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Giorgi ousts top seed Wozniacki to reach Tokyo quarters

Sep. 20, 2018 9:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Unseeded Camila Giorgi rallied from a break point down in the final set to beat two-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 and advance to the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Trailing 2-0 in the final set, Giorgi broke back immediately and won six of the last eight...

US Open champion Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan

Sep. 19, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka's homecoming couldn't have gone much better. Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka impressed her Japanese fans Wednesday with a powerful 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. Osaka was in...

Sharapova cuts season short due to shoulder injury recovery

Sep. 18, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova says she will end her 2018 season early, withdrawing from the China Open in Beijing, the Tianjin Open, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow due to her recovery from a right shoulder injury. "I will miss competing at each of these tournaments, but it is important that I allow...

Top seed Cornet out of Guangzhou Open in 1st round

Sep. 18, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Top-seeded Alize Cornet lost a rain-interrupted match to Jennifer Brady 6-0, 6-3 to exit the Guangzhou Open in the first round. Cornet, who was incorrectly admonished by a chair umpire for changing her shirt during a match at the U.S. Open, was trailing 6-0, 2-1 when play was...

Sloane Stephens loses early at Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 18, 2018 6:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens was eliminated from the first round of the Pan Pacific Open by Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday. The 2017 U.S. Open champion also lost to the unseeded Croat in the first round at Wimbledon. Also, seventh-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the second round by beating CoCo...

Radwanska beats Mattek-Sands to advance at Korea Open

Sep. 18, 2018 6:07 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Agnieszka Radwanska began her quest for a second Korea Open title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Tuesday. Radwanska, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2012 and won the Korea Open the following year, broke Mattek-Sands' serve in the last game to clinch the...

Osaka victory tour stops at sumo match, and she liked it

Sep. 17, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan's national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the Pan Pacific Open, just a week after she won the U.S. Open to become the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title....

Old Davis Cup format shines bright in US-Croatia series

Sep. 17, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Fans banging drums and blowing trumpets for hours on end. Colorful costumes. Chants more reminiscent of soccer games than tennis matches. Plus, a series of marathon matches featuring constant momentum changes and drama. The atmosphere at the best-of-five semifinal series between...

No. 6 Muguruza advances to 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 17, 2018 4:43 AM EDT

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)....

Hsieh overpowers Anisimova to win Japan Women's Open title

Sep. 16, 2018 2:15 AM EDT

Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei overpowered American qualifier Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Japan Women's Open. Second-seeded Hsieh converted five of six break points against the 17-year-old Anisimova, who was playing in her first WTA final. Anisimova, who turned 17 just two weeks ago, was the youngest...