SYDNEY ( Associated Press) – Andy Murray’s impressive run ended a winless 47th career title as he lost the Sydney Tennis Classic final 6-3, 6-3 to top seed Aslan Karatsev on Saturday.
Murray, 34, started the week with his first win on Australian soil in more than 1,000 days. The three-time major winner progressed through the rounds to reach their first final since 2019.
Karatsev, who reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open last year after qualifying for an early major of the season, was in great shape.
“It’s been a long road to get back here, for the first time in three years,” said three-time major winner Murray, who has moved from No. 1 to No. 135 in the rankings. “I will do my best to come back and spend more nights like this. Maybe see you next year.”
Five-time Australian Open finalist Murray received a wild-card entry to the Sydney tournament and defeated Viktor Durasovic and 23rd-ranked Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semi-finals, then Rili Opelka, raising hopes after a recurrence of hip injuries caused him. Limited to one play only. In the last four Australian Opens
It won’t take long for Murray to recover before facing Basilashvili again in the first round of the Australian Open.
The men’s title in Sydney was one of four awarded on Saturday, as the tune-up series ended ahead of the Australian Open starting on Monday.
In the women’s final in Sydney, Paula Badosa won her third career title when she defeated French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(4).
In Adelaide, unseeded Madison Keys won her first WTA Tour singles title since 2019, when she defeated Alison Riske 6-1, 6-2 in an All-American final, and Thanasi Kokinakis stunned her home fans. claimed his first ATP Tour title. After defeating Arthur Rinderknecht 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-3.
Kokinakis, 25, contemplated retirement after battling shoulder, chest, groin, knee and elbow injuries for more than five years. After eight wins in two weeks, it’s off the radar for now.
Kokinakis will play Australian Open qualifier Yannick Hanfman in the first round and could face 20-time major winner Rafael Nadal in the second round.
Earlier in Adelaide, Keys needed only 66 minutes to beat her regular practice partner in the first All-American Final on the WTA Tour as Serena Williams defeated Jessica Pegula in Auckland in 2020.
With a powerful forehand and moving well from the baseline, Keys took the first set in less than half an hour and broke Riske’s serve twice in the second set to claim his sixth career title since Cincinnati in 2019 first time.
He did not give 57th-ranked Riske a break point opportunity, converting five of the nine and hitting four aces.
Keys can now turn her attention to the Australian Open, where she will face 2020 champion Sofia Kenin in the first round.
The former world No. 7 and 2017 US Open finalist, who has slipped to her current 87th ranking due to injuries and declining form in recent years, beat third-seeded compatriot Coco Gauff 3-6, 6 with a leg injury. was removed. -2, 7-5 in the semi-finals to reach their first Tour final since 2020.
Badosa needed 2 hours and 22 minutes to seal their win in Sydney, receiving a crucial mini-break to end the match in the third-set tiebreaker.
Fifth seed Badosa used his strong serve to good effect, recording 12 aces including six in a commanding first set.
Third seed Krejcikova broke Badosa’s serve twice in the second set. Both got service breaks in the final set before Badosa got the winning lead in the deciding tiebreaker.
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