Goerges rallies to reach Luxembourg quarters; Mertens loses
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Defending champion Julia Goerges of Germany came from a set down to beat Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Thursday in the second round of the Luxembourg Open.
Van Uytvanck beats Cirstea to win Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Alison Van Uytvanck won her second title of the season Saturday in a keenly fought final at the Tashkent Open against Sorana Cirstea.
Van Uytvanck to play Cirstea in Tashkent Open final
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Alison Van Uytvanck will aim to win her second WTA title of the season when she faces Sorana Cirstea in the final of the Tashkent Open.
NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan won the longest match of the WTA Tour season so far, overcoming Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-5, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) on Thursday...
Van Uytvanck’s loss extends run of different WTA winners
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — The season-long streak of having different winners at each WTA tour event will continue for another week after Alison Van Uytvanck lost in the second round of the...
Rain disrupts quarterfinals at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Rain disrupted play at the Shenzhen Open on Thursday with two quarterfinal matches suspended.
Qualifier Veronika Kudermetova was leading Vera Zvonareva 6-4 and Sorana Cirstea was leading Alison Riske 2-0 when play was stopped. The matches will resume on Friday.
In the other quarterfinal matches, top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka will take on fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova and Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu will meet Wang Yafan.
The Latest: Maria Sharapova moves into 3rd round at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
Maria Sharapova overcame a bit of a stumble and 10 double-faults to grab the last three games in a 6-2, 7-5 victory over 51st-ranked Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-2, 7-5 in the U.S. Open's second round.
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Danielle Collins is through to the second round of the Eastbourne International after beating British wild card Katie Swan on Sunday.
The 24-year-old American held off a comeback from the teenager to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Collins will play 16th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the second round. The two have met once before, with Suarez Navarro winning in straight sets in the round of 16 at Indian Wells in March.
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) — Sorana Cirstea rallied to defeat home favorite Andrea Petkovic 2-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Nuremberg Cup on Tuesday.
Petkovic was 2-0 up in the second set, but the sixth-seeded Romanian fought back and won the last four points in the tiebreaker to clinch the victory after 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Cirstea next faces American Madison Brengle, who defeated compatriot Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday.
Williams sisters win to set up clash at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams and sister Venus won at the BNP Paribas Open to set up a third-round clash in the desert tournament.
Serena got by No. 29 seed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the second round on Saturday in her return from a 14-month absence after giving birth to her first child. Venus preceded her younger sister on the stadium court and beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-4.
2nd-seeded Mertens advances to Hobart quarterfinals
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Elise Mertens beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance the Hobart International quarterfinals.
Mertens came from qualifying and No. 127 in the world in the 2017 Hobart event to win the title. She'll next meet last year's runner-up Monica Niculescu or American Varvara Lepchenko for a semifinal berth.
Mertens is the only seeded player left in her half of the draw and one of just three remaining in the tournament.
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Rohingya Muslims who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, including many children, waited on line to collect food aid near the Kutupalong refugee camp. Over the last month, an estimated 430,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh as their homes and villages were set on fire by mobs of soldiers and Buddhist monks. They have brought with them accounts of soldiers spraying their villages with gunfire.
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.
LONDON (AP) — Ilie Nastase, the captain of Romania's Fed Cup team, has been provisionally suspended from the competition for abusing players and the umpire during the playoff match against Britain.
The International Tennis Federation, which organizes the Fed Cup, said Sunday that Nastase "may not participate in the Fed Cup in any capacity with immediate effect."
Nastase ejected from Romania Fed Cup tie after tirade
CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase was thrown out of the playoff against Britain after abusing players and the umpire on Saturday.
The 70-year-old Nastase also publicly hurled insults at a British journalist in Constanta, a day after apparently making racially offensive comments about Serena Williams' pregnancy.
International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty condemned Nastase for his "unacceptable behavior," and the body also began an investigation.
The Latest: French Open champion Muguruza into 4th round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):
French Open champion Garbine Muguruza has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Anastasia Sevastova.
Agnieszka Radwanska reaches quarterfinals at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska reached the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Sorana Cirstea.
The top-seeded Pole broke Cirstea six times, a day after being forced to save three match points in a lengthy three-set win over Chinese wild-card entry Duan Ying-ying.
Radwanska will next face Alison Riske of the United States, the player she beat in last year's final. Riske advanced by beating Tsvetlana Pironkova on Bulgaria 6-1, 6-1.
Lisicki at Kooyong, women return to Australian Open warmup
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki will play at the Kooyong Classic in January, as women's matches return to the Australian Open warmup event for the first time since 1993.
Organizers on Wednesday said the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up will join Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic and Sorana Cirstea of Romania in women's round-robin play.
Top-seeded Muguruza wins Linz opener, Dodin reaches quarters
LINZ, Austria (AP) — French Open champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round of the Generali Ladies by beating Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday.
The top-seeded Spaniard dropped serve twice and saved six more break points as she struggled for consistency against the 69th-ranked Buyukakcay.
"On this surface it was very difficult for me," Muguruza said. "It's my first indoor event so it's hard to find your rhythm."
Defending champion Pavlyuchenkova wins opener in Linz
LINZ, Austria (AP) — Defending champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eased past Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-4, 6-1 in less than an hour on Monday on the opening day of the Generali Ladies.
The fifth-seeded Russian, who improved to 4-0 against Sevastova, conceded just nine points on her serve and denied her 31st-ranked opponent any break points.
Earlier, Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands slumped to her sixth straight opening-round defeat, losing to Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 6-2.
Flipkens advances, Buyukakcay out at Tashkent Open
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Second-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium saved 12 of 14 break points and beat Ana Bodgan of Romania 7-6 (7), 6-3 on Tuesday in the first round of the Tashkent Open.
Flipkens is the highest ranked player in the tournament after top-seeded Johanna Larsson withdrew with an illness before main-draw play began.
The Belgian will face Greece's Maria Sakkari in the second round.