WTA Tokyo: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova completes comeback to oust Barbora Strycova in three sets

WTA Tokyo: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova completes comeback to oust Barbora Strycova in three sets

By Don Han
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova put in a spirited display to defeat Barbora Strycova in three sets at the quarterfinal stage of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, extending her lead in their head-to-head to 4-0....
Report: WTA Finals line-up could be expanded to 16 players from 2019 onwards

Report: WTA Finals line-up could be expanded to 16 players from 2019 onwards

By Don Han
An interview with the tournament director of the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy Alexander Medvedev saw the Russian mention that the WTA is considering the expand the field of the WTA Finals to 16 players from the current eight when the tournament gets relocated to another location after their contract in Singapore ends....
WTA Tokyo: Angelique Kerber edges past Karolina Pliskova

WTA Tokyo: Angelique Kerber edges past Karolina Pliskova

By Oliver Dickson Jefford
The German picked up by far her best win of 2017 against the world number four, recording the first break in the entire match to seal an impressive victory....
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ATP St. Petersburg: Fabio Fognini ousts home favorite Mikhail Youzhny

Fabio Fognini fought past a resilient Mikhail Youzhny, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open. It was the Italian’s first match since his controversial US Open exit, where he was dumped out in the first round by qualifier Stefano Travaglia in four sets and disqualified from the tournament after hurling derogatory remarks towards the female umpire. He faced a tricky assignment in the last 16 but he was uncharacteristically zen through the near two-hour contest, only briefly allowing his emotions to get the better of him in the third set. The Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who benefitted from a walkover against an ill Philipp Kohlschreiber, awaits in the last eight. Seizes opportunity Not much could separate the pair during the opening set but it was a loose service game from Youzhny at 1-1 that gifted Fognini the all-important advantage. It had been a wild cross-court backhand from the Russian that had...
WTA Tokyo quarterfinal preview: Angelique Kerber vs Karolina Pliskova

WTA Tokyo quarterfinal preview: Angelique Kerber vs Karolina Pliskova ByOliver Dickson Jefford

Two women who have been the world number one in 2017 face off in what is an intriguing quarterfinal clash in Tokyo....
WTA Tokyo: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki battles past Shelby Rogers

WTA Tokyo: Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki battles past Shelby Rogers ByOliver Dickson Jefford

Wozniacki fell a set down, and a break down in the final set, to Rogers, though the defending champion battled back to secure a hard-fought victory in her first match....
Where has it all gone so wrong for Kristina Mladenovic?

Where has it all gone so wrong for Kristina Mladenovic?

By Oliver Dickson Jefford
Mladenovic has now lost her past 14 sets, including a horrific 6-0, 6-0 loss to Qiang Wang in Tokyo today. After a strong start to the season, where has it all gone wrong?...
WTA Tokyo: Angelique Kerber avenges US Open loss to Naomi Osaka

WTA Tokyo: Angelique Kerber avenges US Open loss to Naomi Osaka

By Noel John Alberto
The German took out the home favorite in straight sets in a rematch of their first round showdown that took place a few weeks ago....
WTA Tokyo: Wang Qiang claims incredible double-bagel win over world number 15 Kristina Mladenovic

WTA Tokyo: Wang Qiang claims incredible double-bagel win over world number 15 Kristina Mladenovic

By Don Han
Wang Qiang put in a clinical display to defeat eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open for the biggest win of her career....
WTA Tokyo: Agnieszka Radwanska withdraws due to illness

WTA Tokyo: Agnieszka Radwanska withdraws due to illness ByOliver Dickson Jefford

The Pole, a two-time champion in Tokyo, has been forced out of this year’s edition of the tournament due to flu....
ATP Challenger review: Richard Gasquet triumphs in Szczecin, maiden titles for Kevin King, Wu Yibing

ATP Challenger review: Richard Gasquet triumphs in Szczecin, maiden titles for Kevin King, Wu Yibing ByCraig Vickers

Richard Gasquet, Wu Yibing, Kevin King, Maximillian Marterer and Malek Jaziri all enjoyed successful weeks on the Challenger circuit....
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