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Gasparyan rallies to beat Witthoeft at WTA event in Linz
LINZ, Austria (AP) -- Margarita Gasparyan of Russia rallied from a break down in the final set to beat Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 on Monday on the opening day of the Generali Ladies....

Vesnina beats Svitolina in 1st round of Tianjin Open
TIANJIN, China (AP) -- Elena Vesnina advanced to the second round of the Tianjin Open by beating fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-2, 6-4 Monday....

Monica Puig reaches 2nd round at Hong Kong Open
HONG KONG (AP) -- Monica Puig advanced to the second round of the Hong Kong Open by beating Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-1, 6-2 Monday....

Top-seeded Wawrinka wins Japan Open for 4th title of year
TOKYO (AP) -- French Open champion Stan Wawrinka defeated Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Japan Open for his career-best fourth title of the season....

Italian tennis players have life bans lifted in fixing case
ROME (AP) -- Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace have had their life bans for match-fixing lifted by the Italian tennis federation....

Nadal beats Fognini to reach final of China Open
BEIJING (AP) -- Rafael Nadal reached his first hard-court final in more than a year on Saturday, beating Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3 in the China Open semifinals....

Simon to take over as WTA's new CEO, replacing Allaster
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Steve Simon will take over as the new CEO of the Women's Tennis Association....

Nishikori rallies to foil Coric in Japan Open
TOKYO (AP) -- Defending champion Kei Nishikori, of Japan, was given a real scare by teen ace Borna Coric, of Croatia, on Monday, before sealing a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 comeback win in the first round of the Rakuten Japan Open....