Match Points: 4th January, 2016

Introducing Match Points… a brand new feature post for Moo’s Tennis Blog in 2016. Match Points aims to bring together the most interesting points of the tennis day including best matches, scorelines, tweets, facebook posts, videos and plenty more. It’s still a work in progress so any feedback is appreciated. It won’t be a daily feature just yet but when I have a bit more free time (mostly at weekends) then i’ll be planning to introduce this feature more often. It’s great to have live tennis back but as is always the case, this first week is just MANIC. I’m back to work tomorrow (*major sad face*) so following the tennis becomes interesting…

Tennis worth catching up with…

Vinci d. Jankovic, 3-6 6-2 6-4 (Brisbane, R1)

Vinci

 

The third set of the Jankovic-Vinci match in Brisbane was super entertaining. Vinci produced some wonderful tennis, slicing effectively, consistently charging the net and producing some clinical volleys. Vinci needed just the one break of serve in third set thanks to one sloppy service game from Jankovic at 2-2. The Serb failed to take her chances, missing break points in two of Vinci’s service games in the third set including what would be the final game of the match. The Italian player held her nerve at the end despite being called for foot fault on her second serve on match point.

Seeded upsets: 

Irina Falconi d. CoCo Vandeweghe (6), 5-7 6-4 6-3 (Auckland, R1)

Alexandra Dulgheru d. Alison Van Uytvanck (8), 1-6 6-2 6-2 (Auckland, R1)

Alison Riske d. Annika Beck (8), 6-7(3) 6-3 6-2 (Shenzhen, R1)

WTA rollercoaster scorelines:

Monica Niculescu (4) d. Anastasija Sevastova, 1-6 6-4 6-3 (Shenzhen, R1) – Sevastova had led 6-1 *3-1

Stats:

Victoria Azarenka produced an efficient display to win her first match of the year against Elena Vesnina, 6-2 6-0 in Brisbane.

Tweets:

Facebook Posts:

Pictures:

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Press Conferences

I could listen to Petko speak for hours… as always, this was a very insightful press conference after her first round win in Brisbane against Teliana Pereira. Petko seems to be in a much better place after how 2015 ended. Kudos to the Brisbane YouTube account for posting all of it.

Here’s a buoyant, Daria Gavrilova after she won her first match for Australia Green at the Hopman Cup, defeating Sabine Lisicki, 6-2 6-2.

Media accounts that are well worth a follow for this week… Jimmie48 Tennis Photography on Twitter, WTA Reactions on Twitter, ASB Classic Auckland on Facebook, Brisbane International on YouTube and Hopman Cup on YouTube

13 thoughts on “Match Points: 4th January, 2016

  1. I only watched the Kuznetsova Barthel match, which I really enjoyed. Thrilled to see Svetlana start her year with real positivity and intensity. She’s been vocal about her struggle to get up for smaller matches in smaller events, which really costs her in the rankings. I’d love for her to have one last big banner year.

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    • Can’t deny it would be great to see Kuznetsova have a decent year and be more consistent. I was disappointed to see Barthel retire, she can’t seem to catch a break. Still, one result away from another Kuznetsova-Schiavone match!

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  2. Watching the Ivanovic & Flipkens doubles match. They made a cute partnership. And I always enjoy watching Kirsten play. Nice to see Ana get revenge for last years Aus Open.

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      • I do agree. I think perhaps Ana is too singles versed though. Even though the Czech girls lost it in the end, its amazing watching them instinctively move round each other, ducking out of each others way mid rally. When you’ve limited your career to playing singles matches I think you lose a lot of that.

        Are Garcia and Srebotnik still partnered this year?

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  3. Serena ret. (knee) from Hopman, Halep w/d (l. achilles) and Sharapova w/d (l. forearm) all from Brisbane, Kvitova ret. (illness) from Shenzhen, given the early seed losses, this is not an exciting start to the WTA season.

    I wonder how much this is just precautionary to prep for the Aussie open. On the other hand, it hurts these lead up tournaments in terms of competitiveness.

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    • Really disappointing day for the WTA which has killed a bit of the early season buzz. A golden opportunity for some players left in the draws though for this week… Looking at you Vika, Caro and Aga!

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