The women’s event began Monday at a wet Cincinnati Masters. Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Christina McHale both earned early wins.
Vandeweghe, a winner over Sara Errani, will now meet French Open champion Garbine Muguruza tomorrow in the women’s marquee match.
“I was happy to live the experience in Rio, and I’m happy to be back,” Muguruza said. ‘Coming here, I’m motivated to have a great tournament because I haven’t played a lot of matches. I’m looking forward to it.”
Since winning the French, Muguruza has gone just 3-3 with a loss last week to eventual gold medalist Monica Puig 6-1, 6-1 at the Rio Olympics.
Earlier in the day, Jelena Ostapenko came back to beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in a wild match 1-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(5).
“I’m sorry about the first set – I couldn’t put a ball in the court – but I’m really happy I saved two match points on her serve and fought to the end and that I could finish the match,” Ostapenko said.
Ostapenko fell behind 6-1, 4-1 in the second and then after leading 2-0 and with three breakpoints in third, she lost five straight games! But she won it in the end!
Daria Gavrilova beat Caroline Garcia and in the evening qualifier Donna Vekic upended former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2.
Also Tuesday, former Grand Slam finalist Eugenie Bouchard and Lucie Safarova are in action.
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