WTA Auckland ASB Classic 2017 | Latest Tennis Schedules & Draws
By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Barbora Strycova
- 2016 Champion: Sloane Stephens
- British Interest: Laura Robson (Qualifying rounds), Naomi Broady
- CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Serena Williams heads a class field as she looks to match big sister Venus in the Auckland title stakes.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|WTA Auckland||$226,750||5 Jan|
|J Ostapenko (LAT) ||76 63||M Brengle (USA)|
|L Davis (USA)||61 76(4)||B Strycova (CZE) |
|J Goerges (GER)||16 63 64||C Wozniacki (DEN) |
|A Konjuh (CRO) ||30 Ret’d||N Osaka (JPN)|
|J Goerges (GER)||63 64||A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) |
|N Broady (GBR)||76(5) 63||D Kovinic (MNE)|
|A Konjuh (CRO) ||64 36 63||K Flipkens (BEL)|
|V Williams (USA) ||76(2) 62||J Lewis (NZL) [WC]|
|M Brengle (USA)||64 67(3) 64||S Williams (USA) |
|Ostapenko (LAT) ||62 76(3)||M Lucic-Baroni (CRO)|
|B Strycova (CZE) ||75 36 76(4)||L Safarova (CZE)|
|L Davis (USA)||63 63||K Nara (JPN)|
|J Goerges (GER)||75 64||N Broady (GBR)|
|C Wozniacki (DEN) ||63 63||V Lepchenko|
|A Konjuh (CRO) ||61 62||Y Wickmayer (BEL)|
|N Osaka (JPN)||WO||V Williams (USA) |
|S Williams (USA) ||63 64||P Parmentier (FRA)|
|M Lucic-Baroni (CRO)||63 36 63||M Barthel (GER) [Q]|
|N Osaka (JPN)||62 64||A Beck (GER)|
|L Davis (USA)||76(3) 64||K Bertens |
|J Ostapenko (LAT) ||61 62||M Erakovic [WC]|
|M Brengle (USA)||64 76(5)||J Loeb (USA) [Q]|
|Y Wickmayer (BEL)||61 62||J Larsson (SWE)|
|C Wozniacki (DEN) ||61 60||N Gibbs (USA)|
|K Nara (JPN)||62 62||A Lottner (GER) [WC]|
|L Safarova (CZE)||61 62||D Allertova (CZE)|
Top Quarter – Serena Williams, Jelena Ostapenko
Making her debut, and stealing the headlines with the news of her engagement, Serena Williams heads up a to field in Auckland as part of her preparations for the Australian Open. There are no byes for the top seeds here so she will start against Pauline Parmentier and potentially Madison Brengle in the next round – all very winnable but we ought to expect Serena to play herself into form given the last time she was on court was the US Open semi-final.
Jelena Ostapenko will look to dash local hopes starting against Marina Erakovic. The Latvian almost bounced herself out of the tournament last year tossing a racquet near a ball-boy (more on that later) but hit a career high in 2016 and will want to build on that.
Second Quarter – Barbora Strycova, Kiki Bertens
Barbora Strycova can always be relied upon to bring some drama wherever she goes, and she hit a top ranking in 2016 reaching No. 19, with some consistent play. She starts against a qualifier and could meet a compatriot next – the winner between Lucie Safarova and Denisa Allertova with a losing record against both of them. At the other end of the bracket, IPTL’s surprise star Kiki Bertens heads up the other section.
Third Quarter – Caroline Wozniacki, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Another player dogged with injuries last year, Caroline Wozniacki returns to Auckland so see if she can go one better than her run to the 2015 final and she has a decent path to the quarter-finals – she faces Nicole Gibbs for the first time and has a solid winning record over potential second round opponent Varvara Lepchenko.
British interest lies with Naomi Broady, who gave us a memorable clash with Ostapenko, as she tried to get the Latvian defaulted for almost taking out a ball-boy with a carelessly tossed racquet. Moreover the Brit came through qualies last year and made it to the quarter-finals, losing to the eventual champion Sloane Stephens.
She starts against Danka Kovinic and could face either sixth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Julia Goerges for the first time. Sadly she will not be joined by Laura Robson, who was edged in a tight first round match in the qualifying rounds.
Bottom Quarter – Venus Williams, Ana Konjuh
Former champion Venus Williams will look to erase her first round bundle out of the tournament last year – she will open against local wildcard Jade Lewis and could meet some resistance in the second round should she face Naomi Osaka whose rise up the rankings last year saw her reach the Top 40.
Ana Konjuh came back from a nasty-looking ankle roll in Wimbledon to finish the year strong, and carry herself up the rankings from outside the Top 100 to starting the year in the Top 50. She will be looking to advance past the second rounds for the first time.
The ASB Classic takes place between 2-7 January.
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