Moon Tennis – WTA Tour Round Up



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.



Sydney International


Sydney International Final


Angelique Kerber (Gemany) Beat Ashleigh Barty (Australia)

2-0 (6-4 6-4)

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Hobart International


Hobart International Final


Elise Mertens (Belgium) Beat Mihaela Buzarnescu (Romania)

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

Full Report (ESPN)





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.

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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 Tennis – ATP & WTA Tour Updates



Men’s ATP Tour

Spaniard takes third tour title in Auckland

Roberto Bautista Agut had one of the most impressive weeks of his career defeating John Isner and Jo Wilfried Tsonga on his way to winning the ASB Classic event in Auckland. In the final he face American jack Sock who was unwell and showed limited energy from the start as the Spaniard wrapped up the first set in 20 minutes. Sock dropped serve again in the first game of the second before retiring ill. Despite this given some of the name Bautista Agut had beaten along the way, no one can take away that he was the worthy winner.

Serb Troicki defends Sydney title in tie break thriller

Vicktor Troicky was aiming to win the Apai International tournament in Sydent for the seond year in a row facing talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian started the fasted comfortably taking the first set but Troicky took the second 6-2 to set up a decider. Both men continued to hold serve in what would prove an 82 minute final set that would got to a tie-break to decide the Champion. Both men save match points but at 8-7 it was the Serb who got the mini break with a cross court backhand to defend his title.

WTA Women’s Tour

Experience the key for Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova needed only 55 minutes to demolish Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig in a one sided final in Sydney. Showing her best form for sometime, the Russian broke her opponent five times using her experience to take advantage of her opponent. She served 69% of first serves in scoring eight aces along the way to sweep aside Puig and claim her 16th WTA Tour title.

Cornet takes title in the Tasman wind

Alize Cornet handled the windy condition better in order to take the Hobart title. Her opponents, Eugenie Bouchard, struggled with the conditions making 34 unforced errors allowing Cornet to put runs of games together to win in straight sets in 68 minutes. Cornet took the first set 6-1, Bouchard looked like she may fight back breaking in the first game of the second and leading 2-0, but Cornet found another hot streak to win six games in a row to take the title in Tasmania and claim her 5th ATP title in all.




ATP Tour – ASB Classic Final at The ASB Tennis Center, Parnell, Auckland

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) Beat Jack Sock (USA) after retirement (6-1 1-0 ret)

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) wins the 2016 Auckland classic


ATP Tour – Apia International Tournament Final at The New South Wales Tennis Center, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney 

Vicktor Troicki (Serbia) Beat Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 2-1 (2-6 6-1 7-6)

Vicktor Troicki (Serbia) Wins the 2016 Apia International Tournament


WTA Tour – Apia International Tournament Final at The New South Wales Tennis Center, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney 

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) Beat Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 2-0 (6-0 6-2)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) Wins the 2016 Apia International Tournament


WTA Tour – Hobart International Tournament Final at The Hobart International Tennis Center, Queens Domain, Hobart, Tasmania

Alize Cornet (France) Beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 2-0 (6-1 6-2)

Alize Cornet (France) Wins the 2016 Hobart International Tournament