BEIJING (AP) Romania's Simona Halep won a back-and-forth match against Andrea Petkovic featuring 17 breaks of serve, beating the German 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (1) to advance to the China Open quarterfinals on Thursday.
The second-seeded Halep was broken nine times, including when she served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, but took the tiebreaker comfortably to close out the win.
Halep, this year's French Open finalist, next plays ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to complete a hat trick of wins and extend his narrow Formula One championship lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix; a race that has been dominated by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in recent years.
With five races remaining, the gap between Hamilton and Rosberg stands at just three points after Hamilton recorded his seventh win of the season at the Singapore Grand Prix last month. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has been included in an England squad for the first time, the latest player from the Premier League club to be rewarded with an international call-up in the last year.
Southampton has been a surprise package, sitting second in the Premier League despite an offseason exodus of talent, including Luke Shaw to Manchester United. While right back Clyne has been promoted from the under-21s for European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, Shaw has been demoted to the younger squad after going to the World Cup. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) The IOC will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Olympics, even though only two cities are left in the troubled race following Oslo's withdrawal.
"The IOC is sticking to its commitments," IOC President Thomas Bach told The Associated Press on Thursday. "We have issued the invitation for bidding. There is a clear and transparent procedure. We will follow this procedure with two candidates." (MORE)
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) Kazakhstan cyclist Maxim Iglinskiy has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO, three weeks after his brother admitted doping with the same substance.
The International Cycling Union said Iglinskiy tested positive on Aug. 1, four days after completing the Tour de France. He placed 129th in support of Tour-winning Astana teammate Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. (MORE)
LONDON (AP) Danny Welbeck scored his first career hat trick as Arsenal overpowered Galatasaray 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday and survived with 10 men for the last half-hour after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sent off.
Welbeck, who was allowed to leave Manchester United last month after his striking qualities were questioned by manager Louis Van Gaal, demonstrated just how he can thrive as a center forward. (MORE)
SUZUKA, Japan (AP) Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver to take part in a Formula One Grand Prix weekend when he pilots a Toro Rosso in Friday morning's opening practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Verstappen, who turned 17 on Sept. 30, has been granted a license by the sport's governing body FIA clearing him to take part in Friday's practice. He is scheduled to race for Toro Rosso in 2015. (MORE)