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Barty upset by alternate Bertens at WTA Finals

Oct. 29, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty was upset by late substitute Kiki Bertens 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Bertens arrived at the elite tournament as an alternate, and has suddenly jumped into title contention with the other seven players in the draw. She took the place of...

Osaka out of WTA Finals with injured right shoulder

Oct. 29, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Naomi Osaka withdrew from the WTA Finals on Tuesday with a right shoulder injury. The two-time Grand Slam champion had been scheduled to play top-ranked Ash Barty at the season-ending tournament. "I'm disappointed to have to withdraw from the finals," Osaka said in a statement. "This...

Osaka, Barty open WTA Finals campaigns with victories

Oct. 27, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Top-ranked Ashleigh Barty of Australia rebounded from a set down to win her debut match 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland at the WTA Finals on Sunday. Barty's victory is her 53rd of the season, second most this season after Kiki Bertens with 54. The 5-foot-5 Barty is a...

Ashleigh Barty set for 1st WTA Finals appearance in China

Oct. 26, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Ashleigh Barty of Australia is ready to cap off the most successful season of her career with a first appearance in the year-end WTA Finals. Barty achieved a number of career firsts this season, winning a Grand Slam title at the French Open, earning the No. 1 ranking and leading...

WTA Finals: US Open champ Andreescu faces Halep for 1st time

Oct. 25, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu and Wimbledon winner Simona Halep will meet for the first time at the season-ending WTA Finals at Shenzhen. In the draw on Friday, the fourth-seeded Andreescu will play No. 5 Halep on Monday in the Purple Group. The group includes No. 2 Karolina...

At Tokyo auto show, visions for cars of the future, no Ghosn

Oct. 23, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Motor Show opens this week with plenty of futuristic technologies but absent one of the auto industry's hugest influencers: Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Since Ghosn's arrest for alleged financial misconduct in November 2018, Nissan has seen its sales and profits tumble...

2014 US Open runner-up Nishikori to have right elbow surgery

Oct. 21, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

Kei Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up, will have season-ending surgery on his right elbow and is aiming to be ready to go for the start of 2020. Nishikori's manager, Olivier van Lindonk, wrote in an email Monday that the right-hander from Japan will have a "small procedure removing two small bone spurs" in...

Tokyo area shuts down as powerful typhoon lashes Japan

Oct. 12, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches and train stations were long deserted. Store shelves were bare after...

Tough guys: Rugby players not flustered by massive typhoon

Oct. 11, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Rugby players don't scare easily. Not even when there's a super typhoon heading for them. Some of sport's toughest guys are waiting for the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis, which is bearing down on Japan and its ongoing Rugby World Cup and set to arrive during a weekend of crucial games. Two...

Typhoon may bring 30 inches of rain, strong winds to Tokyo

Oct. 11, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring up to 80 centimeters (30 inches) of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and Japan's Pacific coast this weekend, and the government is warning residents to stockpile necessities and leave high-risk places before it's too dangerous. Rugby World Cup...