CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Defending champion Kiki Bertens and third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, both among the top 10 players in the world, lost Thursday at the Volvo Car Open.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Top-seeded American Sloane Stephens outlasted Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) to advance Tuesday at the WTA's Volvo Car Open.
Mertens upsets Halep in Qatar Open final for biggest title
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Unseeded Elise Mertens came from a set and a break down to beat recent No. 1 Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and capture the biggest title of her career on Saturday.
Halep led 6-3, 2-0, then lost a service game for a third time to see the second set back on serve. Mertens continued to pressure, missing two more break chances in the seventh game but finally breaking — to love — in the ninth. The set was the first Mertens took from Halep in three matchups.
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 beats Barty in Sydney International women’s final
SYDNEY (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women's singles final on Saturday at the Sydney International.
Barty led the deciding set 3-0 before Kvitova began a comeback to win her 26th WTA title.
Barty beat No. 1 Simona Halep, No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise Mertens on her way to the final.
Kvitova apologized to Barty and the crowd for spoiling the Australian's Sydney party.
Ashleigh Barty into Sydney International singles final
SYDNEY (AP) — Ashleigh Barty continued her strong run at the Sydney International with a semifinal win over Kiki Bertens, beating the Dutch player 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 Friday.
Barty withstood 15 aces from Bertens in the 2-hour, 18-minute match to advance to her second consecutive final in Sydney.
She will play two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Serbian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2.
Sasnovich, Barty through to Sydney International semifinals
SYDNEY (AP) — Aliaksandra Sasnovich advanced to the Sydney International semifinals by beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.
The 33rd-ranked Sasnovich reached the quarterfinals last week in Brisbane.
Sasnovich will next face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 in a match twice suspended by rain.
Muguruza opens Sydney event with win over Suarez Navarro
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday after a day interrupted by rain at the Sydney International.
Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, had a rare win on Australian soil when she rallied to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, a confidence-boosting result for the local hope ahead of the Australian Open, which starts next week.
Osaka retires with injury, Bertens reaches WTA semifinals
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka finished her debut appearance at the WTA Finals on Friday with an injury and an 0-3 record.
Osaka was trailing Kiki Bertens 6-3 when she retired from the match with an upper left leg injury.
Bertens was awarded a straight-set victory and has advanced to the semifinals.
"I hurt my left hamstring in the first match," Osaka said. "It was just getting worse and worse every time I played.
Kerber, Stephens win in 3 sets at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber both earned three-set victories at the WTA Finals on Wednesday to leave their group wide open ahead of the last round.
Stephens, who is making her debut at the year-end event, beat Kiki Bertens 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 for her second straight victory in round-robin play.
Earlier, Kerber held her nerve and her serve to beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 after saving 13 of the 18 break points she faced, including five in the final game of the first set.
Svitolina and Pliskova win opening matches at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina secured opening round-robin match wins at the WTA Finals on Sunday.
Pliskova, who now leads the tour with 48 wins this season, defeated defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 6-4 in the second match.
Pliskova saved all 10 break points she faced in the match, including two when serving for the match in the final game. The Czech closed out the match on a third match point with an ace.
Osaka drawn with 2 other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for the end-of-season tournament starting on Sunday.
Top-ranked Simona Halep withdraws from WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Women's Tennis Association said Thursday that No. 1-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the WTA Finals because of a lower back injury.
Halep's withdrawal means Kiki Bertens has qualified for the final spot, joining Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina in Singapore for the $7 million tournament from Oct. 21-28.
Pliskova and Svitolina secure spots at WTA Finals
MOSCOW (AP) — Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina secured the last two places at the season-ending WTA Finals despite neither winning a match on Wednesday.
The fifth-ranked Pliskova lost to Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-2 at the Kremlin Cup, giving the idle Svitolina a spot in the tournament in Singapore. Kiki Bertens then lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 a short time later, handing Pliskova the final spot.
Kiki Bertens wins Korea Open in 3 sets over Ajla Tomljanovic
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kiki Bertens won her third WTA Tour singles title of the season on Sunday and denied Ajla Tomljanovic her career first with a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 win over the Croatian-born Australian.
The second-seeded Bertens, who won the final six games of the match, was a service break down twice in the first set, but fought back to level and then dominated the tiebreaker thanks to a strong first serve.
Bertens, Tomljanovic in Seoul final
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ajla Tomljanovic has ended Hsieh Su-wei's eight-match winning streak with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over the Taiwanese player on Saturday at the Korea Open.
Hsieh won last week's Japan Women's Open at Hiroshima and the first three rounds in Seoul.
In Sunday's final, Tomljanovic will play second-seeded Kiki Bertens, who beat No. 3 Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-2 in an earlier semifinal Saturday.
Alexandrova beats top-seeded Ostapenko at Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ekaterina Alexandrova broke top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko's serve five times Friday to beat the defending champion 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-delayed match at the Korea Open.
Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, had reached the quarterfinals or better at six tournaments this year, including the Wimbledon semifinals. Alexandrova came into the match with a 1-7 career record in round-of-16 matches at WTA-level events.
Bertens, Minella advance to quarterfinals at Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Second-seeded Kiki Bertens advanced to the quarterfinals of the rain-hit Korea Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 6-4, 7-5 Thursday.
Bertens broke the Slovenian player's serve at 5-5 in the second set and held in the next game.
Also, Mandy Minella beat Australian qualifier Priscilla Hon 6-4, 6-3. The 20-year-old Hon was trying to make it to the Seoul quarterfinals for the second straight year as a qualifier.
Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko reaches 2nd round of Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Korea Open on Wednesday.
Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, broke her opponent five times while notching up 32 winners to 29 unforced errors.
"She's a very good player and very consistent," Ostapenko said. "Today was a good match for me, especially for the first round because first rounds are always tough."
Sakkari cruises to comfortable opening win at Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Third-seeded Maria Sakkari has had a 6-0, 6-1 win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in just over an hour to advance to the round of 16 at the Korea Open.
In other first-round matches Monday, Stefanie Voegele had a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over South Korean wildcard entry Choi Ji-hee and Tamara Zidansek beat fellow Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1, 6-3.
No. 1 Halep withdraws from final tune-up for US Open
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Connecticut Open, citing a sore right Achilles tendon.
The Romanian was scheduled to play Tuesday in New Haven, but says in a statement her Achilles is sore from "two weeks of many matches and I need to recover in time for the U.S. Open."
Halep won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Aug. 12 and advanced to the finals in Cincinnati, losing in three sets Sunday to Kiki Bertens at the Western & Southern Open.
Sloane Stephens reaches Rogers Cup semifinals
MONTREAL (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens romped into the Rogers Cup semifinals Friday, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-2.
The 25-year-old Stephens, ranked No. 3 in the world, won a hard-court title in Miami in March and lost the French Open final to top-ranked Simona Halep. In the semifinals, the American will face fifth-seeded defending champion Elina Svitolina.
Svitolina beat 14th-seeded Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-3 in the late match.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Kirsten Flipkens ended Kiki Bertens' bid for a third straight Nuremberg Cup title on Friday with a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) win in the quarterfinals.
The Belgian player rallied after losing the opening set to end Bertens' 13-match winning run after two hours and 34 minutes. Flipkens advances to a semifinal against Alison Riske of the United States. It will be Flipkens' second career clay-court semifinal.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Yulia Putintseva came from a set down to defeat top-seeded Sloane Stephens 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in a match played over two days in the first round of the Nuremberg Cup.
Their match has been suspended due to darkness at 3-3 in the final set on Tuesday, and Putintseva went on to win the tiebreaker after both traded breaks.
The Kazakh player was due to face another American, Alison Riske, in the second round later Wednesday.
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.
MADRID (AP) — When Petra Kvitova thought she couldn't go on, the Czech hit the critical shots to finally edge Kiki Bertens and claim a record third Madrid Open title on Saturday.
Kvitova outlasted Bertens 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 in a grueling final decided when the unseeded Dutch player hit a backhand long on the final point after nearly three hours.
Bertens powers past Goerges to win Charleston title
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Kiki Bertens felt fortunate to escape a tough semifinal match with a victory Sunday morning. She wasn't going to let things get so tight later on in the biggest match of her career.
Rain postpones Volvo Car Open semifinals
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It will be a jam-packed finish for the Volvo Car Open on Sunday after Saturday's semifinals were postponed because of rain.
Organizers called a halt to a soggy Saturday after several weather delays. No. 5 seeded Julia Goerges of Germany and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, the eighth seed, began their opening set and were tied at 4-all when the match was postponed.
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.
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — A tearful Kiki Bertens used an emotional change of ends in the deciding set of the Gstaad Ladies Championship final to beat Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Sunday.
Leading 2-1 in the third set, the second-seeded Bertens sobbed tears in her chair as she talked with her coach, Raemon Sluiter.
Bertens then won four straight games to clinch the title against the third-seeded Estonian.
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Second-seeded Kiki Bertens beat her doubles partner in the Gstaad Ladies Championship quarterfinals on Friday.
Bertens, ranked No. 35, overcame six double-faults and broke fifth-seeded Johanna Larsson's serve twice in each set to win 6-4, 6-4.
They were back in action later Friday as the top-seeded pair in the doubles competition at the clay-court event.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Kiki Bertens defended her Nuremberg Cup title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova in the clay-court tournament final on Saturday.
Top-seeded Bertens had little difficulty against the 254th-ranked Krejcikova, hitting seven aces to win in under an hour at the French Open warmup.
The 21-year-old Krejcikova was playing her seventh match of the week and her first WTA singles final.
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) — 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.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Home favorite Laura Siegemund was forced to withdraw during her second-round match at the Nuremberg Cup on Wednesday, while top-seeded Kiki Bertens and Yulia Putintseva both advanced.
The fourth-seeded Siegemund suffered a right knee injury with the score 5-5 in the second set against Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic. Siegemund, who was assisted with a stretcher off the court, had won the opening set 6-4.
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."
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone captured her eighth career title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over fourth-seeded Lara Arruabarrena at the Claro Open Colsanitas on Saturday, showing she still has plenty of good tennis left in her as she winds down her career.
The 36-year-old Schiavone hadn't won a main-draw WTA match all year before stunning 2016 French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens and three other seeded players to win her first title since last year's Rio Open.