Brisbane International 2016: Monday Tennis Scores, Results and Updated Schedule

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

Giles Simon of France hits a return against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in their first round men's singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 4, 2016.    AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
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Grigor Dimitrov got his 2016 off to a good start as he fought out a tough win against fifth seed Gilles Simon in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday.

The Bulgarian was forced to work hard for his victory and squandered numerous match points but eventually came through in straight sets after a monster second-set tiebreak.

In the women's draw, sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro came through her opening round with ease, as did former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Here are all the results from Monday, the latest schedule and a round-up of the day's action:

2016 Brisbane International: Monday's Results
Men's Results
First RoundGrigor Dimitrov bt. (5) Gilles Simon6-3, 7-6(10)
First RoundTobias Kamke bt. Benjamin Mitchell6-2, 6-4
First RoundDenis Kudla bt. John-Patrick Smith4-6, 6-3, 6-2
First RoundHyeon Chung bt. Sam Groth7-6(8), 6-4
Women's Results
First Round(8) Roberta Vinci bt. Jelena Jankovic3-6, 6-2, 6-4
First RoundSamantha Crawford bt. Priscilla Hon6-4, 6-4
First Round(7) Belinda Bencic bt. Sara Errani6-1, 6-2
First RoundMadison Brengle bt. Kateryna Bondarenko6-4, 4-6, 6-4
First Round(4) Angelique Kerber bt. Camila Giorgi5-7, 6-3, 6-0
First Round(6) Carla Suarez Navarro bt. Ajla Tomljanovic6-1, 6-2
First RoundSam Stosur bt. Jana Cepelova6-4, 3-6, 6-4
First RoundVictoria Azarenka bt. Elena Vesnina6-2, 6-0

Full draw and schedule available at Brisbane International website


Monday Recap

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04:  Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria plays a forehand against Gilles Simon of France during day two of the 2016 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 4, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty I
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Dimitrov got off to a good start as he claimed the key break to take the opening set 6-3.

Having saved three break points in the opener, the world No. 28 then saved a further three in the second as he and Simon exchanged single breaks to move into a second-set tiebreak.

Neither player could open up a significant advantage, and the Frenchman saved five match points to keep his chances alive.

However, Simon double faulted at 10-10, and Dimitrov finally found the killer blow to claim the match in just over two hours and get the year off to a flying start, per the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:

Elsewhere in the men's draw, it wasn't the best of days for the local players.

Australian trio John-Patrick Smith, Benjamin Mitchell and Sam Groth lost to Denis Kudla, Tobias Kamke, and Hyeon Chung respectively.

Smith at least claimed a set but could not take the decider against his American opponent.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic hits a return against Sara Errani of Italy in their women's singles match on the second day at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 4, 2016.    AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN
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The women's matches on Monday were short on shocks as all the seeds involved booked their places in the second round.

Suarez Navarro lost just three games against Ajla Tomljanovic, while Belinda Bencic, the seventh seed, thrashed Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2.

U.S. Open runner-up Roberta Vinci saw off Jelena Jankovic in three sets having lost the opener, and Angelique Kerber eventually beat Camila Giorgi.

The German fourth seed surprisingly lost the first set 7-5 but came storming back to eventually take the match in 127 minutes, per tennis writer Chris Goldsmith:

Australia's Sam Stosur came through in three sets against Jana Cepelova in the city of her birth, while Azarenka saw off the challenge of Elena Vesnina in less than an hour and a half in the Pat Rafter Arena. 

Maria Sharapova's first-round clash with fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova is the headline match in Tuesday's schedule as the defending champion looks to add a second Brisbane title to her career haul.