Tennis Jan. 01-07, MMVII

As promised, I will shortly summarize last week’s action in professional tennis. Come to think of it, I could do this every week. This way I will keep track of it myself, too.

In Doha, Qatar, Ivan Ljubicic defeated Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 in the final and claimed his first title of the year. Unfortunately, Marcos Baghdatis got kicked out by Robin Soderling in the quarter finals.

In Adelaide, Australia, top-seeded Novak Djokovic won 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 against Chris Guccione, who played his first ATP final, at home to boot. It was Mr. Djokovic’s third ATP title.

In Chennai, India, Xavier Malisse claimed the second ATP title in his career. He played Austrian Stefan Koubek and won in a little over an hour with 6-1 6-3. What is more surprising, though, Xavier Malisse beat Rafael Nadal in the semi final 6-4 7-6(4) but Rafa, together with Bartolome Salva-Vidal, defeated Mr. Malisse and Dick Norman in the doubles final with the help of two tie-breaks 7-6(4) 7-6(4).

The women played on the Gold Coast, Australia, where Dinara Safina defeated Martina Hingis 6-3 3-6 7-5. Ms. Safina, Marat’s little sister, also claimed the doubles title together with Katarina Srebotnik. Is there a better way to start the season?

And in Auckland, New Zealand, Jelena Jankovic won against Vera Zvonareva 7-6 5-7 6-3, thus claiming her second WTA title.

For this week, the ladies will stay down under. There are two tournaments, one in Sydney (Medibank International) and the other one in Hobart (Morrilla Hobart International).

The men also have two championships on their schedule. There is the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand, and the other one is "shared" with the women at the Medibank in Sydney. Rafael Nadal, James Blake, and Marcos Baghdatis are lined up for Sydney.

This week, there is also the AAMI Classic tournament in Kooyong, Australia, just outside Melbourne. It is not an ATP event, though. Some of the top players go there to practice for the Australian Open, which will start next week. Yes, it is time again. Roger Federer is also at Kooyong, along with Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, the aforementioned Ivan Ljubicic, and others.


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