Bertens beats Vekic to win St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kiki Bertens won her third title in six months on Sunday, beating Donna Vekic 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the final of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Second-seeded Bertens came back from 5-2 down in the first set to win four straight games and force a tiebreaker. Eighth-seeded Vekic saved three match points in the second set before Bertens closed out the match for her eighth career title.
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.
Azarenka to play Kvitova after beating Gasparyan
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka set up a meeting with Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday after a sometimes-shaky 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan.
Azarenka, herself a two-time Australian Open champion, struggled on serve at times and gave up three breaks to Gasparyan. However, the Belarusian won six straight games from 3-4 in the first set to 3-0 in the second to get the victory.
Medvedev beats Raonic to reach semifinals in Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev reached the semifinals at the Brisbane International by beating Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.
The score was level at 4-4 in the third when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from the 2016 Brisbane champion.
Medvedev will next play 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Krunic wins Beijing opener after losing first nine games
BEIJING (AP) — Unseeded Aleksandra Krunic made a remarkable comeback to oust sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina in the first round of the China Open on Saturday.
Krunic dropped the first nine games of the match and was down 4-1 in the second set before prevailing 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
In another stunner, fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova was upset by unseeded Daria Gavrilova of Australia 6-2, 6-1.
Gavrilova saved six of seven break points and broke serve six times to oust the two-time Wimbledon champion.
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.
Hsieh overpowers Anisimova to win Japan Women’s Open title
Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei overpowered American qualifier Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Japan Women's Open.
Second-seeded Hsieh converted five of six break points against the 17-year-old Anisimova, who was playing in her first WTA final.
Anisimova, who turned 17 just two weeks ago, was the youngest player to reach a final since 16-year-old Donna Vekic at Tashkent in 2012 and Birmingham in 2013.
Anisimova beats Zhang to reach her 1st final at age 17
TOKYO (AP) — American qualifier Amanda Anisimova is in her first WTA final at age 17 after upsetting top-seeded Zhang Shuai of China 7-6 (4), 7-5 at the Japan Women's Open on Saturday.
Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Anisimova hit two fierce winners down the line and went on to win with her first match point as Zhang's backhand went long.
Anisimova, who turned 17 just two weeks ago, is the youngest player to reach a final since 16-year-old Donna Vekic at Tashkent in 2012 and Birmingham in 2013.
Kuznetsova saves 4 match points, tops Vekic at Citi Open
WASHINGTON (AP) — Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second title at the Citi Open, and first at any WTA tournament in two years, by erasing four match points to beat Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Sunday.
The No. 7 seed Vekic was one point from victory four times in the second set but was not able to close it out.
Kuznetsova is a two-time Grand Slam champion, but she is currently ranked only 128th, the lowest spot for a women's champion at the hard-court tournament.
LONDON (AP) — Out of form and a set down to Grigor Dimitrov after just 23 minutes, Stan Wawrinka was just about the only person on Centre Court who believed he could win.
The three-time Grand Slam champion - whose ranking has fallen to 224 following knee surgery - proved himself right, rallying to defeat the sixth-seeded Dimitrov 1-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4 at Wimbledon on Monday to claim just his second Grand Slam victory since last year's Wimbledon.
LONDON (AP) — Sloane Stephens' Grand Slam career has fallen into an all-or-nothing pattern: She alternates runs to the final with first-round losses.
At Wimbledon on Monday, it was time for another early exit.
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 topic was the location of Maria Sharapova's upcoming third-round match at the French Open, and a reporter noted it likely will be at one of the tournament's main arenas, given that it involves 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova.
"Well," came the rejoinder, "there is also Sharapova."
Watson, Mertens, Tsurenko through to Hobart semifinals
HOBART, Australia (AP) — British qualifier Heather Watson won the first 11 games of the match in defeating Donna Vekic 6-0, 6-4 and advancing to the Hobart International semifinals on Thursday.
Leading 5-0 in the second set, Vekic won four games in a row before Watson clinched it.
"I knew she'd change something and swing freely because you've got nothing to lose at that point," Watson said. "I just had to stick with her."
Flipkens beats Vekic at ASB Classic in Auckland
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Donna Vekic became the first seeded player ousted at the ASB Tennis Classic when she lost 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 to Belgium's Kristen Flipkens on Monday in a rain-interrupted first-round match.
After losing a first set which was punctuated by rain delays and a five-minute break when Flipkens sought treatment for an injured shoulder, the eighth-seeded Vekic seemed to hold the upper hand, sweeping the second set in 34 minutes.
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: Sharapova through to US Open round of 16
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament (all times local):
Maria Sharapova has beaten American Sofia Kenin 7-5, 6-2 to reach the U.S. Open round of 16.
Sharapova, who received a wild card to appear in her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping ban, struggled at times with the counterpunching, moonballing Kenin, who committed less than half of the Russian's 33 unforced errors.
Konta looking forward after Wimbledon semifinal exit
LONDON (AP) — When she looks back at her career, Johanna Konta hopes that this year's Wimbledon tournament won't be the highlight.
Konta, who was trying to become the first British woman to win the Wimbledon title since Virginia Wade in 1977, lost to five-time champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday.
"Well, in years to come, hopefully I've gone further, as well," the 26-year-old Konta said, reflecting on her tournament. "How about we talk about that in years to come?"
Vekic beats Konta in 3 sets to win Nottingham final
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Unseeded Donna Vekic recovered from a poor start to beat top-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain 2-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 Sunday in the Aegon Open final for her second singles title.
Eighth-ranked Konta looked to have overcome a mid-match wobble as she recovered to lead her Croatian opponent 5-4 in the final set but Vekic struck back again.
Konta, playing her first career final on grass, broke the 20-year-old Vekic in the first game and powered through the opening set.
Donna Vekic of Croatia came up with late service breaks in both sets to defeat Charleston touring tennis professional Shelby Rogers, 6-4, 6-3, on Tuesday in the opening round of the grass-court WTA Tour event in Nottingham, England.
Venus Williams loses first match since Australian Open final
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Venus Williams lost her first match since the Australian Open to Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1 in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Thursday.
Seeded fourth, Williams showed none of the spark which took her to the Australian Open final last weekend, failing to record a single winner in the opening set compared to 15 for her French opponent.
Agnieszka Radwanska advances to 2nd round at Tianjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska moved into the second round of the Tianjin Open by beating Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday.
Radwanska, who won the China Open last week, broke Maria four times and saved the only break point she faced.
Second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeated Donna Vekic 7-5, 6-4 in the second round and will next play Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka, a 6-2, 7-6 (4) winner over Lucie Hrdecka.