Russian lawmakers proposed outlawing "LGBT propaganda" for adults as well as children on Monday, as tennis star Daria Kasatkina came out as gay.
Picking up the Best Director prize at the Critics' Choice Awards, Jane Campion confused many by commenting on the Williams sisters not competing against men.
Following her victory on Tuesday at the Monterrey Open, Svitolina said she was "on a mission" for her country.
The first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title will skip the beginning of the 2022 tennis season next month.
As women's tennis champions applauded Simon's actions, men's tennis stars demanded their organizations follow suit and take action against China.
"China's leaders have left the WTA with no choice," WTA Chairman Scott Simon said on Wednesday regarding the decision to suspend tournaments.
"The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe," wrote Steve Simon, chairman and CEO of WTA.
World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty takes on 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, while world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka plays No. 8 seed Karolina Pliskova.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was forced to withdraw from her first-round match with an ankle injury.
Gauff faces Britain's Francesca Jones on Tuesday, while Williams begins her 20th Wimbledon campaign against Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
Naomi Osaka is one of many women in sport who has felt bullied, patronized and disrespected by journalists. The answer is not to withdraw and refuse to partake in a considered dissection of a match.
The No. 2-ranked player was fined for skipping a news conference Sunday and withdrew from the competition the next day, citing anxiety over media interviews.
"Professional athletes have a responsibility to their sport and their fans to speak to the media surrounding their competition, allowing them the opportunity to share their perspective and tell their story," the WTA said in a statement.
Tennis icon Billie Jean King is the latest woman to become a Barbie in the toy's Inspiring Women series.
The tennis star thinks Maria Sharapova "might be perceived by the public as nicer."
The Canadian is a fierce critic of Sharapova, saying the Russian should not have been welcomed back to tennis after her doping ban.
The Russian returned from a doping ban in April.
The Canadian had called her Russian opponent a 'cheat.'
Sharapova beat Roberta Vinci upon her return from her doping ban on Wednesday.
She will be 31 in two years—time enough for a comeback.
The sports manufacturers will continue their agreements despite two-year ban.
This is an unusual way to prepare for an important match.
It is the latest in a series of organizations to back away from Grand Slam winner.
The Spaniard also defended himself against past doping allegations.
The tennis world No. 6 faces a provisional suspension on March 12.
The multiple Grand Slam winner failed to turn up to a press conference after the defeat.