Apia International 2016: Tuesday Sydney Tennis Scores, Results, Updated Schedule

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2016

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12:  Simona Halep of Romania serves in her match against Caroline Garcia of France during day three of the 2016 Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 12, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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World No. 2 Simona Halep booked her place in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Apia International on Tuesday as she beat Caroline Garcia in three sets.

Per the Associated Press (via Yahoo News), fourth seed Angelique Kerber withdrew before her second-round clash with Ekaterina Makarova citing illness, while Sabine Lisicki was knocked out by Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In the men's draw it was a day of little drama as each of the seven first-round clashes were decided in two sets, with seventh seed Leonardo Mayer's defeat to Teymuraz Gabashvili being the only slight shock of note.

Here are all of the results from Tuesday, information on the latest schedule and a roundup of the day's action:  

2016 Apia International: Tuesday Results
Men's Results
Round 1Teymuraz Gabashvili bt. (7) Leonardo Mayer6-4, 6-3
Round 1Nicolas Mahut bt. Adrian Mannarino6-4, 7-5
Round 1(8) Alexandr Dolgopolov bt. Thomaz Bellucci6-1, 6-4
Round 1(6) Jeremy Chardy bt. Mikhail Kukushkin6-2, 6-3
Round 1James Duckworth bt. Inigo Cervantes6-3, 6-2
Round 1Gilles Muller bt. Borna Coric6-1, 6-4
Round 1Federico Delbonis bt. Sam Groth7-6(4), 7-6(5)
Women's Results
Round 2(1) Simona Halep bt. Caroline Garcia6-4, 2-6, 6-1
Round 2(5) Karolina Pliskova bt. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova6-3, 6-0
Round 2Svetlana Kuznetsova bt. Sabine Lisicki6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Round 2Sara Errani bt. Jelena Jankovic7-6(3), 7-6(8)
Round 2(8) Belinda Bencic bt. Tsvetana Pironkova6-3, 6-3
Round 2Ekaterina Makarova bt. (4) Angelique KerberWalkover
Round 2Monica Puig bt. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova6-1, 6-0
Round 2Sam Stosur bt. Daniela Hantuchova6-4, 6-2

Full draw and schedule available at Apia International website.


Tuesday Recap

Halep was making her first outing of 2016 having withdrawn from last week's Brisbane International with an Achilles injury.

With the Australian Open starting next week, she was clearly eager to get some time on the court, but she did have to call her trainer during her match with Garcia.

However, she came through unscathed, responding to being pegged back in the second set with an emphatic performance in the decider, and said she felt no pain by the end of the match, per Apia International:

Lisicki and Kuznetsova battled in a hard-fought three-setter in Sydney, with the Russian eventually prevailing thanks, in part, to some excellent serving in the decider.

The 2013 Wimbledon finalist rallied well to force a third set having gone down early on, but Kuznetsova wrestled back the momentum to claim her first-ever victory over Lisicki, per Apia International:

Home favourite Sam Stosur also booked her place in the last eight as she completed a two-set victory over Daniela Hantuchova in the Ken Rosewall Arena. 

There were mixed fortunes for the Aussie competitors in the men's draw as James Duckworth advanced to the second round with a win over Spain's Inigo Cervantes, before Sam Groth was knocked out by Federico Delbonis.

Groth had his chances to claim a victory—or at least force a third set—and was a break up in the second, but he was not clinical enough in both of the tiebreaks, and crashed out as a result.

An all-French encounter was won by Nicolas Mahut as he overcame Adrian Mannarino, while Gilles Muller brushed Borna Coric aside in less than an hour.

Mayer dropped out at the hands of world No. 50 Gabashvili, but seeds Jeremy Chardy and Alexandr Dolgopolov remained to fight another day.