Kvitova defeats Serena in early Cincinnati blockbuster

Annette Crawford
August 15, 2018

Federer advanced to the third round with a 6-4 6-4 victory against Peter Gojowczyk, and Williams was eliminated by eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova in a 6-3 2-6 6-3 second-round loss.

He withdrew from the Rogers Cup last week in order to keep his body fresh for the final Grand Slam of the year, but now believes he has a new-found fresh state of mind having beaten the German.

"I've lost a handful of tough matches this year but I feel like I'm starting to play better now, a little more consistent", the 30-year-old Californian said.

The two-time Cincinnati champion, who only returned to the women's tour earlier this year after giving birth, looked impressive in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open as she fired down eight aces en route to a 6-1 6-2 win over Australian world number 23 Daria Gavrilova.

Next up for the 23-times grand slam champion is a second-round clash with two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova, who had a first round bye.

Germany's Tatjana Maria progressed to the second round, where she will take on American world No 3 Sloane Stephens, the defending US Open champion.

Williams was making her first appearance at the tournament since winning the title in 2015. She later clarified that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions. "I think I knew what I had to do", Federer said. So there is only so much you can really do.

Elsewhere, Nick Kyrgios saved match point with a second serve ace in a 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 7-6 (11-9) win over Denis Kudla, while Denis Shapovalov beat British No. 1 Kyle Edmund 6-4 7-5. "You know, right now I'm just managing it".

No 11 seed David Goffin advanced with a 7-5 6-3 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Leonardo Mayer became the first player to reach the third round on the men's side with a 7-6 (7) 6-4 victory over 16th-seeded Lucas Pouille. Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3 6-2. Ashleigh Barty stopped wild card Marketa Vondrousova 6-3 7-5.

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