OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Former finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova needed less than an hour to beat Dayana Yastremska 6-3, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific...
The Latest: Stephens loses to Pavlyuchenkova in 4th round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Sunday from the Australian Open (all times local):
Sloane Stephens' best Australian Open in five years has ended with a 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 loss to unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the fourth round that lasted 2½ hours and finished at nearly 2 a.m.
The fifth-seeded Stephens was the 2017 U.S. Open champion and 2018 French Open runner-up, but she hadn't won a match at Melbourne Park since 2014, when she also lost in the fourth round.
Yastremska advances, Pavlyuchenkova ousted in at Hobart
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Teenager Dayana Yastremska has picked up in 2019 where she left off in 2018, beating Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the Hobart International.
Yastremska had a break-out year in 2018, forcing her way inside the top-100 for the first time. She showed why Monday with a dominant performance in windy conditions against Siegemund, who has been as high as No. 27 in the world.
Niculescu upsets Ostapenko in 1st round of Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Qualifier Monica Niculescu upset fourth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday.
The 99th-ranked Niculescu swept past the 2017 French Open champion in 51 minutes with Ostapenko winning only four points in the first set.
"I came here early, and actually I didn't spend Christmas at home, I spent it on the plane," Niculescu said.
"But that suits (me) well ... I thought I really played well on Center Court."
Barty, Wang advance to semifinals at Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China (AP) — Ashleigh Barty and Wang Qiang both reached the semifinals at the Wuhan Open on Thursday.
Barty, last year's runner-up, won four of the last five games to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. Wang defeated Olympic champion Monica Puig 6-3, 6-1 to become the first Chinese player to reach the semifinals in the event's five-year history.
Wozniacki and Kerber both lose in 3rd round of Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China (AP) — Second-ranked Caroline Wozniacki and third-ranked Angelique Kerber both lost Wednesday in the third round of the Wuhan Open.
Wozniacki lost to Olympic champion Monica Puig 7-6 (10), 7-5, while Wimbledon champion Kerber was upset by Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-1.
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Danielle Collins is through to the second round of the Eastbourne International after beating British wild card Katie Swan on Sunday.
The 24-year-old American held off a comeback from the teenager to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Collins will play 16th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the second round. The two have met once before, with Suarez Navarro winning in straight sets in the round of 16 at Indian Wells in March.
Muguruza gets ready to defend her Wimbledon title
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza isn't lacking confidence as she starts the buildup to defending her Wimbledon title.
"I believe I can win the trophy again," said the 24-year-old Spaniard, despite playing on grass — a surface she hasn't always liked.
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia won the Strasbourg International after laboring to a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6) win against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Saturday.
They spent 3 hours, 35 minutes on court in a grueling contest, which ended when Pavlyuchenkova sealed victory on her second serve.
Pavlyuchenkova won her first title of the year and 12th overall, beating Cibulkova for the fourth time in their 11 career meetings.
Kasatkina slows Radwanska comeback in Dubai first round
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former champion Agnieszka Radwanska lost in the first round of the Dubai Championships for the first time in nine years on Monday.
Daria Kasatkina of Russia beat Radwanska 7-5, 6-4 in two hours.
Radwanska, who reached No. 2 in the rankings in 2012 after winning in Dubai and finishing runner-up at the Wimbledon, endured a frustrating 2017 after a foot injury and a virus scare. Not until the end of the year did she feel healthy.
Roger Federer wins in straight sets at Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer continued preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a 6-3, 7-6 (8) win over Karen Khachanov at the Hopman Cup, helping give Switzerland a 2-0 win over Russia.
Federer's playing partner Belinda Bencic beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a later women's singles match Tuesday to give Switzerland its second consecutive win in Group B.
Vandeweghe gives USA perfect start at Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe gave the United States a perfect start to the 30th edition of the mixed team Hopman Cup event by winning their singles matches in the opening tie against Russia on Saturday in Perth.
World number eight Sock needed three sets to subdue the 45th ranked Karen Khachanov, eventually claiming a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win after the Russian rallied to win the second set in just 27 minutes with 10 aces and 18 winners.
Vandeweghe, Barty, Sevastova advance at WTA Elite Trophy
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe, Ashleigh Barty and Anastasija Sevastova all advanced to the semifinals at the WTA Elite Trophy on Thursday.
The second-seeded Vandeweghe had 11 aces and saved all four break points she faced to beat Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-2 in the Bougainvillea group. Vesnina received treatment for a back injury during the match.
Rybarikova upsets top-seeded Mladenovic at WTA Elite Trophy
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Magdalena Rybarikova overcame seven service breaks to beat top-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5) Wednesday at the WTA Elite Trophy.
The 10th-seeded Rybarikova had lost her opening match to Julia Goerges in the Azalea group.
Vandeweghe opens WTA Elite Trophy with win over Peng
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Second-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe opened the WTA Elite Trophy with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Chinese wild-card entry Peng Shuai on Tuesday.
Vandeweghe overcame a slow start and two service breaks in the first set, recovering to finish with six aces and converting five of her eight break-point chances in the Bougainvillea group.
Pavlyuchenkova overcomes bad weather to win in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) — Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia won her third WTA singles title of the year on Sunday, beating Daria Gavrilova of Australia 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the Hong Kong Open final.
"This morning we were ready to share this trophy and I actually think we both deserve this trophy," sixth-seeded Pavlyuchenkova said after the match lasting 3 hours, 11 minutes. "It was a really close match, just I was maybe lucky a little bit in the end."
Pavlyuchenkova, Gavrilova advance to Hong Kong semis
HONG KONG (AP) — The highest ranked player left in the Hong Kong Open, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Osaka ousted Venus Williams but couldn't match the 21st-ranked Pavlyuchenkova from the baseline, and served nine double faults.
Pavlyuchenkova, chasing a third WTA title, faces Wang Qiang in the semifinals after the Chinese hope beat Sam Stosur 7-5, 6-2.
Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title
TOKYO (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki overwhelmed Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday.
The victory gives Wozniacki, also champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost all six of her previous finals in 2017.
Wozniacki upsets Muguruza to reach final of Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki upset top-ranked Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday.
Wozniacki, a champion here in 2010 and 2016, converted six of seven break points to reach her seventh final of 2017.
Playing in her first tournament since earning the WTA's top ranking, Wimbledon champion Muguruza had 29 unforced errors to drop the final 10 games of the match.
Top-seeded Muguruza advances to Pan Pacific Open semifinals
TOKYO (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 Friday.
A rare double-fault by the top-seeded Muguruza allowed Garcia to pull even at 3-3 in the second set, but the Spaniard broke back in the next game.
Strycova advances to quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Barbora Strycova advanced to the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating fourth-seeded Jo Konta 7-5, 7-6 (5) Thursday.
At 31, Strycova is the oldest singles player in this year's tournament and is making her eighth straight main draw appearance in Tokyo. She will next play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Strycova was playing in her second match at the tournament, while Konta had a first-round bye.
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.
New No. 1 Pliskova opens with second-round win in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Karolina Pliskova began her run as world No. 1 on a positive note, beating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup.
The 25-year-old Czech, who had a first-round bye, extended her winning streak over the 19th-ranked player to five matches. She earned the No. 1 ranking when Johanna Konta beat Romania's Simona Halep in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza rolled past Croatia's Ana Konjuh 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic.
The reigning Wimbledon champion broke Konjuh's serve twice for an early 3-0 lead and never trailed in the match.
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.
Krystyna Pliskova upsets Vinci to reach 2nd round in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Krystyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic came from a set down to upset 16th-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday.
The 58th-ranked Pliskova, who played under the watchful eye of her twin sister, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, was facing defeat as Vinci served for the match at 6-3, 5-4.
But Pliskova won the next four games, and then broke Vinci's serve in the sixth game of the third set to secure the victory.
Venus Williams, Federer back in the thick of a Grand Slam
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For all their Grand Slam successes, Venus Williams and Roger Federer still find themselves surprised to be in the semifinals at the Australian Open.
Injuries, illness and advancing age can do that to the best of athletes, even 17-time major champion Federer and seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Williams, who has overcome an energy-sapping illness and is playing some of her best tennis since being diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome in 2011.
Kuznetsova retains Kremlin Cup title for WTA Finals spot
MOSCOW (AP) — Svetlana Kuznetsova secured the last spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore after defeating Daria Gavrilova of Australia 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to retain her Kremlin Cup title.
The top-seeded Russian saved six of the seven break points she faced and converted six of her eight opportunities to beat the 38th-ranked Gavrilova in 72 minutes.
Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova reaches semis in Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova beat ninth-seeded Hungarian Timea Babos 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday to remain on course to claim the final spot in the WTA Finals.
Kuznetsova will qualify for next week's eight-player finals in Singapore only if she wins the Moscow tournament. Otherwise, the place will go to Britain's Johanna Konta.
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.
Defending champion Pavlyuchenkova wins opener in Linz
LINZ, Austria (AP) — Defending champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eased past Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-4, 6-1 in less than an hour on Monday on the opening day of the Generali Ladies.
The fifth-seeded Russian, who improved to 4-0 against Sevastova, conceded just nine points on her serve and denied her 31st-ranked opponent any break points.
Earlier, Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands slumped to her sixth straight opening-round defeat, losing to Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 6-2.