Serena Williams falls to Petra Kvitova in Western & Southern Open second round

18 August, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios

Federer played in 12 best-of-five ATP Masters finals and several more at other tournaments before their disappearance.

Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.

The highest ranked player in the field in Rafael Nadal's absence, Federer will now face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer for a place in the quarter-finals.

"Obviously I've got an eye on Laver Cup. That's why I would really like to be at 100% for the US Open this year".

It was a great pleasure to be back.

Playing in only his second tournament with Uniqlo gear, Federer went from his all-white Wimbledon look to the bold, all-black look.

After suffering the worst defeat of her career to Johanna Konta in San Jose, Williams withdrew from the Rogers Cup for personal reasons, and later revealed she had been struggling with the emotional challenges of balancing motherhood with her career. "I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn't a chance".

"I'm still at the very beginning", said the 23-time Grand Slam champion. "I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully I'll start winning more matches".

Karolina Pliskova and Nick Kyrgios also advanced on Tuesday. "It's never easy, no matter what the scoreline says", Williams said.

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'So for the players as well and to attract more people and viewers of a younger audience we have to keep tennis matches dynamic and shorter'.

Last year's losing finalist finally saw off the American on his sixth match point.

"This year has been tough".

"We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. You know, right now I'm just managing it".

Keys needed seven match points to close out the 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 win in two hours and 15 minutes.

Denis Shapovalov also reached the third round with an upset, knocking off 14th-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4 7-5.

But any doubts about the American's fitness were soon quashed as she raced to a 6-1 6-2 victory, firing eight aces and using an aggressive forehand to overcome Australia's Gavrilova.

Tenth-seeded Julia Goerges was losing to Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 3-2 when she retired because of a lower left leg injury.

The Wimbledon victor and 10th seed, however, regrouped with a hard-fought 6-4 7-6 (7-4) win over American Johnson at the ATP Masters 1000 event on Monday.

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