US Open champion Naomi Osaka said she had “the worst attitude” in her loss to Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane International semi-finals. The Japanese second seed was visibly frustrated as she was beaten 6-2 6-4 by Ukraine’s Tsurenko in just 66 minutes.
Serena Williams has praised the introduction of more ranking protection for new mothers on the WTA Tour.Players coming back from childbirth or injury can use their previous ranking to enter 12 tournaments over a three-year period.
Sloane Stephens has won both her group matches at the WTA Finals in a deciding set.
Sloane Stephens beat Kiki Bertens at the WTA Finals, in a result that spared US Open champion Naomi Osaka early elimination.The American, 25, won six of the last seven games to claim the match 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-3.
Stephens won the US Open in 2017 and reached this year's French Open final.
World number eight Sloane Stephens has qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time.The 25-year-old American, who won the US Open last year, is the sixth player to qualify for the event in Singapore, which begins on 22 October.
World number two Caroline Wozniacki beat Wang Qiang in straight sets to set up a China Open final against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.Australian Open champion Wozniacki won 6-1 6-3 against the Chinese wildcard in 82 minutes in Beijing.
Osaka (left) prevailed in two hours and 33 minutes.
US Open champion Naomi Osaka apologised to Zhang Shuai for an emotional display in beating the Chinese in Beijing.The 20-year-old Japanese was close to tears at points in her 3-6 6-4 7-5 win in the China Open quarter-finals.
Serena Williams last played the Hopman Cup in 2015.
Serena Williams is set to face Roger Federer in her first event of the 2019 season when the USA play Switzerland in the mixed doubles at the Hopman Cup.
Serena Williams will miss the China Open and may not play again this season after her controversial US Open final defeat by Naomi Osaka.
A dejected Osaka alongside winner Pliskova at the trophy presentation.
Tearful US Open champion Naomi Osaka blamed tiredness after a surprise defeat in straight sets by Karolina Pliskova in the Pan Pacific Open final.
Osaka won her first Grand Slam at the US Open.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka has beaten Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-1 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo – her first match since winning the US Open.