Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour


WTA Tour Finals

Sydney International Final – Konta v Radwanska


Konta powers to victory in Sydney

Johanna Konta served a warning to competitors that she is bang in form dismantling Agneiszka Radwanska in the final of the Sydney International. The most trouble Konta was in was 0-30 down on her first service game, she turned that around and then broke in the third game serving out the remainder of the set and showing an array of power shots and fine serving including a second serve ace to take the first set 6-4. Konta then dominated the second set breaking twice to lead 4-0 and serving it out to take it 6-2 and win her second WTA title, securing her place in the top 10 and going into the Australian Open in fine form where she reached the Semi-Finals last year.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Hobart International Final – Mertens v Niculescu


Mertens big decision pays off

Elise Mertens was a qualifier for the Hobart International but came through a champion as she easily dispatched Monica Niculescu of Romania. Mertens had to win eight matches to take the title including beating top seed and fellow Belgian Kiki Bertens along the way. In the final itself she gave an impressive display dropping only four games. She choose to forgo Australian Open qualifying to concentrate on Hobart and it will pay off as the title will move her into the top 100.

Full Report (





Sydney International Final – At The New South Wales Tennis Center, Sydney, New South Wales

Johanna Konta (GB) Beat Agneiszka Radwanska (Poland)2-0 (6-4 6-2)

Hobart International Final – At The Hobart International Tennis Center, Hobart, Tasmania

Elise Mertens (Belgium) Beat Monica Niculescu (Romania)2-0 (6-3 6-1)



Moon Of Liberty Sportsround – 13th Jan 2017


Sports News Digest – 13th Jan 2017 @ 10.05 pm

Racing UK – Ruby Walsh reluctantly backs the closure of Kempton Park (Horse racing)

BBC Sport – Charlie Austin is doing his bit to help his former non-league clubs (Soccer)

BBC Radio 5 Live – Aston Villa and Wolves will pay tribut to Graham Taylor over the weekend (Soccer)

Daily Star – Carl Froch backs James Degale to win on Saturday Night (Boxing)

London Evening Standard – Tottenham Hotspur team up with top public schools to create new sixth form (Soccer)

Love Rugby League – Andrew Chalmers thought to be  behind the group who will form new Bradford Rugby League club (Rugby League)

Sky Sports – The final stare down between James Degale & Badou Jack before their big fight (Boxing)

Sky Football – A preview of the Manchester United v Liverpool clash (Soccer)

BBC Nottingham Sport video – Interview with Nottingham Panther’s head coach Cory Neilson after their 2-0 Continental Cup win over Odense (Ice Hockey)

Sky Football – Lyon reportedly chasing Memphis Depay (Soccer)

BBC Sport – Olympic Gold medalist Callum Skinner thinks focus on TUE’s is distracting from the real fight against doping (Cycling)

Sky Sports – Ferrari are keeping a close eye on Mick Schumacher (Formula 1)

Boxing News – Dillian White relinquishes the British Heavyweight title (Boxing)

BBC Sport – Two signings for Hull City (Soccer)

BBC Sport – Johanna Konta storms to victory in Sydney (Tennis)

BBC Sport – Graeme Swann is concerned about how England play spin (Cricket)

BBC Sport – Graeme Storm is 2 shots ahead in the South African Open (Golf)

BBC Sport – Negotiation with US group to part but Nottingham Forest collapse (Soccer)


Moon Of Liberty Sportsround – 12th Jan 2017


Sports News Digest – 12th Jan 2017 @ 10.00pm

BBC Sport – Anti Doping chiefs call for Russia to be banned from all sports

Arsenal Ladies – Kelly Smith’s letter announcing her retirement from football

BBC Sport – Johanna Konta and Dan Evans both win to progress in their respective tournaments (Tennis)

BBC Sport – Jose Mourinho says Manchester United must improve against Liverpool

BBC Sport – Claude Makelele is the new assistant manager at Swansea

Moon Of Liberty / Elitist’s Echo – National League – Barrow v Southport

Sky Football – Can Morgan Schneiderlin get back on track again at Everton?

Fight Nights – Look at the first significant boxing weekend of 2017 (Boxing)

Sky Sports – David Nugent signs for Derby County, how will he get on?

Sky Football – 49 year old Japanese Striker signs deal with Yokohama FC to play into his 50’s

BBC Sport – Barcelona have a fight on their hands to keep hold of Lionel Messi

Nottingham Post – Premier League scouts flock to see Forest youngster Ben Brereton

BBC Sport – Jim Furyk named US Ryder Cup captain (Golf)

BBC Sport – Rory McIlroy makes a good start to the South African Open (Golf)

Notts County Live – Kevin Nolan named new Notts County Manager

The Moon Of Liberty / The Elitist’s Echo – League Cup Semi Final first leg – Southampton v Liverpool

The Guardian Sport – Floyd Mayweather offers new terms to fight Conor McGregor (Boxing/MMA)

BBC Sport – England team beaten by India A in one day series warm up (Cricket)

BBC Sport – Everton’s Tom Cleverley joins Watford on loan

ESPN Boxing – Zab Judah comeback date confirmed after 3 year absence (Boxing)

BBC Sport – Steven Gerrard ‘speechless’ at being awarded freeman of the city of Liverpool

BBC Radio 5 Live – Preview of James Degale v Badou Jack (Boxing)

BBC News – Headingley Stadium in Leeds get go ahead for £39 million redevelopment (Cricket)

BBC Sport – Johanna Konta reaches the final in Sydney (Tennis)


Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour



WTA Tour

In the weeks Premier event at Stanford, Great Britain’s Johanna Konta took her first tour event of the season in a high quality three set contest with Venus Williams. The first two sets were shared with the score 7-5 in both. Konta played an excellent finals et breaking twice. The nerves showed in the final game having to save break points but eventually she served it out for the win. Konta will move into the top 16 as a result.

In the other WTA events to take place this week, Germany’s Laura Siegemund won her first WTA title in Sweden defeating Czech Katerina Siniakova in straight sets. The first set was tight with the German breaking at 6-5. From there Siegemund took control to easily win the second set 6-1 completing the win in 83 minutes.Meanwhile in Washington Belgian Nanina Wickmayer took her first title for 5 years in Washington DC as she beat young American talent Lauren Davis in straight sets. The Belgian needed two attempts to serve for the title as Davis in her first WTA final showed great character to fight against a lost cause, but in the end Wickmayer was victorious. I’m sure we will see more of Davis in the future.

Full Reports

Stanford Classic (BBC Sport) Swedish Open (Sky Sports) Washington Open (Washington Post)




Stanford Classic Final At The Taube Tennis Centre, Stanford University, California

Johanna Konta (GB) Beat Venus Williams (USA) – 2-1 (7-5. 5-7. 6-2)

Swedish Open FinalAt the Bastad Tennis Stadium, Bastad, Sweden

Laura Siegemund (Germany) Beat Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic) – 2-0 (7-5. 6-1)

Washington Open FinalAt the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, Washington DC

Nanina Wickmayer (Belgium) Beat Lauren Davis (USA) – 2-0 (6-4, 6-2)

Moon Tennis – Australian Open



Australian Open

Men’s Final

Murray loses fifth Austrlaian final as Djokovic reigns supream

A ruthless display from world number one Novak Djokovic sealed an 11th Grand Slam title for the Serb. His opponent, Andy Murray, began as if he had plenty on his mind with his wife due to give birth and his father in law having collapsed earlier in the week. Djokovic raced to the first set 6-1 as Murray barely got started. Murray had his chances to break in a marathon second set that featured many long baseline rallies. However it was Djokovic who broke at 5-6 to take the second set. The third went to a tie break but Djokovic moved into a 6-1 lead in the breaker and sealed the title on his third match point. It was Murray’s fifth defeat in the Australian Open final and Djokovic has now won 11 out of the last 12 meetings between the two. These are the two best players right now, but there is a big gulf even between them at present.

Women’s Final

Kerber stuns Williams to claim first grand Slam

German Angelique Kerber showed few signs of nerves in her first Grand Dalm Final as she defeated World number 1 Serena Williams in a superb three set contest. Kerber seemed to find ways to chase down and use Williams power against her using the speed to return the favour time and time again. Kerber took the first set 6-4 frustrating Williams with her ability to keep making her play the extra shot and eventually got the break. Williams fought back to take the second set 6-3 but had a dreadful start to the final set being broken straight away with Kerber moving into a 5-2 lead. Williams showed her Champion class to get the break back but at 4-5 Kerber broke again with shots the summed up her brilliant perfromance to secure her first major title win. The win also means Williams does not equal Kerber’s fellow German Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slams, although that is surely a matter of time. Kerber moves to 2nd in the World rankings on the back of the victory in Melbourne.





Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria

Mens Singles (Results From the Quarter-Finals)

Quarter Finals

Roger Federer (Switzerland) Beat Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) – 3-0 (7-6 6-2 6-4)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Kei Nishikori (Japan) – 3-0 (6-3 6-2 6-4)

Andy Murray (GB) Beat David Ferrer (Spain) – 3-1 (6-3 6-7 6-2 6-3)

Milos Raonic (Canada) Best Gael Monfils (France) – 3-1 (6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4)

Semi Finals

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) – 3-1 (6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3)

Andy Murray (GB) Beat Milos Raonic (Canada) – 3-2 (4-6 7-5 6-7 6-4 6-2)


Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Beat Andy Murray (GB) – 3-0 (6-1 7-5 7-6)

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Wins the 2016 Australian Open

Womens Singles (Results from Quarter Finals)

Quarter Finals

Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) Beat Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) – 2-0 (6-1 6-3)

Serena Williams (USA) Beat Maria Sharapova (Russia) – 2-0 (6-4 6-1)

Angelique Kerber (Germany) Beat Viktoria Azarenka (Belarus) – 2-0 (6-3 7-5)

Johanna Konta (GB) Beat Shuai Zhang (China) – 2-0 (6-4 6-1)

Semi Finals

Serena Williams (USA) Beat Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) – 2-0 (6-0 6-4)

Angelique Kerber (Germany) Beat Johanna Konta (GB) – 2-0 (7-5 6-2)


Angelique Kerber (Germany) Beat Serena Williams (USA) 2-1 (6-4 3-6 6-4)

Angelique Kerber (Germany) wins the 2016 Australian Open