Tournament 31 Dec 2018

Blockbuster Tuesday at the ASB Classic

by Rhonda Karl
 Blockbuster Tuesday at the ASB Classic

Two former world No1s will go head to head in the first round of the ASB Classic. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this, Azarenka versus Williams!

This could be the final of any WTA tournament around the world, but NZ tennis fans can literally get to watch two multiple grand slam champions battle it out on centre court.

Venus Williams is a legend, she loves coming back to Auckland and won the title in 2015, Azarenka is of the same ilk, and comes back to Aotearoa keen to get back to her best tennis this season. Venus leads their head to head clashes 4-2, although they players haven’t played each other in more than three years.

What is even more amazing is that tennis fans can watch this world class tennis match for just $15.00 given the roof top seating is open to those with ground passes!

If that didn’t water your appetite, what about watching defending ASB Classic Champion Julia Goerges, the world number 14 and second seed takes on Johanna Larsson for her first game of the season. Goerges broke inside the top ten this year, reaching a career best ranking of no 9.

Also, on court tomorrow is 3rd seed Su-Wei Hsieh who’s shot up the rankings this season, the Chinese Taipei number one will play against Polona Hercog. 4th seed Petra Martic takes on American youngster Sofia Kenin who was awarded the wildcard last year and 5th seed Barbora Strycova returns to Auckland in winning form, after taking home the Fed Cup title against the US last month. Strycova is up against talented American Taylor Townsend.

The full order of play for Tuesday 1st January is available at asblcassic.co.nz

Today’s twilight session kicks off at 3pm with tickets available from Ticketek.co.nz. Matches on Grandstand and Court 2 are accessible to all ticketholders, including Ground Passes which are available from just $15.

 

ORDER OF PLAY

CENTRE COURT
 
Starting at 3pm 
 
Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) v Taylor TOWNSEND (USA)
 
Johanna LARSSON (SWE) v Julia GOERGES (GER)
 
Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) v Venus WILLIAMS (USA)
 
GRANDSTAND
 
Starting at 2pm 
 
Sofia KENIN (USA) v Petra MARTIC (CRO)
 
Su-Wei HSIEH (TPE) v Polona HERCOG (SLO)
 
Lesley KERKHOVE (NED) & Sabrina SANTAMARIA (USA) v
Eugenie BOUCHARD (CAN) & Sofia KENIN
 
Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) v Jana CEPELOVA (SVK)
 
Timea BABOS (HUN) v Bianca ANDREESCU (CAN)
 
COURT 2
 
Starting at 2pm 
 
Sachia VICKERY (USA) v Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL)
 
Alison VAN UYTVANCK (BEL) v Bibiane SCHOOFS (NED)
 
Mona BARTHEL (GER) v Silvia SOLER-ESPINOSA (ESP)
 
Raluca OLARU (ROU) & Abigail SPEARS (USA) v
Alexandra PANOVA (RUS) & Laura SIEGEMUND (GER) 
 
Monique ADAMCZAK (AUS) & Jessica MOORE (AUS) v
Kaitlyn CHRISTIAN (USA) & Asia MUHAMMAD (USA)

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