Ashleigh Barty is the winner of the Australian Open Wild Card Playoff tournament. Barty won all three of her matches in straight sets. She defeated top seed Casey Dellacqua, 6th seed Arina Rodionova and 2nd seed Olivia Rogowska. 15-year-old Barty, who is ranked number 3 in juniors, won the junior Wimbledon title this year.
Steve Tignor gives us his list of the ten best matches of 2011, starting with Agnieszka Radwanska's defeat of Vera Zvonareva in the Istanbul final.
Svetlana Kuznetsova has re-hired former WTA star Olga Morozova as her coach.
Daniela Hantuchova has hired Claudio Pistolesi to be her new coach.
New Zealand's Fed Cup team has been banned from 2012 competition. The New Zealand team withdrew from play right before the competition in February because its two top players were injured.