Results: Djokovic Wins, Nadal Loses in Doha; Dimitrov, Azarenka Through in Brisbane; Almagro Stunned in Chennai

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016 | 0


Djokovic makes winning start in Doha; Nadal loses in doubles

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic resumed from where he stopped in 2015. After an incredible 83-6 record last season, the Serb began the new year in style as he took just 51 minutes to thrash German qualifier Dustin Brown 6-2 6-2 in the opening round of the Qatar Open in Doha. Up next, he awaits the winner of the other first-round clash between Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri in the next round.

The other star attraction of the tournament, Rafael Nadal, faced an early exit in the doubles event. The Spaniard, who paired up with countryman Fernando Verdasco, suffered a 6-7 6-4 11-9 defeat to Teymuraz Gabashvili ad Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a thrilling contest.

Dimitrov topples Simon in Brisbane; Azarenka, Kerber also through

After a disappointing 2015 season, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov tasted early success this year after he stunned 5th seed Gilles Simon of France 6-3 7-6 at the Brisbane International.

In the women’s section here, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka extended her clean record against Russian Elena Vesnina to seven wins as she cruised for an easy 6-2 6-0 win.

Also were to advance were 5th seed Angelique Kerber (defeated Camila Giorgi), 6th seed Carla Suarez Navarro (defeated Ajla Tomljanovic), 7th seed Belinda Bencic (defeated Sara Errani), and 8th seed Roberta Vinci (defeated Jelena Jankovic).

Almagro falls to opening hurdle at Chennai Open

Former World No. 9 Nicolas Almagro faced a stunning loss at the hands of qualifier Ante Pavic in the first round of the Chennai Open in India. The Spaniard squandered a one-set lead as he went down 3-6 7-5 7-6 to his 449th-ranked opponent from Croatia.

In the other battles of the day, 19-year-old Borna Coric notched up a hard-fought 7-6 2-6 6-4 victory over Spain’s Marcel Granollers, while Australia’s John Millman edged past Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy 6-7 6-4 7-6 in a match that lasted 2 hours and 38 minutes.

Kuznetsova, Stephens ease in Auckland

The opening day of the ASB Classic in Auckland saw a mixed day for the seeds. Whilst 4th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and 5th seed Sloane Stephens hardly broke a sweat to move past the first round, 6th seed Coco Vandeweghe and 8th seed Alison Van Uytvanck faced three-set defeats to their respective opponents.

Seeds keep it effortless in Shenzhen

The WTA International event in Shenzhen, China, saw the seeds – Irina-Camelia Begu (3), Monica Niculescu (4), and Zarina Diyas (7) – progress to the second round. However, 8th seed Annika Beck fell prey to American Alison Riske 7-6 3-6 2-6 in an intense battle.



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