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Aussie Bernard Tomic blasted his way into the Apia International Sydney quarterfinals with an impressive 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset over German No.28 Florian Mayer on Ken Rosewall Arena Wednesday afternoon.

“I'm serving really well and my groundstrokes are really good, too.  I'm moving really well.  There is nothing much more I can ask myself at this stage,” said Tomic, who clocked a 207 kph serve during the match.

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In form Aussie Bernard Tomic booked a spot in the second round of the Apia International Sydney with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over compatriot Marinko Matosevic in one hour 13 minutes Tuesday evening.

“Every player I play now I want to beat and give myself the best opportunity and chance to win,” said Tomic. “Every match I go in now I believe I can win and I'm going to stay in there the whole match and fight for every point.  That's when I'm going to be the best and most satisfied with myself.”

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Australian No.1 Sam Stosur battled hard to find her game on Ken Rosewall Arena Monday night, but eventually came up short against China’s Zheng Jie in a tough three set battle 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-4.

“I feel a lot better after this loss than last week's loss because I felt like I did some better things,” said Stosur, who suffered her second first-round exit in as many weeks. “Overall I think everything was a lot better.  She came up with some very good points when things could have kind of gone away from her in that third.”

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Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki wasted no time in a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Urszula Radwanska to advance to the second round of the Apia International Sydney.

World No.8 Petra Kvitova was not so lucky continuing her recent woes with another early defeat, to the tough world No.15 Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1. The diminutive Slovak handed Kvitova her second straight loss and will face Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the second round after Makarova beat American Varvara Lepchenko  6-4, 4-6 ,6-1 in a tough three-set battle.

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Australian world No.9 Samantha Stosur will begin her Apia International Sydney campaign against world No.26 Zheng Jie of China in the first round of the Apia International Sydney.

The official draw, conducted today at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, produced a number of outstanding matches in the women’s draw.

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Australia's Casey Dellacqua and Olivia Rogowska have today been confirmed as wildcards for the Apia International Sydney 2013. The pair will find their place in the main draw, beginning Sunday 6 January, alongside seven of the world's top 10 women.

"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to play main draw at the Apia International Sydney," said Dellacqua, the Australian No.2. "It's going to be extra tough because it is such a strong field in Sydney."

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The Sydney Sixers thrashed the Highveld Lions by 10 wickets in a one-sided Final of the Champions League Twenty 20 to be crowned the new, Champions. The Australian outfit dominated the contest with both bat and ball, knocking over the Lions for 121 and then chasing down the target in just 12.3 overs without losing any wickets. A battling half-century from Jean Symes gave the Lions' bowlers something to compete with after the South African side's top order had collapsed to a poor 9-4 in 3.3 overs. Josh Hazzlwood and Nathan McCullum shared 6 wickets evenly between them, while Michael Lumb stared with the bat for the Sixers, smashing an unbeaten 82 from just 42 balls, hitting 5 sixes and 8 boundaries to seal what was an easy win.

The Sydney Sixers won the toss and opted to bowl first, and surprised their opponents by opening with spin at both ends. Nathan McCullum was hit for a six by Gulam Bodi on the third ball of the first over, but got his man on the very next ball to put the Lions in early strife. McCullum was immediately replaced by Josh Hazzlewood, and it proved to be a masterstroke from Sydney skipper Brad Haddin with the fast bowler striking twice in his opening over to remove Quinton de Kock and Neil McKenzie for 1 and 0 respectively.

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