Western & Southern Open 2013: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2013

Western & Southern Open 2013: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule

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    Outside of Grand Slams, few tournaments can boast a field as impressive the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

    The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event takes place on a hard court, and it is one of the final places for competitors to tune up before the start of the U.S. Open.

    On the women's side, each of the top 10 in the world rankings is present, with Serena Williams looking to continue an amazing run of great play. Li Na is the defending champion, but she will have to get through a tough draw to repeat.

    Meanwhile, the top seven players in the men's rankings will also compete at this event, including defending champion Roger Federer. Of course, he is only the No. 5 seed in the tournament this year and could end up facing Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.

    This championship will not only be competitive in both draws, but it will also give a good indication of which players are truly ready for the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year.

    Follow along with this tracker for the latest updates throughout the tournament, which runs from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18.

Men's Draw

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    Draw courtesy of CincyTennis.com

    No. 1 Novak Djokovic      
    ByeDjokovic      
      Djokovic    
    Juan MonacoMonaco     
    Jurgen Melzer   Djokovic   
           
    David Goffin Goffin    
    Mackenzie MacDonaldGoffin     
           
    Vasek PospisilPospisil     
    No. 15 Gilles Simon      
         Isner  
    No. 12 Milos Raonic      
    Jack SockRaonic      
      Raonic    
    Janko TipsarevicTipsarevic     
    Sam Querrey      
       Isner   
    Florian Mayer      
    John IsnerIsner     
      Isner    
    ByeGasquet     
    No. 8 Richard Gasquet      

        Isner 
    No. 3 David Ferrer      
    ByeFerrer     
      Ferrer    
    Ryan HarrisonHarrison     
    Alexandr Dolgopolov      
       Tursunov   
    Dmitry Tursunov      
    Martin KlizanTursunov     
      Tursunov    
    James BlakeBlake     
    No. 16 Jerzy Janowicz      
        Del Potro  
    No. 10 Kei Nishikori      
    Feliciano LopezLopez     
      Lopez    
    Jeremy ChardyChardy      
    Adrian Mannarino      
       Del Potro   
    Benoit Paire      
    Nikolay DavydenkoDavydenko     
      Del Potro    
    ByeDel Potro     
    No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro      

         Nadal
    No. 5 Roger Federer      
    ByeFederer     
      Federer    
    Philipp KohlschreiberKohlschreiber   
    Mardy Fish      
        Federer   
    Marcel Granollers      
    Lukas RosolGranollers     
       Haas    
    Kevin AndersonHaas     
    No. 11 Tommy Haas      
         Nadal  
    No. 13 Nicolas Almagro      
    Grigor DimitrovDimitrov     
      Dimitrov    
    Brian BakerBaker     
    Denis Istomin      
        Nadal   
    Pablo Andujar      
    Benjamin BeckerBecker     
      Nadal    
    ByeNadal     
    No. 4 Rafael Nadal      

        Nadal 
    No. 6 Tomas Berdych      
    ByeBerdych     
      Berdych    
    Edouard Roger-VasselinNieminen     
    Jarkko Nieminen      
        Berdych   
    Tommy Robredo      
    Thomaz Bellucci Robredo     
      Robredo    
    Andreas SeppiWawrinka     
    No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka      
         Berdych  
    No. 14 Fabio Fognini      
    Radek StepanekStepanek     
      Benneteau    
    Julien BenneteauBenneteau     
    Marcos Baghdatis      
        Murray   
    Ernests Gulbis      
    Mikhail YouzhnyYouzhny     
      Murray    
    ByeMurray     
    No. 2 Andy Murray      

     

Women's Draw

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    Draw courtesy of CincyTennis.com

    No. 1 Serena Williams      
    ByeWilliams     
      Williams    
    Monica PuigBouchard     
    Eugenie Bouchard      
        Williams   
    Mona Barthel      
    Lucy SafarovaBarthel      
      Barthel    
    Anna TatishviliKirilenko     
    No. 16 Maria Kirilenko      
         Williams  
    No. 11 Samantha Stosur      
    Svetlana KuznetsovaStosur     
      Stosur    
    Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaHampton     
    Jamie Hampton      
        Halep   
    Simona Halep      
    Su-Wei HsiehHalep      
      Halep    
    ByeBartoli     
    No. 8 Marion Bartoli      

        Williams  
    No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska      
    ByeRadwanska     
      Radwanska    
    Flavia PennettaLepchenko     
    Varvara Lepchenko      
        Radwanksa   
    Jana Cepelova      
    Venus WilliamsWilliams     
      Vesnina    
    Elena VesninaVesnina     
    No. 13 Kirsten Flipkens      
        Na   
    No. 19 Angelique Kerber      
    Karin KnappKerber     
      Kerber    
    Sofia ArvidssonKeybanova     
    Alisa Kleybanova      
        Na   
    Lauren Davis      
    Klara ZakopalovaDavis     
      Na    
    ByeNa     
    No. 5 Li Na      

         Azarenka 
    No. 6 Sara Errani      
    ByeErrani     
      Errani    
    Dominika CibulkovaHercog     
    Polona Hercog      
        Vinci   
    Daniela Hantuchova      
    Andrea Petkovic Petkovic     
      Vinci    
    Bethanie Mattek-SandsVinci     
    No. 12 Roberta Vinci      
         Jankovic  
    No. 14 Jelena Jankovic       
    Sabine LisickiJankovic     
      Jankovic    
    Annika BeckMakarova     
    Ekaterina Makarova      
        Jankovic   
    Sloane Stephens      
    Petra MarticStephens     
      Stephens     
    ByeSharapova     
    No. 3 Maria Sharapova      

        Azarenka 
    No. 7 Petra Kvitova      
    ByeKvitovaKvitova    
           
    Marina ErakovicErakovic     
    Carla Suarez Navarro      
        Wozniacki   
    Yanina Wickmayer      
    Sorana CirsteaWickmayer     
      Wozniacki    
    Shuai PengWozniacki     
    No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki      
         Azarenka  
    No. 15 Ana Ivanovic      
    Alize CornetCornet     
      Rybarikova    
    Magdalena RybarikovaRybarikova     
    Julia Goerges      
        Azarenka   
    Vania King      
    Kristina MladenovicKing     
      Azarenka     
    ByeAzarenka      
    No. 2 Victoria Azarenka  

Day 7

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    Scores via CincyTennis.com

    MatchWinnerLoserScore
    Men's Final No. 4 Rafael NadalJohn Isner 7-6(8), 7-6(3) 
    Women's FinalNo. 2 Victoria AzarenkaNo. 1 Serena Williams2-6, 6-2, 7-6(6)

     

    Recap

    Rafael Nadal won the men's final with a straight-set victory over John Isner, but things were never easy in the match.

    The two players were both incredible with the serve in a match that featured zero breaks. Isner never even had to save himself from break point, and the result was two sets that went to a tiebreak. 

    Fortunately for Nadal, he was able to win each to earn his ninth tournament title of the year. The Spanish player remains undefeated on hard courts this season and should be a favorite to win the U.S. Open after consecutive championships in the month of August.

    Isner was unable to win the title, but the American had an impressive run through the tournament to reach the finals. He defeated No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals to give himself plenty of momentum heading into the final Grand Slam of the year.

    With the support of the fans behind him, the 6'10" player has a good chance of making a deep run in New York.

    In the women's final, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka went back and forth in a highly competitive matchup of the two top female players in the world.

    Williams came out strong in the first set and was dominant with his serve to get a 6-2 win. Azarenka then came back with better defense in the second set while earning three breaks.

    In the final set, neither competitor could get an advantage until the tiebreak, which Azarenka finally won to earn the title.

    The Belarusian had her best finish at the U.S. Open last year when she lost in the finals to Williams. After gaining confidence from this win, she now has an excellent chance to win her first title later in the month.

Day 6

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    Scores via CincyTennis.com

    Men's Singles Action  
    WinnerLoserScore
     No. 4 Rafael NadalNo. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6(4) 
     John IsnerNo. 7 Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(5), 7-6(9), 6-3 

     

    Women's Singles Action  
    WinnerLoserScore
    No. 1 Serena WilliamsNo.5 Li Na7-5, 7-5
     No. 2 Victoria AzarenkaNo. 14 Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 

     Despite heading into the tournament unranked, John Isner has proven that he belongs in the ATP top 20.  He defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in an intense semifinal round.  After being top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, Isner has to be feeling confident in this tournament.

    Meanwhile, it was a relatively easy round for Rafael Nadal, who took down Tomas Berdych in two sets.  Nadal has now won 14 straight matches against the Czech, and his overall season record is now at 52-3.  He will likely be the favorite heading into the final match.

    On the women's side, Serena Williams was able to take down Li Na in consecutive sets.  Not only is Williams making her first appearance in the final round of this tournament, she also got through the defending champion.  Williams is now an incredible 60-3 on the season, searching for her ninth title on the year.

    Victoria Azarenka was able to come back after losing the first set to make it to the final round, winning pretty handily in the final two sets 6-2 and 6-3.  It will be a classic No. 1 versus No. 2 ranked match, and it will be arguably the most exciting match of the tournament for men or women.

    There's just one more round for the both draws, and Isner, Nadal, Williams and Azarenka will be looking to earn their titles.

Day 5

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    Scores via CincyTennis.com

    Men's Singles Action   
    Winner Loser Score 
    No. 7 Juan Martin del PotroDmitry Tursunov6-4, 3-6, 6-1
    John IsnerNo. 1 Novak Djokovic7-6, 3-6, 7-5
    No. 6 Tomas BerdychNo. 2 Andy Murray 

    6-3, 6-4

     

    No. 4 Rafael NadalNo. 5 Roger Federer

    5-7, 6-4, 6-3

     

    Women's Singles Action   
    Winner Loser Score 
    No. 14 Jelena JankovicNo. 12 Roberta Vinci6-0, 6-4
    No. 1 Serena Williams Simona Halep6-0, 6-4
    No. 2 Victoria Azarenka Caroline Wozniacki6-3, 7-6
    No. 5 Li NaNo. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska WD

    The earliest match of the day was no surprise. Juan Martin del Potro cruised to a three-set victory over Dmitry Tursunov. After knocking off No. 3 David Ferrer on Day 4, Tursunov couldn't pull off another upset.

    Day 5 in Cincinnati featured a shocking upset by an American. No. 1 Novak Djokovic wasn't able to survive a test from John Isner. Djokovic battled through three sets, but he couldn't outlast Isner.

    With a win over Tursunov, del Potro advanced to the semifinals. 

    That was the only men's match that went according to script on Friday, as the No. 1 and 2 players unexpectedly tumbled. 

    John Isner used his power serve to overwhelm even the great returning ability of Novak Djokovic to win a thrilling match. 

    Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych used a powerful ground game to tame Andy Murray. It was his second straight victory over the defending Wimbledon champ. 

    After dropping the first set, Rafael Nadal was able to storm back and win the final two to top longtime foe, Roger Federer.

    On the women's side, there was a slight upset as No. 14 Jelena Jankovic defeated No. 12 Roberta Vinci. Jankovic cruised through the match in two sets and advanced to the semifinals.

    Meanwhile, Serena Williams breezed through Simona Halep, as she lost just four game en route to a straight-set victory. 

    Victoria Azarenka had a few troubles finishing off Caroline Wozniacki, but ultimately Azarenka was able to emerge victorious. Li Na advanced automatically after Agnieszka Radwanska had to withdraw from the tourney for personal reasons.

Day 4

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    Scores via CincyTennis.com


    Men's Singles Action  
    WinnerLoserScore
    No. 7 Juan Martin del PotroFeliciano Lopez6-4, 1-6, 6-4
    John IsnerNo. 12 Milos Raonic7(7)-6(6), 6-4
    No. 5 Roger FedererNo. 11 Tommy Haas1-6, 7-5, 6-3
    No. 1 Novak DjokovicDavid Goffin6-2, 6-0
    Dmitry TursunovNo. 3 David Ferrer6-2, 6-4
    No. 4 Rafael NadalGrigor Dmitrov6-2, 5-7, 6-2
    No. 6 Tomas BerdychTommy Robredo6-3, 6-0
    No. 2 Andy MurrayJulien Benneteau6-2, 6-2
    Women's Singles Action  
    No. 4 Agnieszka RadwanskaElena Vesnia6-0, 6-2
    No. 5 Li NaNo. 9 Angelique Kerber6-4, 6-4
    No. 12 Roberta VinciNo. 6 Sara Errani6-4, 6-3
    No. 14 Jelena JankovicSloane Stephens3-6, 7-5, 7-5
    No. 1 Serena WilliamsMona Barthel6-4, 6-1
    No. 10 Caroline WozniackiNo. 7 Petra Kvitova3-6, 6-2,6-3
    Simona HalepNo. 11 Samantha Stosur6-4, 4-6, 
    No. 2 Victoria AzarenkaMagalena Rybarikova6-3,6-4

    Early action in the men's draw produced two major upsets as John Isner defeated No. 12 Milos Raonic and Dmitry Tursunov sent David Ferrer to an early exit. Isner's sevice game was simply too much for Raonic as he served up 13 aces and won 82 percent of his first serve points. 

    Tursunov outplayed Ferrer in every aspect of the match as he won in straight sets over the No. 3 player in the world. 

    The rest of the favorites survived some scares, but advanced. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic continued their march to the finals with straight set wins against overmatched competition, but Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal needed three sets to fend off underdogs. 

    Women's action was characterized by a similar predictability as nearly every favorite advanced to the next round. The exceptions were Sara Errani who was upset by Roberta Vinci and Samantha Stosur who was defeated by Simona Halep. 

    Errani lost in straight sets to Roberta Vinci despite her opponent won just 51 percent of her first serves. While Stosur's undoing was caused by Halep's massive serve as she won 66 percent of her first serve points. 

    Sloane Stephens' impressive run that included a win over Maria Sharapova came to an end against Jelena Jankovic. The match was probably the highlight of the day, though. It lasted nearly two-and-half hours as Jankovic battled back after dropping the first set. 

Day 3

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    Scores via CincyTennis.com


    Men's Singles Action  
    WinnerLoserScore
    No. 2 Andy MurrayMikhail Youzhny6-2, 6-3
    No. 7 Juan Martin del PotroNikolay Davydenko7-5, 7-5
    John IsnerNo. 8 Richard Gasquet7-6 (6), 6-2
    No. 11 Tommy HaasMarcel Granoliers6-4, 6-4
    Feliciano LopezJeremy Chardy6-4, 2-2 (retired)
    David GoffinVasek Pospisil7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (6)
    No. 1 Novak DjokovicJuan Monaco7-5, 6-2
    No. 12 Milos RaonicJanko Tipsarevic6-4, 7-6
    Dmitry TursunovJames Blake6-4, 6-4
    No. 6 Tomas BerdychJarkko Nieminen6-3, 6-2
    Tommy RobredoNo. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka7-5, 3-6, 6-3
    No. 4 Rafael NadalBenjamin Becker6-2, 6-2
    Women's Singles Action  
    No. 1 Serena WilliamsEugenie Bouchard4-6, 6-2, 6-2
    No. 6 Sara ErraniPolona Hercog6-4, 5-7, 6-4
    No. 11 Samantha StosurJamie Hampton6-3, 7-6 (3)
    No. 12 Roberta VinciAndrea Petkovic6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3
    No. 7 Petra KvitovaMarina Erakovic6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-3
    No. 9 Angelique KerberAlisa Kleybanova7-6, 6-2
    No. 10 Caroline WozniackiMonica Niculescu6-4, 6-3
    No. 14 Jelena JankovicEkaterina Makarova2-6, 6-3, 6-3
    Mona BarthelMaria Kirilenko6-4, 6-4
    Elena VesninaVenus Williams6-2, 5-7, 6-2
    Magdalena RybarikovaAlize Cornet3-6, 7-5, 7-5
    Li NaLauren Davis4-6, 6-1, 6-1
    Simona HalepMarion Bartoli3-6, 6-4, 6-1
     

    Recap

    Top seed Serena Williams needed all three sets to get past qualifier Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian Bouchard came out strong and won the first set, 6-4. That’s about when Williams woke up. She won the second and third sets with relative ease.

    Her sister, Venus, wasn’t so lucky. The unranked Williams sister lost to Elena Vesnina in three sets.

    No. 13 Jelena Jankovic is an intriguing threat in this tournament. She advanced after a three-set win over Ekaterina Makarova. Jankovic’s best days are way behind her. However, the 28-year-old may have one more really good tournament run left in her. The US Open is where she had her best result in a Grand Slam.

    The career of Caroline Wozniacki has taken a precipitous drop-off since around the end of 2011/start of 2012. She looked good in a straight-set win over Monica Niculescu. The 23-year-old Dane saved 9-of-11 break points. As the No. 10 seed, Wozniacki should be poised to make a deep run in this tournament.

    The biggest upset of the day in the men’s draw was No. 8 Richard Gasquet going down in straight sets to John Isner. It was a win that no doubt made the Cincinnati crowd happy.

    When Isner was hitting his first service, Gasquet had no answer. The 28-year-old American had 10 aces and won 91 percent (3-of-36) of his first-service points. He also never lost serve, winning Gasquet’s only break point of the match.

    Much like the women’s draw, the men’s singles action was an otherwise anticlimactic.

    Top seeds Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic rolled in straight sets. It got a little interesting for Djokovic in the first set, but he won, 7-5, and after that, Juan Monaco didn’t have anything left for the second.

    The most exciting match in the men’s draw was No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro’s win over Nikolay Davydenko. The Argentinian won in straight sets (7-5, 7-5). Given the set scores, this one could have gone either way. Davydenko was more than game, but his second serve really let him down. He lost 43 percent of his second-service points, to del Potro’s 52 percent.

    Seeing No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka go down to Tommy Robredo was a bit of a surprise. Given how up and down he can be, you can never feel too comfortable when he's facing a tough opponent like Robredo, you can't be too shocked with the upset.

Day 2

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    Scores (via CincyTennis.com)

    Men's Draw
    MatchScore
    Feliciano Lopez def. No. 10 Kei Nishikori6-4, 7-6(4) 
    John Isner def. Florian Mayer6-3, 6-4 
    No. 11 Tommy Haas def. Kevin Anderson6-4, 6-4
    Nikolay Davydenko def. Benoit Paire7-6(8), 6-3
    Jarkko Nieminen def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin6-3, 6-4 
    Tommy Robredo def. Thomaz Bellucci6-7(6), 7-6(7), 6-2
    Vasek Pospisil def. No. 15 Gilles Simon6-3, 1-1 ret.
    Benjamin Becker def. Pablo Andujar6-4, 6-1
    No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka def. Andreas Seppi6-3, 6-4
    Mikhail Youzhny def. Ernests Gulbis7-5, 6-3 
    Julien Benneteau def. Radek Stepanek 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)
    Grigor Dimitrov def. Brian Baker6-3, 6-2
    No. 5 Roger Federer def. Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
    No. 3 David Ferrer def. Ryan Harrison7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4
    Women's Draw  
    Andrea Petkovic def. Daniela Hantuchova 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 
    Polona Hercog def. Dominika Cibulkova6-2, 6-4
    Jamie Hampton def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova7-5, 4-6, 6-3 
    Varvara Lepchenko def. Flavia Pennetta6-2, 2-6, 6-2 
    Mona Barthel def. Lucie Safarova6-3, 6-4
    No. 2 Victoria Azarenka def. Vania King6-1, 7-6(8-6)
    Sloane Stephens def. No. 3 Maria Sharapova2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
    No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki def. Shuai Peng6-1, 6-1
    No. 14 Jelena Jankovic def. Sabine Lisicki7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-2
    Ekaterina Makarova def. Annika Beck 6-3, 6-2
    Magdalena Rybarikova def. Julia Goerges6-2, 4-6, 6-4
    Elena Vesnina def. No. 13 Kirsten Flipkens3-6, 6-1, 6-3
    Monica Niculescu def. Yanina Wickmayer6-1, 6-2
    Alize Cornet def. No. 15 Ana Ivanovic2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4

     

    Recap

    Victoria Azarenka became the first person to reach the third round at Cincinnati with a two-set victory over Vania King.

    Her American opponent was likely tired after going through qualification and then an opening-round match, but Azarenka did not show any mercy with a dominant performance to start her run at a title.

    Most other matches on Day 2 were in the first round, although that did not mean the matches were not exciting.

    Tommy Robredo survived an epic match against Thomaz Bellucci that lasted almost two and a half hours. Each player won a tiebreak to send it to a third set, although that is where Robredo dominated with his serve to take over and win.

    Tommy Haas and Stanislas Wawrinka each had impressive performances to start their tournaments as they each beat quality opponents in straight-sets. 

    Haas only needed two breaks to go with flawless serving to beat Kevin Anderson. He will take on Marcel Granollers in the second round. Wawrinka took out the experience Andres Seppi and will now have to face Robredo in the next round.

    Probably the most disappointing showing on the day came from Kei Nishikori, who was given the No. 10 seed in the tournament. He had done well on hard courts until this point, but he could not escape the first round after losing to Feliciano Lopez and his 12 aces.

    Ernests Gulbis also robbed fans of a potential second-round rematch with Andy Murray when he lost to Mikhail Youzhny.

    Rounding out the day was the return of Roger Federer as he made his first appearance since skipping the Rogers Cup. He looked to be in solid form as he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in two sets. The 32-year-old Federer was aggressive early on, hitting three aces and 10 winners in the first set before battling out the second set to punch his ticket to the third round. 

    In women's action, Sloane Stephens pulled off the upset of the tournament thus far. She defeated Maria Sharapova in three sets after dropping the first set as well as the first two games of the second set. It was Sharapova's first match since Wimbledon due to a hip injury. 

Day 1

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    Scores (via CincyTennis.com)

    Men's Draw
    MatchScore
    Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Mardy Fish7-5, 6-2
    Grigor Dimitrov def. No. 13 Nicolas Almagro7-6(3), 6-4
    Marcel Granollers def. Lukas Rosol5-7, 6-4, 6-0
    Brian Baker def. Denis Istomin7-5, 6-3
    Juan Monaco def. Jurgen Melzer6-3, 6-2
    Radek Stepanek def. No. 14 Fabio Fognini6-2, 6-4
    Jeremy Chardy def. Adrian Mannarino6-4, 6-3
    Brian Baker def. Denis Istomin7-5, 6-3
    Dmitry Tursunov def. Martin Klizan4-6, 7-6, 6-4
    Janko Tipsarevic def. Sam Querrey6-7, 6-3, 6-4
    Women's Draw
    No. 11 Samantha Stosur def. Svetlana Kuznetsova6-1, 7-5
    Simona Halep def. Su-Wei Hsieh6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2
    Lauren Davis def. Klara Zakopalova7-6(3), 7-6(1)
    Vania King def. Kristina Mladenovic6-3, 6-4
    Sloane Stephens def. Petra Martic6-2, 3-6, 6-3
    Vania King def. Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4
    Marina Erakovic def. Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-4
    Maria Kirilenko def. Anna Tatishvili4-6, 7-6, 7-6
    Angelique Kerber def. Karin Knapp6-7, 6-0, 6-1

     

    Recap

    It did not take long for the first seeded player to go down in this tournament. Nicolas Almagro came into the event as the No. 15 player in the world, but he was unable to win even a single match this week.

    The Spanish player could not defend the serve of Grigor Dimitrov and gave up 19 aces in the loss.

    Almagro has been much better on clay in his career than on any other surface, so the fact that he could not keep up on the hard court is not all that surprising. Still, it is yet another big win for the 22-year-old Dimitrov in what should be a long career.

    Another marquee match that took place right away involved Philipp Kohlschreiber and Mardy Fish. While Fish has dealt with injury issues over the past few years, the American still has plenty of talent and experience. Unfortunately, he ran into a tough opponent in Kohlschreiber, who is the No. 26 player in the world.

    The German won 26 of his 28 points on his first serve and provided little chance of a comeback. His prize is the chance to face Roger Federer in the next round.

    Juan Monaco provided arguably the most impressive individual performance in the opening round. Going up against the experienced Jurgen Melzer, he needed less than an hour to win in straight sets. 

    On the women's side, Sloane Stephens ran into trouble after losing a set to Petra Martic. However, she recovered and came out with a win to maintain her status as a top player to watch in this tournament. 

    Samantha Stosur lived up to her ranking as the No. 11 seed with a straight-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova. 

    This exciting tournament is just getting started, with the bigger names still to compete. No one is safe from an upset, so make sure you do not miss a second of the action.