Osaka reaches quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Top-seeded Naomi Osaka reached the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open by beating qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday.
Keys beats Kasatkina in 1st round of Pan Pacific Open
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Fifth-seeded Madison Keys improved her overall record against Daria Kasatkina to 6-0 by beating the Russian 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday in the first round of the Pan Pacific...
Pavlyuchenkova eases into 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Former finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova needed less than an hour to beat Dayana Yastremska 6-3, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific...
Defending champ Hsieh into Japan Women’s Open quarterfinals
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Hsieh Su-wei was just a game from defeat three times as she rallied to fend off Priscilla Hon 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5 on Wednesday to advance to the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Coco Gauff reached the Citi Open women's doubles final Friday with fellow teenager Caty McNally, who also is into the singles semifinals in her first appearance in the main draw...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Teenage qualifier Caty McNally has reached the quarterfinals of the Citi Open.
The 17-year-old beat fellow American Christina McHale 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 on Thursday. McNally...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-seeded Sloane Stephens was upset in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday, and Coco Gauff also lost in the tune-up for the U.S. Open.
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.
Osaka and Wozniacki both advance at China Open
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and second-ranked Caroline Wozniacki both advanced to the second round of the China Open on Monday.
The eighth-seeded Osaka beat Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-3, while Wozniacki defeated Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-3.
Osaka will next face Danielle Collins, who advanced on Sunday.
Sloane Stephens loses early at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens was eliminated from the first round of the Pan Pacific Open by Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday.
The 2017 U.S. Open champion also lost to the unseeded Croat in the first round at Wimbledon.
Also, seventh-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the second round by beating CoCo Vandeweghe 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, while No. 8 Barbora Strycova defeated Zarina Diyas 6-4, 6-4.
Top-seeded Zhang, No. 2 Hsieh advance at Japan Women’s Open
TOKYO (AP) — Top-seeded Zhang Shuai advanced to the second round of the Japan Women's Open on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Magdalena Frech of Poland.
Zhang will next face Japan's Nao Hibino, who beat former finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-4. Bouchard, who had a career-high No. 5 ranking in 2014 when she reached the Wimbledon final, lost in the second round at the U.S. Open and was in Japan aiming to return to the top 100 after an inconsistent season.
Serena powers to 1st win in comeback with baby on her mind
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams' power game is intact, whether she's firing aces or smashing groundstrokes. Her grit is there, too.
Her timing may be a little off and the unforced errors are a clue she has been away for 14 months.
All in all, the 23-time major winner is glad to be back on the job with a new husband and 6-month-old baby.
Williams began her latest comeback with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night.
Serena Williams wins 1st match in comeback at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Walking on court for the first match of her latest comeback, Serena Williams allowed herself a rare smile. This time, tennis is different for the 23-time major winner.
What didn't change is Williams winning.
She beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first daughter.
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.
Sharapova, Halep advance to semifinals at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova continued her preparations for an Australian Open return by beating Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the Shenzhen Open semifinals along with top-seeded Simona Halep.
The five-time major winner dictated play against Diyas, hitting 24 winners and five aces to clinch victory in just under 90 minutes on Thursday.
Sharapova wins, Ostapenko loses at Shenzhen Open
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova had 11 aces and saved seven of 10 break points to beat Alison Riske 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals.
The five-time major winner will next face Zarina Diyas, who upset third-seeded Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
"Although I would've wanted a quick and easy victory, these are the kind of matches that you need, especially with such a short preparation going into the Australian Open," Sharapova said.
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.
Diyas beats defending champion McHale at Japan Women’s Open
TOKYO (AP) — Qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan outlasted defending champion Christina McHale 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 Saturday to advance to the final of the Japan Women's Open.
Diyas was down 3-1 in the final set but broke the 25-year-old American twice to complete the victory and secure her second WTA final.
"It was a very tough match today," Diyas said. "Christina played really well and I had to work for every point, but I am happy with my game and I think I played really well."
McHale extends title defense into Japan Women’s Open semis
TOKYO (AP) — Defending champion Christina McHale of the United States advanced to the semifinals of the Japan Women's Open by beating third-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-4, 6-1 on Friday.
"I felt like once I won that first set, I relaxed a little more in the second," McHale said. "I served better in the second set so was able to hold serve more."
McHale next faces qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, who beat eighth-seeded compatriot Yulia Putintseva 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Defending champion McHale reaches quarterfinals in Japan
TOKYO (AP) — Defending champion Christina McHale has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Sara Sorribes Tormo.
McHale dominated with solid groundstrokes and took advantage of 10 double-faults by Tormo, who was coming off a win over three-time champion Sam Stosur, to set up a quarterfinal clash with Elise Mertens of Belgium.