Tennis-WTA boss keen to let coaches instruct players from stands
March 25 The governing body for women's tennis (WTA) is considering changing the rules to allow coaches to instruct players from the stands, its chief executive Steve Simon said.
May 4 Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova warmed up for the French Open by winning her first claycourt title with a 7-5 6-2 win over Spanish fourth seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the Portugal Open final on Saturday.
Pavlyuchenkova's decision to hire five-times grand slam champion Martina Hingis as a coach paid dividends as she completely outplayed her opponent in the second set to win her fifth career title. Her previous four successes were all achieved on hard courts.
The Russian third seed won seven games in a row midway through the match and kept up the momentum to condemn Suarez Navarro to a fifth final defeat in as many attempts.
The French Open begins on May 26. (Writing by Pritha Sarkar in London, editing by Ed Osmond)
March 24 Venus Williams overcame windy weather and an unfamiliar opponent in Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia to reach the third round of the Miami Open on Friday.