Keys beats Kasatkina in 1st round of Pan Pacific Open
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Fifth-seeded Madison Keys improved her overall record against Daria Kasatkina to 6-0 by beating the Russian 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday in the first round of the Pan Pacific...
Bertens beats Sabalenka, faces Vekic in St. Petersburg final
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kiki Bertens reached her first final since September with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Saturday, and will face Donna Vekic in the final.
The eighth-ranked Bertens broke Sabalenka's serve four times and fired in nine aces as she moved to a career 3-0 record over 10th-ranked Sabalenka.
Kvitova loses to Vekic in St Petersburg quarters
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova struggled with her serve and was eliminated from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy after losing to eighth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The second-ranked Kvitova landed only 48 percent of her first serves, double-faulted six times, and was broken five times.
Petra Kvitova beats Azarenka in 2 sets in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova won eight straight games to take control of the match before needing a tiebreaker to finally beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Kvitova, playing her opening match after a first-round bye, went from trailing 2-1 in the first set to a 3-0 lead in the second. But she double-faulted on match point at 5-1 to let Azarenka back into the match.
Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 years
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Maria Sharapova earned her first WTA win in her native Russia for 13 years after beating Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Monday.
In a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set. Gavrilova raced to 4-2 in the second but Sharapova won four straight games and closed out the match.
Dimitrov, Raonic win 1st round matches at Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Roanic ensured no slip ups in their final outing of 2018 by having straight-set victories in their respective first round matches at the Brisbane International on Monday.
Kasatkina beats Jabeur to win Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Daria Kasatkina won the Kremlin Cup as qualifier Ons Jabeur narrowly failed to become the first WTA winner from Tunisia on Saturday.
Jabeur was a set and a break up at 4-1 when she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 with vocal support from the home crowd.
The exhausted Jabeur served the last game with severe cramp and tears in her eyes.
"I saw you gave everything today and this is what sport is about," Kasatkina told Jabeur.
Ons Jabeur to play Kasatkina in Kremlin Cup final
MOSCOW (AP) — Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur became the first player from her country to reach a WTA tennis final on Friday, and she will next face Daria Kasatkina for the Kremlin Cup title.
Jabeur, the 2011 junior champion at the French Open, beat 11th-ranked Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Playing her seventh match in as many days after coming through qualifying, Jabeur twice was down a break in the third set before breaking Sevastova at love to take a 5-3 lead.
Kasatkina advances to 2nd round of Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China (AP) — Daria Kasatkina recorded her first victory over Lesia Tsurenko in three attempts in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday as US Open champion Naomi Osaka was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a viral illness.
Kasatkina, the No. 13 seeded Russian, defeated her Ukrainian opponent 6-4, 7-5 to set up a second round match against either Bernarda Pera or the US Open junior champion and qualifier Wang Xiyu.
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The French Open fourth-round match between No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 14 Daria Kasatkina has been suspended for the day in the second set because of darkness.
Kasatkina won the opening set 7-6 (5) against reigning Australian Open champion Wozniacki.
They were tied at 3-all in the second set when play was halted.
The match will resume Monday. The winner will face U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals.
PRAGUE (AP) — Second-seeded Petra Kvitova eased past fellow Czech Tereza Smitkova 6-1, 6-3 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Prague Open.
The 10th-ranked Kvitova, who is playing the Prague Open for the first time, will next face unseeded Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
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.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Top-seeded Caroline Garcia of France defeated Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-2, 6-3 in her first match at the WTA's Volvo Car Open on Tuesday.
Garcia broke Lepchenko three times in the opening set to take control in her first clay-court match of the season.
Naomi Osaka on her way up with first pro tennis title
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka had just won the first title of her career and was waiting to be introduced for her post-match comments.
The 20-year-old from Japan had prepared, knowing what she was going to say and in what order.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro keeps surprising himself.
Close to quitting tennis after four wrist surgeries in recent years, the Argentine fought to get back to the ATP Tour even as he was reduced to hitting his backhand with one hand instead of his usual two.
The struggle paid off Sunday, when Del Potro staved off three match points in the third set to beat top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4,7-6 (8), 7-6 (2) for the BNP Paribas Open title.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The future is now at the BNP Paribas Open.
Daria Kasatkina upset Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a nearly three-hour baseline struggle and Naomi Osaka routed top-ranked Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 in 64 minutes on Friday night to set up a final between two 20-year-olds.
"We are coming," Kasatkina said, smiling. "Very soon."
Kasatkina was two points from defeat, trailing 4-5 and 0-30 in the third set when Williams committed four straight errors as the Russian tied it 5-all.
Kasatkina edges Muguruza to line up Svitolina in Dubai final
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Daria Kasatkina saved three match points before knocking out second-seeded Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-1 to reach the Dubai Championships final on Friday.
The unseeded Kasatkina beat the world No. 3 from Spain for the first time in a 2 1/2-hour thriller.
She will meet top seed and defending champion Elina Svitolina in the final, after the Ukrainian beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-3.
Muguruza beats Garcia again to advance to Dubai semifinals
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza overcame Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-2 Thursday to seal her place in the semifinals of the Dubai Championships.
Muguruza defeated the fifth-seeded Frenchwoman in their second quarterfinal in two weeks, with the Spaniard also winning after being a set down in Doha. On Thursday, she needed just two sets but they stretched over 108 minutes.
Muguruza next plays Russian Daria Kasatkina, who defeated compatriot Elena Vesnina 7-6 (5), 6-1.
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.
Wozniacki falls to Kasatkina in St. Petersburg quarters
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki's lost to Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Friday.
Kasatkina came back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker before speeding to a 3-0 lead over the top-ranked Wozniacki in the second set.
Goerges ends 6-year title wait with victory at Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Julia Goerges ended her six-year wait for another WTA singles title by defeating Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 6-2 in the Kremlin Cup final on Saturday.
The German swept the first five games before Kasatkina got on the board.
Kasatkina put up more resistance at the start of the second, forcing three break points in Goerges' first service game, but couldn't convert them and was broken in the next game.
Goerges to play Kasatkina in Kremlin Cup final
MOSCOW (AP) — Julia Goerges will seek to end a six-year wait for a title when she faces Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the Kremlin Cup final.
The seventh-seeded Goerges recovered from a second-set slump to beat Russian player Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in their semifinal Friday.
Victory for Goerges in Saturday's final would end a run of six losses in finals stretching back to 2011, when the German player won in Stuttgart. Three of those losses came in the space of two months this summer.
Top-seeded Carreno Busta knocked out of Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta was knocked out of the Kremlin Cup in the second round by Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
The Russian broke 11th-ranked Carreno Busta twice in each set.
Medvedev's win sets up a quarterfinal against Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic.
Top-ranked Muguruza advances to 3rd round at Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China (AP) — Top-ranked Garbine Muguruza advanced to the third round of the Wuhan Open by beating Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday.
The Wimbledon champion from Spain broke her opponent early in each set. She will next face Magda Linette of Poland.
"Two years ago I left here in the final. I always play well in China," said Muguruza, who lost to Venus Williams in the 2015 championship match. "I will try to just keep going forward."
Kerber ousts local favorite Osaka at Pan-Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany got a measure of revenge for a U.S. Open loss by beating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Pan-Pacific Open.
Last month, Kerber was knocked out of the U.S. Open by the Japanese teenager in straight sets.
Ranked 418th, Estonia’s Kanepi reaches US Open quarterfinals
NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago at this time, Kaia Kanepi figures she probably was spending her September afternoons taking her dog for a walk. Or maybe reading a book.
Just look where she is now.
After a series of health issues kept her off the professional tennis tour for most of the past two seasons, Kanepi is ranked only 418th and yet she has made it all the way to the U.S. Open quarterfinals — the first female qualifier to do that in 36 years.
They'll meet again. Maybe at another enticing location.
Surely, they will. They are 19-year-olds.
And maybe the third encounter between newly crowned Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko will be like the first one, a three-setter last year in England.
But this time, it was no contest once Kasatkina put Ostapenko's awesome groundstroke assault in the six-deuce sixth game out of her mind.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Teenager Daria Kasatkina doesn't just upset the top-ranked player in the world. She also can win a tournament.
The 19-year-old Russian showed patience and poise Sunday to beat fellow teen Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1 to win her first WTA event at the Volvo Car Open.
It was the first final between two teens on the WTA tour in eight years. Kasatkina, playing in her first final, handled the pressure better, letting her Latvian opponent make mistakes.
The Volvo Car Open has a long history of teenage champions, starting with Chris Evert in 1974. Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf and Martina Hingis also won this tournament before hitting their 20s.
Daria Kasatkina added her name to that distinguished list on Sunday, taking a 6-3, 6-1 victory over fellow 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko on a brilliant afternoon at Volvo Car Stadium. It was the tournament's first all-teen final since 2009.
The hometown favorite and other favorites all had gone their way. It wasn't the perfect semifinal Saturday at the Volvo Car Open.
It was even cold, especially cold out of the sunshine that finally revealed itself at mid-afternoon.
But the tennis fans reaped a consolation prize: two three-setters. Everyone appeared to be happy. Of course, they missed Shelby Rogers, Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and others.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Unseeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia each moved into position for their first WTA title, winning semifinal matches Saturday in the Volvo Car Open.
Kasatkina rallied from a set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, and Ostapenko held off the tournament's lone remaining seed in No. 11 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Teen star Daria Kasatkina earns first finals berth at Volvo Car Open
Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday afternoon.
Kasatkina, 19, reached her first WTA Tour final with a 3-6 6-2, 6-1 comeback victory over German veteran Laura Siegemund on a brilliant afternoon at Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island.
"Finally, I'm in a final," Kasatkina told the crowd.
Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina is the first player into the Volvo Car Open semifinals, taking a straight set victory over Irina-Camelia Begu on Friday.
Kasatkina, 19 and ranked No. 42 in the world, defeated Begu by 6-4, 6-1 at Volvo Car Stadium to make her third WTA Tour semifinal. She's seeking her first singles title on tour, and made the third round in three Grand Slam events last year.