Osaka wins but takes tough road at French Open
PARIS (AP) — Naomi Osaka is grinding her way through the French Open the hard way.
To cling onto her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title, the top-ranked Osaka has twice had to...
Osaka withdraws from Stuttgart semi with ab strain
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals because of an abdominal injury on Saturday.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka came from behind in the final set to beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) on Friday and reach the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.
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) — The Fed Cup semifinal between Australia and Belarus is going to a doubles decider.
Victoria Azarenka beat Australia's Sam Stosur in the second reverse singles...
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...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Victoria Azarenka won the first match on the stadium court at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams met Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, but it seemed more like a final.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Playing just her seventh match of the year, Venus Williams rallied to beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on...
Nick Kyrgios, Wang Yafan win Mexico Open titles
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Nick Kyrgios won the Mexico Open on Saturday night for his fifth ATP Tour title, beating second-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 in the hardcourt event at The Princess...
Petra Kvitova beats Azarenka in 2 sets in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova won eight straight games to take control of the match before needing a tiebreaker to finally beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Kvitova, playing her opening match after a first-round bye, went from trailing 2-1 in the first set to a 3-0 lead in the second. But she double-faulted on match point at 5-1 to let Azarenka back into the match.
Azarenka to play Kvitova after beating Gasparyan
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka set up a meeting with Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday after a sometimes-shaky 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan.
Azarenka, herself a two-time Australian Open champion, struggled on serve at times and gave up three breaks to Gasparyan. However, the Belarusian won six straight games from 3-4 in the first set to 3-0 in the second to get the victory.
Indian Wells tennis to feature all top 75 men and women
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The BNP Paribas Open will include all of the top 75 ranked men's and women's players in the world, including defending champions Juan Martin del Potro and Naomi Osaka.
The tournament runs March 4-17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Southern California desert.
Del Potro skipped the Australian Open while recovering from a knee injury, but he is on the entry list for Indian Wells.
Teary Azarenka admits to struggling after loss in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka cried, pausing for a minute, trying to reflect on the differences between her past and present experiences of the Australian Open.
A back-to-back champion in 2012 and '13, Azarenka sat in a small interview room at Melbourne Park answering questions for 10 minutes in the wake of her 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 first-round loss to No. 110-ranked Laura Siegemund on Tuesday. Eventually, it drove her to tears.
Venus Williams beats Azarenka in 1st round at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Venus Williams rallied from a break down in the third set to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at the ASB Classic on Tuesday in what she described as one of the toughest first-round matches of her career.
That was saying something as the 38-year-old Williams has spent more than two decades on the WTA Tour.
Serena welcomes rule change on players back from pregnancy
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serena Williams has welcomed the extra protection given to new mothers when they return to the women's tennis tour.
"It's great," the 23-time Grand Slam champion said on Thursday in quotes published by BBC Sport. "Women that are younger can go out there and have kids and not have to worry about it, and not have to wait until the twilight of their years to have children."
WTA changes rules affecting players returning from pregnancy
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The women's tennis tour approved rule changes Monday that are meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence.
The changes were prompted, in part, by the experiences of former No. 1 players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, both of whom returned to competition after giving birth.
Kasatkina advances to 2nd round of Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China (AP) — Daria Kasatkina recorded her first victory over Lesia Tsurenko in three attempts in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday as US Open champion Naomi Osaka was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a viral illness.
Kasatkina, the No. 13 seeded Russian, defeated her Ukrainian opponent 6-4, 7-5 to set up a second round match against either Bernarda Pera or the US Open junior champion and qualifier Wang Xiyu.
Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open.
The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York this month, won her ninth straight match Friday, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.
"This was my third time playing her, and each time it was very close, so I knew she was very good," said the third-seeded Osaka, the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Giorgi ousts top seed Wozniacki to reach Tokyo quarters
TOKYO (AP) — Unseeded Camila Giorgi rallied from a break point down in the final set to beat two-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 and advance to the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
Trailing 2-0 in the final set, Giorgi broke back immediately and won six of the last eight games.
The Italian finished with 45 winners to Wozniacki's 14.
It was Giorgi's third win over Wozniacki, all on hard courts, but her first win over a top-10 players in four years.
The Latest: Ashe roof shut for Stephens-Azarenka at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
The retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium was closed because of light rain during the second set of defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens' third-round match against Victoria Azarenka.
The match was delayed for less than 10 minutes.
Play continued on other courts without interruption, including the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, which has a retractable roof, too.
US Open glance: Williams vs. Williams highlights 3rd round
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Wawrinka, Azarenka, Kuznetsova given US Open wild cards
NEW YORK (AP) — Stan Wawrinka never got to defend his 2016 U.S. Open title, forced to miss last year's tournament because of a knee injury that dropped him far down the rankings.
The U.S. Tennis Association made sure he has a spot this year.
Wawrinka and former women's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka received wild cards Tuesday for the year's final Grand Slam tournament. So did Svetlana Kuznetsova, another U.S. Open champion.
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.
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.
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.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Nicole Melichar and Alexander Peya became Grand Slam champions for the first time by winning the Wimbledon mixed doubles title.
The 11th-seeded pair defeated defending champion Jamie Murray and his new partner Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (1), 6-3.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Despite Andy Murray's absence and the failure of any British singles players to make it to the second week, the host nation will be represented right until the end of Wimbledon.
Playing on Centre Court for the first time, young British wild cards Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke defeated 10th-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Abigail Spears 7-6 (10), 7-5 to advance to the mixed doubles semifinals.
LONDON (AP) — When Serena Williams steps out on Centre Court to play Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon's fourth round on Monday, it will be a rare meeting of Mom vs. Mom.
Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women's tennis tour.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Sloane Stephens has a simple approach to her game these days.
"Keep fighting," she said.
That was Stephens' mantra when her U.S. Open championship last year was followed by eight consecutive losses, a staggering, frustrating and almost inexplicable freefall. And those words kept popping into her head Thursday, when she shook off a very slow start to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals at the Miami Open.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams makes her return to the pro tour after a 14-month absence with a first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.
She will play Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in a night match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Williams has played just one Fed Cup doubles match while away from the WTA Tour. The former No. 1 is unseeded and therefore didn't receive a first-round bye.
Azarenka gets wild card into Indian Wells in return to tour
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wild card into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open after being off the tour for months because of a custody dispute involving her son.
She will return to the California desert after missing last year's tournament following the birth of her son. The former top-ranked player won at Indian Wells in 2012 and 2016.
Former champion Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Australian Open, with her wild-card entry reallocated to Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia.
Open organizers announced Azarenka's withdrawal in a social media post on Monday, a week before the tournament begins.
Victoria Azarenka to miss ASB Classic in Auckland
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A continuing custody dispute has prevented two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka from resuming her tennis career at the ASB Classic in Auckland from Jan. 1.
Azarenka notified tournament organizers on Sunday that she will be unable to play the tournament for "personal reasons."
Two-time champ Azarenka gets Australian Open wild card
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time former champion Victoria Azarenka has been awarded a wild card for the Australian Open.
Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, has been involved in a custody dispute involving her son Leo, who was born last Dec. 19.
She hasn't competed anywhere since Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10. The dispute with her former partner started shortly after Wimbledon ended.
Stephens provides boost for US in Fed Cup final at Belarus
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sloane Stephens is back in the United States team for the Fed Cup final, and Victoria Azarenka is missing for Belarus.
That alone gives the early advantage to the Americans.
Stephens, who won the U.S. Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two rounds of the international team competition because of a foot injury. But she is back and will be playing alongside CoCo Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers and Alison Riske in the best-of-five series this weekend in Minsk.
Azarenka says custody dispute keeps her out of Fed Cup final
Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka says she'll sit out the Fed Cup final between Belarus and the United States because of an ongoing custody dispute with her baby's father.
Azarenka tweeted about her absence from Belarus' team on Tuesday.
2016 Wimbledon finalist Raonic pulls out of US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Milos Raonic has become the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open, saying he had a procedure on his left wrist.
The 11th-ranked Canadian, the runner-up at Wimbledon last year, announced his withdrawal from this season's last Grand Slam tournament on Instagram on Wednesday night.
Raonic says he had "portions of the bone that have been causing the discomfort" removed Wednesday.
Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son's father.
The 28-year-old star from Belarus gave birth to her first child in December and she returned to the tour in June. She detailed the dispute with the boy's father in a long Twitter post last week, saying she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York.
Azarenka says she might skip US Open because of child issue
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the baby's father.
Azarenka wrote via a posting on Twitter on Thursday that she is "faced with a difficult situation which may not allow me to return to work right away."
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — New WTA No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked man Andy Murray headline the direct entry lists for the U.S. Open.
Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up at Flushing Meadows, is joined by four past U.S. Open champions: Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Other past Grand Slam champions in the field: Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Ostapenko.