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Burnie Challenger Results Coverage

Week Beginning 4th January 2009

ATP Brisbane, Australia HARD

QR1 (WC) Samuel Groth def Frank Dancevic (CAN) 6-3 7-6(1)
QR1 (8) Kevin Anderson (USA) def (WC) Greg Jones 7-6(3) 6-4
QR1 Peter Luczak def Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-3 6-1
QR1 Joseph Sirianni def Peter Polansky (CAN) 6-2 6-4
QR1 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) def Robert Smeets 7-5 6-4
QR1 (6) Gilles Muller (LUX) def Colin Ebelthite 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4
QR1 (4) Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) def Carsten Ball 6-4 6-3
QR1 Marco Crugnolla (ITA) def (WC) Mark Verryth 6-4 6-4
QR1 Amer Delic(USA) def (7) Chris Guccione 6-4 7-5

QR2 Xavier Malisse (BEL) def Peter Luczak 6-4 6-4
QR2 Joseph Sirianni def (3) Michael Zverev (GER) 7-5 6-1
QR2 (1) Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) def (WC) Samuel Groth 6-2 3-6 6-3

QR3 Joseph Sirianni def (6) Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6(5) 7-5

MDR1 (3) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) def (WC) Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-2
MDR1 Michael Llodra (FRA) def Joseph Sirianni 5-7 7-6(3) 6-2
MDR1 (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) def Brydan Klein 6-0 6-4

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Re: Updated Singles Results Discussion Thread 2009. Welcome to 2009 Guys.

colin was unlucky to lose there. Good wins from the other three.
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Verdasco too good for Tomic
AAP Monday 5 January 2009

Rising hope Bernard Tomic suggested he could mix it with the big boys of world tennis but followed an Australian trend at the Brisbane International.

In what was always going to be a baptism of fire, Tomic started his senior ATP career in style by winning his serve and then breaking third-seeded Fernando Verdasco in front of a raucous home crowd at Pat Rafter Arena.

Three winners produced the break but the excitement didn’t last long for the 16-year-old Gold Coaster on Monday night.

The Spanish Davis Cup hero quickly bounced back and showed his class to take the first-round clash 6-4 6-2 in a little over an hour.

Despite winning just four of the last 16 games, wildcard Tomic wasn’t disgraced and suggested enough with some booming ground strokes he had the artillery to be worthy addition to the tour.

But he failed to measure up to the world No.16, whose slick win came after girlfriend Ana Ivanovic produced the same scoreline against Petra Kvitova but had a much tougher time of it on centre court.

Tomic seemed to struggle once Verdasco clinched the first set as he won just one of the next nine points as the Spaniard took an early break in the second.

But last year’s Australian Open boys champion showed he possessed some fight by saving break points in his next two service games to close to 2-3.

Despite the tenseness of the situation, the lean Tomic let out a laugh at the change when he caused a stir by changing his shirt, prompting a male spectator to yell out “What’s you number Bernie?”

His loss followed defeats by the entire four man Davis Cup team in qualifying on Sunday and Monday as well as defeats to three other Australian hopefuls.

Victorian journeyman Joe Sirianni is the only other Australian to progress to the main draw, and joins another teenage wildcard in Brydan Klein, after winning his three qualifying matches, and will play his first round clash on Tuesday.
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Groth fires up, Guccione fizzles
Tennis Australia Sunday 4 January 2009

Australian Sam Groth has continued his impressive form this summer with a sizzling 6-3 7-6(1) win over Canadian Frank Dancevic in the opening round of the men’s singles qualifying.

Runner-up in the Australian Open 2009 Play-off, Groth used his big serve and strong ground strokes to full effect against the 130-ranked Canadian. It’s a big scalp for Groth, who is currently the world No.278.

Groth will now face No.1 qualifying seed Russian Telmuraz Gabashvili in the second round of qualifying.

Big-serving Australian Chris Guccione has been knocked out of qualifying at the Brisbane International by American Amer Delic 6-4 7-5.

The centre-court match was originally planned for an outer court, but was moved to Pat Rafter Arena when the scheduled match between Russian Maria Kirilenko and Australia’s Samantha Stosur was cancelled due to Kirilenko withdrawing with illness.

Ai Sugiyama has taken Kirilenko’s place in the draw and a lucky loser will be promoted to fill the vacant spot.

In other completed men’s qualifying matches:

Evgeny Korolev (RUS) d Martin Fischer (AUT) 6-2 6-1
Kevin Anderson (RSA) d Greg Jones (AUS) 7-6(3) 6-4
Bobby Reynolds (USA) d Michail Elgin (RUS) 4-6 6-2 6-3
Luka Gregorc (SLO) d Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 6-4 6-4
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d Robert Smeets (AUS) 7-5 6-4
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Klein out of Brisbane International
AAP Tuesday 6 January 2009

In the end, Australian teenager Brydan Klein achieved his hastily revised goal in his Brisbane International first round clash with fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.
Unfortunately for the 2007 Australian Open boys’ champion, his modest target was simply taking a game off the world No.20.
After a whirlwind first set that lasted just 24 minutes, the nervous WA youngster was finally able to soak up just his second ATP appearance before falling 6-0 6-4 in little over an hour.

“I was just kicking myself (after the first set) and telling myself `Just get a game, come on’,” said Klein.

“I definitely wouldn’t have been happy if I got wiped again in the second set.

“It’s not a great start for me (but) I’m not too disappointed.”

Organisers raised eyebrows when they overlooked the likes of Australia’s second highest ranked player Chris Guccione to hand wildcards to rising stars Klein and Bernard Tomic at Brisbane.

On paper there has been little reward for the bold move with Klein joining fellow Australian Open boys’ champion Tomic on Australia’s growing casualty list at the event.

Klein’s departure ensured journeyman Joe Sirianni was the remaining Australian in the men’s draw - he plays France’s Michael Llodra later on Tuesday.

But world No.248 Klein was trying to look on the bright side after his less than ideal start to the year.

“It was a bit of a nightmare start. He played really well and I wasn’t sure what to do by the end of the set,” he said.

“I’m glad I turned it around a little in the second and came back a bit.

“I guess when I look back it was pretty fun.”

When Klein finally broke his duck in the second set, he raised his arms in relief as the home crowd cheered.

Klein said he was finally able to enjoy playing at Pat Rafter Arena “even if you are getting wiped on the court”.

Klein - who hopes to hover around the top 100 by year’s end - will next head to qualifying for next week’s Sydney International before focusing on the Australian Open.

In other news, Spain’s former world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, lost his first round clash 6-3 7-6 to France’s world No.60 Florent Serra on Tuesday.
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Re: Updated Singles Results Discussion Thread 2009. News: Tomic out, Brydan thrashed

"Organisers raised eyebrows"

More like the Gooch raised eyebrows with his dismal performance in qualis..

Good that Klein got more games. The first set was not fun to watch.
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"Organisers raised eyebrows"

More like the Gooch raised eyebrows with his dismal performance in qualis..

Good that Klein got more games. The first set was not fun to watch.
Hope the Gooch can make up for that by defending his points in the Sydney International
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Re: Updated Singles Results Discussion Thread 2009. News: Ball recieves wildcard

AO wildcards for Ball and Moore

Australia’s newest Davis Cup player and Australian Open 2008 Junior finalist, Carsten Ball and Jessica Moore, have been awarded main draw wildcards into Australian Open 2009.

Ranked world No.200, the highlight of 2008 for Ball was his Davis Cup debut in Chile when he teamed with Chris Guccione to win the doubles rubber over highly-fancied Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu in an epic five-set match.

“I am very happy,” Ball said. “I have worked hard this year and had a great Davis Cup and I look forward to trying to do well for Australia again. I feel lucky to get a chance to play against the top 100 guys in the world in our sport, hopefully I can hold my own.”

Ball is currently playing doubles (with Guccione) at the Brisbane International, yesterday defeating top seeds, Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 6-4 6-4. In the semis today they meet Fernando Verdasco and Mischa Zverev.

In a year spent working on the often-difficult transition from juniors to the women’s tour, 18-year-old Jessica Moore improved her senior ranking more than 230 places to a current world ranking of 140.

Moore’s 2008 achievements include a first round win in her Australian Open main draw debut, a second round showing at the US Open, and winning the French Open Junior doubles title.

“I’m very fortunate, and pretty lucky to be given this opportunity again from Tennis Australia,” Moore said.

“I won a round last year but instead of focusing on wins, I want to work on developing my game because this is the level I need to consistently perform at.”

Moore heads to Hobart today for the Moorilla Hobart International where she also holds a main draw wildcard.

The final Australian Open discretionary wildcards (three men and three women) will be announced within the next week.

Current Australian Open wildcards:

Men: Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), Carsten Ball (discretionary), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia),.

Women: Jelena Dokic (Play-off winner), Jessica Moore (discretionary), Christina McHale (USTA), Kristina Mladenovic (French), Yuan Meng (Asia).

For the latest news, log on to www.australianopen.com.
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Week Beginning 4th January 2009

ATP Sydney, Australia HARD

QR1 Sadik Kadir def (8) Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) 6-3 6-2
QR1 (WC) Greg Jones def (WC) Dane Propoggia 6-2 6-3
QR1 Peter Luczak def Arnaud Clement (FRA) 6-3 6-1
QR1 Kevin Anderson (USA) def Stephen Goh 7-5 6-1
QR1 (6) Jan Hernych (CZE) def Robert Smeets 3-6 6-3 6-2
QR1 (3) Potitio Starace (ITA) def Brydan Klein 6-4 4-6 6-2

QR2 Alberto Martin (ESP) def Sadik Kadir 6-2 6-2
QR2 (5) Jeremy Chardy (FRA) def (WC) Greg Jones 6-4 7-6(3)
QR2 Peter Luczak def (6) Jan Hernych (CZE) 6-1 6-3

QR3 Xavier Malisse (BEL) def Peter Luczak 6-2 6-4

MDR1 Lleyton Hewitt vs Julien Bennetau (FRA) 5-7 6-2 6-3
MDR1 Chris Guccione def (6) Tomas Berdych (CZE)
6-3 6-4

MDR2 Lleyton Hewitt def Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 7-5 6-4
MDR2 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) def Chris Guccione 7-6(8) 6-3

Quarter-final (4) David Nalbandian (ARG) def Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(3) 7-5

ATP Auckland, New Zealand HARD

QR1 Colin Ebelthite def Niels Desein (BEL) 5-7 6-2 6-2
QR1 Samuel Groth def Roman Bornavov (USA) 6-3 6-4

QR2 Colin Ebelthite def (7) Vincent Spadea (USA) 1-6 7-5 6-1
QR2 Bobby Reynolds (USA) def Samuel Groth 7-5 6-7(2) 6-4

QR3 (2) Oscar Hernandez (ESP) def Colin Ebelthite 7-5 3-6 6-2

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Amazing win there from Sadik Kadir!
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Aussies out in force for qualifying
Medibank International Saturday 10 January 2009

Australians dominate the men’s qualifying at the Medibank International Sydney, with almost a quarter of the field in the draw, which begins today.

There are seven in the draw - Dane Propoggia, Greg Jones, Peter Luczak, Steven Goh, Brydan Klein, Robert Smeets and Brendan McKenzie.

World No. 155 Luczak faces a tough first round match against former Australian Open finalist and current world No. 92 Arnaud Clement of France.

In another interesting match up, Sydney boys Dane Propoggia and Greg Jones will play each other for a place in the second round, whilst Australian 18/U Champion Brendan McKenzie starts up against seasoned campaigner Alberto Martin.

In what is one of the strongest Medibank International Sydney men’s draws in recent years, the No.1 seed in qualifying, Julien Benneteau of France is ranked No. 40 on the South African Airways ATP rankings.

The cut off for the men’s singles qualifying draw is 84 (Nicolas Lapentti).

Play gets underway at 9:00 am at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Entry to the grounds is free.

Qualifying draws

QUALIFYING ORDER OF PLAY – Saturday 10 January, 2009

COURT 1 start 9:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] D Propoggia (AUS) vs [WC] G Jones (AUS)
Qualifying – A Clement (FRA) vs P Luczak (AUS)

COURT 4 start 9:00 am
Qualifying – K Anderson (RSA) vs [WC] S Goh (AUS)
Qualifying – A Golubev (KAZ) vs N Lapentti (ECU)
Qualifying – N Devilder (FRA) vs I Minar (CZE)

COURT 5 start 9.00 am
Qualifying – J Benneteau (FRA) vs E Korolev (RUS)
Qualifying – P Starace (ITA) vs B Klein (AUS)

COURT 6 start 9.00 am
Qualifying – T Gabashvili (RUS) vs X Malisse (BEL)
Qualifying – R Smeets (AUS) vs J Hernych (CZE)

COURT 7 start 9.00am
Qualifying – A Mannarino (FRA) vs R Kendrick (FRA)
Qualifying – A Martin (ESP) vs [WC] B McKenzie (AUS)

COURT 8 start 9.00am
Qualifying – F Dancevic (CAN) vs G Zemlja (SLO)
Qualifying – A Delic (USA) vs D Gremelmayr (GER)

COURT 9 start at 9.00am
Qualifying – W Jun (KOR) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Qualifying – D Vemic (SRB) vs P Riba (ESP)

2nd Round ATP matches not before 1.30pm
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Jones moves into second round
Rob O'Gorman Saturday 10 January 2009

Australian wildcard Greg Jones has won through to the second round of qualifying at the Medibank International Sydney with a comfortable straight sets win over compatriot Dane Propoggia today.

Jones fired eight aces past Propoggia, who recently reached the final of the Optus 18s Australian Championships, to set up a 6-2 6-3 victory and move into the second round.

The New South Welshman, who is currently ranked No.434 on the ATP rankings, played Propoggia late last year on the Australian Pro Circuit and said he was pleased to notch up his first win for 2009.

“I played not too bad, made a few too many errors for my liking but I’m happy to be through to the next round and to stay alive in the tournament,” Jones said post match.

Jones, who lost a tight battle with American Kevin Anderson in the first round of the Brisbane International last week, said he was relishing the opportunity to test his game against the top players in the world.

“It’s an unbelievable experience, if you play a good match, it gives you plenty of confidence that you can mix it with the big boys,” he said.

“There are a lot of better players, I was actually surprised at how subtle the differences are, the really, really tiny differences between the players that I’ve been playing and that’s why they are where they are.”

“Everyone always says you learn more from a loss because it shows up the areas of the game that you need to work on and I learnt a lot from playing Kevin last week.”

American Anderson this morning beat another Australian wildcard recipient, Steven Goh, 7-5 6-1.
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Malisse to meet Luczak in qualifying
Rob O'Gorman Saturday 10 January 2009

Belgian Xavier Malisse will play Australian Davis Cup team member Peter Luczak for a spot in the main draw of the Medibank International Sydney after both players won through their qualifying matches today at Sydney Olympic Tennis Centre.

Luczak scored an impressive 6-2 6-4 win over former top 10 player Arnaud Clement in the first round before eliminating Czech sixth seed Jan Hernych 6-1 6-3 later in the afternoon.

Malisse defeated second seed Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-2 6-3 this morning before backing up this afternoon with another win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

The former world No. 19 and Luczak are among a host of well known players vying to qualify in Sydney this week including Frenchman Clement, Ecuador’s Nicolas Lapentti, Russian Evgeny Korolev and Italian Potito Starace.

After several consistent seasons that kept his ranking inside the top 50, Malisse has been restricted to only 12 tournaments in the past two years due to an ongoing wrist injury he snapped during a match in 2007.

The road back to the top of the tennis tree is a long one but Malisse is up for the challenge and prepared to do the hard yards in the qualifying events to boost his ranking.

“It’s not easy getting back out there, everybody’s playing very good but I feel confident and the injuries so far feel ok so as along I can go out and play I feel have a chance to go well,” Malisse said today.

“The qualifying [events] are very tough. if you look at guys like Clement, Korolev, all these guys are in there and it’s not easy.”

“It [qualifying] is like a tournament on its own but I’ve got to keep grinding and hopefully I will get back up there.”

“I feel I still have my game, it’s just a matter of confidence and getting through the qualifying a couple of times and hopefully go from there.”

Malisse, who lost to American Bobby Reynolds in the final round of qualifying at the Brisbane International last week, said he stills feels as though he can match it with the top players on the tour.

“Today I didn’t play the best but I played good on the big points and it’s still early so it was a good to get out and win,” he said.

“It’s tough to set goals in the beginning, this is only my fourth match in three or four months so my goal is to qualify for a lot of tournaments and if you win a couple of rounds and win a final you can go from [ranked] 160 to 100 so it doesn’t really matter as long as I can go out there and play.”

Luczak was the only Australian to reach the third round of qualifying with Greg Jones, who won his first round match against compatriot Dane Propoggia in the morning, going down to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 7-6(3).

In women’s qualifying, Australian Sophie Ferguson fell to Anastasiya Yakamova 6-2 7-5 in her second round match today.
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Luczak beaten by Malisse
Sunday 11 January 2009

Belgian Xavier Malisse has defeated Peter Luczak in the final round of qualifying to snare a spot in the main draw of the Medibank International Sydney today.

The former world No.19 cruised through the first set 6-2 before closing out the second set 6-4 to seal Luczak’s fate.

It will be Malisse’s first appearance in the main draw of an ATP event for 2009 after he lost in the final round of qualifying at last week’s Brisbane International.

In other qualifying results, Canadian Frank Dancevic defeated Spain’s Alberto Martin 6-4 6-3.
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Re: Singles Results Discussion Thread 2009. News: Youth policy dictates AO wildcards

Tennis Australia continues to promote its youth policy for Australian Open wildcard recipients, announcing today main draw berths for two 16-year-olds, Bernard Tomic (QLD) and Monika Wejnert (QLD), 17-year-old Olivia Rogowska (VIC) and 21-year-old Sam Groth (VIC).


Bernard Tomic, the world’s top-ranked 16-year-old and 2008 Australian Open Junior Champion, showed his ability to step up to the pro tour with a gutsy three-set win over Yeu-Tzoo Wang from Chinese Taipei in Australian Open 2008 qualifying. The Queenslander’s pro event results in the past year include reaching the final of the Indonesian Futures in August, and in juniors he was runner-up in Wimbledon boys' doubles.

“Wow, playing in a grand slam, particularly the Australian Open, has always been a dream and I hope to do well,” Tomic said.

“I really appreciate the support Tennis Australia has given me and look forward to doing my very best. This is the level I have to learn to play at all the time, so it will be a fantastic experience.”

Fellow Queenslander Monika Wejnert first shot to prominence in December, winning the Perth ITF US$25,000 event, where she outplayed a number of higher-ranked players, including top 100 and No.3 seed Anastasia Rodionova, and top seed Yurika Sema from Japan. She further cemented her reputation as a force to be reckoned with when she upset Jelena Dokic in the round robin at the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off, only to meet her again in the final.

“I’m really excited and grateful to receive the wildcard,” Wejnert said. “I want to thank everyone who has helped me, especially my coach, Chris Steele, who has been a great support this year.

“This will be such a good opportunity, experience wise. I was lucky to play the runner-up (Marion Bartoli) in Brisbane, and I think I will be much more prepared this time. I will definitely have a better state of mind and know what to expect. That’s the best I can do!”

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Rogowska, who holds a senior ranking of 365 and is a member of the AIS Pro Tour Program, has consistently played more senior events than juniors. This investment paid off in 2008 when she won the $25,000 ITF in Sorrento, WA, in December, and reached semifinals in singles in Budapest and doubles in Prokuplije.

“It’s very exciting to receive a wildcard into the Australian Open. It’s a dream come true for me and I’m really, really looking forward to it,” Rogowska said.

“This will be my biggest ever match. I’m just looking forward to going out there, having fun and really appreciating and learning from the experience. I’d like to thank Tennis Australia for the opportunity and I will work hard and do my best to take full advantage of it.”

At 21, big-serving Sam Groth is continuing to improve his on-court ability as a AIS Pro Tour Program athlete. In 2008 he reached the semifinals of a Challenger in Japan and a Futures event in Australia, and won doubles titles in New Delhi and Australia. He posted a good win over Canadian Frank Dancevic at qualifying for the Brisbane International last week.

After the disappointment of losing the AO Play-off final in a tough three-setter, Groth is delighted with the announcement today. “This will be a good opportunity to test myself against the top guys once again,” Groth said.

“I keep trying to progress and improve all the things I’ve been working on over the past couple of months and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Groth said.

Commenting on the announcements today, Australian Institute of Sport Head Coach, Brent Larkham, said, “The wildcard selection committee has made the decision to focus on youth and give a new group of players the opportunity to step up and experience competition at this elite level.

“All these athletes will gain an enormous amount of experience from this opportunity which will help them develop both mentally and physically.

“At the end of the day, this is the level they all need to be achieving at in order to play a part in the future of Australian tennis.”

Current Australian Open wildcards:

Men: Colin Ebelthite (Play-off winner), Bernard Tomic (discretionary), Sam Groth (discretionary), Brydan Klein (discretionary), Carsten Ball (discretionary), John Isner (USTA), Adrian Mannarino (French), Denis Istomin (Asia).

Women: Jelena Dokic (Play-off winner), Monika Wejnert (discretionary), Olivia Rogowska (discretionary), Isabella Holland (discretionary), Jessica Moore (discretionary), Christina McHale (USTA), Kristina Mladenovic (French), Yuan Meng (Asia).
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