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A date with Destanee – Day 1

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YESTERDAY – Day 1 of the Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic saw Australian tennis believe in Destanee!

Melbourne’s newest teenager star Destanee Aiava debuted to tennis fans today on the hallowed KOOYONG centre court.

She was visibly nervous which translated into her easily losing the first set 6-1 to Romanian Sorana Cirstea.

The knowledgeable and supportive Kooyong crowd were yelling out words of encouragement and she picked up her feet and pushed an in form Cirstea to a tiebreak in the second set with some blistering ground strokes, but couldn’t hold on and she lost the second set and the match 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), winning a lot of fans along the way.

She will be back on centre court on Thursday in this unique round robin event for another date with Destanee!

Jacki’s favourite to win the tournament is Frenchman GILLES SIMON (pictured). He lost to the big serving Croatian IVO KARLOVIC in a tight three sets 6/4, 6/7, 10/7 in a super tie break.

Simon said he was happy with his performance, although he lost.

Other results in:

BORNA CROIC (Croatia) def ANDREW WHITTINGTON (Aus) 6/3, 6/4,

JERZY JAWOWICZ (Poland) def TOMMY HAAS (Germany) 7/5, 4/6, 10/4 in a super tie break.

TODAY is an exciting day for spectators with controversial Aussie talent Bernard Tomic gracing the KOOYONG Classic for the first time.

He faces world no.11, David Goffin (Belgium), who is in great form after beating world no. 1 Andy Murray in Abu Dhabi recently.

Play starts at 11am, and features;

  1. Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) vs Andrew Whittington (Aus)
  2. Bernard Tomic (Aus) vs David Goffin (Belgium)
  3. Yoshihito Nishioka ( Japan) vs Ivo Karlovic (Croatia)
  4. Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) vs Qiang Wang ( China)

Stay tuned for daily updates from RPP FM presenter Jacki Mitchell at the Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic reporting exclusively for the local radio station.

And listen to Jacki provide updates on the following RPP FM radio programs:

Wednesday, 11 January – 8.35am, breakfast and 4- 6pm – Drive with Daniel Pettigrew

Thursday, 12 January – 8.35am, breakfast and Sugar & Spice 9- 11am

Friday, 13 January – 8.35am, breakfast with the ‘Robbies’ and Mitch

Saturday, 14 January – The Locker Room sports program 10.30 – 12noon, wrapping up the Kooyong Classic and prep for the Australian Open with a focus on Australian players.


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Written by: Debra Mar

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