While we were busy covering the Brisbane International straight from the stands, a lot was going on in other parts of Australia, namely Perth and Auckland, as well as in China’s Shenzhen.
Daria Gavrilova has only recently officially become Australian and she’s already helped her new country win the Hopman Cup title for the first time in 17 years. Dasha’s victory over Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the final secured a valuable point, while her Australia Green partner, Ajla Tomljanovic’s rumored boyfriend Nick Kyrgios, went on to win the decisive men’s singles match of the mixed-team tournament, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets. Daria has a nice piece of jewelry to wear as a memory on this significant achievement in her career:
— Hopman Cup (@hopmancup) January 9, 2016
In Auckland’s ASB Classic, Sloane Stephens won two matches in one day to get hold of the winner’s trophy. After beating Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinal which had been suspended due to rain the day before, the American took the court again and worked her way to a 7-5 6-2 victory over Julia Goerges in the title match.
Sloane is excited about winning a WTA title so early into the season and she shared this trophy photo on Instagram saying: “It’s only right to live a trophy life.”
Last year Sloane had a number of stunning Under Armour dresses and in 2016 the trend is continued. A lovely light blue dress with cropped top in the back is absolute perfection, isn’t it?
At the Shenzhen Open, Agnieszka Radwanska cruised past Alison Riske 6-3 6-2 and won her 18th career title. This victory in China is the continuation of the Pole’s stunning closing of the 2015 season in Asia, during which she won Tokyo, Tianjin and WTA Finals in Singapore.
Let’s also mention the amazing new achievement of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis: the powerful doubles team clinched their 10th title together by winning their 26th straight match at the Brisbane International, ensuring the longest doubles winning streak since 1994. Their opponents in the final were Andrea Petkovic and the singles finalist Angelique Kerber.