NEW YORK (AP) — It's all about the tutu for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.
Just days after French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli said her black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights "will no longer be accepted," Williams chose a one-armed black tutu-style dress by Off-White's Virgil Abloh to take on Magda Linette at the Open. She won.
Perhaps her sparkly shoes emblazoned with her name and "queen" also helped.
NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs. Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the U.S. Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years.
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.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka will try to get Belarus off to a good start against Tatjana Maria, who will play her first Fed Cup tie for Germany in seven years on Saturday.
Maria is leading Germany because the country's three leading players are unavailable: Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges, Carina Witthoeft. Neither are Laura Siegemund and Andrea Petkovic. All five featured last year.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
Two of the four seeded U.S. women in the French Open have lost their first-round matches.
No. 19 CoCo Vandeweghe was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-4, while No. 25 Lauren Davis was eliminated by Carina Witthoeft of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Vandeweghe was a semifinalist at the Australian Open in January, but she never has been past the second round in six appearances at Roland Garros.
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.
PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova was eliminated from the Prague Open on Monday, losing to unseeded Camila Giorgi 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the first round.
It was the first victory for the 90th-ranked Italian over the world No. 3 in four matchups, and a blow to Czech chances in their home event.
It was the earliest loss for Pliskova, the U.S. Open finalist, since June.
BIEL, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Barbora Strykova saved two set points to beat Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (6) in the Biel Ladies Open second round on Thursday.
The 18th-ranked Czech let slip a 5-3 lead in the second set, then twice faced set point against the 69th-ranked Witthoeft before forcing the tiebreaker.
Strykova's 17-year-old compatriot, Marketa Vondrousova, also advanced to a first career quarterfinal at a tournament debuting on the WTA Tour.
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.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Little did Angelique Kerber know when she turned 18 at home in Bremen, Germany, that the next decade of celebrating her birthday would be spent some 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) away at the Australian Open.
Or for that matter, that her first Grand Slam victory would come at Melbourne Park in 2016.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Angelique Kerber and top-seeded Andy Murray play their second-round matches on Wednesday in much more pleasant temperatures at Melbourne Park.
A cool change hit the city overnight, dropping temperatures from the 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) on Tuesday afternoon to about 20 Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) when play began Wednesday.