Azarenka plans to return for Bank of the West Classic
Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka plans to return to the WTA Tour for the Bank of the West Classic this summer.
The 27-year-old Azarenka stepped away from the game last year after she became pregnant. Her son, Leo, was born in December.
Azarenka, from Belarus, won the Australian Open in 2012 and ’13 and lost the U.S. Open final to Serena Williams in three sets both years. She will be making her fifth appearance at the tournament. She won the singles title in 2010.
This year’s Bank of the West Classic runs from July 31-Aug. 6 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in Stanford, California.
VOLVO CAR OPEN: Daria Kasatkina overpowered Jalena Ostapenko to win her first WTA event Sunday in straight sets at Charleston, South Carolina.
The final was the first between two teens on the WTA Tour in eight years and the 19-year-old Russian handled the pressure much better, winning 6-3, 6-1, breaking Ostapenko in five of her last six service games.
Kasatkina is a rising star on tour. She has two wins already this season over top-ranked Angelique Kerber.
U.S. WOMEN’S TEAM: Crystal Dunn had two goals for the second straight game, helping the U.S. women’s national team cruise to a 5-1 win over Russia in an international friendly Sunday at Houston.
Dunn scored in the 38th minute off a pass from Meghan Klingenberg before opening the second half with her fourth goal in the two Russian friendlies off a pass from Mallory Pugh.
Carli Lloyd and Rose Lavelle also scored in the United States’ dominant performance. The Americans had a 21-2 advantage in shots and attempted 14 corner kicks to one by Russia.
The U.S., ranked second in the world behind Germany and playing its last friendly until traveling to Sweden on June 8, also beat Russia 4-0 on Thursday at the home of MLS’ FC Dallas in suburban Dallas.
MLS: Servando Carrasco scored on a header in the 34th minute to help host Orlando City outlast the New York Red Bulls 1-0.
INDYCAR: James Hinchcliffe raced to his first victory since his near-fatal accident in 2015 by hanging on for a three-lap shootout to the finish Sunday on the streets of Long Beach, California.
Hinchcliffe had two strong late restarts to win in a Honda for Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports. It was the Canadian’s first win since at New Orleans a month before he nearly bled to death in an accident during practice for the Indianapolis 500.
Sebastien Bourdais followed his season-opening victory at St. Pete with a second-place finish to give Honda a 1-2 podium finish.
FORMULA ONE: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton steered clear of a chaotic start at the Chinese Grand Prix and coasted to victory, claiming his fifth title in Shanghai.
Hamilton started from pole position and led from beginning to end to capture the 54th title of his career and his first of the season.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel recovered from a mishap-filled start to finish in second place, 6.2 seconds behind the Mercedes driver.
TOUR OF CORSICA: Belgian driver Thierry Neuville extended his overnight lead to comfortably win the rally, with world champion Sebastien Ogier nearly one minute behind in second place.
SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE: Former NFL player Tim Tebow hit his second home run of the season Sunday for the Columbia Fireflies, the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate. After the team’s first series, Tebow is batting .231 with five strikeouts in 13 at-bats.
PARIS-ROUBAIX: Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet overtook Zdenek Stybar just before the line in Roubaix, France, on Sunday in a thrilling sprint finish to win the classic for the first time.