Kerber beats Halep at Eastbourne; Pliskova advances
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Defending Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber beat Simona Halep for the first time since 2016, winning their quarterfinal at Eastbourne 6-4, 6-3 on...
Konta makes seamless transition from clay to grass
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Johanna Konta made a seamless transition from clay to grass on Monday, beating Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-2 at the Nature Valley Classic in her first match since the French...
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka defeated former champion Monica Puig 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament on...
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia earned two wins Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg clay-court tournament.
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...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Defending champion Kiki Bertens and third-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, both among the top 10 players in the world, lost Thursday at the Volvo Car Open.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Fourth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia was among three of the world's top 20 players who lost to unseeded opponents at the Volvo Car Open on...
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Johanna Konta and Americans Amanda Anisimova and Lauren Davis won first-round matches as women's play began at the BNP Paribas Open.
Bencic beats Kvitova to win Dubai Championships title
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Unseeded Swiss player Belinda Bencic pulled off another upset to win her first WTA title in three-and-a-half years, beating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 Saturday...
Bencic upsets Halep to reach Dubai semifinals; Kvitova wins
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Unseeded Belinda Bencic rallied to beat second-ranked Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.
Bertens beats Sabalenka, faces Vekic in St. Petersburg final
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kiki Bertens reached her first final since September with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Saturday, and will face Donna Vekic in the final.
The eighth-ranked Bertens broke Sabalenka's serve four times and fired in nine aces as she moved to a career 3-0 record over 10th-ranked Sabalenka.
Kvitova loses to Vekic in St Petersburg quarters
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova struggled with her serve and was eliminated from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy after losing to eighth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The second-ranked Kvitova landed only 48 percent of her first serves, double-faulted six times, and was broken five times.
Sabalenka beats van Uytvanck in St. Petersburg opener
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka recovered from a second-set slipup to reach the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy quarterfinals on Thursday, beating Alison van Uytvanck 6-1, 6-4.
In her first match since reaching a career-high ranking of No. 10 on Monday, the Belarusian trailed 3-1 in the second before winning four games in a row.
Sabalenka, who had a first-round bye, will next face Ekaterina Alexandrova, who beat qualifier Tereza Martincova 7-5, 6-2.
All of 17, Anisimova of US scores upset at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — All of 17, never the winner of a Grand Slam match until this week, Amanda Anisimova is making quite a first impression at the Australian Open.
Anisimova showed precisely why there are those who consider her a possible future star, producing one spectacular shot after another Friday to upset 11th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-3, 6-2 and reach the fourth round.
Sabalenka wins Shenzhen Open, beats Riske in final
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka got a confidence boost for the upcoming Australian Open after beating Alison Riske 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the Shenzhen Open final on Saturday.
"To start the season with a title, it gives you more belief in yourself, and hopefully I can do well at the Australian Open," Sabalenka said.
Sharapova retires with injury, Sabalenka reaches semifinals
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova retired from her match at the Shenzhen Open with an injury on Friday, giving top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka a spot in the tournament's semifinals.
The fifth-seeded Sharapova was trailing 6-1, 4-2 when she stopped because of a left thigh injury.
Sharapova received off-court medical treatment between the two sets.
"I think we both played well and then she got injured," Sabalenka said. "Hopefully she will get well soon."
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.
Garbine Muguruza reaches semifinals at WTA Elite Trophy
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Garbine Muguruza saved three match points before beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (1) and advancing to the semifinals of the WTA Elite Trophy on Friday.
The Spaniard, a two-time Grand Slam champion, also saved eight of 12 break points against her second-seeded opponent.
"These matches are the ones that really count," Muguruza said. "It's long, it's difficult, you have match points against you, you don't lose your courage, you don't lose your enthusiasm."
Top-seeded Pliskova reaches semifinal at Tainjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky both won Friday at the Tianjin Open, and they will next face each other in the semifinals.
The top-seeded Pliskova, who is still hoping to qualify for a third straight WTA Finals in Singapore, beat Katie Boulter 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 despite being down a break in the third set.
Bacsinszky, who had been sidelined for six months with a right leg injury, upset fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).
Pliskova and Sabalenka reach Tianjin Open quarterfinals
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Karolina Pliskova and Aryna Sabalenka both moved closer to a spot in the WTA Finals by reaching the quarterfinals at the Tianjin Open on Wednesday.
The top-seeded Pliskova beat Polona Hercog 6-1, 6-2, while the fourth-seeded Sabalenka defeated Magda Linette 6-1, 6-3.
Pliskova, who saved the one break point she faced in the final game of the match, is 4-1 against Hercog and now in eighth place in the race to qualify for Singapore.
Aryna Sabalenka advances to 2nd round at Tianjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka moved closer to a spot in the WTA Finals by beating Sofia Kenin 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-0 in the first round of the Tianjin Open on Tuesday.
The fourth-seeded Sabalenka, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the final last year, won the Wuhan Open title two weeks ago. She also defeated Kenin en-route to that victory.
Second-seeded Caroline Garcia advanced by beating Chinese qualifier Xun Fang Ying 6-4, 6-1.
Kerber, Osaka, Garcia march into China Open 3rd round
BEIJING (AP) — Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber came back from a break down twice in the first set to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the second round of the China Open on Tuesday.
"The conditions with the shadow on court were not so easy to play in the first set," the third-ranked Kerber said.
Defending champion Caroline Garcia survived another tough match to book her place in the third round when she defeated Polona Hercog 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Sabalenka beats Kontaveit in Wuhan final
WUHAN, China (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka beat Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-3 to win the Wuhan Open title on Saturday.
Sabalenka capitalized on her superior service game in their first meeting, winning 78 percent of first serve points without facing a single break point.
"You're always nervous before the final because it's different," said Sabalenka. "But on the court I was pretty comfortable. I was confident with myself."
Sabalenka to face Kontaveit in Wuhan Open final
WUHAN, China (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka and Anett Kontaveit will play for the Wuhan Open title.
Sabalenka beat Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (2), 6-4 Friday, while Kontaveit defeated Wang Qiang 6-2, 2-1 when the Chinese player retired with a left thigh injury.
"I wanted to hold on game after game, perhaps hoping for a miracle," Wang said. "My physical body couldn't give me a miracle."
Aryna Sabalenka wins Connecticut Open over Suarez Navarro
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka has added her name to a growing list of tennis players who have earned breakthrough wins at The Connecticut Open.
The 20-year-old from Belarus beat Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday to win the final WTA tuneup before the U.S. Open.
Suarez Navarro, Sabalenka reach Connecticut Open final
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Carla Suarez Navarro will play for the Connecticut Open championship, despite completing just one full match this week and playing less than four sets.
The 29-year-old Spaniard advanced Friday when Monica Puig of Puerto Rico retired during their first set of their semifinal with an abdominal injury.
Suarez Navarro will face Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who upset fifth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the first semifinal.
Wozniacki beats Sabalenka for 2nd Eastbourne title
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki won the Eastbourne International for the second time by beating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in straight sets for her 29th career WTA title on Saturday.
Wozniacki, who was runner-up last year, triumphed 7-5, 7-6 (5) in just under two hours, sealing the match with a backhand down the line.
Second-ranked Wozniacki was made to work by No. 45 Sabalenka, who served for both sets.
Sabalenka beats Radwanska to reach Eastbourne final
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus beat 2008 champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to reach her third career final at the Eastbourne International on Friday.
In the final, she will face top seed Caroline Wozniacki or another former No. 1 Angelique Kerber.
The unseeded Sabalenka has beaten three top-20 players this week, including No. 7 and defending champion Karolina Pliskova on Thursday.
Defending champion Pliskova upset by Sabalenka
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova was upset by Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the Eastbourne International quarterfinals on Thursday.
The second-seeded Czech player, who has reached the final in the past two years, lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in 2 hours, 12 minutes.
It was Sabalenka's first win over a top-10 player.
Sabalenka, who is ranked 45th in the world, fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the deciding set and clinched the match when Pliskova sent a forehand wide.
Elise Mertens wins Samsung Open for 3rd career WTA title
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — Second-seeded Elise Mertens won the Samsung Open on Sunday, beating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-2 to take her third career WTA Tour title.
The 20th-ranked Belgian clinched on her first match point when the 19-year-old Sabalenka from Belarus netted a two-handed, backhand approach shot.
Mertens won her first clay-court event after winning the past two editions of the Hobart International on hard courts in Australia.
Fed Cup: Germany upsets Belarus 3-2 in Minsk to make semis
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tatjana Maria won two points in her first Fed Cup tie in seven years and led Germany past 2017 finalist Belarus and into the semifinals on Sunday.
The Germans, who last appeared in the semifinals in 2015, will host the Czech Republic in April. They last met the Czechs in the 2014 final, losing it 3-1.
Fed Cup: Belarus and Germany 1-1
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus and Germany finished 1-1 after the opening singles of their Fed Cup World Group tie on Saturday.
After Aryna Sabalenka beat Tatjana Maria, playing her first tie for Germany in seven years, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, Belarus would have expected to go 2-0 up.
But Antonia Lottner, making her Fed Cup debut for Germany, upset Aliaksandra Sasnovich, ranked more than 100 spots higher, 7-5, 6-4.
"I feel amazing," Lottner said. "I was so nervous, my pulse must have been 200 (bpm)."
Fed Cup: 2017 finalist Belarus set for rookie Germans
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka will try to get Belarus off to a good start against Tatjana Maria, who will play her first Fed Cup tie for Germany in seven years on Saturday.
Maria is leading Germany because the country's three leading players are unavailable: Angelique Kerber, Julia Goerges, Carina Witthoeft. Neither are Laura Siegemund and Andrea Petkovic. All five featured last year.
Eugenie Bouchard beaten in 1st round at Hobart International
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard's poor run of form continued Monday when she was beaten by Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Hobart International.
Former Wimbledon finalist Bouchard was eliminated from the Australian Open warm-up event after losing 6-4, 6-3.
It was the latest in a long sequence of early losses for the Canadian, who was named the most improved player in women's professional tennis after reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014.
United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title.
CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It was the first Fed Cup title for the U.S. since 2000.
"It feels perfectly believable and unbelievable," Vandeweghe said. "I'm ready for a vacation."
US, Belarus level at 1-1 in Fed Cup final
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens lost in three sets to Aryna Sabalenka as host Belarus and the United States ended the opening day of the Fed Cup final evenly poised at 1-1.
Sabalenka beat Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Saturday after CoCo Vandeweghe earlier defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 to give 17-time champion United States a 1-0 lead.
The Americans are looking to break a 17-year championship drought, while Belarus is playing in its first Fed Cup final.
Vandeweghe, Stephens open play vs Belarus in Fed Cup final
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe will play in the opening match of the Fed Cup final on Saturday when the United States takes on Belarus, with the Americans looking to break a 17-year championship drought.
Vandeweghe was drawn to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first singles match. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will then play Aryna Sabalenka.
Kathy Rinaldi, in her first season as the U.S. captain, is trying to become the first since Billie Jean King to lead a winning Fed Cup squad.
Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday.
The Russian, a tournament wild card, overcame Belarusian teenager Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) despite trailing heavily in both sets.
Sharapova last won a title at the Italian Open in May 2015.
Zvonareva falls short of final on comeback in Tashkent
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva fell short in her bid to make a second successive WTA final on her comeback to professional tennis, retiring against Kateryna Bondarenko in the Tashkent Open semifinals on Friday.
Bondarenko was leading 7-6 (7), 4-1 when Zvonareva retired. The cause wasn't immediately clear.
Belarus stuns Switzerland to reach 1st Fed Cup final
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus surprised a higher-rated Swiss team 3-2 to reach its first-ever Fed Cup final Sunday.
No. 125-ranked Aryna Sabalenka gave the Belarusians an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five match as she beat Viktorija Golubic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. The Swiss then won a dead rubber.
The Belarusian victory sets up a final against the United States in November, when Belarus should have the services of former No. 1-ranked player Victoria Azarenka.
Bacsinszky strikes back for Swiss in Fed Cup semifinal
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Timea Bacsinszky downed Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets to bring Switzerland level with Belarus at 1-1 in their Fed Cup semifinal on Saturday.
Bacsinszky took full advantage of 50 unforced errors from 19-year-old Sabalenka to win 6-4, 7-5.
That canceled out an upset win for Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich against Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic in the opening rubber.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus named an unchanged team for the Fed Cup semifinals against Switzerland on Wednesday, without a single player in the top 100.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich leads a team also featuring Aryna Sabalenka, Olga Govortsova and Vera Lapko, the squad which beat the Netherlands 4-1 in the first round.
Belarus' best-known player, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, isn't available for the April 22-23 series in Minsk. She will return to action in July after giving birth to her first child.
Belarus completes surprise win over Netherlands in Fed Cup
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — With or without Victoria Azarenka, Belarus can still succeed on the tennis court.
The former top-ranked player is taking time out with her baby son, but Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka stepped up Sunday to beat the Netherlands 4-1 in the 1st round of the Fed Cup World Group.
Sasnovich is ranked 104 places below No. 24 Kiki Bertens, but didn't let it show as she broke her Dutch opponent's serve seven times in a 6-3, 6-4 win.