Isner, Seeds Cruise; Venus, Maria in Tues. Cincy Action
by Staff | August 11th, 2014, 11:51 pm

All three seeded men’s players in action defended their turf in early-round play on Monday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
No. 11 seed John Isner, who suffered an early exit last week in Canada, overcame a tricky draw to defeat the big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4.

“From the very beginning of the match, I was seeing the ball pretty well,” Isner said. “You never really know how you’re going to play until you get out there. From the first warm-up ball, I felt that it was going to be a pretty good night. I think I also benefited from Kevin not playing so well, so a lot of things went right for me tonight.”

Also in the winner’s circle were No. 15 Fabio Fognini, another early loser last week who on Monday overcame France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5), and No. 16 Tommy Robredo who tamed American Jack Sock 7-6(5), 6-3.

Unseeded winners of note on Monday were Gael Monfils, Benjamin Becker who overcame the big-serving Ivo Karlovic, and Gilles Simon who had an easy time with qualifier Bernard Tomic, setting a meeting with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

On the women’s side Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was an upset-maker, taking out No. 11 seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3.

Seeds safely into the second round were No. 9 Ana Ivanovic over Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 7-5; No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki easing past Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3; and No. 13 Flavia Pennetta working to get past South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-2.

“I felt good out there today,” said Wozniacki after weathering a rain delay. “It’s never easy whenever you have to start-stop with the rain and then come back out there. But I managed to kind of keep my head cool, and I felt like I was pressuring her back. You know, she had to run a lot. I felt like I was in charge of the points.”

Former Slam winner Sam Stosur advanced to a meeting with top-seeded Serena Williams after a 6-2, 7-5 win over American Varvara Lepchenko. Qualifiers also had their day on Monday with three moving into the second round: Italian Karin Knapp, France’s Pauline Parmentier, and American Taylor Townsend.

“Just having to qualify really just gives me a sense of entitlement when I get into the main draw,” Townsend said. “I earned my way into here, and so now I’ve got two matches, good matches under my belt. Now I’ve just got to keep the ball rolling. I do expect myself to do well and win a couple of rounds because I know I can. I reached third round of a Grand Slam so I know I can do whatever.”

Madison Keys was also a 6-2, 6-2 winner over French veteran Alize Cornet, advancing to a second-round meeting with No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova.

Highlights Tuesday in Cincinnati include Venus Williams vs. (16) Lucie Safarova, (14) Marin Cilic vs. Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, (5) Maria Sharapova vs. Madison Keys, and (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Gilles Simon in the night match.


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18 Comments for Isner, Seeds Cruise; Venus, Maria in Tues. Cincy Action

Wog boy Says:

Staff, can we have a video of Marinko Matosevic loosing the plot and telling umpire “F… Y..” and spiting, it is all over evening news here in Aussieland. No wonder they call him Mad Dog.

SG1 Says:

Anyone feel that Kevin Anderson’s serve should be more powerful given his height? I watched him play the Toronto tournament where I think he lost to Dimitrov. His serve didn’t seem all that impressive (unless of course, you’re comparing his serve to mine). Am I missing something?

FedExpress Says:

now tsonga playing like he never picked up a racket. already a break down.

how on earth fed couldnt break his serve when youzhny could. WTF!

FedExpress Says:

another break for youzhny

why didnt u play like this on sunday tsonga ffs

jane Says:

i wondered if tsonga might have a letdown this week, not to mention his 50/50 h2h with youz. but it’s not over yet: still possible for him to win.

FedExpress Says:

tsonga has no grounndies whatsoever

cant win a rally to save his live

already break down in 2nd set

coulnt be broken on sundany, already three time in this match

FedExpress Says:

federer is somewhat consistent this year but loses apart from nole and nadal to inconsisten players like wawrinka and tsonga who do nothing after having one or two big tourney wins

FedExpress Says:

did really tsonga win on sunday?

1-6 and 2-5 down and youzhny to serve for the match

what a joke

fed must wondering how shitty he must have played on sunday to lose

Colin Says:

I love the way all you guys are discussing this as if it were a news item about Federer. It’s a news item about Tsonga, albeit not to his credit.

Fed playing a bad match is no longer big news; it’s what we should half expect whenever he plays someone in good form.

Wog boy Says:

Let us be honest, Nole and Roger didn’t play nowhere near their best against Tsonga, I haven’t seen Andy’s and Grigor’s match, Tsonga is 29 years old and we agreed not long ago that they are not prime years for tennis player and yet we are almost declaring Tsonga ready to win GS, even knowing how inconsisten he is. Toronto was a great win, don’t get me wrong, but that was one off.

Wog boy Says:

Nole is too passive and Simon is playing great.

contador Says:

Simon is showing how lightening quick he is around the court and he appears ready to keep this up all night.

He is making Nole work for this win, for sure. Okay Nole, serve it out!

Wog boy Says:

Hi contador,

Long time no C U.
Agree, great match but Nole has to raise the level of his game if he wants to win this one, Cincinnati.

jane Says:

nole was too passive, and got embroiled in too many long rallies. not only that he was error-ridden. he needs to clean up his act. simon was rallying well and after the first set he began to serve better too.

jane Says:

hi conty!

contador Says:

Hi jane and Wog boy. Glad I got to watch that match – that was great. Yeah, a bit nervous the way Nole lost that 2nd set. But it was very entertaining match.

Up next Simona Halep – really like watching her too.

Wog boy Says:

jane, agree with your take.

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