Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Serena bounces back to cruise in Cincinnati opener

Serena bounces back to cruise in Cincinnati opener

Eighth seeded Petra Kvitova used her precision serve to overpower Serena Williams 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in their second round match on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old had a turbulent match against Borna Coric in the previous round as he won 7-6 (1), 0-6, 6-3 and he admits to intentionally not winning a game in the second set - once the result was beyond him.

Following the thumping by Konta, the 36-year-old American, runner-up at this year's Wimbledon, withdrew from last week's Rogers Cup in Canada for "personal reasons". She was the runner-up at Wimbledon last month, her fourth tournament since she returned to the tour. She has dealt with blood clots and recently said she has been struggling with postpartum emotions.

"At this stage, I'm just going to try and get through the United States swing and then just re-evaluate where I'm at", he said.

"I'm just fortunate to be back here on these courts playing tennis". "But then, when I sat and watched the match - that Nadal-[Juan Martin] del Potro [Wimbledon quarterfinal] in the commentary booth - it was an incredible match, it was a brilliant match, but it was really, really long to sit there as a spectator for the first time".

"This year has been tough". "I don't get byes anymore right now". "I don't want to be hurt, there is too much to play".

"We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip".

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Keys needed seven match points to close out the 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 win in two hours and 15 minutes. "You've got to keep it all in perspective, it's easier now for me to take time away".

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

The Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Djokovic lost his way and four consecutive games but he somehow managed to stop the rot and earn five match points, though they were all saved by Johnson.

France's Mladenovic had earlier defeated qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3 6-0, while her sixth seeded compatriot Caroline Garcia defeated fellow power hitter Victoria Azarenka 6-4 7-5 to advance to the third round.

Apologising in his socks to Kudla for the delay while the footwear was retrieved, he recovered from going a set down to win 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 7-6 (11-9).

Double Grand Slam victor Svetlana Kuznetsova continued her 2017 injury comeback, beating Swiss Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5).

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