Latest 4 Jan 2013

Is it Germany's year at the ASB Classic?

Is it Germany's year at the ASB Classic?

Eighth seed Mona Barthel is the last German challenger for this year’s title. She has not lost a set on her way to today’s semifinal against Yanina Wickmayer, but she is ready for a fight with the Belgian.

“I think it will be necessary to serve well against her and play good first shots so she doesn’t have time to play her game.”

Wickmayer has other plans. “I know how she can play and if she’s on, she’s on. She can hit winners from all over the court so there’s not many secrets there. She’s kicking ass out there so I’m going to have to be ready, and be ready with big shots.”

The two players know each other’s game well after meeting in Hobart’s final last year where Barthel grabbed her first WTA title. 2012 was a good year for her as she jumped 28 ranking spots to 39 in the world.

In her spare time during the off-season she enjoys indulging her creative side with sewing. Her grandmother was a seamstress and the skills have been passed down through the generations with her mother teaching her how to sew.

The 22-year-old designed and made her own dress for centre court yesterday so keep your eyes peeled for today’s outfit.