HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Misaki Doi upset second-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to set up a rare all-Japanese final at the Japan Women's Open.
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Third-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Kirsten Flipkens on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Top-seeded Wang Qiang advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bronx Open with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Fiona Ferro on Wednesday.
PRAGUE (AP) — Anastasia Potapova rallied to beat second-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Prague Open.
ROUEN, France (AP) — Caroline Garcia beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-3 to draw France level at 1-1 with Romania after the opening singles matches of their Fed Cup semifinal on...
ROUEN, France (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic of France will face second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semifinal Saturday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Things were looking bad for Venus Williams, who was perilously close to an opening-round exit at the Australian Open for the fourth time in six years.
When she double-faulted twice in the span of three points, Williams suddenly trailed by a set and a break against 25th-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu. At that moment, 1½ hours into the match, all that separated Williams from defeat was one game. Just one.
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Belinda Bencic has followed up her title at the Hopman Cup with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over second-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round of the Hobart International.
Bencic, who combined with Roger Federer to win the international mixed teams event in Perth, Western Australia, on the weekend, kept up her successful start to the season in Australia's southern island state.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For a moment as she celebrated her first career title, an emotional, overjoyed Mihaela Buzarnescu stood on the court and made an apology for a tournament missing major star power.
No Serena Williams. No Venus. They each had early exits, leaving no Americans to cheer for Sunday in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
"I'm sorry that there was no American in the final but, well, I'm really happy to be on the poster next year so that's really amazing for me," she said.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mihaela Buzarnescu rallied past fourth-seeded Elise Mertens 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to set up a finals showdown against Maria Sakkari at the Silicon Valley Classic.
Fifth-seeded Buzarnescu got her third three-set victory of the tournament, ensuring she'll climb to at least No. 21 in the WTA rankings when they're released Monday. If she beats Sakkari in the final Sunday, she could improve to No. 20.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Sakkari of Greece upset third-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
Sakkari came back from 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second set. She advanced to face American Danielle Collins — with the winner reaching her first WTA final.
Collins, a two-time NCAA champion for Virginia, advanced after former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus retired midway through the second set due to injury.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams beat Heather Watson 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Thursday night in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
The third-seeded Williams is the highest-seeded player remaining in the event after defending champion Madison Keys joined top-seed Garbine Muguruza, a Wednesday scratch, on the sideline due to a right wrist injury.
Keys, an American, was slated to play Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over lucky-loser Magdalena Frech of Poland.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Top-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia returned to the Bucharest Open final after semifinal opponent Polona Hercog retired hurt after their first set on Saturday.
Sevastova won the set 6-1, and the eighth-seeded Hercog, of Slovenia, retired. Hercog started the match with her right thigh heavily strapped.
Sevastova also reached the Bucharest final in 2016, only to lose to local star Simona Halep on the clay.
PARIS (AP) — After acing her studies enough to earn a Ph.D., Mihaela Buzarnescu is back to acing opponents — all the way into the fourth round of the French Open.
MADRID (AP) — Two-time defending champion Simona Halep brushed aside Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-0 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday.
Top-seeded Halep recorded her 13th consecutive victory on Madrid's clay courts.
"I was moving great. I felt the game, I like to play on this court," Halep said. "Always when I come back here, I feel a little bit more relaxed, so maybe that's why I can touch my best level every time I play."
PRAGUE (AP) — Second-seeded Petra Kvitova came from a set down to beat seventh-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Prague Open final on Saturday.
It was the 23rd career WTA title for the two-time Wimbledon champion.
Kvitova broke Buzarnescu in the fourth game of the deciding set and held her serve for a 4-1 lead. The 10th-ranked Czech converted her first match point on clay on the way to her third title this year after wins at St. Petersburg and Qatar.
PRAGUE (AP) — Second-seeded Petra Kvitova advanced to the final of the Prague Open by beating Shuai Zhang 7-6 (6), 6-0 Friday.
Trailing 5-1, the two-time Wimbledon champion rallied before dominating the second set on the way to her 30th career final. Kvitova has not yet dropped a set in her debut in the tournament.
The Czech player will next face seventh-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania, who rallied to defeat Camila Giorgi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
PRAGUE (AP) — Second-seeded Petra Kvitova cruised into the quarterfinals of the Prague Open with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over unseeded Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva on Wednesday.
Kvitova will face fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova, who prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 over another Russian, Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Sixth-seeded Shuai Zhang of China eliminated Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-4, 6-4, wile seventh-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu dispatched another qualifier, Antonia Lottner of Germany, 6-0, 7-6 (7).
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) — Naomi Osaka of Japan and Daria Gavrilova of Australia were among the seeded players to advance in the opening round of the WTA's Volvo Car Open on Monday.
Osaka, seeded No. 10, topped Jennifer Brady of the United States, 6-4, 6-4. Gavrilova defeated Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Other seeds who moved on at the Daniel Island Tennis Center were No. 12 Kiki Bertens of Netherlands, No. 14 Alize Cornet of France and No. 15 Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania.
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Second-seeded Elise Mertens broke Mihaela Buzarnescu's serve in the opening game and went on to beat the Romanian 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 Saturday to win the Hobart International title for the second consecutive year.
The match started late due to rain and there were two lengthy stoppages during the match.
Buzarnescu was attempting to win her first WTA title at the age of 29.
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Elise Mertens will defend her Hobart International title in the final after eliminating 2015 champion Heather Watson 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 on Friday.
Mertens will play Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania, who has reached her maiden WTA final.
Buzarnescu beat fifth-seeded Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-2 in her second career semifinal. She is guaranteed to break into the top 50 rankings for the first time on Monday.
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Former champions Alize Cornet and Mona Barthel were ousted in the first round of the Hobart International on Sunday, each losing in straight sets.
Mihaela Buzarnescu beat fourth-seeded Cornet 6-2, 6-4 and Varvara Lepchenko had a 6-0, 7-6 (4) win over 2012 winner Barthel.
Cornet was hampered by an upper leg injury but said she didn't think it would be a concern for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 15.