BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia advanced to the Fed Cup final for the first time in more than a quarter century after Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur beat Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian Ashleigh Barty beat doubles partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-6 (2), 6-3 to level their Fed Cup semifinal at 1-1 on Saturday.
Fed Cup semifinal: Azarenka to play Ash Barty in singles
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Samantha Stosur will open against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus when singles play begins in a Fed Cup semifinal Saturday on hard courts at Pat Rafter...
Top seed Svitolina advances to 2nd round at Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) — Top-seeded Elina Svitolina kept alive her chances of reaching the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating Australian wild card Priscilla Hon 6-2, 6-3 at the Hong Kong Open on Tuesday.
Fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza gave herself a belated birthday present by defeated Spanish compatriot Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 6-1.
The Latest: Vandeweghe, Barty knock out top seeds in doubles
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
The 13th-seeded pair of CoCo Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty upset the top-seeded duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 7-6 (6) to reach the U.S. Open women's doubles final.
Krejcikova and Siniakova won the Wimbledon doubles title in July.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is ranked just below the cutoff for direct entry into the year's last Grand Slam tournament.
Azarenka, a former No. 1 and twice the champion at the Australian Open, is No. 108 this week, seven spots outside of an automatic spot in the main draw.
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International by beating Pauline Parmentier 6-1, 6-4 Wednesday.
Chasing a second career title, Barty hit 19 winners and saved every break point she faced.
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) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova withdrew from her home Prague Open because of a right thigh injury on Monday.
Pliskova won the Stuttgart Open on Sunday for her 10th-career WTA title, and the previous week helped the Czech Republic beat Germany in Stuttgart in the Fed Cup semifinals.
Pliskova was due to face her sister Krystina in the first round. Her spot in the draw was taken by Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, and lucky loser Tamara Korpatsch of Germany came into the main draw.
WOLLONGONG, Australia (AP) — Ashleigh Barty has leveled Australia's Fed Cup World Group playoff against the Netherlands with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Quirine Lemoine on indoor hard courts.
In the opening singles match Saturday, Lesley Kerkhove upset Samantha Stosur 7-5, 7-6 (1). Stosur had her chance to get back into the match, holding two break points in the eighth game of the second set, but she allowed Kerkhove to win the next four points and then was outclassed in the tiebreaker.
Fed Cup: Barty, Stosur to play singles for Australia
WOLLONGONG, Australia (AP) — Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur were named to play both singles and doubles for Australia against the Netherlands in their Fed Cup World Group playoff beginning Saturday.
Australia captain Alicia Molik on Friday overlooked the 24th-ranked Daria Gavrilova, ranked 32 places above 2011 U.S. Open champion Stosur.
Stosur will face Lesley Kerkhove in the first match on Saturday before Barty takes on Quirine Lemoine in the second on indoor hard courts.
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).
Stosur loses in first round at Brisbane; Murray nears return
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian Samantha Stosur's year ended on a sour note after she was bundled out of her home state tournament by Brisbane International seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova on Sunday.
The former US Open champion and French open finalist had opportunities against her 27-year-old Latvian opponent in the first set, but was completely outplayed by Sevastova in the second set to be eliminated 6-1 6-3 in the first round.
Diyas beats Kato to win 1st WTA title at Japan Women’s Open
TOKYO (AP) — Zarina Diyas won her first WTA title on Sunday, beating home favorite Miyu Kato 6-2, 7-5 to take the Japan Women's Open title.
In a final made up of two qualifiers, the 23-year-old Diyas broke Kato in the first game before a double fault from the Japanese player at 4-2 allowed the Kazakhstani to serve out for the set.
Diyas broke again in the 11th game of the second set to go up 6-5 before serving out to secure the title.
PARIS - Garbine Muguruza did not take kindly to the way spectators pulled for her opponent - her French opponent, mind you - at the French Open.
So after her title defense ended with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 loss to 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic at a packed and rowdy Court Suzanne Lenglen on a surprise-filled Sunday that left zero past Grand Slam champions in the women's field, Muguruza walked toward the locker room while wagging a finger toward the stands, as if to say, "Tsk, tsk!"
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Defending champion Caroline Garcia of France survived an early scare to beat Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets on Thursday and reach the semifinals of the Strasbourg International.
The fifth-seeded Garcia fought back from a double-break down at 5-1 and saved six set points on her way to a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory.
Garcia will next face Daria Gavrilova after she beat fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5).
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.
After Wednesday night's storms blew through the Lowcountry, players at the Volvo Car Open found a new opponent Thursday on the courts of the Family Circle Tennis Center.
Wind. And lots of it.
Gusting breezes played havoc with shots Thursday, as 2010 VCO champ Samantha Stosur can attest.
Former champions and top seeds are falling quickly at the Volvo Car Open on Daniel Island.
Samantha Stosur, who won here in 2010 and was seeded sixth this year, was knocked off by No. 10 seed Irina-Camelia Begu in Thursday's first match at Volvo Car Stadium.
Stosur, ranked No. 17, fell in straight sets by 7-5, 6-3 to Begu, a 26-year-old Romanian ranked No. 33.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Playing her first match on clay in almost a year, Jelena Jankovic felt right at home on Daniel Island.
Krystyna Pliskova upsets Vinci to reach 2nd round in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Krystyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic came from a set down to upset 16th-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday.
The 58th-ranked Pliskova, who played under the watchful eye of her twin sister, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova, was facing defeat as Vinci served for the match at 6-3, 5-4.
But Pliskova won the next four games, and then broke Vinci's serve in the sixth game of the third set to secure the victory.
Angelique Kerber advances to 2nd round in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AP) — Top-ranked Angelique Kerber overcame five double-faults and fought off eight break points before beating Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the Hong Kong Open on Tuesday.
Kerber is trying to win her fourth title of the year. She will next play Louisa Chirico of the United States.
Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki also advanced to the second round, beating Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-4, and seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic defeated Samantha Crawford 6-3, 6-1.