Saisai was leading 6-2 in the first-round match when the second-seeded Kvitova withdrew. (AP) SHENZHEN, China (AP) Petra Kvitova’s new year began with a withdrawal from the Shenzhen Open due to illness on Tuesday after losing the first set against China’s Zheng Saisai. Read more
The world No. 2 wants to play the Australian Open, but isn’t sure if she can yet. (AP) BRISBANE—No. 2 Simona Halep has pulled out of Brisbane due to a sore Achilles. She wants to play the Australian Open, but isn’t sure if she can yet. Read more
The world No. 1 was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jamila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season. Read more
The American lost, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2, to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina. (AP) AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Defending champion and top-seeded Venus Williams has lost 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the ASB Classic. Read more
Azarenka will play Halep in the second round in Brisbane on Wednesday. (AP) BRISBANE—Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka says that she “loves herself,” is very happy and is enjoying tennis once again. Read more
“I need to step up with my tennis,” Cilic told TENNIS.com. (AP) BRISBANE—Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic says that he has to improve to consistently beat the so-called Big Four of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. Read more
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Coric defeated Marcel Granollers, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4. (AP) CHENNAI, India (AP) Croatian players Borna Coric and Ante Pavic each earned three-set wins over Spanish opponents on Monday to reach the second round of the Chennai Open. Read more
Nadal is seeded No. 2 at the Qatar Open, where he was the champion in 2014. (AP) DOHA, Qatar (AP) After a disappointing season last year, Rafael Nadal’s goal for 2016 is simple. Read more
DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic opened his season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over German qualifier Dustin Brown on Monday at the Qatar Open. Read more