UPDATED2: Aussie Aussie Oy Oy as Wildcards Romp at Brisbane Tennis
by Staff | January 5th, 2015, 10:12 am

Aussie men’s tennis was on a high Monday at the Brisbane International, with two wildcards toppling two seeded players to move into the second round.
Aussie wildcard James Duckworth rushed and crushed the net to easily handle No. 6 seed Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes.

“I had a really good pre-season,” said the No. 125-ranked Duckworth. “Trained really hard up here. I was used to the conditions…It was just a matter of transitioning into a match, and I was able to do that today. My goal is obviously to get inside that Top 100.”

He was followed by 18-year-old Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis who had nine aces in a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 8 seed Julien Benneteau.

“I thought a good result like this was just around the corner,” Kokkinakis said. “Had a few tight ones last year where I was up a set on really good players, but wasn’t able to finish it. So I was happy to keep my composure in the second set.”

Unseeded frequently-unhinged Aussie player Bernard Tomic was also a winner Monday, edging American Sam Querrey 7-5, 7-6(5).

Americans Denis Kudla and Rhyne Williams came through the qualifying into the main draw Monday, joined by Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Romanian Marius Copil.

In women’s play, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka squandered two match points in a loss to Czech Karolina Pliskova, and American Madison Keys upset No. 4 seed Dominika Cibulkova. Other Americans did not fare so well as Christina McHale, Alison Riske and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were all opening-round losers.

Highlighting Tuesday play at the co-ed Brisbane event will be Lleyton Hewitt, Angie Kerber, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis/Sabine Lisicki in doubles, and an all-American battle in Sam Stosur-conqueror Varvara Lepchenko vs. Madison Keys.


In Monday results at the WTA ASB Classic in Auckland, Slovak veteran Daniela Hantuchova upset No. 2 seed Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2, and Croat Ana Konjuh also came in with an upset, defeating No. 8 Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-1.

American former world No. 1 junior Taylor Townsend made good on her wild card opportunity, in the first round outlasting former world No. 12 Yanina Wickmayer 6-0 in the third set.


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18 Comments for UPDATED2: Aussie Aussie Oy Oy as Wildcards Romp at Brisbane Tennis

Skeezer Says:

Nice win for the Duck, and its cool to see the AU start producing more players who can compete at the ATP level.

Yolita Says:

I’m very sorry to hear that Vika squandered MP… It will be a slow process, but I hope she has a full injury-free year.

Wog Boy Says:

Yolita, I watched the match, Vika is overweight and not fit IMO, also has mental problem to close the match, but by saying that, Pliskova really played nice tennis, was brave and took her chances.
I watched Tomic/Querrey too, Sam was serving aces left and right and when he was serving for the first set he couldn’t buy first serve, same thing happened in TB, he had a mini break just to squander it and the match. It wasn’t high quality match, though if you listened commentators it sounded like Tomik just has beaten top 10 player.

mat4 Says:


I notice that you write “Tomik”… Then, I won’t comment… but a nice touch, anyway…

Wog Boy Says:

I know, you know why I wrote Tomik..
BTW, Nole played doubles with Filip and won, today he is playing first single match against Duci Lajovic.

mat4 Says:

This is a very usual problem with the pronunciation of foreign words and names. In France, we don’t even know how to pronounce a lot of our own names. I remember one of your compatriot who was proud she knew that Charles Bally was in fact [baji], not [bali]. She didn’t know that in that region (western Swiss, South-Eastern France), at the beginning of last century, it was in fact [baλi], something you would transcribe /Balji/, just like it was /fi:λ/, /fami:λ/. Even Saussure was shocked by the way some people already pronounced, then, [fi:j], [fami:j], which is quite normal in modern French.

BTW, did you know that the most famous linguist of your country was born as Alexander Weiss? I leave you to guess who it was.

mat4 Says:

Just to add: one of your most famous writer… his real name was Daniel Kohn…

But while the first one changed his name to show his fidelity to the country and the society that adopted him, the other one did it for different reasons — to avoid the fate of many in the WWII.

Wog Boy Says:

I will have a wild guess, but only because of surname, they bough sound German (or Jewish) great Serbian lingvist Ivan Klajn?

Wog Boy Says:

^^ “bough” should be “both”.

Wog Boy Says:

I havn’t seen you post @4:52 when I sent mine, I knew the first one and I loved him very much, great writer and character, Danilo Kiš, but second one was just my wild guess.

Wog Boy Says:

mat4, did you take any of Danilo’s advices for the young writer, have a look at some of them, how can one not like Danilo Kiš, wise and witty man, very much so:


When ever you turn up on TX, we go off the topic, Sean is going to kick us out, right Sean?:(

mat4 Says:


Weiss means white… so, just translate it: Aleksandar Belic.

I had the opportunity to meet Kiš’s second wife, Pascale Delpeche, and she send me her traduction of “Chagrins précoces”. She also translated Andric’s novels in French. She works in China, I guess, right now.

mat4 Says:

I prefer to write about poetry (and grammar) than to argue with a kid about who’s the GOAT…

mat4 Says:

You know, my worst years were in Romania: it was in an epoch were education and culture meant much more than today. Kids worked a lot, knew French perfectly, but knew that they would never go to France, and never have the possibility to talk with somebody in French. But they knew Eluard, Aragon, and I remember that Marie Laforêt had concerts in Bucharest. Those were the lost poetry years…

Wog Boy Says:

Aleksandar Belic, would have never guessed, even wiki doesn’t say it, though it makes perfect sense, Weiss=White=Belo.

Was Danilo burried in Paris? I like the way he explains three cultures and two faiths that made him who he was:

His family house was brimming with fertile atmosphere of Judaism and Orthodox Christianity, a mixture of Hungarian and Serbian culture. He was a writer of vast energy and erudition, of richly layered cultural, historical and linguistic heritages seamlessly weaved into powerful human drama.

Of his Serbian/Jewish/Hungarian heritage, Kis wrote:

“Those two faiths … and the awareness of the dual belonging was like a shock, especially after the war. On the one hand, the epic tradition of the Serbian heroic ethos, passed on to me by my mother, along with the bitter Balkan reality, and on the other, a middle-European literature and decadent and baroque Hungarian poems. Into this mixture, made of clashes and contradictions, my Jewish being will get involved, not in a religious sense, but in the essentially cultural optics, as a researcher.”
I am familiar with Romania too, I love their people, maybe that is why I have soft spot for Simona Halep, hard working, down to earth, honest girl ..to naive too, shouldn’t let Serena playing second match with her.

mat4 Says:

Novak is not playing well at Doha. He looks just like he still has fever…

Wog Boy Says:

mat4, how is the court, slow or fast, low or high bounce?

mat4 Says:

Sorry, WB, couldn’t answer right away. After the first few games Novak found his groove and was very dominant until the end of the match, when he lost a bit his focus.

The court seemed to me fast enough, something like Abu Dhabi. Novak played indeed a bit flatter, shorter, and his IO FH made the difference.

Lajovic played well, but he was simply overwhelmed. His main problem is that he plays without aim, purpose — there are almost no clear patterns of play. He is a brave boy (he looks like it, anyway), but nothing changed in his game lately. It is a pity: he has a beautiful backhand when he dares to hit it DTL, he could dictate with his FH, but he seemed very often without plan whatsoever.

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