Alize Cornet and Bernarda Pera cruised into the Bronx Open second round on a rain-hit Sunday in New York City.

Cornet recorded a 6-4 6-2 victory over Kateryna Kozlova at the inaugural edition of the WTA International tournament.

The Frenchwoman made it two wins in as many meetings with Kozlova, converting five of seven break points in a dominant showing.

In the day's only other main-draw match, Pera – a wildcard – breezed past Veronika Kudermetova 6-0 6-2.

The unseeded Fiona Ferro took Alize Cornet apart in the final set of an all-French final to win her maiden WTA title at the Ladies Open Lausanne.

Ferro held her nerve in her first singles final to beat the defending champion 6-1 2-6 6-1 on Sunday.

Third seed Cornet won the title when the event was staged in Gstaad last year, but there was to be no repeat as the 98th-ranked Ferro denied her compatriot.

The 22-year-old Ferro lost just six points on serve in the first set and broke twice as Cornet struggled to get going.

Cornet responded well in the second, grasping all three break-point opportunities to level the match, but she was unable to maintain the momentum.

Ferro got on a roll to win five games in a row in her first encounter with Cornet to take the title.

Patricia Maria Tig continued her fairy-tale run at the Bucharest Open by cruising into Sunday's final.

The Romanian qualifier does not have a world ranking and is making her first WTA main draw appearance since 2017 after struggling with multiple injuries as well as giving birth to her daughter in the past year.

And Tig's week to remember at her home tournament went on with an emphatic 6-3 6-1 triumph over sixth seed Laura Siegemund.

Tig has only lost one set all week and saved each of the eight break points she faced against Siegemund, winning in 87 minutes.

"It's very, very special to be in the final in Bucharest," said the emotional victor, who has beaten three seeded players to reach her first final in four years.

Tig, 24, will meet either Elena Rybakina or Martina Di Giuseppe in in the showpiece, the second semi-final having been heavily disrupted by rain.

The final of the Ladies Open Lausanne will see Alize Cornet take on Fiona Ferro in an all-French affair after both players won their last-four matches in straight sets.

Ferro saw off Bernarda Pera 6-1 6-4 in Saturday's opening match to reach a first WTA final, her American opponent failing to register a single break of serve.

Number three seed Cornet, who won the event last year when it was played in Gstaad, then got the better of Tamara Korpatsch 6-3 6-4 in two sets that by contrast produced 11 breaks.

"I think it's going to be hard and beautiful at the same time," Cornet said ahead of the clash with her compatriot. "[Ferro is] the new generation of the French players, and she's such a nice girl.

"She's a bit like my little sister on the tour, and I like her a lot. It's always tough, especially when you play a friend. But in both cases it's going to be beautiful, because either I win or my friend wins."

Patricia Maria Tig continued her impressive run at the Bucharest Open on Friday, knocking out Kristyna Pliskova to reach the semi-finals.

Appearing in the main draw of a WTA Tour tournament for the first time since 2017, Romanian Tig continued to enjoy home comforts as she upset her eighth-seeded opponent 6-3 3-6 6-3 after one hour and 49 minutes on court.

Elena Rybakina knocked out second seed Viktoria Kuzmova to also reach the semi-finals, leaving Laura Siegemund - who will face Tig next after defeating Irina-Camelia Begu - as the last seeded player left in contention.

Barbora Krejcikova followed fellow Czech Pliskova in slipping out in the last eight, losing in straight sets to Martina Di Giuseppe in Friday's final match.

At the Ladies Open Lausanne, Alize Cornet rallied impressively from a set down to defeat Natalia Vikhlyantseva and reach the last four.

The third seed - who won the tournament last year when it was held in Gstaad - proclaimed the 4-6 6-1 6-3 victory to be her "best match" of the tournament so far and will next fact Tamara Korpatsch, a winner in three sets against Jil Teichmann, the last remaining Swiss player in the field. 

In the other half of the draw, Fiona Ferro eased past former US Open champion Samantha Stosur, triumphing 6-4 6-2.

Her next opponent will be Bernarda Pera, who came through in a deciding set against Han Xinyun.

Second seed Caroline Garcia was shocked at the Ladies Open Lausanne on Wednesday, downed in straight sets by Bernarda Pera.

Pera, ranked 85th in the world, proved too strong in a 6-2 6-4 victory to set up a quarter-final meeting against Xinyun Han.

The left-hander won the last five games of the first set and never looked back and said afterwards her second serve was key.

"You can say I'm satisfied. I played well," Pera said.

"She's a tough opponent and I'm thrilled to be in the next round. I think she was struggling a lot with my second serve.

"I was able to break her a couple of times and that's what made the difference."

Han beat Liudmila Samsonova 7-5 6-4, while Australian Daria Gavrilova was another big name beaten at the event, Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva toppling the seventh seed 6-3 6-2.

Vikhlyantseva will play third seed Alize Cornet in the last eight, the Frenchwoman coasting to a 6-1 6-1 success against Jasmine Paolini.

Also on Wednesday, Laura Siegemund and Kristyna Pliskova won at the Bucharest Open.

Sixth seed Siegemund defeated Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 6-3 and Pliskova did it even easier, cruising past Ysaline Bonaventure 6-0 6-2.

Martina Di Giuseppe came from behind to topple Varvara Lepchenko 3-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3) and Irina-Camelia Begu beat Kaja Juvan 6-4 6-3, while Viktoria Kuzmova defeated Jaimee Fourlis 7-5 6-2 in the late match.

Top seed Karolina Pliskova has been forced to withdraw from the Prague Open due to a viral illness.

The world number five decided to play at last week's Stuttgart Open, losing in the last 16 to Victoria Azarenka, but has been unable to train in full for the start of the clay-court season.

"I've been in pain all month and I can't train," Pliskova said on her official website.

"On Tuesday, I was determined to opt out of the Stuttgart tournament, but in the end I tried to play. In fact, I expected the performance to be much worse."

Barbora Strycova takes Pliskova's place in the draw in Prague, where there was no play on Monday due to rain.

There was, however, action at the Grand Prix de Sar la Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, including a surprise early exit for Yulia Putintseva.

The third seed claimed the opening set but eventually went down 3-6 6-4 6-3 to Tamara Zidansek after two hours and 22 minutes on court.

There was better news for eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck - she reached the second round with a 6-4 6-3 win over Pauline Parmentier thanks to crucial breaks at the end of each set.

"I think it's always difficult to play against Pauline in the first round, especially on clay," the Belgian told the WTA Tour's website.

"I knew it would be tough, so I'm happy with the way that I played. I was playing aggressively without making many unforced errors."

Ana Bogdan defeated Alize Cornet 6-3 6-3 and there were also victories in straight sets for Rebecca Peterson and Isabella Shinikova, as they knocked out Viktorija Golubic and Tatjana Maria respectively.

Victoria Azarenka won an opening-round thriller at the WTA Miami Open, where wet weather caused more delays on Wednesday.

Two-time grand slam champion Azarenka outlasted Dominika Cibulkova before rain wreaked havoc again in Miami midweek.

While there was play, unlike Tuesday, Indian Wells Open winner and Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu was unable to hit a ball.

Teenager Andreescu, 18, had made it out on court to face Irina-Camelia Begu when the rain started and eventually washed out play.

Alize Cornet, Shuai Zhang and Ajla Tomljanovic's matches were interrupted by the rain.

 

AZARENKA COMES THROUGH CIBULKOVA TEST

Azarenka has not won a singles title since the 2016 Miami Open, and survived a scare as she bids to win the event for a fourth time.

The former world number one, also a winner in south Florida in 2009 and 2011, needed three sets and two hours and 31 minutes to defeat Cibulkova 6-2 3-6 6-4, hitting 41 winners in a testing encounter.

Azarenka, looking to go one step further than last year, when her semi-final run marked her best post-maternity result, said: "She's [Cibulkova] a very dangerous opponent, because no matter how many, she comes off confident or not confident against top players, she's always bringing a little bit of a next level and good game.

"She's a big fighter. So I knew it's not going to be easy, for sure."


PUTINTSEVA PULLS OFF COMEBACK

Azarenka and Cibulkova's duel was not the longest match of Wednesday, however, as Yulia Putintseva and Kirsten Flipkens played out an epic.

Putintseva lost the first set to the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finalist but staged a fightback to prevail after just over three hours.

The Kazakh appeared poised for defeat when she trailed 5-3 in the decider, only to win four successive games to progress 4-6 6-4 7-5.

Ashleigh Barty reached the Sydney International final for the second year in a row and the home hope is now primed for a showdown with 2015 champion Petra Kvitova. 

Petra Kvitova ended Angelique Kerber's reign as Sydney International champion with a straight-sets quarter-final victory, while Alize Cornet is the only seed in the last four of the Hobart International. 

Sloane Stephens followed Simona Halep out of the Sydney International after Yulia Putintseva served up a final-set bagel.

World number one Halep was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Ashleigh Barty in her first competitive match since recovering from a back injury.

Stephens also failed to progress to the quarter-finals later in the day, the unseeded Putintseva beating the 2017 US Open champion 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.

Fourth seed Stephens was beaten by Johanna Konta in the first round of the Brisbane International last week, and the American had to recover from a first-set bagel to defeat qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova in the opening round in Sydney.

The world number five was blown away by Kazakh Putintseva, who is ranked 44th in the world, in the deciding set having been only one game away from a straight-sets victory.

Top seed Halep said she will head into the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year, with no expectations after going down in straight sets to Barty.

Petra Kvitova will face defending champion Angelique Kerber in the last eight, having sent Hsieh Su-wei packing courtesy of a 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 success.

Elise Mertens, Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Timea Bacsinszky were also second-round winners.

Sofia Kenin followed up her victory over top seed Caroline Garcia by beating Ons Jabeur 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Hobart International.

Belinda Bencic, conqueror of second seed Mihaela Buzarnescu in round one, dumped out Zoe Hives 6-2 6-4.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova saw off eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck, while Alize Cornet, Kirsten Flipkens, Greet Minnen, Irina-Camelia Begu and Dayana Yastremska all came through their second-round matches.

Germany and hosts Australia will go head to head for a place in the Hopman Cup final after recording contrasting victories on Wednesday.

Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber each recorded singles victories to secure their side's win over France prior to the doubles rubber.

Zverev beat Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-7 (8-10) 6-2 while Kerber came from a set down to overcome Alize Cornet, before the French pairing teamed up for a 4-3 (5-4) 4-3 (5-3) doubles win.

Australia were pushed all the way by Spain in the night session in Perth, but eventually prevailed as Matt Ebden and Ashleigh Barty edged out David Ferrer and Garbine Muguruza in a tense doubles contest.

The home duo triumphed 3-4 (3-5) 4-3 (5-0) 4-3 (5-3), sealing a 2-1 victory.

Barty had earlier recorded an impressive straight-sets win over Muguruza, while Ferrer - who will retire later this year - battled to a 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 victory over Ebden.

Germany and Australia now both have two wins from two in Group A and will meet each other on Friday.

Cameron Norrie upset world number 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas as Great Britain beat Greece in their Hopman Cup opener on Saturday.

World number 91 Norrie's 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 victory over one of the rising stars of men's tennis put the British team in the ascendancy, although Katie Boulter missed a chance to wrap up the win when she lost 6-0 4-6 6-2 to Maria Sakkari.

However, Norrie and Boulter combined to claim victory in the mixed doubles rubber and seal an opening triumph in their Group B campaign in Perth.

The duo face Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on Sunday before finishing the group stage against the United States' Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe.

In the day's other match, France won their mixed doubles rubber to avoid a whitewash against Australia in Group A.

Singles wins for Ashleigh Barty and Matthew Ebden over Alize Cornet and Lucas Pouille ensured Australia would kick off the competition with a positive result, though the French pair pulled one back in the doubles with a straight-sets victory.

Garbine Muguruza cruised into the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open with a crushing defeat of Ana Bogdan on Wednesday.

The two-time grand slam champion has endured a miserable run since she was emphatically beaten by Simona Halep in the semi-finals of the French Open. 

Jelena Ostapenko crashed out of the Hong Kong Tennis Open in the first round as world number 317 Kristina Kucova claimed one of her biggest ever victories. 

Alize Cornet said the decision to ban Serena Williams from wearing a catsuit at the French Open was "10,000 times worse" than her on-court punishment at the US Open.

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