Strong start, finish lift Serena past Bouchard in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams figured it was important to get off to a strong start against Eugenie Bouchard in the Australian Open's second round Thursday.
"Serena," she said she told herself beforehand, "you've got to come out hot; you've got to come out firing."
American Sofia Kenin advances to Hobart International final
HOBART, Australia (AP) — American Sofia Kenin advanced to the Hobart International final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Alize Cornet on Friday.
Kenin will play Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who Belinda Bencic 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 in an earlier semifinal.
Kenin hasn't dropped a set at Hobart this week and beat top-seeded Caroline Garcia in the opening round.
Bouchard wins in 1st round at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard launched a new season Monday with a commanding 6-3, 6-3 win over America Madison Brengle in the first round of the WTA's ASB Classic.
Bouchard loses in 1st round of Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard was eliminated in the first round of the Tashkent Open on Monday, continuing another difficult season for the former Wimbledon finalist.
Bouchard lost to 2015 Tashkent champion Nao Hibino 6-3, 6-3 despite being a break up early in the second set.
Hibino will next face Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who beat Dejana Radanovic 6-3, 6-0.
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.
Top-seeded Zhang, No. 2 Hsieh advance at Japan Women’s Open
TOKYO (AP) — Top-seeded Zhang Shuai advanced to the second round of the Japan Women's Open on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Magdalena Frech of Poland.
Zhang will next face Japan's Nao Hibino, who beat former finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-4. Bouchard, who had a career-high No. 5 ranking in 2014 when she reached the Wimbledon final, lost in the second round at the U.S. Open and was in Japan aiming to return to the top 100 after an inconsistent season.
Minella reaches first WTA final 9 months after baby
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Mandy Minella has a chance at becoming the third mother to win a WTA singles title in the last 12 months after reaching the Ladies Championships Gstaad final on Saturday.
Minella, of Luxembourg, overcame 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach her first career final at 32.
She will meet top-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who beat Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (5), 1-0 when the Canadian retired with a right thigh injury in their semifinal.
LONDON (AP) — Two-time French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky has pulled out of Wimbledon because of an injured lower right leg.
The All England Club said Saturday that Bacsinszky will be replaced in the field by Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia, who lost in the final round of qualifying to 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard.
Duque-Marino will face Alison Riske of the U.S. in the first round Tuesday. The winner of that match could face No. 6 seed Caroline Garcia in the second round.
Tennis association, player who fell settle liability lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Tennis Association and popular Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit on Friday, ending a trial at which she testified about slipping and falling on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and suffering a head injury.
Asked how she felt as she left the courthouse, Bouchard responded, "Just relief and happiness right now," adding she was ready to get back to playing tennis.
US Tennis Association deemed mostly liable for player’s fall
NEW YORK (AP) — The United States Tennis Association on Thursday was found mostly liable for when Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard slipped on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and hit her head, suffering what she said was a "serious head injury" that changed the course of her career.
Tennis star Bouchard testifies about slip, fall at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard took the witness stand on Wednesday in her negligence lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association, describing how she slipped and fell on a wet locker room floor at the U.S. Open in 2015.
Bouchard had just played in a mixed doubles match when she returned to the locker room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens shortly after 10 p.m. Minutes later, she fell on the tile floor of a physiotherapy room inside the locker room.
Wang overpowers Bouchard to reach Taiwan Open semifinals
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Yafan Wang defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Taiwan Open on Friday.
Wang took advantage of six double-faults by the 2014 Wimbledon finalist and will next face fourth-seeded Timea Babos, who beat Magda Linette 6-1, 6-3.
Sabine Lisicki, in her first tournament since returning from offseason knee surgery, rallied from a set down to beat Monica Niculescu 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Bouchard beats Bogdan to reach Taiwan Open quarterfinals
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the quarterfinals of the Taiwan Open by beating Ana Bogdan 7-5, 7-5 Thursday.
Bouchard broke Bogdan to 6-5 and then converted her second match point. She will next face Yafan Wang, who defeated Pauline Parmetier 6-3, 6-3.
Fourth-seeded Timea Babos beat Dalila Jakupovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 and also advanced. Babos will next face seventh-seeded Magda Linette, who defeated Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3).
Eugenie Bouchard beaten in 1st round at Hobart International
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard's poor run of form continued Monday when she was beaten by Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Hobart International.
Former Wimbledon finalist Bouchard was eliminated from the Australian Open warm-up event after losing 6-4, 6-3.
It was the latest in a long sequence of early losses for the Canadian, who was named the most improved player in women's professional tennis after reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014.
Germany one win away from Hopman Cup final vs Switzerland
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam singles champion Angelique Kerber beat Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to put Germany one win away from a Hopman Cup final against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
Alexander Zverev played Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis in men's singles later Friday. A win by Zverev would clinch a spot in the final Saturday at Perth Arena against the Swiss pair.
Germany improves to 2-0 at Hopman Cup with win over Canada
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber gave Germany its second consecutive win at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis tournament with singles victories Wednesday over Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Eugenie Bouchard.
No. 4-ranked Zverev beat Pospisil 6-4, 6-2 and Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open champion, defeated Bouchard 6-1, 6-3. Germany also won the Fast4 mixed doubles 4-3, 4-3.
Australia beat Canada to open Hopman Cup campaign
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis each won their singles matches to give Australia a perfect start to its mixed team Hopman Cup campaign against Canada at Perth Arena on Sunday.
Gavrilova claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win over Eugenie Bouchard, before Kokkinakis wrapped up the Group A tie for Australia by beating world No.108 Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6. 6-3 in the men's singles rubber.
Roger Federer back for Switzerland at Hopman Cup team event
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer will return to partner Belinda Bendic for Switzerland at the Hopman Cup, while Japan will make its first appearance in 16 years at the international mixed team event.
After the last Hopman Cup, Federer went on to win the Australian Open and Wimbledon, his 18th and 19th Grand Slam singles titles.
Two-time Grand Slam singles Angelique Kerber will represent Germany with ATP No. 4 Alexander Zverev, tournament officials said Wednesday.
Still suing US Open, Bouchard ‘surprised’ to play in Ashe
NEW YORK (AP) — Even Eugenie Bouchard did not expect to find herself playing a U.S. Open match in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.
Top-seeded Radwanska gets past Bouchard at Connecticut Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska survived a second-set comeback bid from Eugenie Bouchard to advance to the quarterfinals of the Connecticut Open on Tuesday.
The 10th-ranked Radwanska, who won the title in New Haven last year, defeated Bouchard 6-3, 7-5 in 1 hour, 45 minutes. The Polish veteran is 4-0 in her career against the Canadian, who needed a wild card to enter the tournament.
Bouchard fought off two match points but was broken while serving to force a tiebreak.
Zhang upsets Kvitova in first round of Connecticut Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Petra Kvitova's final tuneup for the U.S. Open ended with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Shuai Zhang of China in the first round of the Connecticut Open on Monday night.
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion and a three-time champion in New Haven, is just 4-4 on hard courts this season. The Czech player returned to the tour at the French Open in May after she was stabbed during a home invasion in December, leaving her dominant left hand seriously injured.
NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and John Isner will headline World TeamTennis, which begins its 42nd season on Sunday.
Williams, who finished runner-up at Wimbledon on Saturday, will play her sixth season for the Washington Kastles. She'll travel to Philadelphia to face the Freedoms on July 24 and be home for the Springfield (Missouri) Lasers on July 25.
The six-team coed league also features Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey and Australian Nick Kyrgios on the Kastles.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Kiki Bertens will face Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova in the final of the Nuremberg Cup.
The 254th-ranked Krejcikova upset Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to end the Romanian's debut at the clay-court tournament, and Bertens advanced in the other semifinal on Friday when Misaki Doi became the sixth player to retire.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard has withdrawn from the Nuremberg Cup tennis tournament with a right ankle injury.
The 2014 champion informed tournament director Sandra Reichel of her decision late Monday, when an MRT scan showed she had torn a ligament in training the previous week.
The injury put the Canadian's participation in the French Open in doubt.
"She told me she needs a miracle," Reichel said Tuesday. "She sent for her doctor from Canada."
Sharapova more disappointed to lose early than to detractor
MADRID (AP) — To Maria Sharapova, the most disappointing part of leaving the Madrid Open was doing so in the second round.
Not losing to arch critic Eugenie Bouchard.
Sharapova will more than likely meet Bouchard again, and have another shot at beating the Canadian who wanted her banned for life for doping last year and openly called her a cheater.
More important for Sharapova for now was tournament play, winning matches, getting match fit and her ranking up to where it was before her 15-month ban.
Bouchard eliminates Sharapova at Madrid Open
MADRID (AP) — Motivated more than usual, Eugenie Bouchard used her game to send a message to Maria Sharapova by defeating the Russian 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling second-round match at the Madrid Open on Monday.
Bouchard, one of the most outspoken players against Sharapova's return to tennis following a doping ban, jumped up and down after converting her second match point in just under three hours.
The players casually shook hands at the net and exchanged brief plaudits.
Grudge match: Sharapova to play Bouchard in Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Maria Sharapova's reward for advancing to the second round of the Madrid Open on Sunday is a match against Eugenie Bouchard, one of the most outspoken players against the Russian's return after a doping ban.
Sharapova recovered from a shaky opening to defeat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the first round.
Bouchard: ‘Cheater’ Sharapova should be banned for life
ISTANBUL (AP) — If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life.
The 2014 Wimbledon finalist from Canada, called Sharapova a cheater upon the Russian's return from a 15-month doping suspension.
Sharapova has already been slammed by other players who are unhappy that the five-time Grand Slam champion has been given wild-card entries to some tournaments.
Volvo Car Open Notes: Shelby Rogers makes homecourt edge work
The homecourt advantage doesn't always apply in tennis.
Just ask WTA Tour stars Samantha Stosur and Eugenie Bouchard.
Stosur, winner of eight WTA Tour titles, more than $16 million in prize money and the 2011 U.S. Open, has never made it past the fourth round in her "hometown" tournament, the Australian Open. She's lost in the first round the last two years.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Ashleigh Barty stretched her winning streak to eight matches by handing former top-5 player Eugenie Bouchard a fourth consecutive loss, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the first round of the Miami Open on Wednesday.
Barty claimed the last three games of the match between two past junior Wimbledon champions whose careers have both been filled with ups and downs.
Gigi Fernandez to coach New York Empire tennis team
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Famer Gigi Fernandez has been hired as coach of the New York Empire of World TeamTennis.
The league said Thursday she is succeeding Patrick McEnroe. Fernandez is the only female coach in the six-team league, whose season runs from July 16 to Aug. 2.
Fernandez won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles from 1983 to 1997. The Puerto Rican won two Olympic gold medals in doubles for the U.S.
Jack Sock to play for Missouri squad in World Team Tennis
NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Sock will play for the Springfield (Missouri) Lasers in World Team Tennis after he was selected first in the preliminary draft.
He won gold in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics and is the highest-ranked American man at No. 21 in the summer league.
John Isner, Eugenie Bouchard and Mardy Fish will head to the New York Empire. Andy Roddick and Sloane Stephens will join the Philadelphia Freedoms.
The Latest: Late start, fast finish for Eugenie Bouchard
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):
Eugenie Bouchard was late starting her first-round match, so didn't waste any time in beating American Louisa Chirico 6-0, 6-4 in 56 minutes.
Konta advances to Sydney International final vs Radwanska
SYDNEY (AP) — Johanna Konta ended the strong run of wild-card entry Eugenie Bouchard at the Sydney International on Thursday, beating the Canadian 6-2, 6-2 to advance to Friday's final against Agnieszka Radwanska.
The Sydney-born British player, a surprise semifinalist at last year's Australian Open and seeded ninth for this year's Grand Slam tournament, broke Bouchard's service in the third game of the first set, then broke again to open the second.
Muller to meet defending champ Troicki in Sydney semifinals
SYDNEY (AP) — Gilles Muller beat second-seeded Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International semifinals against two-time defending champion Viktor Troicki.
Troicki was scheduled to face No. 5 Philipp Kohlschreiber in another quarterfinal Thursday, but the German player withdrew with a back injury, handing third-seeded Troicki a walkover into the last four.
Troicki is attempting to become the first player in the Open era to win three consecutive Sydney titles.
Wild-card entry Bouchard wins 1st-round match at Sydney
SYDNEY (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard made the most of her wild-card entry to the Sydney International, beating Zhang Shuai of China 7-6 (1), 6-2 on Sunday in a first-round match.
Bouchard, a 22-year-old former Wimbledon finalist, was beaten in the first round of the Brisbane International last week in her first warmup tournament for the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 16 and where she was a surprise semifinalist in 2014.
Rogers beats Bouchard in Brisbane International’s 1st round
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — American Shelby Rogers defeated 2012 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 on a steamy opening day of play at the Brisbane International on Sunday.
Temperatures reached in excess of 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) for most of the afternoon.
After a heat-enforced 10-minute break leading into the deciding set, Rogers dominated Bouchard to give American women a second victory Sunday in the first round.
4th-seeded Suarez Navarro advances, Bouchard beaten in Linz
LINZ, Austria (AP) — Fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro kept her hopes of qualifying for the WTA finals alive with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mona Barthel of Germany in the first round of the Generali Ladies on Tuesday.
The 12th-ranked Spaniard, who is 10th in the race for the eight-player season-ending event, dropped her opening service game on the only break point she faced in the match. She closed out the win by taking the last five games in a row.