Saturday, 5 January 2013

First WTA titles of 2013 decided: Serena, Radwanska and Li all win

There were no surprises in the first week of the season as three members of the current top 10 scooped their first titles of 2013.  Serena Williams looked in ominous form as she slayed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-2 6-1 in the Brisbane final.  The Russian had a great week and has now wisely pulled out of Hobart.  Serena looks unstoppable and there is no doubt that she is the favourite to win the Australian Open.  Agnieszka Radwanska edged Yanina Wickmayer in the Auckland final, capping off a very solid week of tennis.  It was disappointing to see though that Radwanska amassed a total of just 8 winners off the ground in her last two matches.  Li Na also won through in Shenzhen with a shaky victory over Klara Zakopalova, 6-3 1-6 7-5.  Li led 5-2 in the third set, but was pegged back before eventually wrapping up the title.  In Doha, Nikolay Davydenko finally ran out of steam as he fell in three sets to Richard Gasquet.

Highlights from Serena/Pavlyuchenkova in Brisbane

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