Serena Williams wins despite ankle injury

MELBOURNE, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Serena Williams, slowed momentarily by an ankle injury, didn't lose a game Tuesday in her first-round match at the Australian Open.

Govortsova logs 1st-round upset at Hobart

HOBART, Australia, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Belarusian Olga Govortsova opened the Hobart International tennis event with an upset Sunday, dispatching fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

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S. Williams opens new season with victory

BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Serena Williams showed few signs of rust after toe surgery, cruising to a first-round win in the season-opening Brisbane International in Australia Sunday.
Barthel, Niculescu win, 2 seeds fall

Barthel, Niculescu win, 2 seeds fall

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Czech Lucie Hradeca and Slovenia's Magdalena Rybarikova turned in upset victories over seeded players Monday in the Luxembourg Open tennis tournament.
Azarenka wins, Kvitova out at China Open

Azarenka wins, Kvitova out at China Open

BEIJING, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka sailed through a first-round win but fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova was ousted in the second round of the China Open in Beijing.

Williams sisters advance at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Venus and Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open with easy victories in Tuesday's opening round.
Russia up 2-0 in Spain in Fed Cup

Russia up 2-0 in Spain in Fed Cup

MOSCOW, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova had straight-set wins Saturday in giving Russia a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Fed Cup series against Spain.

Czech Safarova wins Forest Hills title

FOREST HILLS, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Czech Lucie Safarova beat China's Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to win the Forest Hills Tennis Classic.

Shuai, Safarova to play for N.Y. title

FOREST HILLS, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Shuai Peng and Lucie Safarova, both unseeded in the Forest Hills Tennis Classic, reached the finals of the New York event Friday with straight-set wins.
Benesova, Suarez Navarro reach semis

Benesova, Suarez Navarro reach semis

FOREST HILLS, N.Y., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Iveta Benesova and Carla Suarez Navarro, the No. 4 seed, were quarterfinal winners Thursday in the Forest Hills Tennis Classic in New York.

Wozniacki, Garrigues win in Slovenia Open

PORTOROZ, Slovenia, July 21 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and fourth-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues advanced Monday in the first round of the Slovenia Open.

Pennetta sails into Palermo semifinals

PALERMO, Italy, July 11 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta romped into the Palermo International semifinals Friday with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Georgian qualifier Margalite Chakhnashvili.

Pennetta, Medina Garrigues win at Palermo

PALERMO, Italy, July 9 (UPI) -- Italian Flavia Pennetta and Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues, the two top seeds, cruised to one-sided victories Wednesday in the Palermo International in Italy.

Pennetta, Suarez Navarro win in Palermo

PALERMO, Italy, July 7 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta and fourth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro were opening-round winners Monday at the Palermo International.
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Suarez Navarro
Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro celebrates her second-round victory over Amelie Mauresmo of France at the French Tennis Open in Paris May 29, 2008. Suarez Navarro upset Mauresmo in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. (UPI Photo/ David Silpa)
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