Kvitova Grounds Serena; Four Top 10ers Up Wednesday at WTA Cincinnati

May JohnsonAug 19, 2018

"It's nice to be back and I hope to have a good tournament", said Federer, who will start against Peter Gojowczyk after the German beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. But he had a hard time adjusting to the Cincinnati courts. "It's never easy, no matter what the scoreline says", Williams said.

Both Williams and Pliskova come equipped with powerful games and are capable of dominating opponents from the back of the court easily when they are at their best.

Andy Murray's comeback following hip surgery hit another roadblock on Monday after he was beaten 6-1 1-6 6-4 by France's Lucas Pouille in the first round of the Cincinnati Open.

Tsitsipas was a surprise finalist at the Rogers Cup, losing the decider to Rafael Nadal after knocking out Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Anderson in Toronto.

Unseeded Milos Raonic advanced past Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-3 at the combined ATP and WTA event, the last major tune-up prior to the US Open on August 27.

"Physically, I felt okay". It's quick conditions here. Little by little I'm gaining my confidence. "I maybe wasn't reacting as quickly to some shots I would have liked". Gonzalez blasted a forehand victor to take a 40-15 lead with two set points up for grabs, but he missed a backhand volley on the first and an easy forehand on the second, which pretty much sealed his fate in this match.

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Serena was a runner-up at this year's Wimbledon after losing to Angelique Keber in the finals.She had withdrawn from last week's Rogers Cup in Canada for "personal reasons". I'm only feeling better every day that has gone by after Wimbledon.

"Hopefully, as the year goes on there'll be more opportunity for me to get a little more consistency on the practice court and the tennis court rather than just now just sort of compete, take some time away from the court to work on the physical side and then sort of build up for a few days".

But it was world No. 17 Pouille who proved to be the more resourceful as he claimed his first win in five tries against Murray.

But there will no repeat of those giant-killing feats in OH, where 11th seed Goffin dispatched the young Greek 7-5 6-3.

The Cincinnati Open will be Federer's first tournament since Wimbledon where he was stunned 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 by South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final of the championship.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov beat USA tournament debutant Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 7-5 Sam Querrey beat ninth-seeded American compatriot John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5).

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