Murray Claims Brisbane International Title; Zheng Wins Auckland Final

Andy Murray warmed up for the Australian Open with a straight sets win against Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Brisbane International tennis final today.

Murray defeated Ukraine’s Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 in 65 minutes to claim a 22nd ATP title. The 24-year-old this month started working with new coach Ivan Lendl.

“It’s my first week with this new team and it was good,” Murray told the British Broadcasting Corp. “I really enjoyed it. Hopefully it’ll bring more success in the future.”

The Britain, runner-up at the Australian Open the past two years, is aiming to win a first Grand Slam title. This was his final match before the tournament begins on Jan. 16.

Yesterday, Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi beat Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova to take the women’s title in Brisbane. Kanepi won 6- 2, 6-1.

China’s Zheng Jie won the Auckland Classic today when Flavia Pennetta of Italy quit their match with an injury in the third set. Zheng was leading 2-6, 6-3, 2-0 in the final, which had been held over from yesterday because of heavy rain.

In an all-French final yesterday, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 at the Qatar Open in Doha.

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