The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.
• Video: Highlights from Serena Williams’ 6-4, 6-3 win over Sloane Stephens in the Brisbane quarterfinals. It was a solid match. Stephens more than held her own.
• More potential Indian tennis drama: Indian tennis great Vijay Armitraj wants his son to be eligible for India’s Davis Cup team. Prakash Armitraj, ranked No. 551, holds an American passport. Meanwhile, members of India’s Davis Cup team are threatening to boycott their next tie against South Korea if certain demands aren’t met. The players want better distribution of prize money, changes to support staff, and more input in the choice of venue.
• Milos Raonic pretended to be cool around crocodiles in Brisbane. Less cool? Raonic lost in straight sets to Grigor Dimitrov in his first match of the year, losing 6-3, 6-4.
• Caroline Wozniacki confirms to The Tennis Space that her father, Piotr, is now back to being her full-time coach. But we knew that.
• Heather Watson has withdrawn from Hobart with an elbow injury.
• Caroline Garcia and Josselin Ouana have received wild cards into the Australian Open as part of the Aussie Open-French Open reciprocity agreement.
• KQED looks at how the global tennis market has killed the domestic American market, as more and more tennis tournaments are leaving the States for overseas locales.
The biggest challenge, Kramer says, has been attracting the world’s top players, who’ve been lured overseas by higher paydays.
“The markets globally have been stronger than the ones domestically, and the events have flowed to those stronger markets,” Kramer says. “For example, we understand that Roger Federer is playing five or six events, and he’s going to be paid $10 million in South America.”
• Billie Jean King owns a bowling team, y’all.
• Nice write-up here at Tennis Grandstand on Andrea Petkovic, the true tragic heroine of tennis.
• ESPN.com’s Ravi Ubha lays forth his bold predictions for 2013.
• Non-tennis: SI’s 100 greatest sports photos of all time are worth a look.