New Season Kicks off with 3 brilliant wins
- 06 January 2014
2014 season has just begun and YONEX players brilliantly brought 3 titles already.
First is the victory of YONEX veteran Lleyton Hewitt (VCORE Tour 97) at Brisbane International. 32-years-old Aussie, who is in top gear from the beginning of the season, defeated 2nd seeded Kei Nishikori (JPN) at the semifinal and Lleyton didn’t stop there. He kept in a good shape and faced against former champion Roger Federer (SUI) at the final and won the first crown at home in Sydney since 2005.
Semifinal & Final Results: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) def.  Kei Nishikori (JPN), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) def.  Roger Federer (SUI), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
Second is Stanislas Wawrinka (New Racquet*) at Aircel Chennai Open. As the defending champion and 1st seed, Stan showed us continuous solid performance since last year and won the tournament title two years in a row. Also, with the victory against Aljaz Bedene at the quarterfinal, Stan recorded 300th match win of his career. Now, Stan became the fourth Swiss player to reach the record. *Product Information will be revealed on yonex.com in the mid of January. Please check it out!
Final Result: Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA), 7-5, 6-2.
And last is Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) at ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Swinging her new racquet EZONE Ai, Ana defeated Venus Williams (USA) at the final and won the first title since 2011 in Bali. This is Ana’s 12th WTA title of her career.
"Today was a great match. Venus is always very tough - she's a great champion and showed that again today. I'm just happy that after losing that second set I managed to stay calm and close it out." (quote from WTA Official Site)
Final Results:  Ana Ivanovic (SRB) def. Venus Williams, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
*Stan and Lleyton’s images from US Open 2013. Ana’s image from Toray Pan Pacific Open 2013.