The Latest: Stosur, Zhang to meet champs in doubles final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):
Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai set up a women's doubles final against defending champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the Australian Open.
Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open singles title, and Zhang beat Czech pair Barbora Strycova and Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the last match of the day on Rod Laver Arena.
Sabalenka wins Shenzhen Open, beats Riske in final
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka got a confidence boost for the upcoming Australian Open after beating Alison Riske 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the Shenzhen Open final on Saturday.
"To start the season with a title, it gives you more belief in yourself, and hopefully I can do well at the Australian Open," Sabalenka said.
Sharapova retires with injury, Sabalenka reaches semifinals
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova retired from her match at the Shenzhen Open with an injury on Friday, giving top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka a spot in the tournament's semifinals.
The fifth-seeded Sharapova was trailing 6-1, 4-2 when she stopped because of a left thigh injury.
Sharapova received off-court medical treatment between the two sets.
"I think we both played well and then she got injured," Sabalenka said. "Hopefully she will get well soon."
Rain disrupts quarterfinals at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Rain disrupted play at the Shenzhen Open on Thursday with two quarterfinal matches suspended.
Qualifier Veronika Kudermetova was leading Vera Zvonareva 6-4 and Sorana Cirstea was leading Alison Riske 2-0 when play was stopped. The matches will resume on Friday.
In the other quarterfinal matches, top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka will take on fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova and Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu will meet Wang Yafan.
Sharapova beats Bacsinszky in 1st round of Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova returned to competitive tennis with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Timea Bacsinszky in the first round of Shenzhen Open on Monday.
Sharapova cut short her campaign in September to recover from shoulder complaint. The fifth-seeded Russian, a semifinalist here last year, hit 23 winners against the unseeded Swiss player.
Czechs lead defending champ US 2-0 in Fed Cup final
PRAGUE (AP) — Barbora Strycova and Katerina Siniakova won their singles for the Czech Republic to take a commanding 2-0 over the defending champion United States in the Fed Cup final on Saturday.
Strycova rallied from a set down to defeat Sofia Kenin 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4.
Siniakova stretched the advantage by dispatching Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (2) to the delight of more than 14,000 fans at Prague's O2 Arena.
Williams sisters, Stephens, Keys out of Fed Cup final for US
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Four of the top five U.S. women in the WTA singles rankings will skip the country's Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic, including both Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens.
Instead, the roster announced for the defending champions by captain Kathy Rinaldi on Wednesday includes No. 35 Danielle Collins, No. 48 Sofia Kenin and No. 63 Alison Riske in singles, along with Nicole Melichar, who is ranked 15th in doubles.
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.
Sloane Stephens loses early at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens was eliminated from the first round of the Pan Pacific Open by Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday.
The 2017 U.S. Open champion also lost to the unseeded Croat in the first round at Wimbledon.
Also, seventh-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the second round by beating CoCo Vandeweghe 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, while No. 8 Barbora Strycova defeated Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-4.
Yulia Putintseva retires injured from Japan Open
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Third-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan was eliminated from the Japan Open on Monday after retiring with an injury while playing Anna Karolina Schimiedlova of Slovakia.
Putintseva lost the first set 6-2 and then retired with what was reported as a lower back injury.
Also, seventh-seeded Zheng Saisai of China advanced with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Alison Riske of the United States.
LONDON (AP) — Two-time French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky has pulled out of Wimbledon because of an injured lower right leg.
The All England Club said Saturday that Bacsinszky will be replaced in the field by Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia, who lost in the final round of qualifying to 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard.
Duque-Marino will face Alison Riske of the U.S. in the first round Tuesday. The winner of that match could face No. 6 seed Caroline Garcia in the second round.
PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the French Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO WEDNESDAY
No. 1 seed Simona Halep starts her campaign against 83rd-ranked Alison Riske of the United States, in a weather-delayed first-round match postponed from Tuesday. Their game will be the first of five matches scheduled on the Philippe-Chatrier showcourt.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Kirsten Flipkens ended Kiki Bertens' bid for a third straight Nuremberg Cup title on Friday with a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) win in the quarterfinals.
The Belgian player rallied after losing the opening set to end Bertens' 13-match winning run after two hours and 34 minutes. Flipkens advances to a semifinal against Alison Riske of the United States. It will be Flipkens' second career clay-court semifinal.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Yulia Putintseva came from a set down to defeat top-seeded Sloane Stephens 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in a match played over two days in the first round of the Nuremberg Cup.
Their match has been suspended due to darkness at 3-3 in the final set on Tuesday, and Putintseva went on to win the tiebreaker after both traded breaks.
The Kazakh player was due to face another American, Alison Riske, in the second round later Wednesday.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Two-time champion Kiki Bertens began her Nuremberg Cup defense by beating Serbian qualifier Dejana Radanovic 6-1, 6-1 on Monday.
Second-seeded Julia Goerges saved a match point but was upset by Kristyna Pliskova 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5) in 2 ½ hours.
Bertens had no difficulties as she made it 13 wins in a row at the clay-court tournament. The Dutch player next faces Carina Witthoeft or Mona Barthel.
2nd-seeded Mertens advances to Hobart quarterfinals
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Elise Mertens beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance the Hobart International quarterfinals.
Mertens came from qualifying and No. 127 in the world in the 2017 Hobart event to win the title. She'll next meet last year's runner-up Monica Niculescu or American Varvara Lepchenko for a semifinal berth.
Mertens is the only seeded player left in her half of the draw and one of just three remaining in the tournament.
Sharapova wins, Ostapenko loses at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova had 11 aces and saved seven of 10 break points to beat Alison Riske 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals.
The five-time major winner will next face Zarina Diyas, who upset third-seeded Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
"Although I would've wanted a quick and easy victory, these are the kind of matches that you need, especially with such a short preparation going into the Australian Open," Sharapova said.
Sharapova, Halep advance at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova and top-ranked Simona Halep opened their 2018 seasons with straight sets wins on Monday at the Shenzhen Open.
Sharapova finished off a 6-3, 6-0 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu with a powerful forehand winner, and Halep started her bid for a second Shenzhen title with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nicole Gibbs.
Stephens provides boost for US in Fed Cup final at Belarus
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sloane Stephens is back in the United States team for the Fed Cup final, and Victoria Azarenka is missing for Belarus.
That alone gives the early advantage to the Americans.
Stephens, who won the U.S. Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two rounds of the international team competition because of a foot injury. But she is back and will be playing alongside CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske in the best-of-five series this weekend in Minsk.
US Open champ Stephens leads US in Fed Cup final vs. Belarus
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will lead the United States against Belarus in the Fed Cup final this month.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced captain Kathy Rinaldi's roster on Wednesday.
Joining Stephens for the best-of-five-matches final on an indoor hard court in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 11-12 are two-time Grand Slam semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske.
The Latest: Keys beats Vesnina in late finish at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament (all times local):
Madison Keys took eight of the last nine games and came back to beat Elena Vesnina 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, reaching the U.S. Open's fourth round for the third consecutive year.
The match ended at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, the second-latest finish for women at Flushing Meadows. The record of 1:48 a.m. was set in a match won by Keys against Alison Riske in the first round a year ago.
Kvitova dominates in her Bank of the West Classic debut
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova eased into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in her Bank of the West Classic debut on Thursday.
Kvitova, a No. 2 seed, will take on eighth-seeded American CiCi Bellis, a 7-6 (3), 6-2 winner over Veronica Cepede Royg.
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.
LONDON (AP) — Sloane Stephens hadn't played a competitive match in nearly a year because of an injured left foot, so when she stepped on the grass of Wimbledon on Tuesday, simply being there was significant.
"Just getting on the court, I was relieved, I was happy, excited," Stephens said. "I mean, all good emotions."
Less than six months after foot surgery, Stephens returned to action with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Alison Riske in an all-U.S. matchup in the first round at the All England Club.
Kvitova withdraws, Cibulkova ousted at Eastbourne
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — The Eastbourne International lost Petra Kvitova to injury and Dominika Cibulkova to a surprise defeat as the build-up to Wimbledon gathered pace on Monday.
Kvitova pulled out of the grass-court event on England's south coast because of an abdominal injury, a day after winning the Aegon Classic in Birmingham for her first title since her playing hand was injured in a knife attack in December.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Yaroslava Shvedova became the latest player to retire from the Nuremberg Cup on Thursday, when she withdrew because of an injury after losing the first set of her quarterfinal to Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4.
Doi will meet defending champion Kiki Bertens in the semifinals. Bertens defeated fifth-seeded Alison Riske of the United States 6-4, 6-3.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Home favorite Laura Siegemund was forced to withdraw during her second-round match at the Nuremberg Cup on Wednesday, while top-seeded Kiki Bertens and Yulia Putintseva both advanced.
The fourth-seeded Siegemund suffered a right knee injury with the score 5-5 in the second set against Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic. Siegemund, who was assisted with a stretcher off the court, had won the opening set 6-4.
Wozniacki wins Dubai opener after Doha final
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an all-American matchup, Alison Riske upset 11th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4 to move into the second round at the Dubai Championships on Monday.
The unseeded Riske, making her Dubai debut, has won four of their last five outings.
"I have no idea of that stat, but I'll happily take it," Riske said, smiling. "It's in my favor."
US Tennis apologizes for Nazi-era anthem at Fed Cup match
KAANAPALI, Hawaii (AP) — The United States Tennis Association has apologized after an outdated version of the German national anthem that later became associated with the Nazi regime was performed before a Fed Cup match in Hawaii.
After anthem mistake, US leads Germany in Fed Cup
KAANAPALI, Hawaii (AP) — After an outdated stanza of the German national anthem was sung during the opening ceremonies, the United States took a 1-0 lead and was ahead in the other opening match in its best-of-5 Fed Cup quarterfinal Saturday.
Alison Riske beat Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (10), 6-2, and CoCo Vandeweghe led Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-1 when rain halted play.
Shelby Rogers named to Fed Cup team after upset loss at Taiwan Open
Charleston touring tennis professional Shelby Rogers was upset by big-serving 181st-ranked qualifier Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, 7-5, 6-2, on Wednesday in the round of 16 in the $250,000 Taiwan Open in Taipei City. But Wednesday was still an exciting and career breakthrough day for the 24-year-old Rogers.
The loss was tempered by news that the 48th-ranked Rogers has been named to the U.S. Fed Cup team for its World Group first-round tie against Germany on Feb. 11-12 In Maui, Hawaii.
No Williams sisters or Kerber for Germany-US in Fed Cup
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will sit out the first-round Fed Cup matches between the United States and Germany.
New U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi announced her roster on Wednesday for the best-of-five series on Feb. 11-12 in Maui, Hawaii.
The Latest: French Open champion Muguruza into 4th round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):
French Open champion Garbine Muguruza has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Anastasia Sevastova.
Siniakova breaks through to win first title at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Katerina Siniakova captured her first career title at the Shenzhen Open on Saturday, defeating Alison Riske 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
The 20-year-old Czech player enjoyed her best week on tour, defeating two top-10 players to reach the final: No. 4 Simona Halep and No. 10 Johanna Konta.
Siniakova had little trouble against Riske in the final, breaking the American twice in each set to close it out in just under 80 minutes.
Riske reaches Shenzhen Open final for 2nd year in a row
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Alison Riske advanced to the Shenzhen Open final for the second straight year by beating Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-3 Friday in the semifinals.
The eighth-seeded American will try to win her second career title against Katerina Siniakova. The Czech defeated third-seeded Johanna Konta 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Riske avenged her loss to Agnieszka Radwanska in last year's final by beating the top-seeded Pole in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Radwanska loses in quarterfinals at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska lost in the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open on Thursday, falling to Alison Riske 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 a year after beating the American in the final.
The third-seeded Radwanska was broken three times in both the first and third sets, winning less than a third of the points on her first serve.
Agnieszka Radwanska reaches quarterfinals at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska reached the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Sorana Cirstea.
The top-seeded Pole broke Cirstea six times, a day after being forced to save three match points in a lengthy three-set win over Chinese wild-card entry Duan Ying-ying.
Radwanska will next face Alison Riske of the United States, the player she beat in last year's final. Riske advanced by beating Tsvetlana Pironkova on Bulgaria 6-1, 6-1.
China’s Peng Shuai captures 1st title at Tianjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Chinese veteran Peng Shuai captured the first title of her career at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, beating Alison Riske in the final 7-6 (3), 6-2.
Peng, a former U.S. Open semifinalist, was winless in six previous finals on the WTA Tour. She saved 10 of 12 break points she faced against Riske.
Peng finished off her rain-delayed semifinal over Danka Kovinic earlier Sunday, winning three straight games to prevail 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 after resuming at 3-all in the third.
Radwanska withdraws after reaching Tianjin quarterfinals
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew from the Tianjin Open with a right thigh injury on Thursday, shortly after beating Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals.
Radwanska said she pulled out to give herself time to fully recover before the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month.
"It's the end of the season, I guess everyone is struggling with something," she said in comments posted on the WTA website.
Monica Puig advances to 2nd round at Tianjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig advanced to the second round of the Tianjin Open by beating Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 7-6 (5) Tuesday.
The fifth-seeded Puig has struggled with consistency since her triumph at the Rio de Janeiro Games, losing in the opening round at the U.S. Open and in her last two tournaments in China.
Jankovic marches into Guangzhou Open semifinals
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Defending champion Jelena Jankovic moved into the semifinals of Guangzhou Open after defeating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The second-seeded Serb will take on Croatia's Ana Konjuh, who beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 7-5 in the other quarterfinal.
Golubic reaches quarterfinals at Guangzhou Open
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Viktorija Golubic advanced to the quarterfinals at the Guangzhou Open by beating top-seeded Sara Errani 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Swiss will next face Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who beat Zhu Lin of China 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic, third-seeded Ana Konjuh, fifth-seeded Alison Riske, Jennifer Brady, Lesia Tsurenko and 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki also advanced.
Konjuh advances to 2nd round of Guangzhou Open
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — U.S. Open quarterfinalist Ana Konjuh continued her impressive run of form with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria in the opening round of the Guangzhou Open on Monday.
The 18-year-old Konjuh, who upset No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in New York before falling to eventual finalist Karolina Pliskova, defeated Maria in just under one hour despite double-faulting seven times and converting on less than half of her first serves.