Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, world number four, on Thursday advanced to the quarter-finals of the women's singles event at the 2.83-million-USD Rogers Cup WTA tournament in Toronto after defeating Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-1. Halep, the reigning Wimbledon champion, prevailed in just 66 minutes over an opponent who came back after a long hiatus.
Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, world number one, qualified on Friday evening for the semifinals of the WTA tournament in Rome (Internationali BNL d'Italia), with prizes worth 3,351,729 US dollars, after defeating French Caroline Garcia, with a score of 6-2, 6-3.
Sloane Stephens held her nerve in an error-strewn WTA Miami Open final to beat Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 and lift the prestigious title for the first time on March 31.
World number five Venus Williams and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens were high-profile casualties on day one of the Australian Open on Jan. 15, but Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko survived.
MOSCOW - Serbia's highest-ranked female tennis player Jelena Jankovic has got off to a successful start at the Moscow WTA tournament after beating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday.
Jankovic won after 76 minutes of play and will next face the winner of the match between Anastasiya Pavlyuchenko of Russia and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.
Bulgaria defeated Hungary and Latvia in its matches from Europe/Africa zone Group 1 of the Fed Cup.
On Wednesday, Bulgaria won against Hungary with 2:1, while on Thursday it defeated Latvia with the same score.
Bulgaria is represented by its highest ranking female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova, Elitsa Kostova, Isabella Shinikova and Dia Evtimova.