We may very well see a Williams sister hoisting the Aussie Open winner's trophy, but based on the opening week of 2015, it's not the sibling you'd think, Greg Garber writes.
Simona Halep swept past Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-2 to claim the Shenzhen Open title Saturday.
Top-seeded Simona Halep eased into the semifinals of Shenzhen Open with a convincing 6-3, 6-3 victory over qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia on Thursday.
Top seed Simona Halep cruised into the quarterfinals of Shenzhen Open by defeating Russian wild card Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6-2, 6-2 in the second round on Wednesday.
Second-seeded Petra Kvitova had six aces in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Bojana Jovanovski on Tuesday in the second round of Shenzhen Open.
Top-seeded Simona Halep overcame 10 double faults and a tough challenge from Germany's Annika Beck to advance to the second round of the Shenzhen Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory on Monday.
Alison Riske held on to defeat Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Tianjin Open on Sunday for her first WTA Tour title.
Roger Federer avenged a tough loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final by beating the top-ranked Serb 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.
Belinda Bencic and Alison Riske will both be vying for their first WTA tour title when they face each other in the inaugural Tianjin Open final on Sunday.
Hometown favorite Peng Shuai closed in on her first WTA Tour title with a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 win over Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic in the Tianjin Open quarterfinals on Friday.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer set up a rematch of their Wimbledon final with convincing straight-set wins to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters on Friday.
Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic was upset by Zheng Saisai of China 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Tianjin Open on Thursday.
Varvara Lepchenko and Alison Riske set up an all-American quarterfinal match at the Tianjin Open with straight-set wins on Wednesday.
Fabio Fognini of Italy has been fined $2,000 for flashing an obscene gesture at the crowd after crashing out to a 553rd-ranked Chinese wild card at the Shanghai Masters.
Top-seeded Sam Stosur began the defense of her Japan Women's Open title with a straight-sets victory against Misa Eguchi of Japan on Tuesday.
Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic overcame a second-set lapse to defeat Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 in the first round of the Tianjin Open on Tuesday.