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Kvitova continues to impress in Cincinnati

Kvitova continues to impress in Cincinnati

Former world number one Serena Williams looked sharp in her return to the hardcourts after a week-long break, soundly defeating Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-2 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Cincinnati Masters.

Federer is the highest ranked player in the field in OH in the absence of Rafael Nadal and the world number two had little trouble advancing at the expense of Peter Gojowczyk, as he seeks a first title at the ATP Masters 1000 event since 2015.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion showed full recovery in her first match since suffering the worst defeat of her career two weeks ago in San Jose when she was crushed 6-1, 6-0 in 51 minutes by British No. 1 Johanna Konta. Cincinnati was Williams's sixth tournament since giving birth last September. She later clarified that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions.

"I realised after Wimbledon that this is a journey for me", said Williams, 36. "Usually I feel like I play my better tennis at the beginning of the year so I'm going to try to flip it and play better at the end this year". "As the year goes on, I'll be able to get a little bit more consistency like on the practice court and on the tennis court".

Shastri calls on Indias batsmen to play ugly and dirty
Additionally, Rishabh Pant looks set to make his Test debut, as he was busy batting and practicing behind the wickets to pacers. Historically Trent Bridge has offered seamer-friendly tracks, hence both the teams will go in with one spinner.

The second-seeded Swiss, has won in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn't played there since winning in 2015.

"This year has been tough, " Kyrgios said.

"I would have even grand slams best of three, to be honest", Djokovic told Tennis Channel.

"I tried to do my best in the third set and then until the end I played very aggressive and I'm very pleased with that".

All districts of Kerala flooded, rescue operations underway
All the five shutters of Cheruthoni dam were open for a few days last week to control the water levls in the Idukki reservoir. Heavy rains forced state authorities to release excess water from dozens of reservoirs, causing floods downstream.

"We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip". You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that.

Denis Shapovalov also reached the third round with an upset, knocking off 14th-seeded Kyle Edmund, 6-4 7-5. "You know, right now I'm just managing it". After surviving five match points, the British No 1 eventually succumbed 6-4, 7-5.

Two-time Cincinnati semifinalist Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3 6-3 win over qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

Keys, the 11th seed, fired 13 aces as she eliminated fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6 6-7 (3) 6-4.

Lyric McHenry dead: EJNYC star dies aged 26 at 20 weeks pregnant
Jennifer McHenry was reportedly "crying and fell to the ground" after hearing that her daughter had passed away. EJNYC lasted for one season on E! and featured EJ and a slew of his close friends in Manhattan.

In other action, South Korean Chung Hyeon rallied to beat Jack Sock 2-6 6-1 6-2 and set up a second-round clash with Argentine fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro.


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