Tennis greats applaud Barty’s rise to No. 1
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's greatest female tennis players, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley, have joined in celebrating the rise of compatriot Ashleigh Barty to the No. 1 world ranking...
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Ashleigh Barty defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 to win the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, a victory that ensures the Australian will be No. 1 in the rankings on...
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — French Open champion Ashleigh Barty will play Julia Goerges for the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, and clinch the world No. 1 spot if she wins.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — French Open champion Ashleigh Barty remains on course for the No. 1 ranking after beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 at the Birmingham...
Top-ranked Osaka loses in 2nd round in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Naomi Osaka lost in straight sets at the Birmingham Classic grass-court tournament on Thursday — and could soon lose her No. 1 ranking, too.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Perth has beaten out bids from Melbourne and Brisbane to host the Fed Cup tennis final between Australia and France in November.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Defending champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from next week's Birmingham Classic because of an arm injury that ruled her out of the French Open, but is still hopeful...
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on Tuesday because of a right arm injury.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia advanced to the Fed Cup final for the first time in more than a quarter century after Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur beat Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Fed Cup semifinal between Australia and Belarus is going to a doubles decider.
Victoria Azarenka beat Australia's Sam Stosur in the second reverse singles...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian Ashleigh Barty beat doubles partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-6 (2), 6-3 to level their Fed Cup semifinal at 1-1 on Saturday.
Fed Cup semifinal: Azarenka to play Ash Barty in singles
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Samantha Stosur will open against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus when singles play begins in a Fed Cup semifinal Saturday on hard courts at Pat Rafter...
Australian Barty beats Pliskova for Miami Open title
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Amid the unpredictable swirl of this year's tennis results, with 33 different champions in 33 tournaments, Ashleigh Barty provides a change of pace.
Roger Federer shines on soggy day at the Miami Open
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ashleigh Barty waited six hours to get her spot in the Miami Open women's final. Denis Shapovalov needed to pull off yet another comeback to earn his berth into the...
Fed Cup: France and Belarus lead 2-0; Czechs and US tied
France and Belarus were in command of their Fed Cup first-round ties while 2018 finalists the Czech Republic and the United States were level in their ties on Saturday.
Australian Open semifinalist Karolina Pliskova won the first point for the Czechs against Romania after easing past Mihaela Burzanescu 6-1, 6-4 on an indoor hard-court in Ostrava.
But Simona Halep won the second singles by routing Katerina Siniakova, the star of last year's final victory against the United States, 6-4, 6-0.
Keys, Collins among US Fed Cup team vs Australia
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — No. 17 Madison Keys and No. 23 Danielle Collins will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Australia next month.
Sofia Kenin and Nicole Melichar will join them on the team announced Wednesday by the U.S. Tennis Association and team captain Kathy Rinaldi. The 25-year-old Collins recently reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open.
The first round of the World Group will be held Feb. 9-10 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Kvitova beats Barty in Sydney International women’s final
SYDNEY (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women's singles final on Saturday at the Sydney International.
Barty led the deciding set 3-0 before Kvitova began a comeback to win her 26th WTA title.
Barty beat No. 1 Simona Halep, No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise Mertens on her way to the final.
Kvitova apologized to Barty and the crowd for spoiling the Australian's Sydney party.
Ashleigh Barty into Sydney International singles final
SYDNEY (AP) — Ashleigh Barty continued her strong run at the Sydney International with a semifinal win over Kiki Bertens, beating the Dutch player 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 Friday.
Barty withstood 15 aces from Bertens in the 2-hour, 18-minute match to advance to her second consecutive final in Sydney.
She will play two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Serbian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2.
Sasnovich, Barty through to Sydney International semifinals
SYDNEY (AP) — Aliaksandra Sasnovich advanced to the Sydney International semifinals by beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
The 33rd-ranked Sasnovich reached the quarterfinals last week in Brisbane.
Sasnovich will next face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 in a match twice suspended by rain.
Barty beats No. 1 Simona Halep in Romanian’s tour return
SYDNEY (AP) — Ashleigh Barty broke Simona Halep's serve in the final game to beat the No. 1-ranked Halep 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match Wednesday at the Sydney International.
It was Halep's first match since October after a lengthy layoff due to a herniated disc in her back. Halep won last year's French Open and lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final.
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.
Ashleigh Barty, Wang Qiang in WTA Elite Trophy final
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Ashleigh Barty rallied from a set down to beat defending champion Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals of the WTA Elite Trophy on Saturday.
The Australian faces Wang Qiang, who beat Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0, in Sunday's final.
Barty served one more ace than her opponent — 8-7 — but also had six double faults, compared to just two for Goerges.
Barty won her only previous match against Wang in Strasbourg earlier this year.
Garbine Muguruza reaches semifinals at WTA Elite Trophy
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Garbine Muguruza saved three match points before beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (1) and advancing to the semifinals of the WTA Elite Trophy on Friday.
The Spaniard, a two-time Grand Slam champion, also saved eight of 12 break points against her second-seeded opponent.
"These matches are the ones that really count," Muguruza said. "It's long, it's difficult, you have match points against you, you don't lose your courage, you don't lose your enthusiasm."
Roger Federer, Serena Williams set for Hopman Cup team event
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams and Roger Federer have committed to play the Hopman Cup mixed teams event in late December while former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev will represent Germany.
Frances Tiafoe will be Williams' partner for the United States, while Belinda Bencic will again represent Switzerland with Federer to defend the title they won in January over Kerber and Zverev in the final.
Sabalenka to face Kontaveit in Wuhan Open final
WUHAN, China (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka and Anett Kontaveit will play for the Wuhan Open title.
Sabalenka beat Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (2), 6-4 Friday, while Kontaveit defeated Wang Qiang 6-2, 2-1 when the Chinese player retired with a left thigh injury.
"I wanted to hold on game after game, perhaps hoping for a miracle," Wang said. "My physical body couldn't give me a miracle."
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.
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.
Barty, Vandeweghe rally to win US women’s doubles title
NEW YORK (AP) — Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe dropped a set and still raised a trophy.
Even with a pursuit of U.S Open perfection over early, Barty and Vandeweghe rallied to win the women's doubles final Sunday, beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"We've done everything kind of the way that we've wanted to," Barty said. "Now we get the reward."
Mike Bryan, minus Bob, moves into another Grand Slam final
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Bryan continues to excel at the U.S. Open, even without his twin brother and longtime doubles partner, Bob.
Bryan and Jack Sock, who stepped in earlier this year when Bob went down with a hip injury, moved into the men's doubles final with a 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-4 win over the Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on Thursday.
It was the 11th consecutive win in a Grand Slam match for the pair that has become known as "Team Brock."
The Latest: Vandeweghe, Barty knock out top seeds in doubles
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
The 13th-seeded pair of CoCo Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty upset the top-seeded duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 7-6 (6) to reach the U.S. Open women's doubles final.
Krejcikova and Siniakova won the Wimbledon doubles title in July.
Simona Halep, weary and aching, reaches Montreal final
MONTREAL (AP) — A weary Simona Halep, upset over how her matches are scheduled, beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final Rogers Cup final.
The top-ranked Romanian will play for the title Sunday against the third-ranked Sloane Stephens in a rematch of Halep's victory in the French Open final.
Stephens, preparing for her U.S. Open title defense, beat fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-3.
Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals
MONTREAL (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens romped into the Rogers Cup semifinals Friday, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-2.
The 25-year-old Stephens, ranked No. 3 in the world, won a hard-court title in Miami in March and lost the French Open final to top-ranked Simona Halep. In the semifinals, the American will face fifth-seeded defending champion Elina Svitolina.
Svitolina beat 14th-seeded Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-3 in the late match.
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.
Defending champion Pliskova upset by Sabalenka
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova was upset by Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the Eastbourne International quarterfinals on Thursday.
The second-seeded Czech player, who has reached the final in the past two years, lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in 2 hours, 12 minutes.
It was Sabalenka's first win over a top-10 player.
Sabalenka, who is ranked 45th in the world, fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the deciding set and clinched the match when Pliskova sent a forehand wide.
Konta snubs umpire as Barty wins Nottingham final
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Johanna Konta failed to shake the umpire's hand on Sunday after a bad-tempered end to the Nottingham Open final, with Ashleigh Barty winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
After the first two sets were shared, Konta recovered from 4-1 down in the decider to level at 4-4 but got angry with umpire Paula Vieira Souza for not overruling a Barty shot that looked long as the top-seeded Australian held for 5-4. Neither the line judge nor Souza called it out.
Barty, Konta, Vekic reach Nottingham Open semis
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Johanna Konta reached her first semifinals since Wimbledon last year after beating Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia 6-4, 6-2 at the Nottingham Open on Friday.
Konta has hit form on grass after a poor season to date, and next faces Donna Vekic of Croatia, who beat her in the final 12 months ago. Vekic beat Mona Barthel of Germany 7-5, 6-1.
Jakupovic earned early breaks in each set but Konta did not panic and was quickly back on even terms.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
Serena Williams' next opponent at the French Open will be 11th-seeded Julia Goerges.
The German player reached the third round at Roland Garros for the fourth time with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) win over Alison Van Uytvanck in the final match on Thursday's program.
Williams has a 2-0 record against Goerges, winning both matches in straight sets.