Pliskova takes on Martic at Zhengzhou Open final
ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the Zhengzhou Open final with a clinical 6-3, 6-2 victory over Ajla Tomljanovic on Saturday.
Pliskova wins twice in a day to reach semifinals
ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova won two hard-fought matches to reach the Zhengzhou Open semifinals on Friday.
Pliskova had to wait 1 ½ days to complete her second round...
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Former champion Donna Vekic finally got to play on grass at the Nottingham Open on Friday but had to overcome multiple rain delays and another switch indoors before...
Vekic eases into Nottingham Open quarterfinals
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Former champion Donna Vekic eased past Chloe Paquet 6-1, 6-2 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Nottingham Open, which played its matches indoors for the second...
Vekic advances at rain-ravaged Nottingham Open
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Former champion Donna Vekic defeated Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-0 on Wednesday as the Nottingham Open finally got underway after two days were...
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Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier
PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam,...
Petkovic progresses at rain-soaked Nuremberg Cup
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Rain again disrupted play on the third day of the Nuremberg Cup, with home favorite Andrea Petkovic among just four players to progress from a packed first-round schedule...
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Rain disrupted play at the Nuremberg Cup on Monday, with Mona Barthel the only player to progress on the second day.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Defending champion Kiki Bertens and third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, both among the top 10 players in the world, lost Thursday at the Volvo Car Open.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia's Destanee Aiava on Monday at the WTA's first clay-court...
Tomljanovic in Thailand Open final for 4th try at 1st title
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Sixth-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic beat Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-4, 6-1 at the Thailand Open to reach her fourth WTA final on Saturday.
Chasing her first title, Tomljanovic next faces 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine, who beat Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Yastremska beats Muguruza to reach Thailand Open semifinals
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska advanced to the semifinals at the Thailand Open by beating two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (5), 6-1 Friday.
The 18-year-old Yastremska also beat Muguruza last year in Luxembourg.
"I forgot about what happened last year as this is a different match," Yastremska said. "I watched highlights (of Muguruza's matches) to see how she played. Although I'm confident, but it was last year. I had to concentrate."
Muguruza opens Sydney event with win over Suarez Navarro
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday after a day interrupted by rain at the Sydney International.
Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, had a rare win on Australian soil when she rallied to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, a confidence-boosting result for the local hope ahead of the Australian Open, which starts next week.
Medvedev beats Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev reached the semifinals at the Brisbane International by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.
The score was level at 4-4 in the third when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from the 2016 Brisbane champion.
Medvedev will next play 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Pliskova advances to 2nd round at Tianjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova needed six match points to beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3 and advance to the second round of the Tianjin Open on Monday.
Pliskova will next face Polona Hercog, who defeated Lara Arruabarrena 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Also, Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova beat 2014 champion Alison Riske 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, fifth-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei beat Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6 (4), 7-5, and Magda Linette defeated Evgeniya Rodina 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Kiki Bertens wins Korea Open in 3 sets over Ajla Tomljanovic
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kiki Bertens won her third WTA Tour singles title of the season on Sunday and denied Ajla Tomljanovic her career first with a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 win over the Croatian-born Australian.
The second-seeded Bertens, who won the final six games of the match, was a service break down twice in the first set, but fought back to level and then dominated the tiebreaker thanks to a strong first serve.
Radwanska beats Mattek-Sands to advance at Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Agnieszka Radwanska began her quest for a second Korea Open title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Tuesday.
Radwanska, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2012 and won the Korea Open the following year, broke Mattek-Sands' serve in the last game to clinch the victory.
Anisimova beats Zhang to reach her 1st final at age 17
TOKYO (AP) — American qualifier Amanda Anisimova is in her first WTA final at age 17 after upsetting top-seeded Zhang Shuai of China 7-6 (4), 7-5 at the Japan Women's Open on Saturday.
Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Anisimova hit two fierce winners down the line and went on to win with her first match point as Zhang's backhand went long.
Anisimova, who turned 17 just two weeks ago, is the youngest player to reach a final since 16-year-old Donna Vekic at Tashkent in 2012 and Birmingham in 2013.
Top-seeded Zhang reaches semifinals of Japan Women’s Open
TOKYO (AP) — Top-seeded Shuai Zhang beat Zariya Dinas 6-4, 7-5 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Japan Women's Open.
Zhang relied on a dominant first serve to set up a semifinal clash with American qualifier Amanda Anisimova, who beat Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 6-1.
Fourth-seeded Wang Qiang beat Magda Linette 6-2, 6-2 and will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Hsieh Su-Wei.
After losing the opening two games, Wang powered through to take the next eight in succession.
Hsieh beats Minella to advance at Japan Women’s Open
TOKYO (AP) — Second-seeded Hsieh Su-wei advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open by beating Mandy Minella 6-3, 6-2 Thursday.
Hsieh won 10 of the last 13 games to reach the last eight for the fourth time this season.
"I was feeling a little bit tight on the court," Hsieh said. "It was not easy for me to get into the game at the beginning."
Anisimova reaches quarterfinals at Japan Women’s Open
TOKYO (AP) — Amanda Anisimova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open by beating seventh-seeded Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday.
The 17-year-old American won 51 points to only 27 for Zheng to reach her first WTA quarterfinal match.
"I was playing a really good player, so I was just preparing myself well mentally," Anisimova said. "I was just going out there without pressure and trying to have fun."
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams beat Heather Watson 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Thursday night in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
The third-seeded Williams is the highest-seeded player remaining in the event after defending champion Madison Keys joined top-seed Garbine Muguruza, a Wednesday scratch, on the sideline due to a right wrist injury.
Keys, an American, was slated to play Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over lucky-loser Magdalena Frech of Poland.
Former champion Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open, with her wild-card entry reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia.
Open organizers announced Azarenka's withdrawal in a social media post on Monday, a week before the tournament begins.
2012 finalist Vandeweghe advances in Bank of the West
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — American Coco Vandeweghe advanced to the second round of the Bank of the West Classic after a 31-minute match on Tuesday.
Vandeweghe, a 2012 finalist, won the first set 6-2 and Ajla Tomljanovic retired from the match in the second due to an injury.
Lisicki at Kooyong, women return to Australian Open warmup
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki will play at the Kooyong Classic in January, as women's matches return to the Australian Open warmup event for the first time since 1993.
Organizers on Wednesday said the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up will join Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic and Sorana Cirstea of Romania in women's round-robin play.