V. Williams captures her 47th career title
Venus Williams won the Wuhan (China) Open on Saturday when her Spanish opponent and fifthseeded Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing, 6-3, 3-0.
It was the unseeded Williams’s 47th career WTA singles title.
“It’s not easy when you don’t play your best,” Williams, 35, told Muguruza, adding that “I probably didn’t have a chance if you felt well.”
Muguruza, 21, said she was “very sorry” at having to retire.
Williams rallied from 5-3 down in the third set of the quarterfinals to beat British qualifier Johanna Konta, and she saved amatch point during a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) semifinal win over Roberta Vinci.
Both finalists are projected to make major moves up the rankings— Williams from No. 24 to No. 14 and Muguruza from No. 8 to No. 5, her top-five debut. . . . Second-seeded Feliciano
Lopez fired in 12 aces to edge past Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, 7- 6 (7-2), 7- 6 (7-5), in the semifinals of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur and set up an all-Spanish final against top seed
Ferrer rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Benjamin Becker of Germany. . . . Nao Hibino of Japan cruised past Croatia’s Donna Vekic, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Open final. . . .
Persistent rain washed out the semifinals of the Shenzhen (China) Open. Both semifinals will now be played on Sunday with the final later the same day.
Top-seeded Tomas Berdych will take on Tommy Robredo, and second-seeded Marin Cilic meets fourth-seeded Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez. Both semifinals will be played simultaneously on adjacent courts.
Veteran defenseman and former Washington Capital
Sergei Gonchar’s bid to make the Pittsburgh Penguins is over.
The team released the 41-yearold Gonchar while trimming its roster to 25 players ahead of the season opener next week in Dallas.
The four-time all-star was attempting to make a successful return to Pittsburgh, where he played from 2005 to ’10 while helping the franchise to the 2009 Stanley Cup. . . .
The New Jersey Devils signed right wing Lee Stempniak to a one-year, $850,000 contract. Stempniak, 32, had 15 goals and 13 assists in 71 games last season with the New York Rangers and Winnipeg.
Tonalist easily beat five rivals in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup in the slop at Belmont Park in New York to earn a return trip to the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Gold Cup was one of four Challenge races at Belmont Park with each winner getting a fees-paid spot in the corresponding Breeders’ Cup race on Oct. 31 at Keeneland, Ky. . . .
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark took a three-shot lead after three rounds of the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a 7under-par 65 at St. Andrews, Scotland.
Olesen started with a bogey on the first hole but then had eight birdies the rest of the way— including four on the last five holes— for a 17-under 199 total.
Florian Fritsch of Germany was second after a 64 at Kingsbarns, with Benjamin
Hebert of France another shot back after a 67 at Carnoustie.
The players alternated between the three courses on the first three days, with the final round held at St. Andrews.