Brisbane International 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule

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Brisbane International 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
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The 2014 Brisbane International signaled the dawn of a new season for the ATP and WTA, serving as part of the preparation for the first Grand Slam event of the year in the Australian Open.

Stars from both of the top circuits in pro tennis were in action, with Roger Federer headlining the men's side as the No. 1 seed and Serena Williams garnering the same designation for the women.

Both of those living legends made their respective finals, but only Williams came out on top, defeating Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 7-5 to successfully defend her title. Federer lost to the gritty veteran and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in three sets by a score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

Previous two-time reigning tournament winner Andy Murray was not in the field. The 2013 men's champion at Wimbledon is still on the mend from back surgery, but after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he beat Stanislas Wawrinka on Dec. 27, in a second exhibition match in Abu Dhabi, per BBC.com.

While the sensational dominance by Williams in currently holding two of the four Grand Slam titles is an intriguing storyline to continue monitoring, Federer was captivating as well.

Competition was tougher for Williams due to the presence of the No. 2 seed Azarenka and third seed Maria Sharapova, among others.

The good news is that Federer turned in a solid result to start the 2014 campaign, capitalizing for the most part on a rather generous slate of opponents after taking home just one singles title all of last season.

According to Federer's official website, the Brisbane International will be his only tournament before the Australian Open gets underway on Jan. 13. While the loss to Hewitt stings, it should provide some extra fuel to prove his detractors wrong in Melbourne.

Read on for daily updates on scores, along with analysis on how the action unfolded at Queensland Tennis Centre.

Note: Statistics and information are courtesy of ATP.com, WTA.com and the tournament's official website.

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