Brisbane International

  • Roger Federer to play Brisbane International in January Yesterday

    Roger Federer has confirmed he will return to the Brisbane International in January to kick off his preparation for the Australian Open. Federer was beaten in last year's final by local favorite Lleyton Hewitt at the Queensland Tennis Centre and said he expected to be in top form for January's tournament. The...
  • Azarenka maintains 2nd place in WTA rankings January 10, 2014

    Minsk: After victory at the first tournament of the new season, the Brisbane International, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka has retained second place in the WTA rankings. The Belarusian has 8,151 points while Serena Williams of the US has 13,260 points, reports Xinhua. The first Grand Slam tournament of the new season, the Australian...
  • I can do some damage in Melbourne, says Lleyton Hewitt January 5, 2014

    Brisbane: Lleyton Hewitt will go into the Australian Open as the player the top seeds will hope to avoid in the first round, after digging into his famed store of resolve to beat Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final on Sunday. Hewitt dominated Federer in the first set and then...
  • Lleyton Hewitt upsets Roger Federer to win Brisbane title January 5, 2014

    Australia: Lleyton Hewitt won a title for the first time since 2010 with an upset 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win at the Brisbane International over Roger Federer, his oldest rival on the tour. The 32-year-old former No. 1s have met 27 times dating back to 1999, and after Sunday's unexpected victory Hewitt...
  • Serena Williams beats Azarenka, defends Brisbane title January 4, 2014

    Brisbane: This was one time Serena Williams didn't mind being pushed into the deep end, to use her own description. The top-ranked Williams carried her winning momentum from 2013 into the new season, beating No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to defend her title at the Brisbane International...
  • Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt to meet in Brisbane final January 4, 2014

    Brisbane: Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt earned three-set victories on Saturday to set up a meeting in the Brisbane International final, renewing a rivalry that stretches back to the last millennium. Federer beat No. 8-seeded Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a semifinal featuring just two service breaks, immediately after...
  • Hewitt upsets Nishikori to reach Brisbane final January 4, 2014

    Brisbane: Former No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt turned back to the clock with a gritty 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori on Saturday to advance to the Brisbane International final and a possible showdown with Roger Federer. The 32-year-old Hewitt handled the heat better than his Japanese opponent as the...
  • Serena beats Sharapova in Brisbane semi-finals January 3, 2014

    Brisbane: Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) semi-final victory on Friday to earn a shot at back-to-back Brisbane International titles. The defending champion will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final, and will be favored to retain the title that...
  • Azarenka beats Jankovic to reach Brisbane final January 3, 2014

    Brisbane: Victoria Azarenka overcame a shaky serve and another case of the nerves to move into the Brisbane International final with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic on Friday. The Australian Open champion dropped her first three service games and was facing three break points in...
  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Brisbane semis January 2, 2014

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will renew their long and not-so-friendly rivalry after setting up a semi-final matchup at the Brisbane International, a key tuneup event for the Australian Open. Top-ranked Williams, the defending champion, didn't lose a point on her serve in the first set en route to a...
  • Hard to make tweaks in time for Australian Open: Roger Federer January 1, 2014

    Brisbane: Roger Federer's new alliance with Stefan Edberg appears to be a sign he will be adopt a more aggressive game in 2014 but the Swiss believes it will be tough to make changes in time for this month's Australian Open. Federer's decision to bring Swede Edberg in to work alongside...
  • Federer opens 2014 with a steady win in Brisbane January 1, 2014

    Brisbane: Roger Federer showed shreds of evidence of Stefan Edberg's influence as he got his 2014 season underway, advancing to the Brisbane International quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen on Wednesday. Federer worked briefly with Edberg in the offseason and will again use the six-time major winner as...
  • Marin Cilic beats Grigor Dimitrov at Brisbane International January 1, 2014

    Australia: Marin Cilic continued his comeback from a doping ban with a 7-5, 7-5 win over fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday at the Brisbane International, while injury withdrawals reduced the women's draw. Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki pulled out before her scheduled second-round match against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland due to a...
  • Sabine Lisicki withdraws from Brisbane International due to illness January 1, 2014

    Brisbane: Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki withdrew from the Brisbane International due to a stomach illness before her scheduled second-round match Wednesday against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland. Lisicki, seeded seventh, beat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets in her first-round match and another win would have put her into a quarterfinal, potentially against...
  • Serena opens season with a win over Petkovic in Brisbane December 31, 2013

    Brisbane: Serena Williams' first competitive match of the season, on New Year's Eve, was by no means perfect, but a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrea Petkovic at the Brisbane International was a decent start against a player with a career-high ranking of No. 9. Top-ranked Williams was understandably below her best...
  • Maria Sharapova returns with convincing win in Brisbane December 30, 2013

    Bisbane: Every point mattered for Maria Sharapova in her competitive return from an injury layoff, even in a first-round match in the season-opening tournament. Sharapova beat 74th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-0 on Monday, ripping forehand winners and nullifying her rival's biggest weapon with some aggressive service returns. She chased...
  • Serena rivalry making me a better player, says Victoria Azarenka December 30, 2013

    Victoria Azarenka thinks her rivalry with Serena Williams is making her a better player and is looking forward to renewing it over the next four weeks at the Brisbane International and the Australian Open. World number two behind the 17-times major champion, Azarenka will only meet Williams if both players make...
  • Maria Sharapova makes no promises over Brisbane return December 29, 2013

    Having pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament through injury for the last two years, Maria Sharapova might consider it a victory in itself if she actually gets out on court at the Pat Rafter arena on Monday. The tournament is perhaps more important to the Russian world number four as...
  • Caroline Wozniacki pulls out of Brisbane warm-up with injury December 29, 2013

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has pulled out of the Brisbane International warm-up for the Australian Open because of an injured right shoulder, organisers said on Sunday. The 23-year-old Dane, currently ranked 10th in the world, was scheduled to open her season with a first round tie against Dominika Cibulkova...
  • Roger Federer arrives for Brisbane International December 28, 2013

    Brisbane: Roger Federer arrived in Australia on Saturday for the Brisbane International with a refreshed outlook for 2014, injury-free and with a new coach on his team. "It's the first time in a year that I could practice three, four weeks in a row without any setbacks ... I was able...
  • Serena Williams to headline Brisbane International November 21, 2013

    Brisbane: Top-ranked Serena Williams will defend her title at next month's Brisbane International among a powerful women's field in preparation for the Australian Open. Williams' opponents at the December 29 to January 5 Brisbane tournament will include six of the world's top-10 players. The field announced on Thursday includes No.2 Victoria...
  • Serena Williams to play Brisbane International October 2, 2013

    Brisbane: Serena Williams has confirmed she will play in the Brisbane International tuneup event before next year's Australian Open. Brisbane tournament officials said on Wednesday that Williams, the defending champion, and Australian Lleyton Hewitt would join previously announced Roger Federer at the hard-court tournament at the Queensland Tennis Centre from December...
  • Roger Federer to start 2014 season in Brisbane July 24, 2013

    Sydney: Roger Federer will start his 2014 campaign at the Brisbane International next January, underlining the tournament's status as the biggest of the Australian Open warm-ups. The 31-year-old Swiss, who has four Melbourne Park titles among his 17 grand slams, has never previously started the year in Brisbane and the announcement...
  • Serena not under pressure ahead of Australian Open January 12, 2013

    Melbourne: As the hot favourite for the women's title at Australian Open, tennis great Serena Williams is simply enjoying being "in the moment". "I get asked that all the time, but I feel like I'm just in the moment right now," Williams was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "For this moment,...
  • Murray retains Brisbane title with victory over Dimitrov January 6, 2013

    Brisbane: Andy Murray kicked off 2013 with a successful defense of his Brisbane International title, holding off the up-and-coming Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (0), 6-4 and then dedicating Sunday's victory to an absent friend. "Thank you very much," Murray said, his voice starting to break at the end of the trophy...
  • Sania-Bethanie win Brisbane title January 5, 2013

    Brisbane: Sania Mirza began her 2013 campaign in style by winning the Brisbane International tennis tournament with American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands here on Saturday. Sania-Bethanie edged out Czech-German duo of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 in a battle lasting little over one hour thirty minutes. There was very...
  • Brilliant Serena wins Brisbane International January 5, 2013

    Brisbane: Serena Williams proved the break between seasons hasn't hurt her momentum, capturing her 47th career title with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Saturday's Brisbane International final. Williams has won 35 of her past 36 matches, including titles at Wimbledon, the Olympics, the US Open, the season-ending...
  • Andy Murray backs time-wasting penalty rule January 5, 2013

    Brisbane: Andy Murray has thrown his unequivocal support behind the crackdown on time-wasting in tennis because he believes it will turn the sport into even more of a survival of the fittest. The US Open champion was speaking after he eased into the Brisbane International final on Saturday when his opponent...
  • Andy Murray storms into Brisbane International final January 5, 2013

    Brisbane: Defending champion Andy Murray advanced to the Brisbane International final after fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori retired with an injured left knee during their semifinal on Saturday. Nishikori led 4-1 in the first set before Murray went on a roll, winning the next eight games to lead 6-4, 2-0 when the...
  • Serena to meet Pavlyuchenkova in Brisbane final January 5, 2013

    Brisbane: Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is to play Serena Williams in the final of the Brisbane International tennis event after defeating Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in Friday's semi-final. Williams reached the final without a fight earlier on Friday when her semi-final opponent, world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, withdrew with a toe injury. In...