Found January 01, 2012 on Tennis Panorama :
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Serena Williams spoke to the media as she is set to make her debut playing the Brisbane International tournament. “I decided to come to Brisbane which is really cool and I’ve never been here, said Williams. “My goal this year is to go to places that I’ve never been before and this is one city I’ve never been to.”

She addressed the  incident during the US Open final when chair umpire Eva Asderaki ruled that her yell of “come on!” after hitting a forehand was a hindrance and gave a point to her opponent Samantha Stosur. Williams called herself an emotional player.

“I honestly think I was really toned down, I didn’t use any bad language or anything so I wouldn’t change it so much, said Williams.

“When you’re (full of) emotion that’s kind of how you feel.

“And I’m an emotional player and I’m an extremely emotional person, oh my goodness, it was what it was.

“I’m always going to be me – if that means I’m giving 200 per cent then that’s how I am.

“I love that and I think people can respect that when they see me play.”

Williams begins her tournament against South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers and if the seedings hold, she would face Australia’s Samantha Stosur in the semifinals.

Defending Australian champion Kim Clijsters returned to the court on Sunday with a straight forward 6-1, 6-4 win over Simona Halep. “I felt that I was playing aggressively and moving well, so I was pretty satisfied,” Clijsters told media. Clijsters had been sidelined by abdominal problems and other injuries over the 2011 year forcing her to withdraw from several tournaments.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
Brisbane, Australia
January 1-7, 2012

Women’s Results – Sunday, January 1, 2012
Singles – First Round
(3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 44 ret. (migraine)
(5) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 61 64
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (8) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 36 64 63
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 26 75 75
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. (WC) Jankovic/Petkovic (SRB/GER) 64 67(1) 107 (Match TB)
Klepac/Rosolska (SLO/POL) d. Tatishvili/Zakopalova (GEO/CZE) 63 67(4) 103 (Match TB)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Vania King (USA) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 75 46 60
(3) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 64 57 62
Alexandra Panova (RUS) d. (4) Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 60 61
Nina Bratchikova (RUS) d. Mandy Minella (LUX) 26 64 61

 

Men’s Results – Sunday, January 1, 2012

Singles – First Round
[3] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d A Falla (COL) 76(3) 62
[WC] J Duckworth (AUS) d N Mahut (FRA) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
M Baghdatis (CYP) / A Murray (GBR) d S Giraldo (COL) / K Nishikori (JPN) 62 62

Schedule – Monday, January 2, 2012

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 10:30 am
T Paszek (AUT) vs A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA
[4] S Williams (USA) vs C Scheepers (RSA) – WTA
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [8] B Tomic (AUS) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] S Stosur (AUS) vs A Yakimova (BLR) – WTA
R Harrison (USA) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) – ATP

COURT 1 start 10:30 am
[4] F Mayer (GER) vs D Istomin (UZB) – ATP
[Q] V King (USA) vs M Czink (HUN) – WTA
[7] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs P Hercog (SLO) – WTA
R Mello (BRA) vs G Muller (LUX) – ATP
D Hantuchova (SVK) / F Schiavone (ITA) vs [4] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) – WTA

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
[WC] O Rogowska (AUS) vs B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) – WTA
S Peer (ISR) vs [2] A Petkovic (GER) – WTA
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP
R Sweeting (USA) vs [2] G Simon (FRA) – ATP
[6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA

COURT 10 start 10:30 am
Qualifying – I Andreev (RUS) vs J Zopp (EST) – ATP
Qualifying – T Kamke (GER) vs J Levine (USA) – ATP
[Q] A Panova (RUS) vs K Kanepi (EST) – WTA
E Butorac (USA) / B Soares (BRA) vs [2] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) – ATP
K Zakopalova (CZE) vs [Q] N Bratchikova (RUS) – WTA

COURT 14 start 10:30 am
G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs [Q] V Dushevina (RUS) – WTA
Qualifying – T Ito (JPN) vs M Look (AUS) – ATP
Qualifying – C Guccione (AUS) vs J Millman (AUS) – ATP
V King (USA) / M Krajicek (NED) vs [2] I Benesova (CZE) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) – WTA
A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (RUS) vs K Jans-Ignacik (POL) / M Jugic-Salkic (BIH) – WTA

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