Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Skaggs’ death a shock to the baseball world; Coco takes out Serena; plus more

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On Headline Sports with Barbara Mason:

#1 How shocked is the baseball world after finding out about the death of 27-year-old Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his Texas hotel room during the Los Angeles Angels’ trip to face the Texas Rangers. The game was canceled.

#2 Was the loss at Wimbledon for Venus Williams to 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff more a pass the baton moment, defeating Williams in the first round of the tournament or was it a match for Williams trying to figure the younger player out?

#3 Megan Rapinoe is no doubt the face of the US Women’s Soccer team. She was confident, showed leadership, she took on Trump and the White House. How important is Rapinoe to women’s sports and how she represents women in the US World Cup?

#4 How realistic is it that San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner will be traded sooner or later? The New York Yankees are chomping at the bit at getting a shot at getting Bumgarner.

#5 The San Jose Sharks dealt their captain Joe Pavelski to the Dallas Stars. Did the concussion that Pavelski sustained in the playoffs against the Vegas Golden Knights play a role in the Sharks parting ways with Pavelski or was it something else?

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic to host ATP legends

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will add a new twist in 2019 when it plays host to four men’s tennis legends as the Invesco Series makes a one night stop at the tournament on Saturday, August 3.

The Invesco Series is a legends tour event that features three one-set matches consisting of two semifinals and one final. The line-up for the San Jose event is one of the best of the legends season and includes 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick, 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang, 10-time ATP tour winner James Blake and 11-time tour singles champion Mark Philippoussis.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to host this legends tour event,” said Vickie Gunnarsson, Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Tournament Director. “We are always looking at ways to bring new experiences to the event and having a chance to see the best women’s tennis players in the world along with these tennis legends is something you don’t get to experience that often.”

The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will take place July 29 to August 4, 2019 on the campus of San Jose State University. The player field is once again shaping up to be one of the best of the summer hard court season with two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and 2017 US Open junior champion Amanda Anisimova already committed to play.

Entering its second year in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a week-long WTA tennis event that combines the worlds of tennis and technology together in a celebration of sports and entertainment.

This year the stadium will feature covered seating on the West side of the venue allowing for a more comfortable, shaded viewing experience. These highly sought-after seat locations will go quickly, so get your tickets now.

Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw, the tournament brings the best female tennis players in the world to the Bay Area. Owned and operated by IMG, the tournament also serves as the opening women’s event of the US Open Series.

Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary and activist, Billie Jean King, the tournament was first played in 1971. Its list of past champions reads like a “who’s who?” of women’s tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Week-long and Finals Weekend ticket packages for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic are on sale now.

Secure your seats today to see the best professional women’s tennis players in the world compete for one of the oldest and most prestigious titles on the WTA tour.

To purchase tickets go to www.MubadalaSVC.com or call 1 (866) 982-8497

ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC
The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first women’s stop of the US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $876,183.

ABOUT MUBADALA
Mubadala Investment Company actively manages a worldwide portfolio supporting the vision of a globally integrated and diversified economy, through sustainable returns to its shareholder, the government of Abu Dhabi. In March 2018, Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) joined the group. Mubadala’s US $225 billion portfolio spans five continents with interests in aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals and mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, utilities, healthcare, real estate, defense services, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, agribusiness and a global portfolio of financial holdings. Mubadala is a trusted partner, an engaged shareholder and a responsible global company that is committed to ethics and world-class standards.

For more information about Mubadala, please visit www.mubadala.com.

ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES
Now in its 16th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.

ABOUT IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.

ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
The founding campus of the 23-campus California State University system, San Jose State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study–offered through its eight colleges. With more than 33,000 students and nearly 4,370 employees, San Jose State continues to be an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and the state, annually contributing 10,000 graduates to the workforce. The university is immensely proud of the accomplishments of its more than 260,000 alumni, 60 percent of whom live and work in the Bay Area.

Headline Sports with London Marq: Raiders might quit Oakland due to city’s lawsuit; 49ers just ran up against very good team in loss; Chair umpires call for boycott of Serena matches

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On the Headline Sports with London:

#1 The City of Oakland plan to sue the Oakland Raiders for financial impact loss to the city. The Raiders have said if the city continues with the suit, the team will pull up stakes and find a temporary site to play until their new stadium is ready.

#2 There was a lot of expectation on the Raiders on Monday night and a lot of hype on the return of head coach Jon Gruden and the trade of star Khalil Mack going into the regular season, but Oakland took a convincing 33-13 loss to the LA Rams on Monday night.

#3 How badly was the loss to the Minnesota Vikings for the San Francisco 49ers 24-16? Did Jimmy Garoppolo show promise despite the loss?

#4 Tennis chair umpires are calling for a boycott for future matches with Serena Williams. Tennis officials are upset due to the lack of support for chair umpire Carlos Ramos that umpires said Williams labeled Ramos a sexist, a thief, and owing Williams an apology for violation calls. But tennis chair umpires point to her unsportsmanship-like conduct in her U.S. Open match.

#5 Wild card races have the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees most likely heading to a one-game playoff at the end of the regular season. The A’s have won five straight, but looking ahead-how do you see this one-game match up possibly in New York between the A’s and Yankees?

London Marq does the Sports Headlines each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Was umpire being sexist against Serena at U.S. Open?; Did Cleveland know Donaldson was damaged goods before obtaining him?; plus more

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On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 Do you believe if Serena Williams during the U.S. Open was thrown off her game because of getting hit with an illegal coaching call, abusing a racket, and verbally abusing an umpire? Was the umpire being sexist with his calls against Serena?

#2 Williams was hit with a $17,000 fine ($10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for coaches violation, and $3,000 for racket abuse). Should umpire Carlos Ramos have given warnings before installing each violation against Serena?

#3 Josh Donaldson’s agent said that he was that he was not offered a multi-year deal by the Toronto Blue Jays before being dealt to Cleveland. Also, Donaldson was reportedly damaged goods before coming to Cleveland.

#4 First in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves have some hitters at top of of their lineup with Ronald Acuna Jr .293, Freddie Freeman .306 and Nick Markakis .309. The Braves are playing in S.F. this week in their bid to win the NL East.

#5 Amaury talks about whether there was too much pressure and hype on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopplolo to win the opener in Minnesota and continue his five-game win streak.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish radio talent; is the MLB Hispanic Heritage Museum Hall of Fame vice president, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Buzarnescu dominates to earn first career WTA title at Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic Final

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By Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif. — It was a moment Mihaela Buzarnescu has been waiting for a long time and now she can finally exhale. The 30-year old Romanian from Bucharest won the final of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in convincing fashion, only losing one game, over tournament darling Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-0 at the Spartan Tennis Complex on Sunday afternoon. This is Buzarnescu’s first career WTA singles title.

Buzarnescu jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a dominating serve that had Sakkari running all over the court. There would be no third straight comeback from the Athens, Greece native Sakkari as Buzarnescu’s powerful returns were too much for Sakkari to handle. As the match wore out, Sakkari’s frustration showed as her unforced errors begin to pile up on her.

“I think she was extremely solid from the beginning of the match,” said Sakkari of Buzarnescu. “I felt like I didn’t have any solutions out there. My coach came on the court, told me to change my tactic. But I was not using my weapons, they were not there (for me) today.”

Buzarnescu dominated in all categories against Sakkari including first serve percentage, first and second serve points won and was perfect in break points saved.

Buzarnescu will climb to at least No. 21 in the WTA rankings when they’re released Monday, perhaps up to 20th. This marked her first championship victory in three tries after a runner-up showing this year in Prague, Czech Republic.

“I just didn’t give up,” said Buzarnescu, after recalling how knee injuries almost derailed her career early on. “I had my closest friends and my family that has supported me. They all trusted me and said I’m capable to come back and reach the top 100 (ranked players on the tour), which I never believed it would ever be possible. I think that was the key, that I didn’t give up.”

In the doubles final, the duo of Latisha Chan and Kveta Peschke cruised past the Ukrainian twin sister duo of Lyudmyla and Lidiia Kichenok by a final score of 6-4, 6-1 in a match that only took 68 minutes to complete.

For Chan, this was her 30th doubles title, and Peschke, her 26th doubles title on the WTA circuit. This was the first time the duo have played with each other.

“We know each other for quite some time,” said Peschke on how they came about to pair up for the tournament. “We both get a long very well. And it’s always easier if two people understand each other.

Tournament Notes: The tournament’s first time in San Jose, Calif. drew 20,105 total fans for the week, with the Serena Williams vs. Johanna Konta match on Tuesday night being the biggest individual draw of the tournament at 2,943.

Up Next: The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic returns next year for 2019 from July 29th to August 4th.

Buzarnescu, Sakkari win semifinals, will meet in all-Euro Final on Day 6 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic

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By Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Greek Maria Sakkari is making a believer out of the San Jose crowds. After being two games away from elimination, the comeback kid from Greece once again rallied from a three game deficit to win the second set 7-5 and eventually the match over the American Danielle Collins 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the featured semifinal match on Saturday evening at the Spartan Tennis Complex.

Collins cruised through the first set 6-3 and was up 4-1 in the second set looking to make quick work of Sakkari. However, the momentum seemed to turned when Collins was about to serve, a fan had yelled down from the stands, disrupting Collins, who was visibly upset by the distraction.

It would seem to spark Sakkari–as Collins’ frustration would continue to grow–as she roared back to win the next six out of seven games to even it up the match and force the deciding third set.

“I felt that she was obviously getting nervous when I was coming back,” said Sakkari. “I mean every one get nervous. When I was down 4-1, that’s not when the match changed (in my favor).”

Despite the loss, Collins said it was a good week for her in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.

“I think I had a great week,” said Collins. “I was excited to get a couple of wins under my belt. Also, a great match today. I think it’s a lot of good momentum heading into the rest of the hard court season.”

When asked if she would be able to sleep the night before her chance at her first singles in 2018, and first in three years since she turned pro, Sakkari wasn’t sure at the moment.

“I will let you know tomorrow,” said Sakkari.

In the first semifinal match earlier Saturday, Romanian Miheala Buzarnescu defeated number four seeded Elise Mertens in the semifinal of the MSVC in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. After losing the first set to Mertens, Buzarnescu was able to take control of the second set and never looked back.

Mertens was suffering from an arm injury during the third set that ultimately led to her downfall as she was only able to win one game. Buzarnescu took advantage of Mertens’ injury and cruised through the third set on her way to the final showdown against Sakkari.

“Both of us I think we had really bad conditions, it was hot and dry and everything,” said Buzarnescu. “I just tried to stay positive and be more aggressive with her, keep my calm and play every ball inside the court.”

In doubles action, Latisha Chan and Kveta Peschke defeated Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninmiya 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the finals. They will faceoff against the Ukrainian twin sister duo of Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok, who defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu and Heather Watson in an epic semifinal match 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.

Game Notes: For the first time since 2010, the tournament final will not feature a seed lower than the top four. Fifth seed Maria Sharapova was defeated by eighth seed Victoria Azarenka when it was known as the Bank of the West Classic.

Sunday’s Finals Schedule
Doubles Final: Latisha Chan and Kveta Peschke vs. Lyudmyla and Nadiia Kichenok at 12 pm PDT.

Singles Final: Maria Sakkari vs. Miheala Buzarnescu at 2 pm PDT.

Venus Williams ousted by Sakkari to conclude Day 5 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic

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By Marko Ukalovic

SAN JOSE, Calif. — And then there were no more Williams sisters. Venus Williams became the latest casualty at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at the Spartan Tennis Complex on Friday night as Maria Sakkari defeated her 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the featured quarterfinal match on Friday to conclude Day 5 of the MSVC.

In early quarterfinal action, Mahela Buzarnescu defeated Ajla Tomljovanic 6-1 7-5 in the opening match of the Quarterfinals of the MSVC. Buzarnescu kept Tomljanovic off balanced through the set match to reach the semifinals. Tomljanovic was a victim of her own unforced errors in the match.

“I thought she (Buzarnescu) played a pretty flawless first set, not much I could’ve done there,” said Tomljovanic. “I think maybe she gave me a few openings there. I got in position to serve for the set but didn’t really take my chances and it kind of goes away quickly (when you don’t take advantage) with players like that.”

Johanna Konta, who  gave Serena Williams her worst loss of her career earlier this week, had her luck run out as she was defeated by Elise Mertens 7-6, 6-3. Mertens is the highest remaining seeded player (fourth) remaining in the MSVC.

Victoria Azarenka looked to be on her way to a semifinal berth, but was forced to retire in the second set due to injury to the American tennis player Danielle Collins. Azarenka had won a spirited first set 7-6, but the injury hampered her at the beginning of the second set. Collins took advantage and was up 3-0 before Azarenka could not longer proceed with the match.

For the doubles, Konta and Shuai Zhang were defeated by the duo of Mihaela Buzarnescu and Heather Watson 7-5, 6-2. Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya defeated Georgina Garcia Perez and Priscilla Hon 6-4, 6-2.

Sakkari lacks in height, but makes up for it with her speed and power, which for the most of the match seemed to tire out Williams. Sakkari, an Athens, Greece native, rallied twice after being down 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second.

“I was ready for the match compared to the last time I played her (Williams),: said Sakkari. “I knew my serve was not there. I never stopped fighting (or) believing that I could win the match.”

Upcoming Schedule for Saturday, August 4
Singles — Semifinals
Elise Mertens (4) vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu at 1 pm PDT.

Danielle Collins vs Maria Sakkari  at 7 pm PDT.

Doubles — Semifinals
Latisha Chan and Kveta Peschke vs. Miyu Kato and Makota Ninmiya at 2:30 pm PDT.

Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu and Heather Watson at 5 pm PDT.

Venus Williams rises to the occasion on Day 4 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Day four of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was a big day for American tennis star Venus Williams, who is commonly known as one of the all-time greats and the older sister of Serena Williams. The well-known lady made her 2018 MSVC debut at the Spartan Tennis Complex on Thursday.

Here are the results of Thursday’s matches:

Ladies Singles — Round 2
ROU’s Mihaela Buzarnescu defeated USA’s Amanda Anisimova by a final score of 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

GRE’s Maria Sakkari had a nearly perfect match when she held HUN’s Timea Babos to just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

AUS’ Ajla Tomljanovic crushed POL’s Magdalena Frech in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Apparently, the Mubadala SVC saved the best for last in Thursday’s round of matches, as USA’s Venus Williams took on GBR’s Heather Watson in three hard-fought sets in which Williams won 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Notes
Madison Keys withdrew from her day match vs. Ajla Tomljanovic due to a right wrist injury. Lucky loser Magdalena Frech replaced Keys.

“I am really sorry to have to pull out of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic,” said Keys. “I have been feeling pain in my wrist over the last couple of days and felt worse today. This event is one of my favorites and I was looking forward to playing here in San Jose, but want to thank the San Jose State University and Mubadala for pulling it together in such a short amount of time. I am excited to come back next year and play in front of your great fans.”

Danielle Collins signed autographs at 12 pm PDT in the retail booth. Also, Elise Mertens signed autographs in the Mubadala booth.

The MSVC gave a shoutout to one of their sponsors, Togo’s Sandwiches, and suggested on Twitter that pastrami-loving fans should visit a local Togo’s at 1430 Monterey Rd, 779 Story Rd or 4th & San Carlos and try their new Pretzelrami. Togo’s has been creating filling sandwiches since 1971.

Up Next
Schedule for Friday’s Quarterfinal 

Venus Williams rises to the occasion on Day 4 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Day four of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic was a big day for American tennis star Venus Williams, who is commonly known as one of the all-time greats and the older sister of Serena Williams. The well-known lady made her 2018 MSVC debut at the Spartan Tennis Complex on Thursday.

Here are the results of Thursday’s matches:

Ladies Singles — Round 2
ROU’s Mihaela Buzarnescu defeated USA’s Amanda Anisimova by a final score of 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

GRE’s Maria Sakkari had a nearly perfect match when she held HUN’s Timea Babos to just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

AUS’ Ajla Tomljanovic crushed POL’s Magdalena Frech in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Apparently, the Mubadala SVC saved the best for last in Thursday’s round of matches, as USA’s Venus Williams took on GBR’s Heather Watson in three hard-fought sets in which Williams won 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Notes
Madison Keys withdrew from her day match vs. Ajla Tomljanovic due to a right wrist injury. Lucky loser Magdalena Frech replaced Keys.

“I am really sorry to have to pull out of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic,” said Keys. “I have been feeling pain in my wrist over the last couple of days and felt worse today. This event is one of my favorites and I was looking forward to playing here in San Jose, but want to thank the San Jose State University and Mubadala for pulling it together in such a short amount of time. I am excited to come back next year and play in front of your great fans.”

Danielle Collins signed autographs at 12 pm PDT in the retail booth. Also, Elise Mertens signed autographs in the Mubadala booth.

The MSVC gave a shoutout to one of their sponsors, Togo’s Sandwiches, and suggested on Twitter that pastrami-loving fans should visit a local Togo’s at 1430 Monterey Rd, 779 Story Rd or 4th & San Carlos and try their new Pretzelrami. Togo’s has been creating filling sandwiches since 1971.

Up Next
Schedule for Friday’s Quarterfinal 

Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic continues without Williams; Azarenka shines in Day 3

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic resumed at the Spartan Tennis Complex all day Wednesday. In case you missed it, American tennis star Serena Williams suffered the most lopsided loss of her 23-year career to British tennis player Johanna Konta, who clearly found her form in a spectacular style to hand the upset to Williams.

But, Wednesday was a new day, and the show went on without Williams. Day 3 featured a variety of global tennis players along with cute pups of those players.

Round 2 of the Ladies’ Singles went in this particular order. Belgium’s Elise Mertens downed USA’s Ashley Kratzer in a lopsided 6-2, 6-0 victory that very much resembled Williams’ disappointing loss Tuesdsay night. Konta continued her success with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over USA’s Sofia Kenin. There was still some all-American power, as USA’s Danielle Collins beat Belarus’ Vera Lapko with a final score of 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. The hectic day of singles was capped off with a match between Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka and Russia’s Anna Blinkova. Azaranka pretty much had both sets from start to finish as she was victorious in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Blinkova, who scored just one point early in Set 1.

“I felt pretty satisfied with winning a tough match” said Azarenka. “Today was obviously more one-sided and I wish I could’ve played better, but it’s still a win and I feel kind of the same (after the two-hour difference between Wednesday’s matches).”

Round 1 of the Ladies’ Doubles featured Japan’s Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya, who defeated Poland’s Magdalena Frech and USA’s Maria Sanchez in a 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 defeat.

Notes
Spanish-Venezuelan tennis star Garbine Muguruza was forced to withdraw due to an arm injury. Russia’s Anna Blinkova replaced Muguruza in Wednesday’s match versus Belarus’ former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.

Hungary’s Timea Babos signed autographs for the fans at USTA NorCal booth Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm PDT.

Up Next
Order of Play for Thursday, August 2.

Starting at 11 am PDT 
Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu [5] vs. USA’s Amanda Anisimova [Q]

Not before 1 pm PDT
Greece’s Maria Sakkari vs. Hungary’s Timea Babos [8]

Followed by 
Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic vs. USA’s Madison Keys [2]

Not before 7 pm PDT
USA’s Venus Williams [3] [WC] vs. United Kingdom’s Heather Watson

Followed by
Russia’s Anna Blinkova vs. Russia’s Natela Dzalamidze vs. USA’s Kaitlyn Christian and USA’s Sabrina Santamaria or Ukraine’s Lyudmyla and Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok [3]