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Tennis: Cirstea crashes out of Guangzhou, Robson through

Top seed Sorana Cirstea crashed out of the Guangzhou Open in the first round Tuesday, but British number one Laura Robson powered through as she looks to repeat last year's final appearance. Robson defeated Cirstea in the semi-finals 12 months ago, but the Romanian failed to overcome her first hurdle this year when she was well beaten by Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-1. Robson, seeded third this time, eased through to the second round with victory over Serbian Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-4 in her opening game.

Tennis: Fourth seed Errani eliminated at US Open

Fourth seed Sara Errani was ousted from the US Open by fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta on Thursday while Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams awaited their second-round matches. Pennetta, ranked 83rd in the world, needed only 71 minutes to take a 6-3, 6-1 victory over her friend Errani, last year's French Open runner-up and a 2012 US Open semi-finalist. "It was a really tough match," said Pennetta, a former world number 10. "We know each other really well. It's not easy to play against your friend so well but you have to get on the court and play your best."

Tennis: WTA New Haven Open results - 1st update

Results on Monday from the WTA New Haven Open (x denotes seeding: 1st rd Simona Halep (ROM) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-2, 6-1 Carla Suarez (ESP) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x5) 7-5, 6-3 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM) 3-0 retired Klara Zakopalova (CZE) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x8) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Elena Vesnina (RUS) bt Ayumi Morita (JPN) 2-0 retired Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) bt Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) Karin Knapp (ITA) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-3, 6-4

Sloppy Williams takes first step to Cincinnati title

By Steve Keating CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Serena Williams will try to fill one of the few holes in her resume this week but will need to up her game after laboring to a 4-6 6-2 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard at the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday. In a career that has generated 54 singles titles, including 16 grand slams, Williams has won just about everything there is to win in her sport but Cincinnati, one of the WTA Tour's most prestigious tournaments, is not on that very long list.

Tennis: Serena races to eighth title of year in Toronto

World number one Serena Williams made it look easy Sunday, routing Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 to win the WTA title in Toronto and signal her readiness for a US Open title bid. Williams needed just 61 minutes to capture her eighth title of 2013 and the 54th of her career, which moved her past Monica Seles into sole possession of ninth on the WTA career list in the Open Era. But she said the lopsided win belied the difficulty of winning any title. "No tournament is ever easy, especially being in the position I am in," Williams said.

Tennis: Serena races to eighth title of year in Toronto

World number one Serena Williams steamrolled Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 on Sunday to win the WTA title in Toronto and signal her readiness for a US Open title bid. The 31-year-old American, stung by a fourth-round Wimbledon exit after grabbing her 16th Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros, claimed a third Canadian title to go with those she won in 2001 and 2011. Williams needed just 61 minutes to notch her eighth triumph of 2013 and the 54th of her career.

Serena Williams wins women's Rogers Cup

By Matt Cronin TORONTO (Reuters) - Serena Williams crushed Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-0 in the final of the women's Rogers Cup on Sunday to capture her 54th WTA singles title. Williams completely overwhelmed her unseeded opponent to cruise to a one-sided victory in just over an hour and claim the Rogers Cup for the third time. It was the world number one's eighth title this year and put her outright fifth on the all-time list of tournament winners after she had been tied with Monica Seles.

Tennis: Serena downs Radwanska, books final with Cirstea

World number one Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the WTA Toronto final, where she'll face giant-killer Sorana Cirstea. Williams maintained her perfect record over Radwanska, her six wins over the world number four from Poland including a triumph in the 2012 Wimbledon final and, more recently, in the semi-finals at Miami this year. Williams next faces unseeded Romanian Cirstea, who toppled fourth-seeded Li Na of China 6-1, 7-6 (7/5).

Tennis: Serena downs Radwanska, books final with Cirstea

World number one Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA Toronto tournament, where she'll face Sorana Cirstea. Williams maintained her perfect record over Radwanska. The American has beaten the world number four from Poland six times, a run that included a triumph in the 2012 Wimbledon final and, most recently, in the semi-finals at Miami this year. Williams next faces unseeded Romanian Cirstea, who toppled fourth-seeded Li Na of China 6-1, 7-6 (7/5).

Tennis: Serena powers into Toronto final

World number one Serena Williams defeated Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA Toronto tournament. The top-seeded American took her career record against Radwanska -- the world number four who is seeded third -- to 6-0, a run that included a triumph in the 2012 Wimbledon final and most recently in the semi-finals at Miami this year. In Sunday's final she'll face unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea, who toppled fourth-seeded Li Na of China 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) in the semi-finals. bb/vlk
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