Swiatek Dominates Collins, Gauff Rolls, Venus Falls At Cincinnati Masters

by Staff | August 17th, 2023, 12:12 am
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After a tight after last week at the Canadian Masters for Iga Swiatek in her win over Danielle Collins, today at the Cincinnati Masters the world No. 1 had now problems hammering the American 6-1, 6-0 in her opener.

Swiatek lost just six points on first serve winning the last nine games of the match from 3-1 up in the first.

“It was a really solid match and I felt I’m not doing a lot of mistakes,” Swiatek said to the WTA. “I’m happy I didn’t give anything for free.

“I could be proactive and not really overanalyze everything, just go for it. I’m happy that I did that.”

Swiatek will now take on Chinese 20-year-old Qinwen Zheng. Amid a flurry of errors and double faults, Zheng found herself down 6-1, 2-0 to the 43-year-old Venus Williams before rallying 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, taking 12 of the last 14 games.

Aryna Sabalenka, Jessica Pegula and Elena Rybakina all won three setters. Sabalenka took out Ann Li in 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, Pegula ousted Martina Trevisan 6-7(2-7), 6-2, 6-3 and Rybakina held off Jelena Ostapenko 6-7(6-8), 6-2, 6-4.

In the evening, Coco Gauff got back on track cruising past Mayar Sharif 6-2, 6-2.

Elsewhere, No. 8 seed Maria Sakkari had to work to eliminate 33-year-old Sorana Cirstea 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. (18y,50r) Czech teen Linda Noskova upended 2022 finalist and countrywoman Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. She’ll get Gauff Thursday.

Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova sent out Anastasia Potapova 6-4, 6-2. No. 14 seed Daria Kasatkina enjoyed a comfortable win over lucky loser Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 6-1. The Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova got by Petra Martic in three 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Donna Vekic toppled 2-time champion Victoria Azarenka in three 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Marie Bouzkova overcame Elise Mertens 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 and Italy’s Jasmine Paolini had an easy victory over Cristina Bucsa 6-1, 6-3.

Tomorrow’s ticket boasts third round play. Swiatek leads Zheng 3-0.

Sabalenka takes on Kasatkina. Sabalenka has won three of five tour-level head-to-head clashes when facing Kasatkina. Kasatkina took their most recent match in San Jose last year.

No. 3 Pegula locks up with Bouzkova. Pegula is up on leads Bouzkova 2-1 winning in Madrid in May. Madrid R32.

Rybakina gets Paolini, No. 5 Ons Jabeur takes on Vekic, Sakkari facesMuchova and Vondrousova squares off against Stephens.

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