SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Serena Williams has committed to return to the Bay Area this summer and play in the former Stanford WTA stop that will move to San Jose State University for the first time.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, announced her plans Thursday to open the summer hard court season in San Jose – a marquee addition for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic that runs from July 30 to Aug. 5.
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova committed to the event last month. U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys and 2017 Stanford singles finalist CoCo Vandeweghe also are scheduled to be in the 28-player singles field.
The tournament formerly known as the Bank of the West Classic had previously been held at Stanford.
NUREMBERG, Germany — Swedish player Johanna Larsson won her first WTA singles title in three years by beating Alison Riske of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the final of the Nuremberg Cup on Saturday.
Her only other career singles victory was on home soil at Bastad in 2015.
Having come from a set down to win matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals, Larsson rallied from a break down in the first set and won the last four points of the tiebreaker. Larsson then won the final five games to take the match and deny Riske a second career singles title.
“When I held for 4-2, I could see some signs that she was a little bit tired,” Larsson said, “and that gave me a lot of energy to fight back.”
STRASBOURG, France — Third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia won the Strasbourg International after laboring to a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6) win against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Saturday.
They spent 3 hours, 35 minutes on court in a grueling contest, which ended when Pavlyuchenkova sealed victory on her second serve.
Pavlyuchenkova won her first title of the year and 12th overall, beating Cibulkova for the fourth time in their 11 career meetings.
Fifth-seeded Cibulkova was bidding for her ninth career title.
Both players head to the French Open in Paris, where first-round play starts Sunday.
Cibulkova reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2009, while Pavlyuchenkova reached her only quarterfinal there in 2013.