We have our first winners of the new year folks! Here is how we rang in the 2012 season:
The Brisbane International:
As new coach Ivan Lendl watched from his box, Andy Murray bagged his 22nd title by defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 in just 66 minutes.
Unseeded Kaia Kanepi won her 2nd WTA title, defeating Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-1.
Twenty-one year old Milos Raonic blasted 35 aces in a marathon 3h 16m match to win his 2nd ATP title, defeating Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).
Zheng Jei aka Jay Z won her 4th WTA title, and her first since 2006, after Flavia Pennetta retired with a back injury down 2-6, 6-3, 2-0.
It was an all-French final but it was Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that prevailed, defeating countryman Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3.
The Week Ahead
Play is currently underway in Sydney, Hobart, and the Heineken Open. It should be an amazing week, but the best thing about the week ahead......there are only 7 more days until the beginning of the Australian Open!!!
Let the countdown begin.