Found January 03, 2012 on Tennis Panorama :


By Stephanie Neppl

Julia Goerges didn’t get a great Christmas present from New Zealand – she got sick when she arrived a week ago. The No 5 seed from Germany was also handed a tough draw in facing 2011 ASB Classic champion Greta Arn in the first round.

The repeat of their 2011 semifinal proved even closer, as Goerges needed every bit of energy she could muster to win in three sets in a tough battle with the Hungarian.

“I didn’t really feel that well but when you go on court you want try to be 100% and when your energy runs out it’s pretty tough somehow to beat a player like Greta but somehow I managed it .”

Goerges said she’ll still play doubles as planned with Flavia Pennetta and will face fellow German Angelique Kerber in singles action tomorrow.

In earlier action, #2 seed Peng Shuai also had a three-set battle with 2008 runner up Aravane Rezai but advanced to face Czech Lucie Hradecka. Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame a poor start to beat qualifier Alison Riske of the US and now faces another American, Christina McHale.

It was a great day for the seeds but not for the qualifiers as all top 8 seeds were victorious but all four qualifiers into the main draw were defeated.

Wednesday play gets underway at 1pm with an all-German battle between top seed Sabine Lisicki and Mona Barthel.

Stephanie Neppl in Auckland, New Zealand covering the ASB Classic for the tournament web site. She is the Social Media Manager for Tennis Auckland covering the ASB Classic and Heineken Open.

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Results – Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Singles – First Round
(2) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 46 63 64
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Alison Riske (USA) 63 62
(5) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Greta Arn (HUN) 75 36 64
(6) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Rebecca Marino (CAN) 75 64
(7) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (Q) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 63 64
(8) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. (Q) Jamie Hampton (USA) 76(1) 61
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 46 64 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 46 63 64
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (WC) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
Lisicki/Peng (GER/CHN) d. Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 62 63
Hampton/Woehr (USA/GER) d. Birnerova/Brianti (CZE/ITA) 61 63


Schedule of Play – Wednesday, January 4, 2012
CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
[1] S Lisicki (GER) vs M Barthel (GER)
L Hradecka (CZE) vs [2] S Peng (CHN) – POSSIBLE COURT CHANGE
[8] M Niculescu (ROU) vs J Zheng (CHN)
S Lisicki (GER) / S Peng (CHN) vs [2] S Mirza (IND) / E Vesnina (RUS) – after suitable rest

Not Before 7:00 PM
C Mchale (USA) vs [3] S Kuznetsova (RUS)
[7] Y Wickmayer (BEL) vs S Errani (ITA)


COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
E Vesnina (RUS) vs [6] R Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 4:00 PM
[3] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) vs K Barrois (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) – after suitable rest


COURT 4 start 1:00 pm
[4] F Pennetta (ITA) vs E Baltacha (GBR)

Not Before 2:30 PM
M Erakovic (NZL) or A Kerber (GER) vs [5] J Goerges (GER) – POSSIBLE COURT CHANGE

Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] E Fanning (NZL) / R Kulikova (RUS) vs [4] J Goerges (GER) / F Pennetta (ITA) – after suitable rest



ASB Classic Preview: Lisicki, Goerges, Kuznetsova In Action

by Stephanie Neppl, Special for Tennis Grandstand The 2012 ASB Classic is underway and it’s lining up to be a memorable tournament with stellar fields in both singles and doubles. Despite the withdrawal of drawcard Venus Williams, the singles draw is full of big names and big talent. We’ve got our previous two champions in 2011 winner Greta Arn and 2010 champ Yanina Wickmayer...
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