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From Bondi Beach to the Harbour Bridge to the stunning skyline, Sydney has a lot of attractions for the stars of the Apia International to enjoy. Many top players are relishing their time under the Aussie sun—particularly as most of their hometowns are in the middle of winter right now. 

Daria Gavrilova, a Russian-turned-Australian, smashed her way to the semifinals, before falling to fellow Aussie Ashleigh Barty. 

The WTA Premier event puts on one of the most-scenic draw ceremonies on tour, with the sparkling Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. No. 2-seeded Venus Williams would fall in her opener to a resurgent Angelique Kerber. 

Top men's seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas lend his time to help create the men’s draw, but would also drop his opener.

This week has been all about 18-year-old, world No. 167 Alex De Minaur's unexpected run to the final (where he'll face Daniil Medvedev). 

Ahead of the week, Sloane Stephens and Fabio Fognini went on an island adventure, exchanging rallies on a remote grass court on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbor. 

Stephens would lose her first match of 2018 to Camila Giorgi, while Fognini had a respectable semifinal finish. 

The Harbour Bridge was extremely popular as Diego Schwartzman and Mischa Zverev took part in a photoshoot for the Fast 4 exhibition. 

Sydney is the final tune-up event before the Australian Open starts on Monday. 


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Starting with January …  gear up for the Australian Open with LIVE tournaments in the lead up to AO, exclusively on Tennis Channel Plus

  1. Fast 4 Sydney
  2. World Tennis Channel – Adelaide
  3. Australian Open Qualifying
  4. Australian Open (Best 20 Matches of AO will be on-demand)