Bencic nears WTA Finals spot as Bertens loses
MOSCOW (AP) — Belinda Bencic is on the verge of claiming the last spot at the season-ending WTA Finals after winning her Kremlin Cup quarterfinal on Friday.
Top-seeded Svitolina loses opening match at Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Top-seeded Elina Svitolina lost her opening match at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday after having been a break up in the deciding set.
American teenager Coco Gauff reaches semifinals for 1st time
LINZ, Austria (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff advanced to her first WTA semifinal match by beating top-seeded Kiki Bertens 7-6 (1), 6-4 Friday at the Upper Austria Ladies.
Bertens sets up quarterfinal against Gauff in Linz
LINZ, Austria (AP) — Top-seeded Kiki Bertens overcame a slow start to beat Alison Van Uytvanck 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Thursday and set up a quarterfinal against American teenager Coco Gauff at the Upper...
Pliskova takes on Martic at Zhengzhou Open final
ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the Zhengzhou Open final with a clinical 6-3, 6-2 victory over Ajla Tomljanovic on Saturday.
Angelique Kerber loses in 3 sets at Zhengzhou Open
ZHENGZHOU, China (AP) — Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber lost in the opening round of the Zhengzhou Open on Tuesday, falling to Alison Riske of the United States 5-7, 6-4, 7-6...
US Open Glance: Gauff gets night match, and maybe Osaka next
NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO THURSDAY
Coco Gauff has a match under the lights — and a potential showdown with the defending U.S. Open champion if she...
Garcia outlasts Vekic to win Nottingham Open
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Caroline Garcia of France defeated former champion Donna Vekic 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) to win her first title of the year at the Nottingham Open on...
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Former champion Donna Vekic finally got to play on grass at the Nottingham Open on Friday but had to overcome multiple rain delays and another switch indoors before...
Vekic eases into Nottingham Open quarterfinals
NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Former champion Donna Vekic eased past Chloe Paquet 6-1, 6-2 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Nottingham Open, which played its matches indoors for the second...
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):
Defending champion Kvitova through to 3rd round in Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 7-6 (5) to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday.
France beats Romania in doubles to reach Fed Cup final
ROUEN, France (AP) — Caroline Garcia held her nerve on serve in the decisive doubles match as France reached the Fed Cup final with a nail-biting 3-2 win Sunday against a Simona Halep-inspired...
France and Romania level at 1-1 in Fed Cup semifinal
ROUEN, France (AP) — Caroline Garcia beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-3 to draw France level at 1-1 with Romania after the opening singles matches of their Fed Cup semifinal on...
ROUEN, France (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic of France will face second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semifinal Saturday.
No surprise in France’s Fed Cup team against Romania
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Pauline Parmentier and Alize Cornet have been named in France's Fed Cup team for the semifinals against Romania.
Djokovic, Osaka earn victories at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, both ranked No. 1 in the world, cruised to straight-set victories at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night.
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...
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.
No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach.
The Latest: Stosur, Zhang to meet champs in doubles final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):
Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai set up a women's doubles final against defending champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the Australian Open.
Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open singles title, and Zhang beat Czech pair Barbora Strycova and Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the last match of the day on Rod Laver Arena.
Konta beats Mertens at Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Johanna Konta of Britain upset seventh-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday.
Making up a 30-place rankings gap to the 14th-ranked Mertens, Konta took full advantage of Mertens' wayward serving to win 6-3, 7-5.
Halep retires from China Open 1st round with back injury
BEIJING (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep retired Sunday from her first-round match at the China Open.
Halep lost the first set 6-1 to Tunisia's Ons Jabeur before retiring with a back injury that she also had problems with at last week's Wuhan Open.
It's the fourth straight loss for the defending French Open champion.
No. 6 Muguruza advances to 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday, beating Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4.
Muguruza is seeded No. 6 in the Tokyo tournament.
Also, Daria Gavrilova defeated Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (8), and Anett Kontaveit beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-3. 7-6 (5).
Barty, Vandeweghe rally to win US women’s doubles title
NEW YORK (AP) — Ashleigh Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe dropped a set and still raised a trophy.
Even with a pursuit of U.S Open perfection over early, Barty and Vandeweghe rallied to win the women's doubles final Sunday, beating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"We've done everything kind of the way that we've wanted to," Barty said. "Now we get the reward."
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.
Hey, Serena, you’ve won 7 Wimbledon titles; could 8 be next?
LONDON (AP) — It's hard to blame Serena Williams for having some trouble keeping track of all of her many titles at the All England Club.
"I don't necessarily have to win another Wimbledon in my career," she was saying Friday, making a point about not having anything left to prove, "(because) I won — was it six times?"
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
Day 3 at Wimbledon has been prematurely ended by rain.
Marin Cilic briefly resumed his match with Guido Pella on No. 1 Court, but another shower saw them depart with the third-seeded Croatian leading 6-3, 6-1, 3-4 - a break down in the third set.
Play was never able to resume on the outside courts as intermittent rain fell from just before 7 p.m., leaving a number of other matches incomplete.
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon: (all times local):
Elina Svitolina became the latest seed to fall on day one at Wimbledon as she lost to 57th-ranked Tatjana Maria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.
The German took advantage of the fifth-seeded Svitolina's 44 unforced errors to reach the second round at the All England Club for the fourth time in her career.
Vinci preparing to retire before home fans at Italian Open
ROME (AP) — Former U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci will have no regrets when she plays her final match at next week's Italian Open.
The 35-year-old Vinci announced in November that she would conclude her career before home fans at the Foro Italico.
MADRID (AP) — Venus Williams lost to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
Kontaveit rallied from a set down to beat the eighth-seeded Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the outdoor clay court.
"I'd lost to her two times already, and so I had nothing to lose," Kontaveit said. "I didn't go out there feeling scared. I do feel like I can challenge anybody here, so I was feeling good to go on the court."
Keys sends US into second straight Fed Cup final
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — Defending champion United States will play in a second consecutive Fed Cup final after defeating France 3-2 on Sunday.
Madison Keys secured the decisive point for the visiting team by beating Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second reverse singles. Keys' victory gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-1 lead over France in the World Group semifinals.
The Czech Republic will host the U.S. in the Nov. 10-11 final after defeating Germany 4-1 in Stuttgart.
Fed Cup: France and US 1-1 in semifinals
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic rallied to beat CoCo Vandeweghe 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and draw France level with defending champion United States in their Fed Cup semifinal on Saturday.
The 20th-ranked Mladenovic dropped serve five times but broke No. 16 Vandeweghe's serve six times.
Earlier, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens struggled to put away Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (3), 7-5 at the 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix on indoor clay.
Fed Cup: Stephens to open for US against France in semis
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will open play for the U.S. against Pauline Parmentier of France in the Fed Cup semifinals.
France No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic and CoCo Vandeweghe will follow on Saturday in the second singles at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix. France has opted for an indoor clay court.
Mladenovic and Amandine Hesse are set to face Madison Keys and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the doubles on Sunday following the reverse singles.
Top seed Mladenovic injured at Samsung Open
LUGANO, Switzerland (AP) — Top seed Kristina Mladenovic retired with a back injury in the first round of the weather-affected Samsung Open on Thursday.
Mladenovic was trailing 7-6 (5), 3-2 against Tamara Korpatsch, a German qualifier ranked 157 places below the No. 19 Frenchwoman, when she withdrew.
The clay-court event has been hard hit by rain and two more top players lost first-round matches Thursday.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, runner-up Madison Keys and semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, along with former No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, are on the American roster that will face France in the Fed Cup semifinals.
The U.S. Tennis Association has announced captain Kathy Rinaldi's picks for the April 21-22 matches on an indoor clay court in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Stephens is ranked No. 9 this week, with Keys 13th and Vandeweghe 16th.
Mladenovic, Parmentier named in France’s Fed Cup team
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse have been named in France's Fed Cup team for the semifinals against the United States.
France will host the Americans on clay in the southern city of Aix-en-Provence from April 21-22 at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix.
Kasatkina slows Radwanska comeback in Dubai first round
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former champion Agnieszka Radwanska lost in the first round of the Dubai Championships for the first time in nine years on Monday.
Daria Kasatkina of Russia beat Radwanska 7-5, 6-4 in two hours.
Radwanska, who reached No. 2 in the rankings in 2012 after winning in Dubai and finishing runner-up at the Wimbledon, endured a frustrating 2017 after a foot injury and a virus scare. Not until the end of the year did she feel healthy.
France wins doubles to beat Belgium 3-2 in Fed Cup
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — Two-time champion France advanced to the Fed Cup semifinals after beating Belgium 3-2 on Sunday, with Amandine Hesse and Kristina Mladenovic winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 against Elise Mertens and Kirsten Flipkens in the deciding doubles.
Wozniacki falls to Kasatkina in St. Petersburg quarters
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki's lost to Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Friday.
Kasatkina came back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker before speeding to a 3-0 lead over the top-ranked Wozniacki in the second set.
Mladenovic and Parmentier named in France’s Fed Cup team
PARIS (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic, Pauline Parmentier and Amandine Hesse were named in France's Fed Cup team on Wednesday for the first-round match against Belgium.
Seventh-ranked Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet will not take part in the Feb. 10-11 series, however.
Garcia is France's best-ranked player but still does not want to return to play for the national team as she prioritizes her singles career. She recently reached the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Babos-Mladenovic combine to win Australian women’s doubles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France became the first players from their respective countries to lift the Australian Open women's doubles crown.
Babos and Mladenovic embraced midcourt after beating Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 in Friday's final at Rod Laver Arena.
It's the first Grand Slam title for Babos, who was a runner-up to Serena and Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2016.
Ostapenko upset by Makarova in 1st round at Sydney
SYDNEY (AP) — French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko had an upset 7-6 (3), 6-1 loss to Ekaterina Makarova on a sweltering opening day of the Sydney International.
No. 3 Ostapenko was one of two highly-seeded players to exit the women's draw in the first round, with fifth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic retiring earlier Sunday from her match while trailing Australian wildcard entry Ellen Perez 6-4, 4-2.
Elena Vesnina beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-2 in a later match.
Julia Goerges reaches semifinals at WTA Elite Trophy
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Julia Goerges advanced to the semifinals at the WTA Elite Trophy by beating top-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 7-6 (4) Friday.
The seventh-seeded German joins CoCo Vandeweghe, Anastasija Sevastova and Ashleigh Barty in the semifinals.
Goerges, who only needed to win one set to advance from the Azalea group, broke Mladenovic's serve four times.
Rybarikova upsets top-seeded Mladenovic at WTA Elite Trophy
ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Magdalena Rybarikova overcame seven service breaks to beat top-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5) Wednesday at the WTA Elite Trophy.
The 10th-seeded Rybarikova had lost her opening match to Julia Goerges in the Azalea group.
Mladenovic, Vandeweghe lose opening matches at Kremlin Cup
MOSCOW (AP) — Kristina Mladenovic and Coco Vandeweghe were among six seeded players to make an exit from the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday.
The run of defeats left seventh-seeded Julia Goerges, the world No. 27, as the highest-ranked player remaining.
Top-seeded Mladenovic landed only 49 percent of her first serves and was beaten 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, while No. 2 seed Vandeweghe lost 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 to Lesia Tsurenko.
Mladenovic and Vandeweghe had both received byes in the first round.
Siniakova beats top-20 player for 6th time in 2017 in Wuhan
WUHAN, China (AP) — Katerina Siniakova beat a top-20 player for the sixth time this year when she ousted Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday.
The Czech, who has two singles titles already this year, deepened the hole occupied by Mladenovic. It was her eighth straight loss, all to players ranked outside the WTA top 25.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia won nine games in a row from 4-1 down on her way to beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-2.
Kerber ousts local favorite Osaka at Pan-Pacific Open
TOKYO (AP) — Seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany got a measure of revenge for a U.S. Open loss by beating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Pan-Pacific Open.
Last month, Kerber was knocked out of the U.S. Open by the Japanese teenager in straight sets.