WTA Finals: Pliskova gets a win over Venus Williams

Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over fifth-seeded Venus Williams at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Sunday.

“I felt really good,” Pliskova said. “I think everything was fine with my game today. I think I was just a little bit better, even from the baseline, even on my service games, so there was no need to panic with anything in my game.”

In Sunday’s other match, second-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

STOCKHOLM OPEN: Juan Martin del Potro won his 20th career title, beating Grigor Dimitrov to defend his title at Stockholm.

Del Potro held serve throughout as he won 6-4, 6-2 against Dimitrov while also landing 70 percent of first serves and firing in nine aces.

KREMLIN CUP: Damir Dzumhur recovered from a second-set slip to beat Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 at Moscow and win the Kremlin Cup.


MLS: Kelyn Rowe scored in stoppage time to give the New England Revolution a 3-2 victory at Montreal on Sunday in their regular-season finale.

Rowe, a late substitute, put a shot from 30 yards out just under the bar behind goalkeeper Max Crepeau moments after Montreal’s Matteo Mancosu tied it with a 90th-minute goal.

Diego Fagundez and Krisztian Nemeth also scored for New England (13-15-6).

Patrice Bernier scored in his final game for the Impact (11-17-6).

Toronto finished atop the Eastern Conference at 20-5-9 and will get a first-round bye, along with NYCFC. In knockout games this week, Chicago will host the Red Bulls, while Atlanta hosts Columbus.

Portland and Seattle got byes in the West, with Vancouver hosting San Jose, and Sporting Kansas City at Houston for knockout games.

U.S. WOMEN’S TEAM: Sam Mewis scored a pair of goals in the first half and the United States went on to beat South Korea 6-0 in an exhibition match at Cary, North Carolina.

Christen Press and Julie Ertz also scored as the national team built a 4-0 first-half lead. Lynn Williams and Allie Long added goals in the second half.


FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton further tightened his control on the season championship, winning the U.S. Grand Prix ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel, who finished second in a race he said he had to win.

The Mercedes driver continued his absolute dominance of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, winning at the track for the fifth time since 2012 and fourth year in a row.

The victory extended Hamilton’s championship lead over Vettel to 66 points with three races left. While mathematically still possible, Vettel’s title hopes are nearly wiped out.


VENICE MARATHON: Eyob Faniel became the first Italian in 22 years to win the Venice Marathon after a bizarre incident in which the leading six runners took a wrong turn on Sunday.

Favorites Abdulahl Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai and David Kiprono Metto were among the leading group which followed a motorcycle off the course after 16 miles. They lost around two minutes.

Faniel finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes.

– News service report