Tennis

SHENZHEN, China — Maria Sharapova and top-ranked Simona Halep opened their 2018 seasons with straight-sets wins on Monday at the Shenzhen Open. Sharapova finished off a 6-3, 6-0 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu with a powerful forehand winner, and Halep started her bid for a second Shenzhen title with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nicole Gibbs.
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BRISBANE — Australian Open title contenders Elina Svitolina and Johanna Konta both impressed with first-round Brisbane International wins on Monday. Petra Kvitova‘s Grand Slam preparation has been disrupted though, the two-time Wimbledon champion withdrawing hours before her opening-round match citing a virus. Third seed Svitolina powered past Carla Suarez Navarro in a high-quality tussle, the
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BRISBANE, Australia — Australian Samantha Stosur‘s year ended on a sour note after she was bundled out of her home state tournament by Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday. Stosur, the former US Open champion and French Open finalist, had opportunities against her 27-year-old Latvian opponent in the first
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