Bertens drops only 1 game in Palermo opener
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Top-seeded Kiki Bertens rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ekaterine Gorgodze in the opening round of the Palermo Ladies Open on Tuesday.
Zidansek wins opening match of Palermo Open’s return
PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fourth-seeded Tamara Zidansek beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-3 in Monday's opening match of the Palermo Ladies Open, which is marking its return after a five-year...
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Past French Open finalist Sara Errani's doping suspension was increased Monday from two months to 10 months, a decision that left her "disgusted by this matter" and questioning if she will play again.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its rulings on appeals by Errani and Italy's national anti-doping agency, which asked for up to a two-year punishment.
PARIS (AP) — A year after stunning the tennis world by winning the French Open for her initial tour-level title, Jelena Ostapenko is again in rare company: a first-round loser as the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament.
Something even more unusual happened at Roland Garros, too: Venus Williams was beaten in her opening match at a second consecutive major, the only time in her lengthy, distinguished career she's had such early back-to-back exits.
ROME (AP) — Roberta Vinci does not want to be remembered solely for beating Serena Williams in the 2015 U.S. Open semifinals, which prevented the American from completing a calendar-year Grand Slam.
Vinci, who retired after a first-round loss before her home fans at the Italian Open on Monday, was also ranked No. 1 in doubles, completed a career Grand Slam with partner Sara Errani, and helped Italy win four Fed Cups.
Top-seeded Svitolina beats Wang to reach Dubai quarters
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Elina Svitolina needed more than two hours to overcome Qiang Wang 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships.
However, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko's slumped to her sixth loss in nine matches, and fourth opening-match loss of the season. The 20-year-old Latvian, who had a bye in the first round, lost 6-1, 7-5 to Russian veteran Elena Vesnina.
Kerber easily advances to 2nd round in Dubai; Bellis wins
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber needed less than an hour to beat Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1 Tuesday in the first round of the Dubai Championships.
Fifth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France also advanced, beating Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5.
Top-seeded Wozniacki advances, defending champ Davis ousted
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki needed only 57 minutes for a 6-3, 6-0 win over America Madison Brengle at the ASB Classic on Tuesday, when defending champion Lauren Davis was beaten in the first round.
The fifth-seeded Davis lost 6-1, 6-2 to fellow American Sachia Vickery, who who had the chance to hone her game in three qualifying matches in Auckland.
Former US Open finalist Vinci announces retirement plan
ROME (AP) — Former U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci will retire from tennis after the Italian Open in May.
The 34-year-old Vinci made the announcement on Twitter and in an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport.
She said she decided to retire midseason after struggling with injuries this year, which dropped her ranking to No. 117.
Vinci will enter qualifying for the Australian Open in January "with the goal of arriving in Rome in form. I want to go out with a bang."
Italy’s anti-doping agency seeks to lengthen Errani’s ban
ROME (AP) — Italy's anti-doping agency is appealing to lengthen the two-month ban handed to former French Open finalist Sara Errani.
NADO Italia — which operates independently from the Italian Olympic Committee — filed a "statement of appeal" with the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, without specifying how long of a ban it is seeking.
MILAN (AP) — Former French Open finalist Sara Errani struggled to hold back the tears on Wednesday as she insisted she is not a cheat after being handed a two-month doping ban.
The International Tennis Federation announced the suspension on Monday after Errani tested positive for the banned substance letrozole in a test taken in February.
At a news conference, Errani continued to blame food contamination from her mother's breast cancer medication.
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LONDON (AP) — Former French Open finalist Sara Errani must serve a two-month doping ban after testing positive for the banned substance letrozole in a test taken in February, the International Tennis Federation said on Monday.
Errani blamed contamination from her mother's breast cancer medication.
Medvedev fights off match point, advances at Citi Open
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniil Medvedev fought off a match point with a 129-mph ace during a third-set tiebreak and beat Reilly Opelka to advance to the second round of the Citi Open.
Medvedev, of Russia, twisted his ankle on the final point before the tiebreak, but shook off the pain to defeat the American 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (6) in 2 hours, 26 minutes on Monday night. He will next face 14th-seeded American Steve Johnson.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Former French Open runner-up Sara Errani edged Belinda Bencic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the Miami Open's first round Tuesday to win a match between former top-10 players.
Errani was once as high as No. 5 and a finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, but she has won only two Grand Slam matches since the start of 2016 and is now ranked 102nd. Bencic has been ranked No. 7 and is now 135th.
They combined for 14 service breaks in 28 games Tuesday.
Giorgi issued 9-month Fed Cup ban by Italian federation
ROME (AP) — Camila Giorgi has been banned for nine months by the Italian Tennis Federation for refusing a Fed Cup callup.
The 74th-ranked Giorgi was also fined 30,000 euros ($32,000) for turning down a request to take part in Italy's tie against Spain in April.
The ban prevents Giorgi from Fed Cup play, training at federation facilities, and from receiving a wild card for the Italian Open in May.
Rogers beats Bouchard in Brisbane International’s 1st round
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — American Shelby Rogers defeated 2012 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 on a steamy opening day of play at the Brisbane International on Sunday.
Temperatures reached in excess of 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) for most of the afternoon.
After a heat-enforced 10-minute break leading into the deciding set, Rogers dominated Bouchard to give American women a second victory Sunday in the first round.