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Ostapenko, Venus suffer shock Madrid exits, Svitolina, Pliskova advance

(Reuters) - French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko's preparations in the run-up to the claycourt major hit the skids in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday as she was beaten 6-3 6-3 by unseeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu.

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Cornet upsets Garcia to advance in Charleston

(Reuters) - France's Alize Cornet upset her top-seeded compatriot Caroline Garcia 5-7 6-1 6-4 at the Charleston Open on Thursday to set up a quarter-final with Kiki Bertens, who defeated qualifier Fanny Stollar in straight sets earlier in the day.

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Serena, Venus win to set up third-round clash

(Reuters) - Serena Williams continued her tennis comeback with a 7-6(5) 7-5 win over Kiki Bertens at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, setting up a third-round encounter with her sister Venus.

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Babos, Mladenovic win Australian Open women's doubles

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Hungarian Timea Babos and France's Kristina Mladenovic defeated Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Open on Friday.

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Australian Open day four

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Highlights of Thursday's fourth day of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year:

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Goerges completes semi-final lineup at WTA Elite Trophy

(Reuters) - Seventh seed Julia Goerges booked her spot in the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals in Zhuhai, China on Friday, beating top seed Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 7-6(4).

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Barty, Sevastova storm into Zhuhai semis

(Reuters) - Ashleigh Barty and Anastasija Sevastova booked their semi-final spots without dropping a set in the round-robin phase of the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai on Thursday.

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Stephens, Vandeweghe headline WTA Elite line-up

(Reuters) - U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens, compatriot CoCo Vandeweghe and double grand slam champion Angelique Kerber will headline the field at the WTA Elite Trophy, which will be played from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 in Zhuhai.

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Mladenovic, Vandeweghe knocked out of Kremlin Cup round of 16

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Lesia Tsurenko upset second-seeded Coco Vandeweghe on Wednesday to reach the quarter-final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, while top-seed Kristina Mladenovic was knocked out by Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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Halep sets up Sharapova rematch in Beijing

(Reuters) - World number two Simona Halep set up a mouth-watering third- round clash with Maria Sharapova at the China Open after the Romanian's opponent Magdalena Rybarikova retired due to illness trailing 6-1 2-1 on Tuesday.