Four thoughts on the Davis Cup semifinals, and a big question for 2019
WATCH—Croatia clinches berth in Davis Cup final with five-set win in deciding fifth rubber: Benoit Paire plays efficient, effective tennis with no blowups or meltdowns and beats a higher-ranked player in straight sets. Marin Cilic is suddenly unable to hit more than two balls in a row in the... Read more
Lisicki wins first match since February, over Zvonareva in Guangzhou
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Sabine Lisicki has recorded her first win since February in a WTA-level match with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over two-time Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva at the Guangzhou Open. Lisicki lost her opening service game but recovered to take a 4-1 lead before the 34-year-old... Read more
World No. 1094 plays world No. 1211 as Switzerland is relegated
WATCH—Match point from Borna Coric’s win over Frances Tiafoe in Davis Cup semis: Switzerland is a tennis powerhouse with two Grand Slam champions on tour, but it was represented by the world No. 1211 against Sweden’s world No.1094 during a Davis Cup defeat in the World Group playoffs. No. 1094-ranked Jonathan Mridha of Sweden won... Read more
Wozniacki, Garcia, Osaka top seeds in Tokyo; Muguruza beats Bencic
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.... Read more
WATCH—Match point from Borna Coric’s win over Frances Tiafoe in Davis Cup semis: The Davis Cup final will be a re-match of the World Cup final as France and Croatia set up a meeting against each other in France. The Davis Cup, which officially calls itself ‘The World Cup... Read more
Sloane Stephens loses early at Pan Pacific Open
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... Read more
Radwanska beats Mattek-Sands to advance at Korea Open
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... Read more
Wawrinka, currently ATP No. 88, beats Bedene at St. Petersburg Open
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open by beating Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 7-6 (5) Monday. Bedene served for the first set at 5-4 but Wawrinka won the next three games to take the set. The Swiss player then saved... Read more
Already out, Spain salvages pride against France in Davis Cup
LILLE, France (AP) — In a contest with nothing at stake except pride, Marcel Granollers of Spain defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (2), 6-3, 13-11 in the final singles match of their Davis Cup semifinal on Sunday. France sealed its spot in the final on Saturday when Julien Benneteau... Read more
Coric ends U.S. comeback to send Croatia to Davis Cup finals
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — First it was the World Cup soccer final. Now it’s the Davis Cup. Croatia will meet France again to decide tennis’ premier team event. After eight hours of tennis on Sunday, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from... Read more