September 28, 2020

High ladies’s seeds fall at Western and Southern – tennis

The Western and Southern Open misplaced its prime two ladies’s seeds on Sunday with primary Karolina Pliskova and quantity two Sofia Kenin crashing out of the U.S. Open tuneup. Czech Pliskova, who had a first-round bye, slammed down 11 aces but additionally dedicated 9 double faults in a 7-5 6-Four defeat to Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova.

Australian Open champion Kenin additionally struggled to get going after the COVID-19 layoff, shedding 6-1 7-6(7) to France’s Alize Cornet, who beat American wildcard Catherine McNally 6-Zero 6-Four within the opening spherical, dropping simply 10 factors within the first set.

“It didn’t really feel like I had any rhythm,” mentioned Kenin. “I don’t know why I let that occur.

“I actually couldn’t really feel the ball, like actually two units. I don’t even understand how I got here again, to be sincere.

“It was actually irritating.”

Marketa Vondrousova continued her run of poor kind because the Czech 10th seed misplaced 6-Three 6-7(3) 6-Four to German qualifier Laura Siegemund in a first-round conflict.

2019 French Open finalist Vondrousova, who additionally made a first-round exit on the WTA Tour’s restart in Palermo, was up a break 4-2 within the third and searching set for victory till Seigemund swept the final 4 video games.

Estonian 12th seed Anett Konaveit, coming off a runner-up end in Palermo, moved into the second spherical with a 6-Three 6-1 win over Russian fortunate loser Daria Kasatkina, whereas 14th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium thumped Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-Zero 6-2.

Within the males’s draw, Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas eased to a 6-1 6-Three second-round win over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson whereas seventh seed David Goffin sailed previous Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6(6) 6-Four into the third spherical.

Ninth seed Diego Schwartzman was a 7-6(2) 6-Three first-round winner over Norway’s Casper Rudd whereas 11th seeded Russian Karen Khachanov topped Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-Four 6-4.

Bulgarian 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov disposed of Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-Three 6-4. (Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Modifying by Peter Rutherford)