Tennis

SHENZHEN, China — Maria Sharapova and top-ranked Simona Halep opened their 2018 seasons with straight-sets wins on Monday at the Shenzhen Open. Sharapova finished off a 6-3, 6-0 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu with a powerful forehand winner, and Halep started her bid for a second Shenzhen title with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nicole Gibbs.
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BRISBANE — Australian Open title contenders Elina Svitolina and Johanna Konta both impressed with first-round Brisbane International wins on Monday. Petra Kvitova‘s Grand Slam preparation has been disrupted though, the two-time Wimbledon champion withdrawing hours before her opening-round match citing a virus. Third seed Svitolina powered past Carla Suarez Navarro in a high-quality tussle, the
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