Cori Gauff followed up her victory over Venus Williams by easing past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets to book her place in the third round at Wimbledon.

Teenage sensation Gauff showed her win against five-time Wimbledon champion Williams was no fluke with a dominant 6-3 6-3 triumph over Rybarikova on No.1 Court.

Earlier on Wednesday, Simona Halep progressed from an all-Romanian tie against Mihaela Buzarnescu, while third seed Karolina Pliskova continued her hunt for a first grand slam prize with a convincing 6-0 6-4 win over Monica Puig.

Caroline Wozniacki was made to work hard by debutant Wimbledon Veronika Kudermetova, eventually prevailing 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 victory, with Anett Kontaveit dispensing of Heather Watson.

It was not all plain sailing for the favourites, though, as Anastasija Sevastova and Madison Keys – 12th and 17th seeds respectively – crashed out.

Margarita Gasparyan, meanwhile, was left in tears as – after she suffered an awkward landing – she had to retire with the score at 5-7 6-5, handing eighth seed Elina Svitolina a reprieve.


Gauff stunned Williams in the first round, and clearly took plenty of confidence into Wednesday's clash with Rybarikova, making light work of her opponent to set up a third-round tie with Polona Hercog, who beat Keys 6-2 6-4.

"I think I played well, especially on the pressure points. She was serving amazing so it was hard to return sometimes," 15-year-old Gauff told BBC Sport.

"There's so much going on. I'm still shocked that I'm even here. I think I can beat anyone who's across the court. If I don't think I can win the match then I won't even step on the court."



Former world one Halep dominated early but lost her form in the second set to hand compatriot Buzarnescu a lifeline.

Halep rallied to break twice and win the third set, though, and she will now face two-time semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka, who overcame Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 6-0.

"I think I'm playing okay. It's always tough on grass. But it was a tougher match than first one, so it was good that I could win it," Halep told a news conference. "I felt confident on court. I felt strong mentally."



Like Halep, Wozniacki was also run close in her contest with Kudermetova, who stunned the world number 19 when they met at the French Open in May.

Kudermetova forced a tie-break in the first set, but Wozniacki's experience eventually told when she reeled off the last two points in a row before closing out the win in style.

Pliskova, meanwhile, had no such issues against Puig, hitting nine aces and 23 total winners in her one-hour victory.

Johanna Konta made her home advantage count as she eased into the second round of the Eastbourne International.

British number one Konta, an Eastbourne resident, made light work of qualifier Dayana Yastremska 6-2 6-4, as her preparations for Wimbledon got back on track.

Konta, a beaten semi-finalist at Roland Garros, suffered a surprise defeat to Jelena Ostapenko in the second round of the Birmingham Classic in her last outing.

But the world number 19, making her seventh consecutive main-draw appearance at Eastbourne, where she was a beaten semi-finalist in both 2016 and 2017, put in a measured performance, and will face Maria Sakkari in the round of 32.

If Konta overcomes Sakkari, the 14th seed will meet Ashleigh Barty in the third round, should the French Open winner and world number one – who claimed the Birmingham title on Sunday – beat Evgeniya Rodina or Ons Jabeur.

Konta will be joined in the second round by Stuttgart Open finalist Anett Kontaveit, who came from a set down to beat wildcard Harriet Dart 3-6 6-4 6-2.

While Konta enjoyed a comfortable passage through, fellow Brit Heather Watson was not so fortunate, as she went down 7-5 6-2 to Alize Cornet.

Pauline Parmentier, Elise Mertens and Andrea Petkovic were among the other winners on Sunday.

Serena Williams will face her sister Venus in the second round of the Internazionali d'Italia after they secured contrasting first-round victories on Monday.

Tenth seed Serena started her clay-court season with a commanding 6-4 6-2 over Rebecca Peterson at the Foro Italico.

The 23-time grand slam champion will do battle with her older sibling 21 years after their only other previous match in Rome, which Venus won at the quarter-final stage.

Venus, unseeded in the Eternal City, came through an almighty tussle with Elise Mertens 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-4).

Madison Keys, Anett Kontaveit, Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka also made it through to the second round along with Amanda Anisimova, who will face newly-crowned Madrid Open champion Kiki Bertens.


Former world number one Serena overpowered Peterson in the opening match of what is only her fourth tournament of the year.

The 37-year-old, still eyeing a first title since becoming a mother in 2017, took only an hour and 16 minutes to get past the Swede in her first match in two months, having withdrawn from the Miami Open due to a left knee injury.

Serena, who will face Venus for a 31st time on the WTA Tour, said: "It felt good to be back in the match. It's been a while. I haven't played a ton of matches this year.

"Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing, but it hasn't been able to work out. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up."



Mertens would not go down without a fight as she refused to accept defeat against Venus.

The Belgian saved eight match points to force a decisive tie-break, with Venus unable to shake off an opponent 15 years younger than her.

Venus finally saw it out after three hours and two minutes on Grandstand Court, ending a contest that included 15 breaks of serve.



Naomi Osaka will start her mission to retain world number one status and be top seed at the French Open with a clash against Dominika Cibulkova on Wednesday.

Osaka will achieve both of those goals if she makes it through to the quarter-finals this week, while Simona Halep must win the title to have any chance of replacing her.

Cibulkova saw off Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 6-3 to avoid a first-round exit.

Petra Kvitova started her bid to secure a record-breaking Madrid Open title with a straight-sets defeat of Sofia Kenin.

Defending champion Kvitova is striving to be the first woman to win a Premier Mandatory tournament four times and eased into the second round with a 6-1 6-4 win on Saturday.

Up to second in the rankings after winning the Stuttgart Open last weekend, the two-time Wimbledon champion breezed into a 5-0 lead at the Caja Magica and went on to secure a meeting with Barbora Strycova or Kristina Mladenovic.

Kiki Bertens, runner-up last year in the Spanish capital last year, defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2 in the final match of the day. 

Seeds Aryna Sabalenka and Anett Kontaveit bowed out with defeats to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich respectively on day one, while Ashleigh Barty knocked out fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova.



Kvitova carried on where she left off in Germany last week, dominating 20-year-old American Kenin in a one-sided opening set.

Kenin showed character to put up a fight in the second set, getting back on serve at 4-4 after going 2-0 down.

Kvitova broke straight back and served out the match, having served nine aces and won 71 per cent of points on her first serve. 



Barty claimed the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open in March and hit the ground running on clay.

The world number nine said she is ready to do some damage on what is her least favourite surface and showed no mercy on compatriot Gavrilova.

Barty attacked her Fed Cup team-mate's serve on Court Manolo Santana, breaking three times in each set to seal victory in only 65 minutes and book an encounter with Danielle Collins or Vera Zvonareva.



Kontaveit was beaten by Kvitova in the Stuttgart decider last weekend after reaching the semi-finals of the Miami Open, but Sasnovich recovered from a first-set bagel to beat the 14th seed 0-6 6-3 6-2.

Wildcard Kuznetsova accounted for 10th seed Sabalenka 7-5 6-4, while Victoria Azarenka could face Sloane Stephens in round two after a 7-5 6-4 success over Daria Kasatkina.

Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Anastasija Sevastova and Yulia Putintseva also advanced.

Petra Kvitova overcame Anett Kontaveit in the Stuttgart Open final to become the first player to win two tournaments on the WTA Tour this season.

The third seed - who had come through a three-set battle against Kiki Bertens on Saturday - triumphed 6-3 7-6 (7-2) on clay, adding to her success at the Sydney International in January.

Kontaveit had her opportunities during a competitive contest, though, including wasting two break-point opportunities in the opening game of the match.

After exchanging breaks at the start of the second set, the Estonian manufactured two set points when 5-4 in front but both went begging, allowing a relieved Kvitova to hold serve.

The world number three quickly claimed a 6-0 lead as a tie-break was required, eventually securing victory after one hour and 31 minutes.

"I always need matches to get used to the clay," Kvitova told the media in her post-match news conference. 

"To be honest, yesterday I felt really bad in the first set. I turned it around, though, and from the very beginning today I was much, much better.

"The key to playing well today was winning yesterday. I have to say we both played well today - even if I had lost I would have said the same."

Petra Kvitova will face Anett Kontaveit in the Stuttgart Open final after blowing Kiki Bertens away in the deciding set on Saturday.

Kvitova was beaten in her previous two semi-final appearances of the clay-court event, but the third seed was not to be denied on this occasion.

Bertens defeated Kvitova twice last year to level their head-to-head record, so the Czech had a score to settle as she won 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-1.

The left-hander won 78 per cent of points behind her first serve and broke four times to reach her fourth final of the year.

Bertens, the sixth seed, lost the first two games of the match but saved a set point in the opener to force a tie-break, which Kvitova dominated.

The consistent Kvitova was unable to find a way back in the second after her Dutch opponent claimed two early breaks, but the world number three charged into a 5-0 lead in the decider before wrapping it up with a hold to love. 

Kontaveit moved into the final without having to step out on court, as world number one Naomi Osaka withdrew due to an abdominal injury.

The unseeded Marketa Vondrousova and Petra Martic will contest the Istanbul Cup final.

Vondrousova was an emphatic 6-2 6-1 winner against Barbora Strycova, while Margarita Gasparyan retired after losing the first set to Martic 6-1.

Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the Stuttgart Open ahead of her semi-final against Anett Kontaveit due to an abdominal injury.

Osaka produced a rousing fightback to beat Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals on Friday, but she will not end the week by featuring in her maiden clay-court final on the WTA Tour.

Kontaveit will take on either Petra Kvitova or Kiki Bertens in the decider on Sunday.

US Open and Australian Open champion Osaka hit back at her critics after coming from 5-1 down in the final set to defeat Vekic.

"I don't understand why people are saying I'm having a bad season if I won [the] Australian Open, right?" said the 21-year-old.

"Last year, I didn't win [the] Australian Open. Sure, I didn't win Indian Wells [this season], but I still thought I did pretty good there and in Miami, and then I'm here now. 

"So, sometimes I hear people say, Naomi is kind of struggling there, and I'm like yo...."

She added: "I would be lying if I said it wasn't bothering me. I tend to internalise everything, so it just builds up. I think you could tell because I started getting really antsy on court compared to before. If I would make a mistake, I would react upon it. I feel that people that were really watching could tell. 

"I felt I wasn't really enjoying myself. Like for me, when I play my best it’s when I have fun playing tennis and waking up every day with a new challenge. But during those few weeks, I felt like I was waking up wanting to win. I don't think that’s a really good combo."

Ashleigh Barty moved into the biggest final of her singles career, reaching the Miami Open decider with a straight-sets win over Anett Kontaveit on Thursday.

The Australian, who is moving into the top 10 in the world rankings, cruised to a 6-3 6-3 victory against a below-par Kontaveit in their semi-final.

Barty has won three WTA Tour titles, but the decider in Miami – against either Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova – will be her first at WTA Premier Mandatory level.

She capitalised on what was a rusty display from Kontaveit, who committed 33 unforced errors to lose in one hour, 17 minutes.

Rain interrupted the clash early, but there were no further delays after play resumed at 2-2 in the first set.

A Kontaveit double fault and forehand into the net gave Barty a 4-3 lead before the 12th seed took the opener 6-3.

Kontaveit, the 21st seed, finished with 17 unforced errors in a difficult first set.

It seemed a lengthy third game in the second set would prove important as Kontaveit broke for 2-1, but the Estonian was lacking patience as she gave up that lead.

Barty won five consecutive games from 3-1 down, sealing what was an impressive victory with an ace.

Petra Kvitova's quest to claim the world number one ranking was ended following a surprise Miami Open loss to Ashleigh Barty, while Anett Kontaveit reached the semi-finals.

Australian Open runner-up and Czech third seed Kvitova lost 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2 to Barty in an entertaining late-night clash in Miami on Tuesday.

Kvitova needed to reach the final of the Premier Mandatory tournament to have a chance of replacing Naomi Osaka as the WTA's top-ranked player.

However, Kvitova was upstaged by Australian 12th seed Barty, who claimed her first career win over the Czech star as she confirmed her rise into the top 10.

Barty – blitzed by Kvitova in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January – overcame a two-hour rain delay to set up a semi-final showdown with Kontaveit at the Miami Open.

Kontaveit emerged from the jaws of defeat to advance to her first Premier Mandatory semi-final at the expense of Hsieh Su-wei.

Down 4-0 and 5-3 in the final set, 21st seed Kontaveit rallied to win 3-6 6-2 7-5 in Tuesday's earlier match.

Hsieh won 16 of the first 19 points of the deciding set – including 12 in succession – as she raced out to a commanding four-game lead, but Kontaveit surged back to claim a final-four berth.

Simona Halep moved into the WTA Miami Open quarter-finals at the expense of Venus Williams, while Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire.

Romanian second seed Halep needed two sets and just over an hour to send Williams packing at the Premier Mandatory tournament on Monday.

Andreescu's winning run came to an end after the Canadian sensation succumbed to injury against Anett Kontaveit in the fourth round.

Caroline Wozniacki was also ousted in Miami, where Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova rolled on, Karolina Pliskova progressed and Marketa Vondrousova prevailed.



Williams was no match for Halep, who cruised to a 6-3 6-3 win en route to the last eight.

Halep survived a marathon against Polona Hercog in the previous round – which lasted almost three hours – but the 2015 semi-finalist was a class above on Monday.

Three-time champion Williams was bidding to win in Miami for the first time since 2001 but Halep set up a clash with 18th seed Wang Qiang, who beat Wang Yafan 7-5 6-4.



The 18-year-old's match did not go according to plan after she retired when trailing Kontaveit 6-1 2-0.

A right shoulder injury saw Andreescu's 10-match winning streak ended in unfortunate circumstances, after she won her maiden title via the Indian Wells Open.

"I guess this is just a way of my body telling me that it's had enough," Andreescu said. "It's disappointing, but it's part of the sport."

"Well, now I'm pretty upset with what happened today, so I wasn't really looking back at my time at Indian Wells," she added. "But I guess, now that you mentioned it, I really can't complain with what I have achieved. It's been an incredible run, a Cinderella story, like a lot of you guys said. It's a dream come true, so I'm really pleased."

Next up for Kontaveit is Hsieh Su-wei, who stunned former world number one Wozniacki 6-3 6-7 (0-7) 6-2.



Czech third seed Kvitova accounted for Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-3 – keeping her quest for the world number one ranking alive.

Kvitova was dominant throughout, hitting 26 winners after a two-hour rain delay against the Frenchwoman.

"I had a quick nap, and, you know, it's always kind of different and difficult coming back to the court. I felt pretty tight in those two games, and I'm very glad that I was able to finish it with good serves in the last game," Kvitova said.

Ashleigh Barty awaits after the 12th seed rallied past Kiki Bertens 4-6 6-3 6-2.

Bianca Andreescu's 10-match winning streak came to an end when she retired during a fourth-round encounter with Anett Kontaveit at the Miami Open due to a shoulder injury.

Andreescu defied the odds to become the first wildcard to be crowned Indian Wells champion earlier this month, but there will be no Sunshine Double after the 18-year-old Canadian shook hands at 6-1 2-0 down on Monday.

A right shoulder injury halted the rising star's incredible run and ensured Kontaveit will face either Caroline Wozniacki or Hsieh Su-wei in the quarter-finals.

Kontaveit took charge following a rain delay of around 90 minutes and Andreescu called for a medical timeout after losing the first set.

It was all over just 56 minutes into the contest on Court 1, with Andreescu deciding she was unable to continue.

Andreescu had beaten Angelique Kerber - her opponent in the final at Indian Wells - to reach the last 16 after saving a match point in her defeat of Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round and got past Sofia Kenin in round two.

The teenager will go no further though, as the world number 24's exploits in the United States appeared to catch up with her.



Caroline Wozniacki revealed she has struggled with a viral illness for almost two months after withdrawing from the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The former world number one, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis before last year's US Open, pulled out of a second tournament in succession and had her place taken in the main draw by Polona Hercog, who was defeated by fellow lucky loser Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-2.

Elise Mertens, seeded 16th, claimed the biggest title of her career at the Qatar Open at the weekend but she fell to a 5-7 6-4 7-5 loss against Zhu Lin on Monday.

Seeds Anett Kontaveit (15) and Julia Goerges (13) also suffered early exits.


After announcing her withdrawal, Wozniacki explained she has been feeling unwell since Christmas, despite her condition improving after the Australian Open.

"It hasn't been the greatest start, the start that I'd hope for," said Wozniacki. "I picked something up at Christmas at home and it was lingering a bit all the way through Australia and after that I felt good for a couple of weeks. Then I came to Doha and then the day of my match I woke up and I felt terrible.

"It's just one of those things, you can't do anything about it. I just have to stay positive and try to do everything in my power to get better. Indian Wells and Miami is right around the corner, but thankfully not right around the corner. Hoping to be 100 per cent for both of those.

"When you have RA [rheumatoid arthritis], my immune system is not working on as high of a level as normal so it's taking me longer to get over stuff like this."



Kristina Mladenovic defeated Fatma Al Nabhani 6-1 6-1 to set up a meeting with world number one Naomi Osaka, while Ons Jabeur will take on reigning champion Elina Svitolina after overcoming Donna Vekic 6-4 7-6 (11-9).

Dalila Jakupovic came from a set down to advance past Zarina Diyas 1-6 6-1 6-2 to book a date with Angelique Kerber, while Karolina Pliskova lies in wait for Dominika Cibulkova after the Slovakian triumphed 5-7 6-1 6-2 against Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena, who appeared to be struggling with injury.


It was an emotional match for Jelena Ostapenko as she struggled with her serve, holding just once and committing 11 double faults in a 6-4 6-0 defeat to Jennifer Brady. 

The 2017 French Open champion received treatment on her back and appeared tearful both during the changeovers and prior to serving in the second set. 

Ostapenko finally held serve from 15-40 in game eight of the first set, but Brady - who will next meet Caroline Garcia, a comfortable 6-2 6-0 winner against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - reeled off the next eight games in succession to seal the victory. 


Needing to hold to clinch victory in the match, Zhang Shuai started the ninth game of the second set by drilling a serve beyond Kontaveit, only for it to be called out.

However, Kontaveit said it touched the line and gave the point to her opponent. Zhang went on to seal a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory and posted a tweet calling her opponent a "nice and honest girl" for her action.

Top seed Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber moved into the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open but Karolina Pliskova was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a viral illness.

Halep will move above Petra Kvitova to go second in the rankings next Monday following a 6-2 6-3 victory over Lesia Tsurenko in Doha on Wednesday, setting up a meeting with Julia Goerges.

Three-time grand slam champion Kerber joined Halep in the last eight, knocking out Anett Kontaveit with a 6-1 7-6 (7-3) win in the final match of the day.

Pliskova, the 2017 champion, withdrew a day after Caroline Wozniacki also pulled out due to illness, with the former replaced in the draw by her sister, Kristyna, who was beaten by Elise Mertens.

Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Karolina Muchova and Barbora Strycova also made it through.



Halep inspired Romania to a first Fed Cup semi-final at the expense of the Czech Republic at the weekend and maintained her momentum with a flying start against Tsurenko. 

The Ukrainian had lost all five previous meetings with the world number one, so it was no great surprise when she quickly fell 5-0 behind. 

Halep trailed 3-1 in the second set but clicked back into gear as she flashed an array of classy winners, reeling off five games in a row to seal victory with new coach Thierry Van Cleemput watching on.



Kerber looked to be heading through in quick time as she dominated Kontaveit, but the Estonian refused to go down without a fight. 

The reigning Wimbledon champion wrapped up the opening set in only 26 minutes and wasted no time in opening up a 4-1 lead in the second. 

Kontaveit fended off six match points to force a tie-break, but the solid Kerber made just 13 unforced errors in a match which she won by holding it together in the breaker, booking an encounter with Strycova.



Svitolina had failed to take a set in two previous meetings with Ostapenko but came through her second-round match impressively, triumphing 6-4 6-4. 

Last year's WTA Finals champion, who will come up against qualifier Muchova in the quarter-finals, prevailed despite being troubled by a neck issue. 

"I have been struggling since [the] Australian Open with my neck," said the fourth seed. "It's tough to say, because every day is changing. 

"It depends... on the practice, on the match, what I have, so it's tough to tell how I'm going to feel tomorrow. But every single day I try to get a treatment, I try to get some work done, and it's just a process."

Defending champion Elina Svitolina started her season with a defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Petra Kvitova was also knocked out of the Brisbane International on Wednesday.

Svitolina ended 2018 by winning the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals, but Sasnovich beat the top seed 6-4 0-6 6-3 in the world number four's first match of the new year.

Sasnovich responded with great character following a second-set bagel and struck 32 winners as she marched into the quarter-finals.

Svitolina defeated Sasnovich in the final of this tournament last year, so it was sweet revenge for the world number 30 from Belarus.

Kvitova bowed out earlier in the day with a 7-5 7-6 (7-1) loss to the unseeded Anett Kontaveit.

Kontaveit reached a career-high 20th in the rankings last year and could make further strides in 2019 on the evidence of a composed display against the fourth seed.

Kiki Bertens was another seed who was bundled out, with Donna Vekic consigning the world number nine to a 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 7-5 loss.

Johanna Konta was brought back down to earth a day after shocking Sloane Stephens, Ajla Tomljanovic seeing off the Brit 6-2 7-6 (7-2)  in her homeland.

Karolina Pliskova, the fifth seed, came out on top in an all-Czech battle with Marie Bouzkova.


Karolina Pliskova fought back from a set down to beat Yulia Putintseva on day one of the Brisbane International but Daria Kasatkina suffered a surprise first-round exit.

Former world number one Pliskova trailed 2-0 in the second set after losing the first, before rallying to beat Putintseva 4-6 6-3 6-4 at the Queensland Tennis Center on New Year's Eve.

Pliskova, who will be coached by Rennae Stubbs and Conchita Martinez again this season, showed signs of rust in her first match of the year but served 11 aces and the 2017 champion broke the Kazakh four times to progress.

The fifth seed from the Czech Republic appeared to benefit from words of advice from Stubbs early in the second set as she sealed a meeting with Marie Bouzkova - who beat Sam Stosur in a match that was still going on when the clock struck midnight and ended in the early hours of 2019.

Kasatkina's end to 2018 did not go to plan as 283-ranked Australian Kimberly Birrell claimed the scalp of the seventh seed.

Birrell beat the world number 10 from Russia 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in only the 20-year-old wildcard's fourth tour-level match.

Destanee Aiava was another teenager to pull off a surprise win in her homeland, taking out Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 7-6 (7-2).

Sixth seed Kiki Bertens battled her way past Elise Mertens 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-4, while Anett Kontaveit, Donna Vekic, Harriet Dart and Lesia Tsurenko also made it through to round two.

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