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Bencic beats Kvitova to win Dubai Championships title

Feb. 23, 2019 2:25 PM EST

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 in the final of the Dubai Championships. The 45th-ranked Bencic has struggled with injuries in recent years but...

Bencic tops 2-time Dubai champ Svitolina; Kvitova in final

Feb. 22, 2019 1:49 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As Belinda Bencic fell into a dangerous deficit in the Dubai Championships semifinals, she threw her racket and yelled at herself. One game from losing to two-time defending champ Elina Svitolina, Bencic was about to do what she's been doing all week: getting out of...

Bencic upsets Halep to reach Dubai semifinals; Kvitova wins

Feb. 21, 2019 3:57 PM EST

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. Bencic, who saved six match points in the previous round against Aryna Sabalenka, failed to capitalize on an early break in the first set...

Reddit co-founder pushes hard for paternity leave

Feb. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexis Ohanian wants other guys to be jealous of him. Not because he's a multimillionaire venture capitalist. Or because he's married to tennis pro Serena Williams. The Reddit co-founder wants men to covet the time he gets to spend with his 1-year-old daughter, Olympia. The pair is all over...

Kvitova, Halep advance at Dubai Championships

Feb. 20, 2019 1:14 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former champions Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep overcame windy conditions to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday. The second-seeded Kvitova beat American Jennifer Brady 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 despite struggling with her serve, while No. 3 Halep ousted...

No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach

Feb. 19, 2019 3:45 PM EST

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 two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in...

Serena Williams back in top 10 after giving birth

Feb. 18, 2019 9:53 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child. Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No. 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since, losing to Angelique...

Nelly Korda clinches genuine family Grand Slam in Australia

Feb. 17, 2019 3:21 AM EST

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Nelly Korda added to her family's impressive sports pedigree Down Under with a win Sunday in the Women's Australian Open. Korda led by three strokes after the third round, increased it to four with a tap-in birdie on the 10th and added a 25-foot birdie on the 11th to make it a...

Mertens upsets Halep in Qatar Open final for biggest title

Feb. 16, 2019 1:58 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Unseeded Elise Mertens came from a set and a break down to beat recent No. 1 Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Qatar Open final and capture the biggest title of her career on Saturday. Halep led 6-3, 2-0, then lost a service game for a third time to see the second set back on serve....

Nelly Korda has 3-shot lead into Australian Open's 4th round

Feb. 16, 2019 2:47 AM EST

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Nelly Korda made up for an early bogey on the back nine with three consecutive birdies and four on her final six holes to shoot a 5-under 67 Saturday and take a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA's Women's Australian Open. Korda, tied for third after the second...