Qatar Open: Sania Mirza returns to WTA circuit with win, reaches doubles quarter-finals with Slovenian partner Andreja Klepac
The Indo-Slovenian pair won 6-4 6-7(5) 10-5 against Nadiia Kichenok and Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine in the opening round of the WTA 500 tournament.
Qatar has pressed ahead with events despite seeing an uptick in virus cases, staging the FIFA Club World Cup earlier this month with stadiums at 30 percent capacity.
Ankita will become only the second player to crack the doubles top-100 since Sania Mirza, who is a six-time Grand Slam champion.
The 23-year-old rallied from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in an event held at Melbourne Park for early losers at the Australian Open.
Ankita came from behind to beat the Italian 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the USD 235,238 hardcourt tournament.
Despite her heady rise, Osaka said becoming world number one felt slightly underwhelming, and brought extra pressure.
Garbine Muguruza sets up Yarra Valley Classic final with Ashleigh Barty; Grampians Trophy to end after semis
Muguruza has shown the form that put her top of the rankings in 2017, dropping just 10 games in four matches so far
Bob Moran, tournament director for the WTA Volvo Car Open, said hopes for allowing a limited number of fans were scuttled by the ongoing pandemic.
Victoria state's Sports Minister Martin Pakula said it equated to some 390,000 spectators across the two-week spectacle – around half the attendance of last year.
Tennis Australia said in a statement the tournament build-up had been revamped after "extensive consultation" to help give the 72 affected players "the best possible preparation and training opportunities".
Abu Dhabi Open: Sofia Kenin fights back to beat Yulia Putintseva; Maria Sakkari, Elina Svitolina through to quarters
Kenin posted 57 unforced errors to Putintseva's 43 but still prevailed 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 over the 13th-seeded Putintseva.
A punishment would not be decided until after a full hearing. The ITF said Yastremska has a right to appeal, but has not yet done so.
The biggest event missing from the schedule is the joint WTA-ATP hard-court tournament in Indian Wells, California.
WTA season to commence on 5 January, calendar to provide two-week COVID-19 quarantine period ahead of Australian Open
The season will kick off with the Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open, a WTA 500 level event on 5-13 January, while qualifying for the Australian Open will take place in Dubai on 10-13 January.
Players are expected to arrive in Melbourne from mid-January, undertaking a mandatory two-week quarantine period that permits them to train for a maximum of five hours per day at Melbourne Park
The tour's highest Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 tournament categories will from 2021 be renamed WTA 1000, mirroring the ATP 1000 tournaments which are one step down from the Grand Slams.
The 22-year-old Sabalenka finished the season in style with a straight-sets victory over her doubles partner Elise Mertens in Sunday's final in Austria.
Having been ranked a career-high 12th in 2012, successive ankle and shoulder injuries have set Sabine Lisicki back. She is currently 690th in the world.
WTA tournament in Limoges called off due to strict COVID-19 measures put in place for Australian Open
The tournament, which was scheduled to take place between 14-20 December, has been "directly affected" by the mandatory two-week coronavirus quarantine players have to respect before being allowed into Australia.
She has yet to play on clay this season and withdrew from the Italian Open in Rome last week due to a left Achilles tendon injury sustained in New York.