Week 1 Round-up
The first week of 2018 saw Svitolina and Kyrgios conquer Brisbane
By Stephen Higgins | 7 January 2018
While the growing list of Australian Open absentees is an understandable distraction for tennis fans right now, players are getting on with business Down Under and beyond.
In the biggest event of the week, Elina Svitolina claimed the Brisbane title thanks to a 6-2 6-1 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. It is the first Premier gong for the world no.6 who now has 10 career WTA titles.
In the men’s event, one of three ATP 250s in the first week, Australian Nick Kyrgios earned his fourth career title and first at home. The 22-year-old went unbroken as he defeated Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2 in the 73-minute final.
In Shenzhen, world no.1 Simona Halep was strong enough to overcome a six hour rain delay, a switch from outside to indoors, and her opponent Katerina Siniakova.
The 26-year-old made it 16 career WTA singles titles with a 6-1 2-6 6-0 scoreline. The Romanian’s winning streak continued as she and compatriot Irina-Camelia Begu bested Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova in the doubles final 1-6 6-1 10-8.
Three-time Qatar Open finalist Gael Monfils finally picked up the winners’ cheque in Doha. The Frenchman was a comfortable 6-2 6-3 winner over Andrey Rublev in the final.
Julia Goerges was a three-time finalist and two-time champion in 2017 and has continued that form in the new year. The German surmounted Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 7-6 and has now won her last three finals.
What was once Chennai is now Pune. Stan Wawrinka’s favourite opener has moved 1,000 km north west to the state of Maharashtra.
Gilles Simon triumphed over a decent field that included Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson and Roberto Bautista Agut. The 33-year-old got the better of Anderson 7-6 6-2 in the final to make it 13 career titles.
In Perth, at the semi-serious Hopman Cup, Switzerland took the trophy over Germany. Roger Federer was superb and ably supported by Belinda Bencic as the pair overcame Angelique Kerber and Sascha Zverev 2-1.