Showing posts with label Cincinnati. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cincinnati. Show all posts

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Muguruza wins WTA Cincinnati title

Muguruza wins WTA Cincinnati title

Garbine Muguruza crushed Simona Halep 6-1 6-0 to win the Western & Southern Open title.

Muguruza needed only 56 minutes to claim the win and denied Halep a chance to move to No. 1 in the next WTA rankings.

The Spaniard won her first title in the U.S. and her second of the year, along with Wimbledon. In three tournaments since, she has at least reached the quarterfinals.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Halep reaches Cincinnati final, plays Muguruza

Halep reaches Cincinnati final, plays Muguruza

Simona Halep will have her third chance of the season to claim the world number one spot after beating Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters finals.

The 25-year-old Romanian will try to become only the 24th different woman atop the rankings by winning Sunday's final against Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza, who ousted top-ranked Czech defending champion Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 in the other semi-final.
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"I just want to go tomorrow and play my game. If it's going to happen, great, but if not I will have more opportunities. Hopefully I can do it. I have the desire."

Halep, who hasn't dropped a set all week, has already lost twice this year playing for the top ranking, falling in the French Open final against Jelena Ostapenko and the Wimbledon quarterfinal against Johanna Konta, each time after taking the first set.

"Maybe tomorrow is my turn," Halep said.

"I have to give my best and fight and if I win it's going to be really special. It's a great opportunity. But for sure it's going to be a tough match against a Grand Slam champion.

"It's a big challenge. It's a big match."

Serena Williams had been number one before her pregnancy break earlier this year. Germany's Angelique Kerber and Pliskova have held the spot since.

Sixth-ranked Spaniard Muguruza seeks her fifth career title at the last major US Open tuneup, flipping the script on Pliskova in a rematch of their 2016 semi to reach her first final in any US event.

"I'm just happy to be in the final," said Muguruza. "I was hoping to get it and my concentration was really good. Very happy with this win."

Muguruza beats Pliskova, advances to Cincinnati final

Muguruza beats Pliskova, advances to Cincinnati final

Garbine Muguruza beat top seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-2 in the semi-final of the Cincinnati Open.

Wimbledon champion Muguruza proved much stronger on serve than the defending champion, she clinched the win when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point.

Pliskova, who played part of one match and all of another on Friday after rain forced postponements on Thursday, had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza's 13.

Cincinnati Order of play Saturday August 19th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

ATP Cincinnati Order of play Saturday August 19th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Center Starts at 12:00
SF
(1)Karolina Pliskova vs (4)Garbiñe Muguruza WTA
Not Before 2:00 pm
SF
(14)John Isner vs (7)Grigor Dimitrov
Not Before 4:00 pm
SF
(WC)Sloane Stephens vs (2)Simona Halep WTA
Not Before 7:00 pm
SF
Nick Kyrgios vs David Ferrer
F
Su-Wei Hsieh/Monica Niculescu vs (2)Yung-Jan Chan/Martina Hingis WTA
Grandstand Starts at 1:00 pm
SF
(3)Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares vs (2)Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo
SF
Ryan Harrison/Michael Venus vs (5)Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pliskova face double duty to reach semi-finals

Pliskova face double duty to reach semi-finals

Karolina Pliskova, fighting second-ranked Simona Halep to remain world number one, ousted Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 in another of five matches postponed from Thursday due to rain.

Pliskova faced a short-rest quarter-final against fifth-rated Dane Caroline Wozniacki at the last major tuneup for the US Open.

Muguruza outlasts Kuznetsova to reach Cincinnati semifinal

Muguruza outlasts Kuznetsova to reach Cincinnati semifinal

Garbine Muguruza fought off Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the Western & Southern Open semifinals with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win on Friday.

The Wimbledon champion clinched her second straight W&S semifinal berth with a forehand deep into the corner that Kuznetsova could only steer into the net.

Cincinnati Order of play Friday August 17th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Cincinnati Order of play Friday August 17th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Center Starts at 11:00 am
QF
(4)Garbiñe Muguruza vs (8)Svetlana Kuznetsova WTA
Not Before 1:00 pm
3rd Rd (1)
Rafael Nadal vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas
QF
(7)Grigor Dimitrov vs Yuichi Sugita
QF
(WC)Jared Donaldson vs (14)John Isner
Not Before 7:00 pm
QF
(7)Johanna Konta vs (2)Simona Halep WTA
Not Before 9:00 pm
QF
Rafael Nadal or Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs Nick Kyrgios or Ivo Karlovic

Grandstand Starts at 11:00 am
QF
Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau vs (3)Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares
Not Before 1:00 pm
3rd Rd
Nick Kyrgios vs Ivo Karlovic TBF 3/4
Not Before 3:30 pm
QF
Karolina Pliskova or Camila Giorgi vs (6)Caroline Wozniacki WTA
Not Before 7:00 pm
QF
(3)Dominic Thiem vs David Ferrer

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Muguruza into Cincinnati quarter-finals

Muguruza into Cincinnati quarter-finals

Garbine Muguruza saved three match points in downing Madison Keys 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.

After a two-hour rain delay at 2-2 in the third set, they exchanged breaks before Keys broke again in the 11th game to serve for the match.

But Keys, who improved to 3-0 against Muguruza with a Stanford semi-final win two weeks ago, squandered three match points with errant shots and sent a backhand long on break point to force a final tie-breaker which Muguruza led from start to finish.

Halep advances in Cincinnati 2017

Halep advances in Cincinnati 2017

Simona Halep charged closer to taking the world number one ranking Thursday, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-3 to reach the WTA Cincinnati Masters quarter-finals.

Halep can overtake top-ranked Czech defending champion Karolina Pliskova by winning the title in the final major tuneup for the US Open.

"To be number one in the world I think is a big thing," Halep said. "If I deserve the place, for sure I will win it."

Pliskova on track to defend Cincinnati title

Pliskova on track to defend Cincinnati title

Karolina Pliskova scored a 6-2 6-3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.

Angelique Kerber lost 6-4 1-6 7-6 to Ekaterina Makarova and Venus Williams was upset 6-3 2-6 6-2 by Ashleigh Barty in second-round matches.

Barty will face former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, a 6-2 6-4 winner against Russia's Elena Vesnina, in the last 16.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cincinnati Order of play Thursday August 17th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Cincinnati Order of play Thursday August 17th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Center Starts at 11:00 am
3rd Rd
(7)Grigor Dimitrov vs Juan Martin del Potro
Not Before 1:00 pm
3rd Rd
(4)Garbiñe Muguruza vs (16)Madison Keys WTA
3rd Rd
(14)John Isner vs (WC)Frances Tiafoe
Not Before 7:00 pm
3rd Rd
Rafael Nadal or Richard Gasquet vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Not Before 9:00 pm
3rd Rd
(WC)Sloane Stephens vs Ekaterina Makarova WTA

Grandstand Starts at 11:00 am
3rd Rd
(15)Anastasija Sevastova vs (2) Simona Halep WTA
Not Before 12:00 noon
3rd Rd
(11)Pablo Carreno Busta vs David Ferrer
Not Before 2:00 pm
3rd Rd
(3)Dominic Thiem vs Adrian Mannarino or Sam Querrey
3rd Rd
Nick Kyrgios vs Ivo Karlovic
Not Before 7:00 pm
3rd Rd
Elina Svitolina or Lesia Tsurenko vs Julia Goerges WTA
QF
(1)Henri Kontinen/John Peers vs Ryan Harrison/Michael Venus

Barty knocks out Venus Williams in Cincinnati

Barty knocks out Venus Williams in Cincinnati

Venus Williams was knocked out of the Western & Southern Open by qualifier Ashleigh Barty in a three-set, second-round match on Wednesday.

Barty, who is ranked No. 48 on the WTA Tour, bounced back after dropping the second set to pull out a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 upset of the 37-year-old Wimbledon finalist, who is ranked No. 9.

Halep and Venus advance in Cincinnati

Halep and Venus advance in Cincinnati

Simona Halep dispatched qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-1 while Venus Williams defeated Alison Riske 6-2, 6-0 to advance in Cincinnati.

Williams will next face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-4 in a matchup of two qualifiers.

On her part, Halep will take on the winner of the match between Anastasija Sevastova and Roberta Vinci.

Muguruza powers into round of 16 at Cincinnati

Muguruza powers into round of 16 at Cincinnati

Garbine Muguruza stormed by Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-0 to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday.

Muguruza, fresh off a quarter-finals loss to eventual winner Elina Svitolina at Toronto last week, needed only 65 minutes to earn the straight sets win over Haddad Maia and book her spot in the round of 16.

Johanna Konta beats Kiki Bertens to reach third round in Cincinnati

Johanna Konta beats Kiki Bertens to reach third round in Cincinnati

Johanna Konta is through to the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after seeing off Kiki Bertens on Tuesday night.

The seventh seed advanced in straight sets, 6-3 6-3, and looked in impressive form with both her forehand and backhand as she forced 10 break points, converting four of them.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cincinnati Order of play Wednesday August 16th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Cincinnati Order of play Wednesday August 16th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Center Starts at 11:00 am
2nd Rd
(7)Grigor Dimitrov vs Feliciano Lopez
Not Before 1:00 pm
2nd Rd
(9)Venus Williams vs (Q)Ashleigh Barty WTA
2nd Rd
(WC)Frances Tiafoe vs (4)Alexander Zverev
Not Before 7:00 pm
2nd Rd
(1)Karolina Pliskova vs (LL)Natalia Vikhlyantseva WTA
Not Before 8:30 pm
2nd Rd
(1)Rafael Nadal vs Richard Gasquet

Grandstand Starts at 11:00 am
2nd Rd
Daria Kasatkina vs (16)Madison Keys WTA
2nd Rd
(Q)Mitchell Krueger vs Juan Martin del Potro
Not Before 2:00 pm
2nd Rd
Ekaterina Makarova or Barbora Strycova vs (3)Angelique Kerber WTA
Not Before 7:00 pm
2nd Rd
Adrian Mannarino vs (15)Sam Querrey
2nd Rd
Alla Kudryavtseva/Alicja Rosolska vs (3) Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova WTA

Keys beats Vandeweghe again in Cincinnati

Keys beats Vandeweghe again in Cincinnati

Madison Keys beat CoCo Vandeweghe for the second time in eight days with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Open.

Keys beat Vandeweghe in straight sets in the Stanford Classic final and while pushed a little harder on Monday, the 16th seed still had enough to get by her big-serving compatriot in just under two hours.

Gavrilova defeated Mladenovic at Cincinnati Open

Gavrilova defeated Mladenovic at Cincinnati Open

Daria Gavrilova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-0 7-6 at the Cincinnati Open.

After cruising through a perfect first set, Gavrilova needed to save a set point in the second to hand the 13th-seeded Mladenovic her third straight loss.

"She has a history of great comebacks. She has done it at the French Open almost every match," said Gavrilova.

Horror flight for Halep in trek to Cincinnati

Horror flight for Halep in trek to Cincinnati

Simona Halep had a horror show journey to reach the WTA Cincinnati Masters this week involving a scary private plane flight and a six-hour car trip.

Halep was convinced to take a private plane flight for the first time to travel to Cincinnati.

"When I saw the plane the first time, I was scared," Halep said. "It was too small. We had to stop in Buffalo for the (US) customs. I said that was enough.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cincinnati Order of play Tuesday August 15th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Cincinnati Order of play Tuesday August 15th 2017 - Western & Southern Open

Center Starts at 11:00 am
1st Rd
Juan Martin del Potro vs (10)Tomas Berdych
Not Before 1:00 pm
1st Rd
(9)Venus Williams vs Alison Riske WTA
1st Rd
(13)Jack Sock vs Yuichi Sugita
Not Before 7:00 pm
2nd Rd
(14)John Isner vs (WC)Tommy Paul
Not Before 8:30 pm
2nd Rd
(4)Garbiñe Muguruza vs (Q)Beatriz Haddad Maia WTA

Grandstand Starts at 11:00 am
1st Rd
Ana Konjuh vs (11)Dominika Cibulkova WTA
1st Rd
Steve Johnson vs David Ferrer
Not Before 2:00 pm
2nd Rd
(Q)Taylor Townsend vs (2)Simona Halep WTA
Not Before 7:00 pm
1st Rd
(WC)Sloane Stephens vs Lucie Safarova WTA
2nd Rd
(3)Dominic Thiem vs Fabio Fognini