Andy Murray opened his season with a straight-sets win against Jérémy Chardy in the first round of the Qatar Open. It took the world No1 20 minutes to win the first set 6-0 before he clinched the second 7-6 after a tie break.
Chardy was helpless to resist Murray’s serve in the opening set but broke him in the first game of the second and composed several thrilling rallies before tireless counter punching saw him off. Murray faces Gerald Melzer in the next round.
Johanna Konta survived a scare to advance past Vania King in the second round of the Shenzhen Open. The No3 seed was a set and a break down to the world No78 before recovering to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Serena Williams won her first match since the US Open as she defeated Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-4 in Auckland on her return from a shoulder injury. The third seed, Caroline Wozniacki, also got her season off to a winning start, beating Nicole Gibbs 6-1 6-0. Rafael Nadal needed an hour and 16 minutes to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-3 at the Brisbane International.
Australia’s hopes of retaining the Hopman Cup ended in a tense three‑set defeat against the Czech Republic that allowed the United States to book their place in the final.
Under the Fast4 Tennis format Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova lost against Adam Pavlasek and Lucie Hradecka 3-4 (5-1), 4-3 (5-1), 4-2 to give the Americans Jack Sock and Coco Vandeweghe an unassailable lead at the top of the group and a spot in the final on Saturday.