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Bryan Brothers Clinch Year End No. 1 For Seventh Time In Nine Years

American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan have clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record seventh time. By winning their first round match in the Valencia Open on Wednesday, the Bryans have guaranteed that they cannot be overtaken by No. 2 team Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.

The 33-year-old twins' memorable 2011 season includes two Grand Slam crowns (Australian Open, Wimbledon), giving them 11 in their career, and two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (Monte-Carlo, Madrid). They were also champions in Houston, at the Queen's Club in London and Vienna.


Olivia Rogowska claims second Pro Tour title

Olivia Rogowska has won her second Pro Tour title for the year, winning the women's singles at the Nyrstar Port Pirie Tennis International yesterday. The 20-year-old defeated Western Australian, Bojana Bobusic in tough conditions to claim the Championship in straight sets 6-3 6-2.

Rogowska, the No.3 seed performed strongly all week taking out New Zealand's Katherine Westbury 6-0 7-6(1) in the first round, before beating American Lena Litvak 6-0 3-6 6-1. Rogowska then knocked out No. 6 seed Emily Webley-Smith from Great Britain 6-1 4-6 6-2 before defeating defending champion and No.1 seed from Japan, Erika Sema 6-3 6-0.


Kvitova overcomes gritty Azarenka to take WTA Championships

It was a two and half hour battle between two young women, each eager to leave their mark on a year that might just be the beginning of a new era in women's tennis. The Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul was full to the brim to witness Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova fight tooth and nail to earn the right to be the last woman standing. Eventually, Kvitova embellished her year with glory as she prevailed in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to clinch the title at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships and climb to 2nd in the rankings. The icing on the cake was a fat old cheque for $1.5mn.

Just 20 minutes into the match, it appeared as though Kvitova was all set to take the Turkey home for an early Thanksgiving celebration. The Wimbledon champion raced away to a 5-0 lead. But serving for the set in the seventh game, the Czech wobbled a little and her determined opponent took it for an invitation to restore parity.


Azarenka and Kvitova to clash in WTA Championships Finale

viktoria_azarenkaThere will be a lot more than a title on the line at the WTA Championships Finale on Sunday at Istanbul when third seed and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova collides with fourth seed and still chasing a first ever noteworthy win Victoria Azarenka. Kvitova battled her way into the final with a tight three set win over US Open champion Samantha Stosur, while Azarenka thumped Russia's Vera Zvonareva in the other semi-final in straight sets.

Petra Kvitova was the first of the ladies to book her place in Sunday's Finale, battling back from a set down to overcome the big serving Aussie Samantha Stosur. Kvitova played her usual attacking brand of tennis hammering down 38 winners to Stosur's 16, but also committed a lot more errors. The first set was a tight affair with the Czech star going up an early break before Stosur battled back to take the set 7-5.


Mirza advances in VanOpen doubles, to open singles campaign tomorrow

sania_mirza_9.jpgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza opened her Odlum Brown VanOpen Doubles campaign with an easy win on Tuesday. Mirza, partnering with Canadian superstar Stephanie Dubois hammered the tournament's top seeds Sharon Fichman and Mashona Washington 6-0, 6-1 in just 45 minutes.

The Indo-Canadian pair take on Kai-Chen Chang of Taipei and Heidi El-Tabakh of Canada in the second round on Thursday. Chang & El-Tabakh beat Gabriela Dabrowski and Liga Dekmeijere 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 in their first round match today.


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