Live updates: ASB Classic, women's day two from Auckland

8:58pm - The German shows her champion mettle, coming back to take the second set in a tiebreak and with it, the match 6-1 7-6.

That rounds out the action on day two in Auckland. 

8:35pm - Goerges isn't ready to concede the second set that easily. She'll serve down 4-5.

8:11pm - Minnen showing some fight here in the second set, up 4-1 with the German to serve.

7:51pm - Defending champion Julia Goerges cruises to a 6-1 first set win in her opening round match against Belgian Greet Minnen.

7:05pm - No fairytale for the young Kiwi wildcard Hourigan, who was outclassed 6-1 6-0 by Caroline Wozniacki.

6:31pm - Hourigan takes her first game and throws down a big fist pump. She's down 1-5, Wozniacki serving for the set... and she's got it.

6:25pm - Tough going early for the Kiwi, Wozniacki racing to a 4-0 lead after just 12 minutes.

6:10pm - Caroline Wozniacki and NZ's own Paige Mary Hourigan are into the action in their first-round matchup.  

5:52pm - Game, set, and match, Serena Williams. She advances to the round of 16 with a 6-3 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi.

5:48pm - Yet another service break for Williams and she'll serve for the match, up 5-2 in the second set.

Siegemund has wrapped up the first set against Catherine McNally 6-2.

5:40pm - Williams breaks Giorgi early in the second set, she's found her rhythm and the winners are flowing. The American up 3-1 now.

5:23pm - Williams earns a service break over Giorgi and proceeds to close out the opening set 6-3. 

5:19pm - A marathon match comes to a close as Petra Martic claims a 5-7 6-4 6-4 win over Arconada.

5:11pm - Giorgi is holding her own against Williams thus far, they're locked at 3-3 in the opening set.

4:46pm - Williams needed only one minute to wrap up the first game. Ominous signs.

4:37pm - Time for the big guns now, as Serena Williams takes centre court for her clash with Italy's Camila Giorgi.

4:25pm - Anisimova takes the second set to secure a 6-3 6-4 win over Kozlova to advance to the next round.

Alize Cornet has also wrapped up her tie against Ysaline Bonaventure 4-6 7-5 6-3.

3:53pm - Martic bounces back to clinch the second set against Arconada. 

3:41pm - Third seed Anisimova takes the first set against Kozlova 6-3.

Cornet and Bonaventure are locked at one set apiece with the third just underway .

3:24pm - Bad news for fans of Alison Van Uytvanck, as the Belgian has been forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury.

American Catherine McNally has stepped in as her replacement to face Laura Siegemund at 3:30pm.

3:08pm - Arconada has clinched the opening set against Martic 7-5.

Meanwhile, Amanda Anisimova and Kateryna Kozlova are underway in their women's singles clash.

3:02pm - Well, well, Martic is unable to close out the opening set and allows Arconada to win three straight games to take the early advantage.

Remember, both Arconada and Bonaventure should be on the plane out of Auckland, after losing their qualifying matches on Monday, but snuck into the main draw through the withdrawals of Jelena Ostapenko and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

That said, Cornet is up a break in the second set on Court One.

2:49pm - Qualifier Bonaventure has shown the benefits of recent matchplay, taking the first set off Cornet 6-4.

On Grandstand, Martic is serving for the first set, having squandered a chance to break for the set in the previous game.

2:14pm - The first matches of the afternoon are already underway, with second-seed Croat Petra Martic and Frenchwoman Alize Cornet facing 'lucky losers' Usue Arconada and Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure on outside courts.

Martic and Arconada have traded early breaks, with the American up 2-1, while the other match has gone with service.


Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament from Auckland.

Day two will see most of the top seeds in action, including women's tennis GOAT Serena Williams, defending champion Julia Goerges and former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

Williams and Wozniacki have already seen action, combining for a doubles win on Monday night. Today, they face Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi and Kiwi wildcard Paige Hourigan respectively in singles.

The full schedule for Tuesday is:



Singles - Round of 32
3-Amanda Anisimova (USA) v Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine)

followed by

Singles - Round of 32
1-Serena Williams (USA) v Camila Giorgi (Italy)

followed by

Singles - Round of 32
5-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v Page Hourigan (NZ)

followed by 

Singles - Round of 32
Greet Minnen (Belgium) v 4-Julia Goerges (Germany)



Singles - Round of 32
Usue Arconada (USA) v 2-Petra Martic (Croatia)

followed by

Singles - Round of 32
Laura Siegemund (Germany) v Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium)

followed by

Doubles - Round of 16
Cori Gauff (USA)/Catherine McNally (USA) v Laura Arruabarrena (Spain)/Renata Vorcova (Czech Republic)

followed by

Singles - Round of 32
Lauren Davis (USA) v Varvara Lepchenko (USA)



Singles - Round of 32
Alize Cornet (France) v Ysaline Bonaventure (Belgium)

followed by 

Doubles - Round of 16
Asia Muhammad (USA)/Taylor Townsend (USA) v 4-Kaitlyn Christian (USA)/Alex Guarachi (Chile)

followed by 

Singles - Round of 32
Christina McHale (USA) v Ann Li (USA)

followed by 

Doubles - Round of 16
1-Caroline Dolehide (USA)/Johanna Larsson (Sweden) v Haley Carter (USA)/Luia Stefani (Brazil) 


'Coco' Gauff impresses in ASB Classic debut

American tennis sensation Cori 'Coco' Gauff has wasted little time staking her claim on the ASB Classic title, breezing through the opening round of the Auckland tournament.

The 15-year-old took just 1h 1m to dispatch Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets, 6-3 6-1 on her first visit to New Zealand.

Ranked 67th in the world, Gauff burst onto the WTA Tour last year, beating six-time champion Venus Williams at Wimbledon and capturing her first title at the Linz Open.

Many regard her as a future star on the international circuit and Gauff made a great impression on Kiwi fans with her local debut, winning 81 percent of her first serves and looking totally unflustered by last year's beaten semi-finalist.

"Playing in the wind was a little bit tough, but I'm glad I got through it," she said afterwards. "The energy out here is great.

'Coco' Gauff in action at the ASB Classic
'Coco' Gauff in action at the ASB Classic. Photo credit: Photosport

"I was a little bit nervous about spending New Year's here - this is my first without my brothers - but I've felt really welcomed here."

In a courtside interview on SKY Sport, Gauff related the story of her training session with heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson.

"It was definitely hard," she admitted. "It was after I had already trained five hours doing tennis that day.

"They had some cameras out and I thought it would just be something for the cameras, but no, he really gave it to me.

"Next time I have to play a third set, I'll credit it to him."

 With her victory, Gauff booked a meeting with either German Laura Siegemund or Belgian Alison Van Uytanck on Wednesday, although she will team with compatriot Catherine McNally for doubles on Tuesday.

Later in the day, the all star doubles duo of Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki didn't disappoint, combining with the game Japanese pairing of Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya to put on an entertaining display in a 6-2 6-4 win.

In other matches on opening day, Belgian Greet Minnen, Italian Camila Giorgi, and Americans Ann Li and Varvara Lepchenko emerged as winning qualifiers, while Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure and American Usue Maitane Arconada also progressed into the main draw as 'lucky losers'.

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova was forced to withdraw through illness, leaving Giorgi to face 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Tuesday.

Other first-round winners included Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, eighth-seeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, Russian Daria Kasatkina and American Jessica Pegula.

Zidansek toppled sixth seed Rebecca Peterson of Sweden in two tiebreak sets, while Swiss Jil Teichmann send Kiwi wildcard Valentina Ivanov packing, 6-4 6-3.

Local hope Paige Hourigan also made an early exit from doubles play, combining with Italian Sara Errani in a 6-1 6-3 loss to Australians Jessica Moore and Arina Rodionova.

Canadian favourite Eugenie Bouchard turned back the clock to defeat Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 7-5 7-5 in the day's final match.