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Defending Champs Djokovic, Osaka Named US Open Top Seeds

Posted by Staff on August 21st, 2019 @ 7:45 pm

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the top seeds at the upcoming 2019 US Open which begins on Monday.

It’s the sixth time Djokovic has been named the top seed in New York where he’s won three of his 16 career Majors. The Serb enters as the favorite after having won four of the last five Grand Slams. But he’s won just twice in his last seven tries at …

Keys Comes Back On Kuznetsova To Win Cincinnati

Posted by Staff on August 18th, 2019 @ 10:35 pm

Madison Keys won her biggest career title Sunday beating for a fourth time Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6(7) in the Cincinnati final on Sunday.

“I think I just really focused in on obviously really important games and was able to make her play a lot of balls. Luckily, I figured out a way to level up the scoreline,” Keys said after the match.

“I think I served really well today, especially in certain …

Medvedev Hangs On For First Masters In Cincinnati, Prevails Over Goffin

Posted by Staff on August 18th, 2019 @ 10:20 pm

Daniil Medvedev became a Masters champion on Sunday edging David Goffin 7-6(3), 6-4 in the Cincinnati final.

On a steamy afternoon in Ohio, Medvedev grabbed an early break but it didn’t last long. Goffin came right back then forced a breaker. Medvedev came from a mini break down to take it going away.

Another quick break looked good for the 8th-ranked Medvedev in the second. But serving for the match at 5-4, …

Kuznetsova Ends Barty’s No. 1 Hopes In Cincinnati, Faces Keys In Final

Posted by Staff on August 17th, 2019 @ 11:51 pm

Ash Barty’s hopes for a return to No. 1 and the US Open tennis seed evaporated Saturday in the Cincinnati semifinals. Two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova war nearly flawless in a comprehensive 6-2, 6-4 win over the Australian.

“I’m really happy,” Kuznetsova said. “I’m not really an analyzing person, but somehow, like, on my intuition, I’m doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes. Just playing smarter …

Medvedev Clicks Zone Button, Foils Djokovic In Cincinnati; Goffin Too Good For Gasquet

Posted by Staff on August 17th, 2019 @ 11:46 pm

Daniil Medvedev’s summer of success just got better today in Cincinnati. The 23-year-old collected his second straight win over Novak Djokovic beating the World No. 1 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Djokovic was in control and well on his was to his 50th Masters final, leading by a set and had Medvedev serving 3-all, 0-30 in the second when things changed.

Djokovic had been abusing Medvedev’s second serve, so down that big, the Russian …

Djokovic Sets Up Medvedev Cincinnati SF; Gasquet Advances

Posted by Staff on August 17th, 2019 @ 12:04 am

Novak Djokovic will get a crack at revenge Saturday in the Cincinnati semifinals against the man who knocked him out of Monte Carlo, Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic set up the meeting after dispatching Lucas Pouille 7-6(2), 6-1 in a much, much tighter match then their 1-sided Australian semifinal meeting.

Just like he did in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic played a perfect breaker, then broke Pouille and getting out of a 3-double …

Osaka Retires, Keys Downs Venus In Cincinnati QFs, Barty A Win From No. 1

Posted by Staff on August 16th, 2019 @ 9:47 pm

Ash Barty is now just one win from returning to No. 1 and getting that top seed at the US Open. And that’s because the Australian won today in the Cincinnati quarterfinals while Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova were eliminated.

Barty began the day blowing a 5-2 first set lead before getting back on track taking 12 of the last 14 games to beat Maria Sakkari 2-6, 6-2, 6-0.

“I started the …

Andy Murray Won’t Be At The US Open

Posted by Staff on August 16th, 2019 @ 9:56 am

After accepting a wildcard into the Winston-Salem singles Thursday, Andy Murray now says he won’t play any doubles (or singles) and the US Open, and he’ll skip the tournament so he can focus on more singles training for the fall and hope for a full return in January.

“I’m not going to play doubles at the US Open,” Murray said to the BBC. “My goal is to get back playing …

Andy Murray Accepts Singles Wildcard Into Winston-Salem

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2019 @ 11:32 pm

Andy Murray officially accepted a wildcard into the Winston-Salem singles event which begins next week.

Murray, who made his singles return Monday in a loss to Richard Gasquet, wants more matches.

“I’ve taken the wild card to play Winston-Salem. It’ll be my first time playing there I’ve spoken to quite a few of the players who have played there and have heard they’ve got great facilities there for practice and the …

Nick Kyrgios Hit With $113K Fine For Cincinnati Behavior

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2019 @ 11:26 pm

After his shameful performance Wednesday night in a loss to Karen Khachanov in Cincinnati, the ATP slapped Nick Kyrgios with a $113K fine with a potentially more to come.

The ATP broke down the final as follows:

* Ball Abuse (Warning)
* Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Point Penalty) – US$ 20,000 fine
* Leaving the Court – US$ 3,000 fine
* Audible Obscenity – US$ 5,000 fine
* Unsportsmanlike Conduct – US$ 5,000 fine
* Unsportsmanlike Conduct …

Keys Edges Halep In Cincinnati Thriller; Barty, Osaka, Pliskova Battle For No. 1

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2019 @ 11:19 pm

Madison Keys earned one of her better wins in a while topping Wimbledon champion Simona Halep 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in the match of the day at Cincinnati.

Keys actually led by a break in the third but after holding match points, she couldn’t serve it out. Halep battled back but Keys overwhelmed the Romanian with her power in the end.

“I think I played really smart tonight,” said Keys. “Obviously I played …

Federer Flames Out To Rublev; Djokovic Eyes Easy Cincinnati Title Defense

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2019 @ 11:05 pm

Roger Federer suffered his earliest exit at Cincinnati in 11 years going out to qualifier Andrey Rublev rather routinely 6-3, 6-4 in the third round.

Rublev, who had won four straight matches including two in qualifying, broke Federer right away then behind a powerful forehand and some good serving, rolled to an easy first set win.

Federer played a little better off the ground in the second, but the 21-year-old Russian was …

Zverev’s 20 Double Faults Keeps Him Winless In Cincinnati, Clown Kyrgios Out; Djokovic, Federer v Qualifiers Thurs.

Posted by Staff on August 15th, 2019 @ 12:13 am

Five tries and Alexander Zverev is still winless in Cincinnati. The German No. 1 fell in his fifth straight 3-set defeat going down to 19-year-old qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4.

Zverev, who struggled last week with his serve, today mixed in a career-high total of 20 double faults!

Kecmanovic was the direct beneficiary as the Serb collected his first career Top 10 win.

“It means a lot because I also broke into …

Barty Blasts Sharapova At Cincinnati; Halep, Stephens Survive

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2019 @ 11:35 pm

World No. 2 Ash Barty got off to a slow start in Cincinnati against former champion Maria Sharapova before kicking into gear and pulling away with a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

“I mean, it was certainly no panic sessions after last week,” said Barty who was down an early break. “I knew I was a little bit underdone going into Toronto and certainly had no worries or concerns there.

“I feel like …

Venus Beats Defending Champ Bertens, Serena Withdraws At Cincinnati; Barty-Sharapova Wed.

Posted by Staff on August 14th, 2019 @ 1:42 am

It was a mixed day for the Williams family at the Cincinnati Masters. Venus began the day with one of her best wins in quite a while knocking out defending champion Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4).

Venus led big in the third before Bertens came back. But the 39-year-old hung on for the win.

“I’m playing at home and we know [Bertens is] playing great tennis, so that was cool,” said Venus. …