MADRID (AP) — Naomi Osaka won her opening match at the Madrid Open, Caroline Wozniacki withdrew due to injury and Garbine Muguruza was upset by Petra Martic in straight sets on...
Pliskova advances to 2nd round at Tianjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova needed six match points to beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3 and advance to the second round of the Tianjin Open on Monday.
Pliskova will next face Polona Hercog, who defeated Lara Arruabarrena 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Also, Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova beat 2014 champion Alison Riske 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, fifth-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei beat Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6 (4), 7-5, and Magda Linette defeated Evgeniya Rodina 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko reaches 2nd round of Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Korea Open on Wednesday.
Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, broke her opponent five times while notching up 32 winners to 29 unforced errors.
"She's a very good player and very consistent," Ostapenko said. "Today was a good match for me, especially for the first round because first rounds are always tough."
Sakkari cruises to comfortable opening win at Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Third-seeded Maria Sakkari has had a 6-0, 6-1 win over Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in just over an hour to advance to the round of 16 at the Korea Open.
In other first-round matches Monday, Stefanie Voegele had a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over South Korean wildcard entry Choi Ji-hee and Tamara Zidansek beat fellow Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-1, 6-3.
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.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone captured her eighth career title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over fourth-seeded Lara Arruabarrena at the Claro Open Colsanitas on Saturday, showing she still has plenty of good tennis left in her as she winds down her career.
The 36-year-old Schiavone hadn't won a main-draw WTA match all year before stunning 2016 French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens and three other seeded players to win her first title since last year's Rio Open.
Czechs make Fed Cup semifinals with 3-2 win over Spain
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Barbora Strycova sent defending champion Czech Republic to the semifinals of the Fed Cup with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Lara Arruabarrena of Spain in the second reverse singles match on Sunday.
The 17th-ranked Strycova failed to serve it out at 5-2, wasting two match points before closing out the encounter with a backhand drop shot on her fifth match point.
Her victory gave the Czech Republic an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Spain in the best-of-five first-round series.
Pliskova beats Arruabarrena; Czechs level at 1-1 with Spain
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — Third-ranked Karolina Pliskova overcame a late scare on the way to a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Lara Arruabarrena which put defending champion Czech Republic level with Spain at 1-1 in the first round of the Fed Cup on Saturday.
Earlier, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza defeated Barbora Strycova 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 in the opening singles to put Spain 1-0 ahead.
Muguruza opens for Spain against Czech player Strycova
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) — French Open champion Garbine Muguruza will face Barbora Strycova in the opening match when Spain plays the defending champion Czech Republic in the first round of the Fed Cup.
Third-ranked Karolina Pliskova will face Lara Arruabarrena in the second singles match on an indoor hardcourt in the eastern city of Ostrava.
In Sunday's reverse singles, Pliskova will play the seventh-ranked Muguruza, and Strycova will face Arruabarrena.
Radwanska withdraws after reaching Tianjin quarterfinals
TIANJIN, China (AP) — Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska withdrew from the Tianjin Open with a right thigh injury on Thursday, shortly after beating Evgeniya Rodina 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals.
Radwanska said she pulled out to give herself time to fully recover before the WTA Finals in Singapore later this month.
"It's the end of the season, I guess everyone is struggling with something," she said in comments posted on the WTA website.
Arruabarrena beats Niculescu in 3 sets to win Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lara Arruabarrena of Spain beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 on Sunday to win the Korea Open and claim her second WTA singles title.
After racing through the opening set, Arruabarrena double faulted twice to surrender her serve in the fourth game of the second and Niculescu seized the opportunity to level the match.
Arruabarrena broke with a superb lob early in the third set and the match swung decisively in her favor.
Niculescu advances to final of Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fifth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated Zhang Shuai of China 6-0, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Korea Open.
The 28-year-old Niculescu, playing in her first event since reaching the third round of the U.S. Open, won seven of 12 break points on her way to a 74-minute win over third-seeded Zhang.
She will face Lara Arruabarrena of Spain in Sunday's final. Arruabarrena defeated Patricia Maria Tig 6-1, 6-2, ending hopes of an all-Romanian final.
Arruabarrena beats Larsson to reach semifinals at Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lara Arruabarrena of Spain advanced to the semifinals of the Korea Open by beating second-seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-4, 6-0 Friday.
Arruabarrena won six of eight break points. She will next face Patricia Maria Tig, who beat Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-3.
Third-seeded Zhang Shuai of China also advanced, defeating Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-4. Giorgi had eight double-faults.
Injury forces top-seeded Kerber to quit Swedish Open
BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany withdrew from the Swedish Open on Thursday because of an elbow injury.
The left-handed German, who lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final earlier this month, injured her elbow during Wednesday's second-round victory over local wild card Carolina Lister. Kerber came through after a medical timeout, but was unable to play Thursday's scheduled match against Lara Arruabarrena of Spain.