No surprise in France’s Fed Cup team against Romania
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Pauline Parmentier and Alize Cornet have been named in France's Fed Cup team for the semifinals against Romania.
American Sofia Kenin wins first WTA title at Hobart
HOBART, Australia (AP) — American Sofia Kenin won her first WTA title at the Hobart International on Saturday after beating Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-4, 6-0.
Playing her first top-level singles final, the 20-year-old Kenin took the first set with a break before running away with the match in 71 minutes.
Kenin, ranked 56th, didn't drop a set for the tournament and beat top-seeded Caroline Garcia and former Hobart champion Alize Cornet in her run to the title.
American Sofia Kenin advances to Hobart International final
HOBART, Australia (AP) — American Sofia Kenin advanced to the Hobart International final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Alize Cornet on Friday.
Kenin will play Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who Belinda Bencic 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 in an earlier semifinal.
Kenin hasn't dropped a set at Hobart this week and beat top-seeded Caroline Garcia in the opening round.
Alize Cornet advances to semifinals at Hobart International
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Former Hobart International champion Alize Cornet moved a step closer to another title in Tasmania with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen in the quarterfinals Thursday.
The sixth-seeded Cornet, who won the event in 2016 and hasn't dropped a set this year, overcame a fall and skinned knee to reach the semifinals.
Cornet served for the match at 5-2 in the second set but was broken as Minnen hit some clean winners.
Germany and Australia win in Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Germany teammates Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev each won their singles matches over France on Wednesday at the Hopman Cup.
Kerber beat Alize Cornet 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 while Zverev defeated Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-2 to advance with a 2-1 victory.
The French pair had earlier recorded a 4-3 (4), 4-3 (3) win in doubles.
Zverev had a match point in the tiebreaker but needed the third set to get the victory.
Britain beats Greece, Australia defeats France at Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari 4-3, 3-4, 4-3, including 5-4 in a tiebreaker in the deciding mixed doubles set in the Fast4 format, to give Britain a 2-1 win over Greece in the opening match of the eight-team Hopman Cup tennis tournament on Saturday.
Norrie upset No. 15-ranked Tsitsipas 7-6 (8), 6-4 to give Britain the lead before Sakkari beat Boulter 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 in women's singles to level the tie.
Konta beats Mertens at Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Johanna Konta of Britain upset seventh-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday.
Making up a 30-place rankings gap to the 14th-ranked Mertens, Konta took full advantage of Mertens' wayward serving to win 6-3, 7-5.
Cornet loses at Hong Kong Open, Muguruza advances
HONG KONG (AP) — Eighth-seeded Alize Cornet lost to 105th-ranked Lusksika Kumkhum of Thailand at the rain-affected Hong Kong Open on Wednesday, while No. 4 Garbine Muguruza easily advanced to the quarterfinals.
After rain delayed play for four hours, Cornet came from 4-1 down in the final set to force a tiebreaker but lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) against Kumkhum.
Kucova beats Ostapenko in 1st round at Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG (AP) — Kristina Kucova recorded her first WTA main draw victory in over a year when she beat Jelena Ostapenko 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of Hong Kong Open on Monday.
Ostapenko struggled with a left wrist injury at the Wuhan Open and China Open but still managed to win the first set.
Kucova will next face lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova, who defeated Dalila Jakupovic 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3).
Top seed Cornet out of Guangzhou Open in 1st round
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Top-seeded Alize Cornet lost a rain-interrupted match to Jennifer Brady 6-0, 6-3 to exit the Guangzhou Open in the first round.
Cornet, who was incorrectly admonished by a chair umpire for changing her shirt during a match at the U.S. Open, was trailing 6-0, 2-1 when play was suspended because of rain in southern China on Monday. The 2014 Guangzhou Open finalist won only two more games on Tuesday, and Brady advanced to a second-round match against Kozlova Kateryna.
US Open: Umpire shouldn’t have warned woman for shirt change
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association acknowledged Wednesday that a chair umpire incorrectly warned French player Alize Cornet for changing her shirt on court at the U.S. Open — the latest example in recent days of ways in which men and women are treated differently in tennis.
MONTREAL (AP) — Alize Cornet of France defeated listless-looking Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
The unseeded Cornet advanced to a third-round meeting with 15th-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia, who beat Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6 (7) 6-2.
MONTREAL (AP) — Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Rogers Cup hard-court tournament, citing personal reasons.
The tournament announced Williams' withdrawal on Saturday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion is coming off the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, on Tuesday.
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Alize Cornet of France won her sixth career title by beating Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the Ladies' Championship Gstaad final on Sunday.
Minella, playing in her first final on tour at age 32, was seeking to become the third mother to win a WTA singles title in the past year.
The 48th-ranked Cornet did not drop a set all week in the Swiss Alps clay-court event to win her first title since January 2016, at the Hobart International in Australia.
Minella reaches first WTA final 9 months after baby
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Mandy Minella has a chance at becoming the third mother to win a WTA singles title in the last 12 months after reaching the Ladies Championships Gstaad final on Saturday.
Minella, of Luxembourg, overcame 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach her first career final at 32.
She will meet top-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who beat Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (5), 1-0 when the Canadian retired with a right thigh injury in their semifinal.
LONDON (AP) — Former top-20 tennis player Alize Cornet has been cleared of a doping charge by an independent tribunal.
The International Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the decision was made because a doping control officer "did not satisfy all of the requirements" in trying to locate Cornet, a 28-year-old from France, for what originally was considered a third missed out-of-competition drug test in a 12-month span.
Missing three tests in a year is considered a doping offense.
MADRID (AP) — Venus Williams lost to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
Kontaveit rallied from a set down to beat the eighth-seeded Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the outdoor clay court.
"I'd lost to her two times already, and so I had nothing to lose," Kontaveit said. "I didn't go out there feeling scared. I do feel like I can challenge anybody here, so I was feeling good to go on the court."
Mladenovic, Parmentier named in France’s Fed Cup team
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse have been named in France's Fed Cup team for the semifinals against the United States.
France will host the Americans on clay in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence from April 21-22 at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Germany's Julia Goerges continued her strong season by defeating defending champion Daria Kasatkina to reach the semifinals of the Volvo Car Open on Friday.
Goerges, the fifth seed who's ranked No. 13 in the world, overpowered the third-seeded Kasatkina of Russia 6-4, 6-3 with nine aces — she won 84 percent of her points on her first serve — to advance to the final four at the WTA's opening clay-court tournament.
Top-seeded Garcia falls to Cornet at Volvo Car Open
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Top-seeded Caroline Garcia lost 12 of the last 17 games to fall to French countrywoman Alize Cornet at the Volvo Car Open on Thursday night.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Naomi Osaka of Japan and Daria Gavrilova of Australia were among the seeded players to advance in the opening round of the WTA's Volvo Car Open on Monday.
Osaka, seeded No. 10, topped Jennifer Brady of the United States, 6-4, 6-4. Gavrilova defeated Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Other seeds who moved on at the Daniel Island Tennis Center were No. 12 Kiki Bertens of Netherlands, No. 14 Alize Cornet of France and No. 15 Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania.
Fed Cup: Mladenovic levels for France against Belgium
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4 to draw France level with Belgium at 1-1 in their Fed Cup first-round match on Saturday.
The 13th-ranked Mladenovic constantly pressured Flipkens' serve, taking five of 11 break-point chances and beating the Belgian for the second time in two career meetings.
Elise Mertens, ranked 20th, earlier swept aside Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-1 to give Belgium the lead on the indoor hard court in western France.
Fed Cup: Parmentier to open play for France against Belgium
PARIS (AP) — Pauline Parmentier will open play against in-form Elise Mertens in France's Fed Cup first-round tie against Belgium on Saturday.
France's top player, Kristina Mladenovic, will take on Kirsten Flipkens in the second singles on the indoor hard-court of Mouilleron-le-Captif, in western France.
Mertens made it to the Australian Open semifinals last month, losing to eventual champion Caroline Wozniaki.
Mladenovic and Parmentier named in France’s Fed Cup team
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse were named in France's Fed Cup team on Wednesday for the first-round match against Belgium.
Seventh-ranked Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet will not take part in the Feb. 10-11 series, however.
Garcia is France's best-ranked player but still does not want to return to play for the national team as she prioritizes her singles career. She recently reached the fourth round of the Australian Open.
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.
Former champs Cornet, Barthel out in 1st round at Hobart
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Former champions Alize Cornet and Mona Barthel were ousted in the first round of the Hobart International on Sunday, each losing in straight sets.
Mihaela Buzarnescu beat fourth-seeded Cornet 6-2, 6-4 and Varvara Lepchenko had a 6-0, 7-6 (4) win over 2012 winner Barthel.
Cornet was hampered by an upper leg injury but said she didn't think it would be a concern for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 15.
Stosur loses in first round at Brisbane; Murray nears return
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian Samantha Stosur's year ended on a sour note after she was bundled out of her home state tournament by Brisbane International seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova on Sunday.
The former US Open champion and French open finalist had opportunities against her 27-year-old Latvian opponent in the first set, but was completely outplayed by Sevastova in the second set to be eliminated 6-1 6-3 in the first round.
Cornet beats Makarova in Kremlin Cup first round
MOSCOW (AP) — Alize Cornet of France beat hometown favorite Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup on Monday to set up a possible second-round meeting with Maria Sharapova.
Cornet won a frantic match which included five consecutive breaks of serve in the first set.
Her victory means she will play Sharapova if the Russian beats Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia on Tuesday.
The Latest: Wimbledon champ Muguruza advances at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times local):
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova downed former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 7-5, to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open.
Kvitova, the No. 13 seed, blasted 28 winners, twice as many as her opponent, and converted nearly three-quarters of her first-serve points en route to the victory.
NEW HAVEN — Fresh off one of the easiest victories for any WTA Tour player this season, Alize Cornet had a much tougher time of it on Wednesday night.
No. 2 seed Dominka Cibulkova rallied back from a first-set loss to beat Cornet, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, in an exhaustive, emotional second-round match at the Connecticut Open.
It’s the second time in a week that Cibulkova has defeated Cornet in a second-round match, doing so last week in Cincinnati by a 6-4, 6-1 final.
Cibulkova rallies to reach Connecticut Open quarterfinals
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat Alize Cornet of France 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday night to reach the Connecticut Open quarterfinals.
Cibulkova will face sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on Thursday in the U.S. Open tuneup event at The Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Pavlyuchenkova beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (3), 6-0.
Lucic-Baroni, Cornet move to 2nd round of Connecticut Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia and Alize Cornet of France won first-round matches Sunday at the Connecticut Open.
Cornet beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-0, and Lucic-Baroni overcame 11 double faults and held off Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
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.
PARIS (AP) — Amanda Anisimova has won the Roland Garros wild card challenge and will compete in the French Open in her Grand Slam main draw debut.
The 15-year-old Anisimova accumulated the most points in the wild card challenge by reaching back-to-back singles finals at USTA Pro Circuit events in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, and Dothan, Alabama.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — A day before Maria Sharapova was to play her first tennis match since being banned for doping, the debate about the Russian's wild-card entry for the Porsche Grand Prix continued Tuesday.
Simona Halep and Alize Cornet joined the growing legion of players criticizing tournament organizers for offering Sharapova a direct spot in their main draws.
Switzerland beats France 4-1, advances to Fed Cup semifinals
GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland won all three matches Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup with a 4-1 victory over two-time champion France.
Belinda Bencic gave Switzerland an insurmountable 3-1 lead by beating Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-4 in the reverse singles after Timea Bacsinszky defeated Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5.
Switzerland and France all square in Fed Cup match
GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky downed Alize Cornet in straight sets to give the host's a flying start, before Kristina Mladenovic hit back for France later Saturday to level its Fed Cup match at 1-1.
Bacsinszky downed Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-4 in the opening match, but not before requiring medical treatment for a wasp sting at 3-3 in the first set.
Later, 23rd-ranked Kristina Mladenovic leveled the tie for the 2016 finalists when she eased past Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4.
Top-seeded Halep beats Konjuh in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep won her first match since an opening-round exit at the Australian Open, beating Ana Konjuh 6-4, 7-6 (2) Wednesday at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
The fourth-ranked Romanian, who was broken three times, will next face Natalia Vikhlyantseva. The Russian wild-card entry defeated eighth-seeded Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Pliskova routs Cornet, wins Brisbane title
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Karolina Pliskova won all but five points in the first six games to set up a 6-0, 6-3 rout of Alize Cornet in the Brisbane International final on Saturday, setting an ominous tone for the first Grand Slam.
The U.S. Open finalist will move to a career-high No. 5 ranking for the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 16, after winning her first Brisbane title and seventh on the WTA tour.
Mladenovic, Garcia to spearhead France in Fed Cup final
PARIS (AP) — France captain Amelie Mauresmo kept faith in the same players for the Fed Cup final against the two-time defending champion Czech Republic next week.
Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet, and Pauline Parmentier were picked on Wednesday to face the Czechs at home in Strasbourg on Nov. 12-13 on an indoor hard court.
The same quartet defeated the Netherlands in the semifinals.
Wrist injury ends Suarez Navarro’s bid to reach WTA Finals
MOSCOW (AP) — A wrist injury killed off Carla Suarez Navarro's hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals as the Spanish player retired while facing Australian Daria Gavrilova in the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday.
Needing to win the Kremlin Cup to qualify for the elite competition in Singapore this weekend, Suarez Navarro was down 6-4, 3-0 to Gavrilova in the second round when she retired.
Kerber wins at Hong Kong Open; Konta withdraws
HONG KONG (AP) — Top-ranked Angelique Kerber quickly finished off her rain-delayed second-round match against Louisa Chirico at the Hong Kong Open on Thursday, dropping just one game to prevail 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Kerber was leading Chirico 2-1 in the third set when the match was halted on Wednesday due to rain.
Second-seeded Venus Williams was defeated by Alize Cornet 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, while third-seeded Johanna Konta withdrew with an abdominal strain.