INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Johanna Konta and Americans Amanda Anisimova and Lauren Davis won first-round matches as women's play began at the BNP Paribas Open.
Midnight run: Muguruza edges Konta at 3 a.m. in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Better late than never, right?
Garbine Muguruza finally won what is believed to be the latest-starting match in Australian Open history, edging Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 in an after-midnight marathon that began at 12:30 a.m. and concluded at 3:12 a.m. on Friday.
The Latest: Muguruza wins match after 3 a.m. in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):
An Australian Open match that began after midnight is finally over — and didn't end until past 3 a.m.
In what is believed to be the latest start in tournament history, Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta got going at 12:30 a.m. because of lengthy matches earlier. They then played three sets across more than 2½ hours, concluding at 3:12 a.m.
Konta beats Mertens at Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Johanna Konta of Britain upset seventh-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday.
Making up a 30-place rankings gap to the 14th-ranked Mertens, Konta took full advantage of Mertens' wayward serving to win 6-3, 7-5.
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.
Suarez Navarro, Sabalenka reach Connecticut Open final
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Carla Suarez Navarro will play for the Connecticut Open championship, despite completing just one full match this week and playing less than four sets.
The 29-year-old Spaniard advanced Friday when Monica Puig of Puerto Rico retired during their first set of their semifinal with an abdominal injury.
Suarez Navarro will face Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who upset fifth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the first semifinal.
Williams wins Cincinnati opener; Murray first-round victim
MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career, cruising past Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 at the Western & Southern Open on Monday.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner who returned to the tour this year after the birth of her first child, needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova. She'll face eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in Tuesday's second round.
Serena Williams says she's been struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new moms to know they are "totally normal."
The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, last Tuesday. She then withdrew from this week's Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons.
MONTREAL (AP) — Serena Williams has pulled out of next week's Rogers Cup hard-court tournament, citing personal reasons.
The tournament announced Williams' withdrawal on Saturday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion is coming off the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, on Tuesday.
Azarenka eases into quarterfinals; Muguruza withdraws
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Victoria Azarenka, a former world No. 1, eased past lucky-loser Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-0 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
Azarenka broke the Russian teenager's serve six times to advance to face American qualifier Danielle Collins, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 winner over Vera Lapko of Belarus.
Blinkova replaced Garbine Muguruza in the draw after the top-seeded Spaniard withdrew because of a right arm injury.
Serena Williams loses in most lopsided defeat of career
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams walked off the court offering waves to a supportive Bay Area crowd that certainly didn't expect to see the 23-time Grand Slam champion's early exit.
In the most lopsided defeat of her career, Williams' disappointing night ended in less than an hour as she lost her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Tuesday night to Johanna Konta, 6-1, 6-0.
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.
Fed Cup: Japan wins decisive doubles to beat Britain 3-2
MIKI, Japan (AP) — Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya beat Johanna Konta and Heather Watson 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in doubles on Sunday to give Japan a 3-2 win over Britain in their Fed Cup World Group playoff.
Konta beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-3 in the first reverse singles to give Britain a 2-1 lead after the two countries split the opening singles matches on Saturday.
Fed Cup: Japan and Britain 1-1 after opening day
MIKI, Japan (AP) — Johanna Konta has leveled Britain's Fed Cup World Group playoff against Japan with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kurumi Nara on Saturday.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the second set, Konta broke Nara to lead 5-2 and then served for the win to level the playoff at 1-1.
Naomi Osaka, who claimed her first WTA title at Indian Wells in March, hit 11 aces to beat Heather Watson 6-2, 6-3 in the opening singles.
No comeback for Kasatkina as Svitolina wins again in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Elina Svitolina retained her Dubai Championships title on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-0 win over unseeded Daria Kasatkina, who was finally unable to make a comeback.
It was the 11th singles title for the 23-year-old Svitolina, who had won a tour-high five titles in 2017, and added Brisbane to that list earlier this year. The fourth-ranked Ukrainian improved to 14-2 for the year.
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.
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.
Nastase tennis bans reduced 8 months on appeal, fine doubled
LONDON (AP) — Ilie Nastase had two tennis bans reduced by eight months and his fine doubled to $20,000 on Wednesday following his appeal of International Tennis Federation sanctions for foul-mouthed comments and misconduct as the Romanian Fed Cup captain.
Even without Serena, Aussie Open women’s field still tough
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.
Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did it last year.
Just don't describe the first Grand Slam of the year as "more open" than usual.
Kerber beats Venus Williams at Sydney International
SYDNEY (AP) — Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber won her sixth consecutive match of the new season, beating second-seeded Venus Williams 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday in a Sydney International match delayed for two hours by a thunderstorm.
Kerber, who dropped to No.22 following a poor 2017 season, needed to save two match points before beating Lucie Safarova in three sets on Monday. She won four consecutive singles matches at the Hopman Cup last week.
Konta beats Keys; Svitolina advances in Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Johanna Konta opened her season with a tough 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys at the Brisbane International on Monday.
Fifth-seeded Konta entered the Australian Open tuneup tournament after losing her last four matches in 2017, including a first-round exit at the U.S. Open.
Johanna Konta splits from coach, cuts short 2017 season
LONDON (AP) — Johanna Konta has split from her coach and says she will not play in the remaining tennis tournaments this season while she recovers from a foot injury.
The British player started working with Wim Fissette ahead of the 2017 season, during which she won the Miami Open and reached the Wimbledon semifinals in July.
Konta said in a statement released Wednesday it was a "mutual decision" to split with Fissette and that she feels "very excited and optimistic about the future."
Garcia secures WTA Finals spot after injured Konta withdraws
MOSCOW (AP) — The WTA says Johanna Konta has withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup next week, meaning Caroline Garcia has secured the eighth and last berth in the WTA Finals.
Konta still isn't ready to play after a left foot injury forced her out of the Hong Kong Open this month.
Konta was ranked a career-high fourth in July after reaching the Wimbledon semifinals. But the British player lost her first match at her last five tournaments, sending her to 10th.
American Rogers prevails in longest US Open women’s match
NEW YORK (AP) — Shelby Rogers knew she was in for a tough match, facing a quick opponent who runs down a lot of shots.
More than 3 1/2 hours later, she finally won it.
The 62nd-ranked American prevailed in the longest women's match in U.S. Open history, beating No. 25 Daria Gavrilova of Australia 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Thursday in the second round.
"I didn't feel like it was the longest match ever," Rogers said. "But it's starting to set in a little bit now. Going to be sore."
NEW YORK — Shelby Rogers did more than just prevail on Thursday in the U.S. Open's second round. She won the longest recorded women's singles match in U.S. Open history — and pulled off a big upset.
New No. 1 Pliskova opens with second-round win in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Karolina Pliskova began her run as world No. 1 on a positive note, beating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup.
The 25-year-old Czech, who had a first-round bye, extended her winning streak over the 19th-ranked player to five matches. She earned the No. 1 ranking when Johanna Konta beat Romania's Simona Halep in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Well, Andy Murray and Johanna Konta might have lost, but Britain is still guaranteed a champion at Wimbledon this year — in mixed doubles.
Andy's brother, Jamie, and Martina Hingis, who is Swiss, advanced to the final in mixed doubles, where they will face the defending champions, Heather Watson of Britain and Henri Kontinen of Finland.
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?"
LONDON (AP) — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams.
With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009.
At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Venus Williams has reached the Wimbledon final for the ninth time.
The five-time champion at the All England Club beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Centre Court, making her 9-1 in Wimbledon semifinals. The last time she reached the final was in 2009, and her only semifinal loss came last year.
Williams won her Wimbledon titles in 2000, '01, '05, '07 and '08.
Wife of Ilie Nastase announces she is divorcing him
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Suspended by the International Tennis Federation for his foul-mouthed outbursts, former tennis star Ilie Nastase is now facing a divorce.
Romanian media reported Thursday that Brigitte Nastase, his fourth wife, was filing for divorce because of financial help being given to his previous wife.
Nastase, a businesswoman and former model, said on Facebook she was unhappy that Nastase was still financially supporting her. Nastase has not commented.
LONDON (AP) — If past success were all that mattered when Venus Williams faces Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon semifinals, the matchup would be quite a mismatch.
For Williams, Thursday's semifinal will be her 10th at the All England Club. For Konta, it'll be her first — and the first for any British woman in 39 years.
For Williams, it'll be the 22nd Grand Slam semifinal of her career. For Konta, her second.
LONDON (AP) — With every victory at Wimbledon this week, Johanna Konta is teaching the British public more and more about its tennis history.
Tuesday's lesson involved Virginia Wade, the previous British woman to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon. Not too coincidentally, Wade was sitting in the Royal Box watching as Konta beat Simona Halep 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 to match that feat.
LONDON (AP) — Svetlana Kuznetsova noticed it. Her coach even complained about it during the second set.
But Garbine Muguruza said she was not being coached by her team during Tuesday's 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory at Wimbledon.
"It was pretty clear because we all speak Spanish here. She was talking to her all the time," Kuznetsova said. "It's her physio. I mean, I know she acts like this all the time. I don't think it's appropriate, but OK, I was focused on my game."