Live updates: ASB Classic women's tournament at Auckland's ASB Tennis Centre, Day Three

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8:18pm - Fernandez/Mattek-Sands have cleaned up the super tiebreak to overcome Spaniards Bolsova/Masarova and move into the second round of doubles, where they'll face Cocciaretto/Wang for a spot in the semis.

Leylah Fernandez (Canada)/Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) beat Aliona Bolsova (Spain)/Rebeka Masarova (Spain) 7-5 1-6 10-5

That's the end of tonight's play. Still no sign of a schedule for tomorrow, so maybe organisers are waiting to see what the weather brings.

Join us for live updates then...

8:05pm - Bolsova/Masarova take the second set 6-1, so this match enters a super tiebreak.

Official word that the evening session, consisting of centrecourt singles, has been suspended due to rain - no kidding!

Those matches will now be rescheduled for tomorrow, when the forecast is more rain.

7:49pm - Bolsova/Masarovabreak early and hold a 3-0 lead over Fernandez/Mattek-Sands in the second set.

7:35pm - Fernandez/Mattek-Sands need 45 minutes to take the first set 7-5 over Spaniards Bolsova/Masarova.

The rain has not abated outside, so Kuzmova v Raducanu remains a longshot tonight. 

6:38pm - Cocciaretto/Wang advance out of the doubles opening round with victory over Hozumi/Zidansek.

Elisabetta Cocciaretto (Italy)/Xinyu Wang (China) beat Eri Hozumi (Japan)/Tamara Zidansek (Slovenia) 6-4 6-4

That actually complete the schedule on one of the indoor courts, so perhaps we'll see some of those centrecourt matches funnelled indoors now.

Organisers have rescheduled a Kuzmova v Raducanu singles encounter on the Stadium Court at 7pm... but that simply will not happen, with no break in the rain likely.

6:33pm - The ASB Classic has its first doubles semi-finalists, with Chan/Guarachi overcoming Gamarra Martins/Neel in straight sets and 1h 13m. Ironically, there eventual opponents are still not out of the first round, delayed by rain.

Latisha Chan (Chinese Taipei)/Alexa Guarachi (Chile) beat Ingrid Gamarra Martins (Brazil)/Ingrid Neel (USA) 6-3 6-4

Next up, Fernandez/Mattek-Sands face Bolsova/Masarova.

5:57pm - Chan/Guarachi have taken the first set of their doubles quarter-final against Gamarra Martins/Neel 6-3.

Cocciaretto/Wang have taken their first set 6-4 against Hozumi/Zidansek.

5:35pm - New Zealand has lost its last representative at the ASB Classic women's tournament, with Paige Hourigan and American Sachia Vickery bowing out of the doubles.

Tereza Martincova (Czech Republic)/Elena Gabriela-Ruse (Romania) beat Paige Hourigan (NZ)/Sachia Vickery (USA) 7-5 6-3

Next up, Cocciaretto/Wang face Hozumi/Zidansek in doubles.

On the other court, the schedule has been tweaked to allow Masarova more recovery time. Instead, Chan/Garachi take on Gamarra Martins/Neel in the first doubles quarter-final.

4:58pm - Stephens saves three matchpoints, but can't save a fourth, as Masarova takes the second-set tiebreak 7-5 to oust the tournament second seedn and former champion.

Masarova snatches the last spot in the second round and will now face Russian Anna Blinkova to advance to the quarter-final.

Rebeka Masarova (Spain) beat Sloane Stehens (USA) 6-3 7-6(5)

Masarova has only a quick turnaround, as she now teams with fellow Spaniard Aliona Bolsova in doubles against Leylah Fernandez/Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

4:53pm - Masarova holds to take the second set into a tiebreak...

4:51pm - Stephens staves off three breakpoints to hold for a 6-5 lead and Masarova must hold serve to save the second set.

Meanwhile, Martincova/Ruse have taken the first set 7-5 against Hourigan/Vickery and are already a break up in the second.

4:39pm - Masarova breaks back to put the second set back on serve at 5-4 and she will now serve to level.

4:31pm - Stephens holds serve and Masarova will now serve to stay in the second set at 5-2, after dropping five straight games to the second seed.

In case you're wondering, there is no break in the Auckland rain, so no play possible on the outside Stadium Court. 

4:26pm - Stephens has broken serve again and serves for a 5-2 lead in the second set against Masarova.

On the other indoor court, Hourigan/Vickery and Martincova/Ruse are exchanging service breaks at 5-5 in the first set.

4:19pm - Stephens has broken back and now leads Masarova 3-2 in the second set.

3:58pm - Kovinic holds serve to take the second set and match against Hibino, advancing to face former champion Lauren Davis in the second round.

Danka Kovinic (Montenegro) beat Nao Hibino (Japan) 6-1 6-4

Next up on the indoor court, Kiwi Paige Hourigan and American Sachia Vickery resume their doubles match against Martincova/Ruse, suspended from last night.

Meanwhile, Masarova is up an early break of serve in the second set against second seed Stephens, who may be facing an early exit from the tournament.

3:53pm - Masarova serves out to take the first set 6-3 over second seed Stephens. Meanwhile, Hibino has closed to 5-4 down, but Kovinic serves for the match again.

3:42pm - Up two breaks, Masarova serves for the first set, but Stephens gets a break back to trail 5-2.

Kovinic is serving for the match against Hibino, but the Japanese has a breakpoint at 5-2.

3:31pm - Masarova breaks to lead second seed Stephens 3-1 in the first set.

3:29pm - Kovinic is up a break in the second set and leads Hibino 3-1. Stephens v Masarova has resumed, with the Spaniard holding breakpoint at 2-1 in the first set.

3:10pm - And Kovinic duly obliges, winning the first set 6-1 over Hibino.

3:06pm - Seventh seed Kovinic is two service breaks up on Hibino and serves for the first set at 5-1.

2:43pm - Sofia Kenin serves out for the second set and match against Wang, booking a second-roundc lash with top seed Coco Gauff. 

Sofia Kenin (USA) beat Xinyu Wang (China) 7-6(6) 6-3

Next up, the suspended match between second seed Sloane Stephens and Spaniard Rebeka Masarova will resume from last night, with Masarova ahead 2-1 in the first set. 

By the way, persistent rain has prevented any play outdoors, so the Fernandez v Grabher match, scheduled to start at 2pm, obsiously hasn't. Stand by for more schedule changes.

2:27pm - Former champion Davis has quickly closed out Zidansek in the second set and progresses to meet the winner of Hibino v Kovinic, up next on the indoor court.

Lauren Davis (USA) beat Tamara Zidansekc (Slovenia) 6-2 6-1

2:16pm - Kenin has an early break in the second set and leads Wang 3-0.

2:05pm - Kenin takes the first-set tiebreak 8-6 and serves first in the second set against Wang. Davis is a break up on Zidansek, leading 3-1 in the second set.

1:55pm - Kenin and Wang head to a tiebreak in the first, as Davis takes a 1-0 lead in the second. However, in somewhat comical scenes, the sound of Davis v Zidansek appears to be putting Wang off her serve.

Both matches are being played on the smaller indoor courts because of rain all morning in Auckland.

Kenin 6
Wang 6

Davis 6 1 
Zidansek 2 0

1:46pm - And Davis takes the first set against Zidansek. She breaks serve twice to go 1-0 up. Meanwhile, Wang and Kenin are locked at 5-5.

Kenin 5
Wang 5

Davis 6 0
Zidansek 2 0

1:31pm - Davis has taken a 4-2 lead in the first set, but Kenin is being given a stiffer task by Wang, locked at 3-3 in the first.

Kenin 3
Wang 3

Davis 4
Zidansek 2

1:12pm - In a good start for the Americans, both Kenin and Davis have won the opening games of their first round matches.

Kenin 1
Wang 0

Davis 1
Zidansek 0

1:07pm - And we're ready to get away on the inside courts then.

Wang v Kenin and Davis v Zidansek get things started on day three!

12:57pm - Still waiting for play to get started again, sadly.

Play was pushed back from 12:00 to 12:30, now listed as 12:50.

We'll bring you any information as soon as we get it.

12:28pm - Not long until the start of play.

Wang v Kenin and Davis v Zidansek will be the first two matches played today, it seems.

At least the rain can't stop them, right?

11:55am - Pictures from the ground still show puddles of water on the outside courts, so indoors will be the way today.

That will mean the first round of the singles will be completed inside.

Up first will be Xinyu Wang v Sofia Kenin, followed by Rekeba Masarova v Sloane Stephens, and Xiyu Wang v Karolina Muchova.

Lauren Davis v Tamara Zidansek and Nao Hibino and Danka Kovinic are the other two matches left in the first round.

Organisers are hopeful that the second round of singles can be hosted outside, starting from 2pm this afternoon.

11:05am - An update from officials.

With the unrelenting weather, last night's suspended matches and the two remaining matches in the round of 32 have been moved indoors, to begin at 12pm.

That of course makes it inaccessible to fans in attendance, but coverage will still be screened at the venue.

9:57am - News from the stadium is that hopes are now pinned on the conditions clearing for a 12pm start.

Stay with us until then...

9:48am - It looks like we won't start on time, then.

Centre court is more or less underwater, with puddles on the surface.

What's more, the forecast for the rest of the day does not read well.

Stay tuned, but don't get your hopes up...

9:30am - Good morning! As things stand, we're on for a 10:00am start - provided the Auckland weather holds, of course.

Inclement weather has proven to be a thorn in the sides of organisers and fans, with more rain predicted throughout the tournament.

At the moment, we're scheduled to see 2017 ASB Classic winner Lauren Davis take the court against Tamara Zidansek, and USA's Sofia Kenin against China's Wang Xinyu at 10am.

There's also the matter of completing last night's suspended games, with second seed Sloane Stephens currently 2-1 down to Rebeka Masarova, and fifth seed Wang Xiyu 5-3 down to Karolina Muchova.

Fingers crossed it stays dry for some play, though!


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the ASB Classic women's tournament at Auckland's Stanley Street.

After two rain-sodden days, the tournament heads into the second round of singles and quarter-finals of doubles, with an earlier start to the day's play. Why wouldn't you take the early start for the opening rounds with more matches?

Especially in the Auckland summer, with weather forcasts threatening more rain on Wednesday.

The highest seeded player in action today is Canadian Leylah Fernandez, who faces Austrian Julia Grabher on centrecourt at midday. Tennis legend Venus Williams takes on Chinese qualifier Lin Zhu, while Brit Emma Raducanu is pitched against Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova in the evening session.

On the outside Grandstand Court, Canadian eight seed Rebecca Marino will battle qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure, with seventh-seeded Montenegran Danka Kovinic still to play her tournament opener.

The order of play for Wednesday is:

Stadium Court

10am start

Wang (China) v Kenin (USA)

Grabher (Austria) v 3-Fernandez (Canada)

Williams (USA) v Zhu (China)

Not before 7pm

Kuzmova (Slovak Republic) v Raducanu (UK)

Chan (Chinese Taipei)/Guarachi (Chile) v Gamarra Martins (Brazil)/Neel (USA)

Lin Zhu celebrates her opening-round victory at the ASB Classic
Lin Zhu celebrates her opening-round victory at the ASB Classic. Photo credit: Photosport

Grandstand Court

10am start

Zidansek (Slovenia) v Davis (USA)

Hibino (Japan) v 7-Kovinic (Montenegro)

8-Marino (Canada) v Bonaventure (Belgium)

Court One

Noon start

3-Kato (Japan)/Sutjiadi (Indonesia) v TBD

Fernandez (Canada)/Mattek-Sands (USA) v Blosova (Spain)/Masarova (Spain)

Wang (China)/Zhu (China) v 2-Hozumi (Japan)/Zidansek (Slovenia)

Join us at 10am for the start of play.