force a decider winning the second set 6-3 playing some exceptional tennis.

It was Wozniacki who this time would prevail in the end however. She needed a medical time out at 4-3 down which she afterwards said gave her chance to re-focus and then reeled off three games in a row to take the title 6-4. The 27 year old has had a string of finals losses on the WTA tour over the last year, but finally gets over the line in the big one. For Halep, surely a Grand Slam of her own is not far away, but it was not to be this time.

Mens Singles Final

Roger Federer was taken all the way to a deciding set by Marin Cilic but in the end claimed his 20th Grand Slam title. Cilic started poorly with Federer taking the first set 6-2. Cilic settled in the second to force a tie break and got himself back in contention winning it to level the score. Federer got the only break in the third in the sixth game and went on to take the third set 6-3.

Federer got a break early in the fourth and had a point for a double break as he began to look like he was cruising to the title. But Cilic fought right back, saving the break point and then breaking Federer in the next game. In an incredible spell Cilic broke again eventually taking Set 4 by 6-3 to force a decider. The final set proved a letdown after the promise of what had gone before. Federer broke twice to take the final set easily 6-1 as the effort of the Croat finally took it’s toll. 

The legend of Federer continues. 20 Grand Slams and plenty of evidence there could be more to come yet from this top class athlete.

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis Results

Australian Open

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Ladies Singles Final

AT MELBOURNE PARK, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA< AUSTRALIA

Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) Beat Simona Halep (Romania)

2-1 (7-6 3-6 6-4)

Full Report (The Guardian)

Australian Open

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Men’s Singles Final

AT MELBOURNE PARK, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA< AUSTRALIA

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Marin Cilic (Croatia)

3-2 (6-2 6-7 6-3 3-6 6-1)

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Moon Tennis – WTA Tour Round Up

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WTA Tour Round-Up

Former World number 1 Angelique Kerber sent out a message she is ready for the Australian Open winning her first WTA Title since the US Open in 2016 with suggestions she is getting back to her best. She defeated home favourite Ashleigh Barty with a break in each set to take the title in Syndey 6-4 6-4. She beat Lucie Safarova and Venus Williams on her way to the final having her best week in a long time. With Serena Williams out of the Australian Open, Kerber must have a good chance to take another Grand Slam in this form

In the other WTA event this week in Hobart, Tasmania, Belgian Elise Mertens took back to back titles beating Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu in a rain affected final. The Romanian was in her first WTA final having beaten Alize Cornet to get here, but in the end Mertens experience was the difference as she held it together better as the players were taken off court four times during the contest. Mertens won the deciding set 6-3 to become the first player to win in Hobart twice in it’s 25 year history.

MOON OF LIBERTY WTA TENNIS RESULTS

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Sydney International

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Sydney International Final

AT THE NEW SOUTH WALES TENNIS CENTRE, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Angelique Kerber (Gemany) Beat Ashleigh Barty (Australia)

2-0 (6-4 6-4)

Full Report (Tennis.com)

Hobart International

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Hobart International Final

AT THE HOBART INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CENTRE, HOBART, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Elise Mertens (Belgium) Beat Mihaela Buzarnescu (Romania)

2-1 (6-1 4-6 6-3)

Full Report (ESPN)

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Moon Tennis – ATP Tour update

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ATP Tour Round Up

Heading into the US Open next week, Australia and New Zealand were the venues for this week ATP Tour events. In Auckland Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain took his second title in three years at the venue defeating Juan Martin Del Potro. Agut raced through the first set 6-1 but Del Potro hit back to take it to a decider. The key break came at 5-5 giving Agut the advantage and chance to serve for the match. He had to save a break point but held his nerve to save it and then serve it out to claim the title.

In Sydney it was the battle of the youngsters as 18 year old home favourite Alex de Minaur in his first ATP Title, took on the rising star from Russia, 21 year old Daniil Medvedev. The Australian got off to a stunning start taking the first set 6-1 but the experience of Medvedev slowly took over. The Russian broke in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out to level. Medvedev then took a double break to lead 4-0 in the decider. The Aussie showed great resilience to fight back, recover both breaks and get the score back to 5-5. de Minaur could not sustain it though, at this point Medvedev broke once more and this time he served it out to take the title after two hours of top class tennis.

MOON OF LIBERTY ATP TOUR TENNIS RESULTS

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Auckland Open

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Auckland Open Final

AT THE ASB TENNIS CENTRE, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) Beat Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina)

2-1 (6-1 4-6 7-5)

Full Report (ESPN)

Sydney International

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Sydney International Final

AT THE NEW SOUTH WALES TENNIS CENTRE, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Daniil Medvedev (Russia) Beat Alex de Minaur (Australia)

2-1 (1-6 6-4 7-5)

Full Report (The Australian)

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Moon Tennis – ATP Tour 2018

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ATP Tour Round-Up

The ATP tour kicked off with a double for France in two different parts of the World. In Qatar Gael Monfis comfortably beat Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets in just under an hour. The win was Monfis 7th Tour title. The other French victory came in India where Gilles Simon had a superb week, knocking out top seed Marin Cilic and then defeating big serving Kevin Anderson in the final to claim his first ever ATP title.

There was home success for Nick Kyrgios in the Brisbane International. He fought off five break point chances from his America opponent Ryan Harrison showing great resilience in his game. In the end he won 6-4 6-2 to claim his fourth ATP title. He is bang in form to have a great shot at his home Grand Slam later in the month.

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MOON OF LIBERTY ATP TOUR TENNIS RESULTS

QATAR OPEN

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QATAR OPEN FINAL

AT THE KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL TENNIS & SQUASH COMPLEX, DOHA, QATAR

Gael Monfis (France) Beat Andrey Rublev (Russia)

2-0 (6-2 6-3)

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Maharashutra Open

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MAHARASHUTRA OPEN FINAL

AT THE SHREE CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI SPORTS COMPLEX, PUNE, INDIA

Gilles Simon (France) Beat Kevin Anderson (South Africa)

2-0 (7-6 6-2)

Full Report (ESPN)

Brisbane International

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BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FINAL

AT THE QUEENSLAND TENNIS CENTRE, TENNYSON, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Nick Kyrgios (Australia) Beat Ryan Harrison (USA)

2-0 (6-4 6-2)

Full Report (The Scotsman)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour

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Mexican Open Final – Tsurenko v Mladenovic

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Dominant Tsurenko claims third career title

Lesia Tsurenko won an impressive victory over France’s Kristina Mladenovic who is ranked 14 places above Tsurenko. The Ukranian powered through the first set taking it easily 6-1. Mladenovic who has already won in ST Petersburg this year, made more of a fight of the second set. However she dropped her serve at 5-6 as the Ukranian hit a winner down the line at match point to complete her victory, the third of her career.

Report (LobandSmash.com)

Malaysian Open Final – Barty v Hibino

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Barty returns to tennis to claim maiden title

Ashleigh Barty, who had taken time out of tennis to play some Big Bash cricket after her debut at the French Open in 2012, returned to the court in Malaysia and came through qualifying, going on to eventually win the tournament. She dominated the final breaking Japanese opponent Nao Hibino three times in a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory. The win should push her up from her current 158 world ranking claiming her first title and showing she can go much further. Still only 20, Barty may be one to watch in the future.

Report (The Australian)

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Tennis Results

WTA Tour

Mexican Open Final – At The Princess Mundo Imperial, Apapulco, Mexico

Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) Beat Kristina Mladenovic (France) 2-0 (6-1 7-5)

Malaysian Open FinalAt The Kuala Lumpa Gold & Country Club, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia

Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Beat Nao Hibino (Japan)2-0 (6-3 6-2)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Update

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Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Murray v Verdasco

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Murray returns to form in Dubai

After a slow start in which he dropped his first two service games Andy Murray recovered to defeat Fernando Verdasco. He broke bac on both occasions and then a third time to eventually take the first set 6-3. He then took total control breaking twice more and finding his service rhythm to easily take the second set 6-2. It is Murrays’s first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th ATP title of his career, expect more to come.

Report (BBC Sport)

Mexican Open Final – Querry v Nadal

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Querry shocks Nadal in Acapulco

America’s Sam Querry scored a surprise victory defeating Rafael Nadal. Querry got off to a quick start and took the first set in just 29 minutes. Nadal repsonded in the second and had five break point chances in the eighth game. However Querry held him off to level at 4-4 with the set eventually going all the way to a tie break. Nadal made key baseline errors allowing Querry to take it 7-3 and claim his first title of 2017 having served 19 aces in a very impressive display.

 Report (Sky Sports)

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Tennis Results

ATP Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship FinalAt The Aviation Tennis Center, Dubai, UAE

Andy Murray (GB) Beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain)2-0 (6-3 6-2)

Mexican Open Final – At The Princess Mundo Imperial, Apapulco, Mexico

Sam Querry (USA) Beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2-0 (6-3 7-6)

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Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour Update

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Dubai Tennis Championship Final – Svitolina v Wozniacki

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Brilliant Svitolina claims sixth WTA Title

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina took her second title of 2017 with an imperious display against Dane Caroline Wozniacki. Svitolina time and again turned defense into attack as the former world number 1 Wozniacki had no answer. Svitolina broke three times in a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win. Wozniacki’s form has shown a big improvement as this is her second final in two weeks, but she has been on the losing end both times. After winning in Taiwan Svitolina has added another title and moves into the top 10 for the first time. One to watch come the French Open and Wimbledon.

Report (Khaleej Times)

Hungarian Ladies Open – Babos v Safarova

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Babos wins on home soil

Timea Babos gave the home Hungarian crowd plenty to cheer winning an excellent quality final against Czech Lucie Safarova. After a tight first set it was Safarova who struck first taking the tie break. Babos got the break at 4-4 in the second set converting the only set point either player had. Babos then served four aces to level the score. She then took control breaking again to take the decider 6-3 and take her second WTA title. 

Report (WTA Tennis)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Tennis Results

WTA Tour

Dubai Tennis Championship FinalAt The Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Dubai, UAE

Elina Svitolia (Ukraine) Beat Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 2-0 (6-4 6-2)

Hungarian Ladies Open FinalAt The Europe Tennis Center, Budapest, Hungary

Timea Babos (Hungary) Beat Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)2-1 (6-7 6-4 6-3)

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