Moon Tennis – ATP Tour 2018

Moon Tennis


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.







Gael Monfis (France) Beat Andrey Rublev (Russia)

2-0 (6-2 6-3)

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Maharashutra Open




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

2-0 (7-6 6-2)

Full Report (ESPN)

Brisbane International




Nick Kyrgios (Australia) Beat Ryan Harrison (USA)

2-0 (6-4 6-2)

Full Report (The Scotsman)




Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Round 3 & NRL Round 1


Rugby League

Super League Round 3


Super League Round Up

Castleford Tigers shot to the top of Super League with a 12 try demolition of Leeds. Greg Eden and Greg Minkin both got hat tricks as the Tigers ran out 66-10 winners. After a mixed start Hull hit their stride running up a 48-8 win at Huddersfield. Marc Sneyd controlled the game as he got a hat trick of tries and scored a total of 28 points. Mason Caton-Brown got both of Wakefield’s tries as they scored their first win of the season in a 16-12 upset at Langtree Park against ST Helens.

Rock solid defense was the foundation for Champions Wigan. Anthony Gelling went over twice in a 20-0 shut out of Leigh. Salford came from behind to heap more misery on Warrington. The Wolves last years Grand Finalists sit at the bottom of the table as Junior Sa’u got two of four tries for Salford in their 24-14 win. Finally it was all square in Perpingnon as Catalan and Widnes drew 14-14. Rhys Hanbury’s late score capped Widnes comeback from 14-0 down.

Scores and match report links (

NRL Round 1


NRL Round Up

The NRL kicked off with Champions Cronulla going down to defeat against Brisbane. Jordan Kahu got a try and 12 points in the Broncos 26-18 win. Two tries n the firs six minutes from Cheyes Blair and Suniasi Vunivalu was enough for Melbourne despite not scoring again in the rest of the game to take a 12-6 win over Canterbury in the rain. Mitchell Moses was the general for Western Suburbs with a try and 14 points as the Tigers won a comfortable 34-18 victory over South Sydney. Joel Thompson got a hat trick and Gareth Widdop got two tries and a total of 22 points as St George/Illawarra thrashed Penrith scoring seven tries.

North Queensland scored a surprise 20-16 win in golden point overtime with Gavin Cooper getting the winning score. Latrell Mitchell got a hat trick for Sydney City as they eased past Gold Coast 32-18. The New Zealand Warriors got off to a winning start beating last years bottom side Newcastle in a tight game by 26-22. David Fusitu’a got a first half hat trick for the Warriors but two tries from Nathan Ross brought Newcastle level. The winning score seven minutes from time came from Ryan Hoffman. The round ended with Parramatta beating Manly 20-12. Clint Gutherson scored one of the Eels three tries and collected a total of 12 points.

Scores and match report links (




Rugby League Results

Super League Round 3

Huddersfield Giants 8Hull 48At The John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield

Castleford Tigers 66Leeds Rhinos 10At The Jungle, Castleford

ST Helens 12Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16At Langtree Park, ST Helens

Wigan Warriors 20Leigh Centurions 0 At The DW Stadium, Wigan

Catalan Dragons 14Widnes Vikings 14At The Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France

Salford Red Devils 24Warrington Wolves 14At AJ Bell Stadium, Salford


NRL Round 1

Cronulla Sharks 18Brisbane Broncos 26 – Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware, New South Wales

Canterbury Bulldogs 6Melbourne Storm 12 Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore, New South Wales

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18Western Suburb Tigers 34 – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 42Penrith Panthers 10 WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

North Queensland Cowboys 20Canberra Raiders 16 – 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Gold Coast Titans 18Sydney City Roosters 32 Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland

New Zealand Warriors 26Newcastle Knights 22 – At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Manly Sea Eagles 12Parramatta Eels 20 – Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Joel Thompson (ST George/Illawarra Dragons)


Rugby League Super League – World Club Challenge


Rugby League

World Club Challenge – Wigan v Cronulla


Wigan Champions of the World

Wigan Warriors are the Champions of the Rugby League World after defeating NRL Champions Cronulla in the World Club Championship match. Joe Burgess got the first try within three minutes and added a second half way through the first half. Some excellent defense helped the shut out Cronulla in the first half to take a 10-0 lead into half time. It was fitting the Oliver Gildart, whose father was in the Wigan team that won this trophy against Manly in 1987, was to score the first try of the second half. Jesse Ramien’s try finally got Cronulla on the board but they could not build on it as Burgess completed his hat trick at the end to secure a deserved 22-6 win for Wigan, who claim their fourth World title.

Report (

Runners Up Challenge – Warrington v Brisbane


Ball Control the key for Warrington in historic win

A superb first half with no handling errors was the key to Warrington getting their first ever win against top NRL opposition with a 27-18 victory over Brisbane. Kevin Brown, Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell and Tom Lineham all scored tries in a blistering first half showing leaving them 24-6 ahead at the break. Tries from James Roberts and David Mead hinted at a comeback from the Broncos in a much better second half showing. The boot of Declan Patton with a penalty and drop goals kept Warrington’s lead sufficiently strong to ensure the victory. This with Wigan’s victory mean Super League have won the World Club Challenge series for the first time since it was expanded beyond just a meeting of the Champions, a great weekend for British Rugby League.

Report (




Rugby League Results

World Club Challenge Match

Wigan Warriors 22Cronulla Sharks 6At The DW Stadium Wigan

World Club Challenge Series Match

Warrington Wolves 28Brisbane Broncos 17At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Wigan Warriors Are the World Club Champions

World Club Challenge SeriesSuper League 2 NRL 0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJoe Burgess (Wigan Warriors)


Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Aus v Pak 1st ODI


One Day Cricket

ODI Game 1 – Australia v Pakistan in Brisbane


Four wickets for Faulkner as Pakistan collapse

Australia were struggling in their innings early on at 78 for 4 but a century from Matthew Wade helped turn it around. Wade scored exactly 100 including two sixes and was supported by Glenn Maxwell (60) to help Australia post 268 for 9. Hasan Ali took three wickets and was the best of the bowlers. The home side were never under threat though as Pakistan collapsed in their innings Babar Azam’s 33 was the top score as Pakistan got nowhere near the chase. James Faulker produced an excellent spell taking four wickets and Pat Cummins took three as Australia coasted home to a 92 run win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Full Report (Real Sport 101)





ODI Game 1 – At The Gabba, Brisbane, Queensland

Australia v Pakistan

Australia268/9 – 50 Overs – (Wade 100, Maxwell 60, Ali 3-65)

Pakistan176 – 42.4 Overs – (Azam 33, Faulkner 4-32, Cummins 3-33)

Australia win by 92 Runs

Australia Lead the Series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJames Faulkner (Australia)


Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour, Brisbane, Shenzhen & Auckland



Brisbane International Final in Brisbane, Australia


Pliskova serve dominates

Czech Karolina Pliskova will move to a career high 5th in the World Rankings after dominating the Brisbane Open Final against Alice Cornet. Pliskova only dropped three games with Cornet commenting afterwards that Pliskova’s serve is one of the most difficult in the game to read. Pliskova whitewashed her opponent 6-0 in the first set and broke again to take the second 6-3. it is Pliskova’s seventh WTA title.

Full Report (Tennis Magazine)

Shenzhen Open Final in Shenzhen, China


Siniakova claims maiden title

Katerina Siniakova made it a double for the Czech Republic after a stunning week in China culminated in vicory over Alison Riske of the USA. Siniakova had beaten Simona Halep and Johanna Konta to reach the final and took full advantage of her good form to take the title. Riske broke early but a run of four game gave Siniakova the first set and she broke twice in the second to ease to victory and take her first WTA title.

Full Report (Indian Express)

Auckland Open Final in Auckland, New Zealand


Davis completes superb week with her first title

Young star Lauren Davis ranked 61 in the world beat four seeds including Kiki Bertens to claim her first WTA title. She was the underdog yet again going into the final against Croatia’s Ana Konjuh but she needed just 73 minutes losing only four games to dismantle her opponent. It was Davis fourth attempt at a title after losing in three finals last year. She opens up in superb form going into the Australian Open in two weeks time. Davis, along with Siniakova, are two young start to watch in 2017 in what looks a fairly open women’s game at the moment.

Full Report (NZ Herald)




TENNIS – WTA Results

Brisbane International Final – At The Queensland Tennis Center, Tenyson, Brisbane, Queensland

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Rep) Beat Alice Cornet (France)2-0 – (6-0, 6-3)

Shenzhen Open Final – At The Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center, Shenzhen, China

Katerina Siniakova (Czech Rep) Beat Alison Riske (USA)2-0 – (6-3, 6-4)

Auckalnd Open Final – At The ASB Tennis Center, Auckland, New Zealand

Lauren Davis (USA) Beat Ana Konjuh (Croatia)2-0 – (6-3, 6-1)



Moon Of Liberty Tennis – ATP Tour Qatar, Chennai & Brisbane



Qatar Open Final in Doha


Djokovic ends Murray’s 28 match run

The world’s top two players showed why in a three set classic with excellent tennis to kick off the ATP 2017 tour in Doha. Novak Djokovic took the first set after breaking in the 8th game and led by an early break in the second set. However Andy Murray reached number 1 in the world for a reason and fought back to take the second set 7-5 to force a decider. at 4-4 The Serb seized his chance to gain the decisive break. Murray fought back again to threaten at 0-30 in the next service game but Djokovic weathered the test to claim the game and his first title of the season and end Murray’s 28 match unbeaten run.

Full Report (Sky Sports)

Chennai Open in Chennai, India


Experience beats youth as Bautista Agut claims fifth ATP title

Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut won a comfortable straight sets victory over Daniil Medvedev of Russia to claim the Chennai Open title. Bautista Agut won a break in each set against the youngster who was chasing his first title. There were plenty of long rallies but Medvedev made too many mistakes and the experience of Butista Agut told. The win is the Spaniard’s fifth ATP title.

Full Report (Indian

Brisbane International Final


First title in 2 and a half years for Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov ended his title drought with a three set victory over fifth world ranked Kai Nishikori of Japan. Dimitrov scored two breaks to easily take the first set but Nishikori hit back with a run of four straight games in the second to level. Dimitrov kept his composure to break in the final set and serve it out to take the third 6-3. It is Nishikori’s fifth final defeat in Brisbane but a sign we may begin to see the full potential of Dimitrov going forward.

Full Report (Courier Mail Australia)




TENNIS – ATP Tour Results

Qatar Open FinalAt The Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Sir Andy Murray (GB)2-1 – (6-3, 5-7, 6-4)

Chennai Open FinalAt The SDAT Tennis Stadium, Chennai, India

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) Beat Daniil Medvedev (Russia)2-0 – (6-3, 6-4)

Brisbane International FinalAt The Queensland Tennis Center, Tennyson, Brisbane, Queenland

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) Beat Kai Nishikori (Japan)2-0 – (7-6, 6-4)


Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Aus v Pak 1st & 2nd Tests



1st Test Match – Australia v Pakistan

1st Inning centuries set the tone in thriller

1st Innings centuries from Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb set the tone for Australia to take a 1-0 lead against Pakistan at the Gabba. Superb bowling spells from Jackson Bird and Josh Hazlewood then ensured Pakistan collapsed to 142 all out and despite a spirited fight in the 2nd innings including a century from Sharfraz Ahmed, They fell just 39 runs short of an incredible comeback and what would have been a record final inning total.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

2nd Test Match – Australia v Pakistan

Smith and Warner put Pakistan’s bowling to the sword

Despite scoring over 400 in their first innings and a double century from Azhar Ali, Pakistan could not stop the power of Australia as Steve Smith (165 not out) continued his brilliant for to hit another century aided by David Warner (144) and Mitchel Starc (83) as the Aussies hit 624. Starc then delivered with the ball with four wickets to help bowl Pakistan out for a mere 163 to take a 2-0 lead and a win by an innings and 19 runs.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)





1st Test Match – At The Gabba, Brisbane, Queensland

Australia v Pakistan

Australia1st Inns – 429/10 – (Smith 130, Handscomb 105, Renshaw 71, Amir 4-97)

Pakistan 1st Inns – 142/10 – (Ahmed 59*, Hazlewood 3-22, Bird 3-23)

Australia 2nd Inns – 205/5 Dec – (Khawaja 74, Smith 63)

Pakistan2nd Inns – 450/10 – (Shafiq 137, Ali 71, Khan 65. Starc 4-119)

Australia win by 39 Runs

Australia Lead the Series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Steve Smith (Australia)

2nd Test Match – At The MCG, Melbourne, Victoria

Australia v Pakistan

Pakistan1st Inns – 443/9 Dec – (Ali 205*, S Khan 65, Shafiq 50, Hazlewood 3-50)

Australia 1st Inns – 624/8 Dec – (Smith 165*, Warner 144, Strac 84, Handscomb 54, S Khan 3-131)

Pakistan2nd Inns – 163-10 – (Ali 43, Ahmed 43, Starc 4-36)

Australia win by an Innings & 18 runs

Australia Lead the Series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSteve Smith (Australia)