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Brisbane: Jelena Jankovic d. Angelique Kerber, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-1
Brisbane: Marius Copil d. Gilles Simon, 7-5, 6-3
Brisbane: Serena Williams d. Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 7-6(7)
Doha: Rafael Nadal d. Peter Gojowczyk, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Chennai: Marcel Granollers d. Benoit Paire, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
News and Links:
Congrats to Stan Wawrinka, who won his 300th ATP match, and got this amazing cake for his efforts:
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) January 3, 2014
The ATP is offering free live streaming of the Sao Paolo Challenger tournament on their website.
The ATP has partnered with IBM, and the WTA has partnered with SAP to supposedly provide fans and media with better tennis stats. But what is the tennis community really getting out of those partnerships?
Here’s a clip of defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic’s first practice session at Rod Laver Arena:
In Federer and Mahut’s doubles match, Federer hit this bizarre shanked overhead that seemed to defy the laws of physics:
Non-tennis: This piece by NFL punter Chris Kluwe on Deadspin details some disturbing incidents from his time playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
Non-tennis: Ice hockey played outdoors is really visually appealing.
Tennis on Twitter:
— LetsTalkTennis (@letstalktennis1) January 3, 2014
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) January 3, 2014
— Eugenie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 2, 2014
Hi my friends! Just landed in Australia! I'm so happy to be back here to compete @AustralianOpen !!!
— Vera Zvonareva (@verazvonareva) January 2, 2014
Bernard is a magician. @hopmancup
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 2, 2014