Western & Southern Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule
The U.S. Open begins on Aug. 25, and for years the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been one of the key tune-up tournaments for the world's best as they prepare for the year's final Grand Slam event.
Each year, the best of the best come to Cincinnati to display their skills, and the 2014 tournament is no different.
The men's field is headed by top-seeded Novak Djokovic and five-time tournament champion Roger Federer. On the women's side, top-seeded Serena Williams and players like Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova will be in action.
While the men's draw looks stiff with nine of the top 10 players in the world in action, the most glaring absence is that of defending champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Rafa withdrew from the tournament on July 30 due to a injured wrist. Per Shannon Russell of Cincinnati.com, Nadal commented on his status in a statement:
Unfortunately I injured my right wrist yesterday during practice and after the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at least two to three weeks. I am sorry and wish the best to the tournament and thank all of the fans for their support.
Even with those great players not competing, the fields will still be elite.
Oddly enough, neither of the top seeds has ever won in Cincinnati. Djokovic has been the runner-up four times, and Williams lost to Victoria Azarenka in the final last year. Could this be the year both get over the hump in Cincy?
Potentially, there are several compelling matchups that could come to fruition on both sides of the draw. Flip to the next page to see the men's and women's draw schedule.
Play begins Monday on the men's side of the draw. The top eight seeds receive byes and will await the winners of first-round matches to find out who their opponents will be.
Here's a look at the top-16 seedings for the players in action in Cincinnati:
|1||Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
|2||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|3||Stan Wawrinka (SUI)|
|4||Tomas Berdych (CZE)|
|5||Milos Raonic (CAN)|
|6||David Ferrer (ESP)|
|7||Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)|
|8||Andy Murray (GBR)|
|9||Ernests Gulbis (LAT)|
|10||Richard Gasquet (FRA)|
|11||John Isner (USA)|
|12||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)|
|13||Roberto Baustista-Agut (ESP)|
|14||Marin Cilic (CRO)|
|15||Fabio Fognini (ITA)|
|16||Tommy Robredo (ESP)|
Intriguing Opening-Round Matches
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Mikhail Youzhny
Tsonga came away with a win at the Rogers Cup last week in Toronto. En route to his victory, he bested Djokovic, Andy Murray and knocked off Federer in the finals.
He's clearly playing great tennis heading into the U.S. Open. It'll be interesting to see whether he can continue his strong play in Cincinnati.
Talent has never been an issue for Tsonga, but he has at times been very inconsistent. He's pushed Federer and Djokovic to the brink in Grand Slams before. In Toronto, he was able to overcome them and establish momentum.
Another strong showing in Cincy would likely send his confidence through the roof. In head-to-head matchups with Youzhny, Tsonga and the 32-year-old Russian have split six matches.
But Tsonga has won all three meetings on an outdoor hard court, which is the playing surface in Cincinnati.
John Isner vs. Kevin Anderson
In 2013, Isner advanced all the way to the finals before losing to Nadal in a competitive two-set match that featured two long tiebreakers. The final count was 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (7-3).
Can Isner prove that last year's performance was no fluke? As the No. 11 seed, Isner is the highest-ranked American man in the field. He's likely the best hope for an American to win the tournament.
Isner and Anderson have met 10 times, with the American winning six of those matches. He's also won five of the eight meetings on hard courts.
Matchstats per Wettpoint
The ladies also get underway Monday with a similar structure to the men.
The top eight will receive byes and await their first opponents. Click the links to see the full draw and the schedule. Here's a look at the top-16 seeds and the most compelling first-day match on the women's side.
|1||Serena Williams (USA)|
|2||Simona Halep (ROU)|
|3||Petra Kvitova (CZE)|
|4||Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)|
|5||Maria Sharapova (RUS)|
|6||Angelique Kerber (GER)|
|7||Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)|
|8||Jelena Jankovic (SRB)|
|9||Ana Ivanovic (SRB)|
|10||Victoria Azarenka (BLR)|
|11||Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)|
|12||Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)|
|13||Flavia Pennetta (ITA)|
|14||Sara Errani (ITA)|
|15||Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP)|
|16||Lucie Safarova (CZE)|
Victoria Azarenka vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Injuries and the subsequent inactivity they have caused have sent Azarenka plummeting to 10th in the WTA rankings. Azarenka still seems to be battling injuries as she favored a right knee injury in her loss to Agnieszka Radwanska during the Rogers Cup last week.
If Azarenka is healthy, she proved last year she can be a major force. If she is less than 100 percent, she may be primed for an upset.
Azarenka has never played Zahlavova Strycova in her career, so it remains to be seen how the lack of familiarity will affect Vika as she prepares to compete in Cincy and at the U.S. Open.
Day 7 Recap
No. 2 Roger Federer def. No. 6 David Ferrer; 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 9 Ana Ivanovic; 6-4, 6-1
For the sixth time in his career, Roger Federer reigned supreme in Mason, Ohio. The 33-year-old beat David Ferrer in three sets to win the Western & Southern Open.
Federer continues his 2014 resurgence with his third ATP Tour title this year. Sunday's final capped off a great run for the 17-time grand slam champion knocked off Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and then Ferrer in his final three matches to win.
"I’m happy how I’m playing," he said, per The Guardian's Kevin Mitchell. "I know I didn’t beat Rafa [Nadal, absent injured] and Novak [Djokovic, embarrassed in the third round by Tommy Robredo] here but you an only beat who you play. Clearly I can’t wait for the US Open but I need some rest too."
One of Federer's best assets in the tournament was his metronomic serve. Against Ferrer, he boasted a first-serve percentage of 64 percent, winning 77 percent of his first-service points and 48 percent of his second-service points.
He saved nine of Ferrer's 11 break-point opportunities.
Based on his recent performances, Federer deserves to be at least the second-favorite to win the U.S. Open behind Djokovic. He won the tournament five years in a row between 2004 and 2008. Since that victory over Murray, the Swiss has made one final and two semifinals.
Although his results have steadily declined at Flushing Meadows, Federer has rolled back the years, arguably looking as good as he did back in '08.
Serena Williams is one of the most decorated female tennis players in history. However, before Sunday, she'd never won a title in Mason. With a straight-set victory over Ana Ivanovic, Williams captured her first Cincy title.
The 32-year-old earned a small measure of revenge over Ivanovic, who knocked her out of the Australian Open in the fourth round.
More importantly, Williams rebounded from her semifinal loss to her sister Venus at the Rogers Cup.
She called the win her "best performance of the summer," per The Associated Press, via ESPN.com.
"This is definitely a level that can take me to the (U.S. Open) title," she added. "I still have a lot of work to do. It's definitely a better level than I've played all year, to be honest."
When Williams is at her best, nobody in the women's game can touch her. If she is finding that comfort level, she may be in line for her third U.S. Open title in a row.
Day 6 Recap
No. 6 David Ferrer def. Julien Benneteau; 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Roger Federer def. No. 5 Milos Raonic; 6-2, 6-3
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki; 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 9 Ana Ivanovic def. No. 5 Maria Sharapova; 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
Serena Williams has never won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, and if her performance Saturday in the semifinals is any indication, she might struggle in the final, too.
Williams was able to eventually overpower No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki, but not before firing off 41 errors to go with 35 winners. The match itself was an overall drab affair that saw both women seemingly try to overpower each other.
The result was 15 breaks of service and 62 unforced errors. Williams said after the fact that the two turn it up a notch when on the court, per Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian:
“We’re really good friends but we leave it out on the court,” Williams said. “We play it really hard and try to do the right thing.”
Ana Ivanovic upset Maria Sharapova in the women's second semifinal matchup of the day. Both players have been performing extremely well this season, and a highly contested match was the result.
Ivanovic started strong, winning the first set due to her prowess on first-serve points—she won 12 of a possible 17—and Sharapova's struggles on the return. The remainder of the match saw the No. 5 seed continue to improve; however, seven double faults in the third set were her eventual undoing.
On the men's side of the matches on Saturday, No. 6 David Ferrer took care of business against Julien Benneteau, who simply looked gassed after an upset over No. 3 Stan Wawrinka the day prior.
Benneteau had hit moments and was able to manage one more service late, but unforced errors eventually did him in. The match lasted all of one hour and 11 minutes.
In the same fashion as the first men's match of the day, the second reached a swift conclusion, as Roger Federer disposed of Milos Raonic quickly.
Federer's serve was fantastic on Saturday night. He won an impressive 29-of-33 first-service points, giving Raonic fits on the return. The No. 5 seed just couldn't keep pace, as only 43 percent of his first serves landed in bounds.
With the semifinal victory, Federer moves on to face David Ferrer in the men's final. This bodes well for the No. 2 seed, as Federer holds a 15-0 career record against his forthcoming opponent.
Should the world No. 3 defeat Ferrer once more, he will earn his sixth title in Cincinnati.
Day 5 Recap
Julien Benneteau def. No. 3 Stan Wawrinka; 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 Milos Raonic def. No. 15 Fabio Fognini; 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 David Ferrer def. No. 16 Tommy Robredo; 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
No. 1 Serena Williams def. No. 8 Jelena Jankovic; 6-1, 6-3
No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki def. No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska; 6-4, 7-6(5)
Julien Benneteau continued his surprise run in Cincinnati on Friday. While he did not face a seeded player in any of his first three matches, he had a real challenge in No. 3 Stan Wawrinka.
After Wawrinka cruised to a first-set victory, Benneteau came back with an incredible showing on his first serve, winning 25 of 26 points in the second and third set. This was enough to pull off the impressive upset.
He will face David Ferrer, who was able to survive a back-and-forth match against Tommy Robredo. The Spaniard overcame five double faults to escape the quarterfinal battle in three sets.
Milos Raonic had one of the more dominant performances you will ever see against Fabio Fognini. The No. 5 seed only dropped a single game in the match while winning all six break points. He appears to be in a mission as he moves into the semifinals of this tournament.
On the women's side, Serena Williams won in straight sets for the third match in a row, overpowering Jelena Jankovic to an easy victory.
The top seed will now face Caroline Wozniacki after her upset win over Agnieszka Radwanska. The two top players battled for two close sets, but Wozniacki scored just a few more points to come through in the win, setting up an exciting semifinal matchup.
Day 4 Recap
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka def. No. 14 Marin Cilic, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.
Julien Benneteau def. Jerzy Janowicz, 7-5, 6-1.
No. 8 Andy Murray def. No. 11 John Isner, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (2).
No. 15 Fabio Fognini def. Yen-hsun Lu, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 16 Tommy Robredo def. No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (6), 7-5.
No. 5 Milos Raonic def. Steve Johnson, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (4).
No. 2 Simona Halep def. No. 16 Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 1 Serena Williams (1), def. No. 13 Flavia Pennetta, 6-2, 6-2.
Elina Svitolina def. No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 8 Jelena Jankovic, def. Sloane Stephens, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
No. 5 Maria Sharapova, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Without question, the biggest storyline of the day was Tommy Robredo's surprising upset of No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic fought valiantly, of course, forcing Robredo to win seven games in each set and a tiebreaker in the first, but the top player at this tournament didn't have it in him today.
"It's disappointing that I'm finishing Cincinnati again with a tough loss, but it's the sport," he told Mark Schmetzer of the Associated Press, via ABC News. "I didn't play well in Toronto, didn't play well here. Hopefully, it's going to be different in New York (at the U.S. Open)."
It's the second tournament in a row that Djokovic has bowed out earlier than expected (he was eliminated in Toronto in the third round). Not exactly the run-up he would have wanted with the U.S. Open looming.
Djokovic was hardly the only player to struggle on Thursday, though he was the top name to fall. No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, No. 5 Milos Raonic and No. 8 Andy Murray all need three sets to advance, though all prevailed in the end.
Meanwhile, the top women cruised, namely Serena Williams, who crushed No. 13 Flavia Pennetta, 6-2, 6-2.
"I love coming here, it's fun," she told Reuters. "I like it because it's in America, as well, and it's so good to play some tournaments in the United States. Being an American, it just feels like you're at home. Even though it's not your home state it's your home country, so it's a great feeling."
Given that Williams has yet to lose on American hard courts this season, it isn't hard to see why she's feeling so pleased to be back on her home soil.
Sloane Stephens didn't have as much success back in the States, dropping to No. 8 Jelena Jankovic.
Day 3 Recap
No. 8 Andy Murray def. Joao Sousa; 6-3, 6-3
No. 11 John Isner def. Marinko Matosevic; 6-3, 7-6(1)
Jerzy Janowicz def. No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov; 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
No. 16 Tommy Robredo def. Sam Querrey; 6-2, 6-4
Yen-Hsun Lu def. No. 4 Tomas Berdych; 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Mikhail Youzhny def. Andreas Seppi; 6-3, 6-4
Julien Benneteau def. James Ward; 6-3, 6-2
No. 15 Fabio Fognini def. Lleyton Hewitt; 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Roger Federer def. Vasek Pospisil; 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2
No. 14 Maric Cilic def. Fernando Verdasco; 7-6(6), 7-6(5)
No. 6 David Ferrer def. Philipp Kohlschreiber; 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
No. 5 Milos Raonic def. Robby Ginepri; 6-2, 6-2
Steve Johnson def. No. 9 Ernests Gulbis; 6-4, 6-4
No. 1 Serena Williams def. Samantha Stosur; 7-6(7), 7-6(7)
Sloane Stephens def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova; 7-5, 6-1
Elina Svitolina def. No. 3 Petra Kvitova; 6-2, 7-6(2)
No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro def. Pauline Parmentier; 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 Angelique Kerber def. Ekaterina Makarova; 6-4, 6-1
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Karin Knapp; 6-1, 6-3
Sabine Lisicki def. No. 14 Sara Errani; 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(2)
No. 16 Lucie Safarova def. Zarina Diyas; 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska def. Kurumi Nara; 6-2, 6-2
No. 13 Flavia Pennetta def. Taylor Townsend; 6-4, 6-3
No. 9 Ana Ivanovic def. Christina McHale; 6-4, 6-0
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard; 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
No. 8 Jelena Jankovic def. Annika Beck; 6-1, 7-6(0)
There were a few major upsets early on in second-round matches in Cincinnati.
No. 3 Petra Kvitova struggled with her serving accuracy, only getting 53 percent of his first shots in play. This led to nine double faults as he fell in straight sets to Elina Svitolina.
Sabine Lisicki incredibly suffered 18 double faults in her match against Sara Errani, but her six aces helped overcome it. She made big shots when it counted and was able to defeat the No. 14 seed in a third-set tiebreak.
Eugenie Bouchard was also eliminated from the tournament when Svetlana Kuznetsova came alive with her serve in the third set for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win.
While top-seeded Serena Williams struggled in her match against Samantha Stosur, she was at least able to survive the upset bid. Tennis.com notes Stosur missed out on some good chance to win:
Up 2-0 & 6-4, Stosur drops 2nd-set breaker to Serena; Williams wins 7-6, 7-6. Sam led 1st-set breaker 4-0. #RR to come.— TENNIS.com (@Tennis) August 13, 2014
However, the American came through with narrow tiebreak wins in both sets to keep her run alive.
On the men's side, No. 4 Tomas Berdych got out to a good start with a first-set win against Yen-Hsun Lu. The problem was that he could not close out his opponent and Lu did not face a single break point for the rest of the match, winning in three sets.
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov was also sent home early after losing to Jerzy Janowicz. Both competitors were great with their serve, but Janowicz came through with 12 combined aces in the first and third set to secure the victory.
Fortunately, some other top seeds were able to live up to their standings. No. 8 Andy Murray won 80 percent of his first-serve points and cruised into the third round. He will now face No. 11 John Isner after the American pleased the home crowd with his own straight-set win on Wednesday.
Roger Federer also had a good start to his tournament with a win against Vasek Pospisil. While he did drop a set, the No. 2 seed won 77 percent of his service points to secure his spot in the third round.
David Ferrer survived an upset bid in arguably the best match of the day. He and Philipp Kohlschreiber went to three tiebreaks in a match that lasted almost three hours, but the Spanish veteran survived with wins in the last two sets.
Ernests Gulbis was not as lucky, with the No. 9 seed going down to American Steve Johnson in straight sets.
With this much excitement taking place in just the second round, you can be certain there will be plenty more surprises coming over the next few days.
Day 2 Recap
James Ward defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Vasek Pospisil defeats Radek Stepanek 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (4)
No. 14 Marin Cilic defeats Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4
Mikhail Youzhny defeats No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Robby Ginepri defeats Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Andreas Seppi defeats Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Ernests Gulbis defeats Ivan Dodig 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5)
No. 13 Roberto Bautista Agut defeats Martin Klizan 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Julien Benneteau defeats Blaz Rola 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (7)
No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Benjamin Becker 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Steve Johnson defeats Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-1
Ekaterina Makarova defeats Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-2
No. 16 Lucie Safarova defeats Venus Williams 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4
Zarina Diyas defeats Irina Begu 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)
No. 15 Carla Suarez-Navarro defeats Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Kurumi Nara defeats Romina Oprandi 6-0, 6-2
Christina McHale defeats Nicole Gibbs 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Annika Beck defeats Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 14 Sara Errani defeats Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (2)
No. 5 Maria Sharapova defeats Madison Keys 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Sloane Stephens defeats Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova defeats Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2
Sabine Lisicki defeats Roberta Vinci 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Cilic - Lopez
Marin Cilic made quick work of Feliciano Lopez, handling him in straight sets. The match lasted only 67 minutes, and Cilic was able to overcome five double faults in victory.
Ward - Garcia-Lopez
James Ward mixed in eight timely aces to sneak past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets. While the two fought back and forth in the opening two sets, Ward pulled away quickly in the final one, winning it 6-1.
Pospisil – Stepanek
Behind 16 aces, Vasek Pospisil rallied in the second and third sets to come away with a thrilling victory over Radek Stepanek. Stepanek took the first set but fell apart in the second and came up just short in the decisive tiebreaker.
Nara – Oprandi
In one of the more lopsided matches of the day, Kurumi Nara handled Romina Oprandi in 47 minutes time. Oprandi only won two games in the straight-set defeat.
Makarova – Hantuchova
Ekaterina Makarova won both sets 6-2 on her way to dispatching Daniela Hantuchova in 68 minutes. Makarova won 83 percent of her first-service points in victory.
McHale – Gibbs
It took Christina McHale three sets, but she was able to get past qualifier Nicole Gibbs. McHale bounced back nicely after losing the opening set and only dropped four games in the final two sets combined.
Suarez Navarro – Pironkova
This match went the full three sets, but every set was a decisive victory. Carla Suarez Navarro lost the second set 6-1, but her 6-3 win in the first set and 6-2 win in the decisive one was enough to carry her to victory.
Safarova – Williams
In arguably the most noteworthy result of the day, Lucie Safarova bounced back from a tiebreaker loss in the first set to knock out Venus Williams. Safarova tallied six aces and saved an impressive 80 percent on break points.
Diyas – Begu
In a back-and-forth affair that featured a combined zero aces and two tiebreakers, Zarina Diyas escaped Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets. Even though there were only two sets, the match lasted well over two hours as both players exchanged impressive winners.
Youzhny - Tsonga
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may have been the household name in this match, but it was Mikhail Youzhny who won in straight sets. Mikhail won an impressive 79 percent of his first service points to capture the victory.
Ginepri - Thiem
Robby Ginepri needed all three sets to get past Dominic Thiem in a back-and-forth affair that saw each player win a set 7-5 in the final two sets.
Seppi - Giraldo
Santiago Giraldo won the first set in impressive fashion, but Andreas Seppi bounced back to take the final two sets behind timely serving. In fact, Seppi totaled eight aces and won 72 percent of his first service points on the match.
Beck - Muguruza
In a match that took more than two hours to complete, Annika Beck outlasted Garbine Muguruza in three sets. While the match extended past the two-hour mark, Beck won the third set in relatively easy fashion, 6-3.
Errani - Wickmayer
In one of the most exciting matches of the day, No. 14 Sara Errani outlasted Yanina Wickmayer in three sets. The match took nearly three hours, and the final set went to a thrilling tiebreaker. Neither could pull away from the other because both controlled their service points. In fact, Errani won 81 percent of her first service points, while Wickmayer won 71 percent of hers.
Gulbis - Dodig
Ernests Gulbis needed two dramatic tiebreakers to escape a match against Ivan Dodig. Gulbis used eight aces and won 80 percent of his first service points on the match.
Bautista Agut - Klizan
Roberto Bautista Agut looked dominant in the first set but needed a decisive third to eliminate Martin Klizan. Bautista Agut wasn't particularly dominant with only three aces, but he did enough to win the match.
Benneteau - Rola
Julien Benneteau won in a thrilling three-set match that took two hours and 38 minutes to complete. After losing the first set in a difficult tiebreaker, Benneteau controlled the second set and then returned the favor with a tiebreaker victory in the decisive third set.
Wawrinka - Becker
It took Stanislas Wawrinka a tiebreaker in the second set, but his match was never in doubt. He dispatched Benjamin Becker in straight sets even though Becker had zero double faults.
Johnson - Paire
Steve Johnson needed barely more than an hour to dispatch Benoit Paire in straight sets. Paire had a seven-to-one advantage in aces, but Johnson won 83 percent of his first service points to control the match.
Sharapova - Keys
Maria Sharapova had her work cut out for her against Madison Keys in a match that went the full three sets. Sharapova only had three aces and wasn't dominant Tuesday, but she did enough to advance to the next round.
Stephens - Petkovic
Sloane Stephens handled Andrea Petkovic in straight sets in a match that lasted 84 minutes. Stephens tallied three aces and was clearly the better player on the court throughout the contest.
Kuznetsova - Giorgi
Svetlana Kuznetsova couldn't handle Camila Giorgi in the second set tiebreaker, but she controlled the first and third sets and took the match. Kuznetsova turned in an impressive 12 aces and used a number of power strokes to advance to the next round.
Lisicki - Vinci
Sabine Lisicki knocked out Roberta Vinci in three sets behind an impressive 12 aces. Even with the strong showing in the aces department, Lisicki was able to win 71 percent of her first service points. That was impressive, considering she often went all in for the ace.
Day 1 Recap
No. 16 Tommy Robredo defeats Jack Sock 7-6 (5), 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber defeats Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Yen-Hsun Lu defeats Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4
Benjamin Becker defeats Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (5), 6-4
Fernando Verdasco defeats Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Marinko Matosevic defeats Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Gael Monfils defeats Federico Delbonis 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Gilles Simon defeats Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-2
Jerzy Janowicz defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4
Joao Sousa defeats Chase Buchanan 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)
No. 11 John Isner defeats Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4
Fabio Fognini defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5)
Shuai Zhang defeats Heather Watson 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Elina Svitolina defeats Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-2
Kirsten Flipkens defeats Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-1
Taylor Townsend defeats Klara Koukalova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Madison Keys defeats Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4
Pauline Parmentier defeats Casey Dellacqua 7-6 (4), 6-2
Karin Knapp defeats Belinda Bencic 6-2, 7-6 (1)
Caroline Wozniacki defeats Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3
Ana Ivanovic defeats Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 7-5
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeats Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3
Flavia Pennetta defeats Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2
Samantha Stosur defeats Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-5
In early action, one of the American hopes on the men's side of the draw saw an early exit as Jack Sock was dispatched by 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo in straight sets. Robredo dominated in his service game and Sock didn't have nearly the same success when he initiated points.
By keeping 70 percent of his first serves inbounds and winning 77 percent of the points off his first serve, Robredo kept Sock on his heels. With Sock eliminated, there are now five American men remaining in the draw.
Philipp Kohlschreiber dropped a set to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy before finishing him off in three sets. Kohlschreiber is hoping to gear up for a strong performance at the U.S. Open. He's never advanced beyond the round of 32 in any previous attempts.
Yen-Hsun Lu made quick work of Denis Istomin on Monday. In fact, the match took just over 54 minutes to complete. Lu won 93 percent of his first-service points to keep complete control of the match.
Benjamin Becker had little issue with Ivo Karlovic as well. Despite 17 aces from the 6'11" Karlovic, Becker broke him twice to pull the minor upset. It was the first time in seven meetings Becker was able to beat Karlovic.
Fernando Verdasco needed nearly three hours to take care of his countryman Marcel Granollers on Monday. After dropping the first set, Verdasco stormed back to dominate the second set, and outlasted Granollers through a tiebreaker in the third.
Verdasco's big serve was the life and nearly the death of his game. While he did manage eight aces, his 16 double faults made the win much tougher to come by.
Marinko Matosevic became the second male qualifier to advance on Monday. He followed Becker's lead and won his match over Nicolas Mahut by almost the exact same score as the German's triumph over Karlovic.
Even though Matosevic wasn't pushed to a third set, both of the sets the two men played were competitive. The stats were almost identical in total service and return points, but Matosevic had a four and three-point edge, respectively.
France's most entertaining player Gael Monfils handed Federico Delbonis a loss in just over 90 minutes. Monfils did drop the second set, but the 27-year-old veteran came through in the third set to secure the victory.
Gilles Simon followed his countryman Monfils' lead with a win over qualifier Bernard Tomic. Despite coming up with high expectations, Tomic has never been able to live up to his potential. He continues to struggle as he was never really in the match against Simon. Not once did Tomic have an opportunity to break Simon's serve. This was a pretty easy win for the 29-year-old from Nice.
Former world No.6 Gilles Simon ousts Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-2 at #CincyTennis. I was expecting Tomic to put up a greater fight than that.— Marc McGowan (@Aceland_Marc) August 12, 2014
Jerzy Janowicz couldn't rely on his dominant serve as much as he would have liked against Teymuraz Gabashvili. The 6'8" big server from Poland had nine double faults, but he was still able to capture 87 percent of the points off his first serve.
Gabashvili could never really establish enough rhythm to break through.
In one of the day's most exciting matches, Joao Sousa took down American qualifier Chase Buchanan in three sets. After dropping the first frame, the 25-year-old from Portugal leaned on his big serve to win the final two sets in tiebreakers. Sousa had a total of 15 aces, which was the most of any player on either side of the draw on Monday.
On the women's side, the early action rendered mixed results for the Americans as well.
It took Shuai Zhang three sets to knock off British qualifier Heather Watson. While Watson played well in certain stages of her game, her inaccurate serve was most problematic. Eight double faults cost her dearly, and that thwarted her mild upset attempt.
American qualifier Taylor Townsend bounced back from losing the second set to win a hard-fought third frame against Klara Koukalova. The match took over two hours. With such a physically taxing match taking place so early in the tournament, it's possible that Townsend could be fatigued in subsequent matches.
Madison Keys was the other American woman who was victorious on the tournament's first day of action. She downed tough French contender Alize Cornet in straight sets.
Keys took advantage of eight opportunities to break Cornet's serve. The American was successful four times, and that was the difference in the match.
In another straight-sets win, Kirsten Flipkens easily defeated Polona Hercog. With neither woman boasting a dominant serve, Flipkens was able to go on the offensive in her return game. She broke Hercog five times en route to the win.
Lauren Davis was another American woman making an early exit..
Elina Svitolina was too much for Davis. Again, the break points were the major difference in the match. Davis squandered four opportunities to break Svitolina, while the 19-year-old Ukrainian broke the American four times.
Townsend wasn't the only qualifier to advance on Monday. Pauline Parmentier defeated Australian veteran Casey Dellacqua in straight sets. The Aussie could only managed to keep half of her first serves in bounds, and that made her service game extremely vulnerable.
Parmentier didn't waste many of her opportunities to seize control of points, games, sets and subsequently the match. She broke Dellacqua five times in seven opportunities.
Karin Knapp kept the qualifier success rolling with a straight-sets win over Belinda Bencic that looked similar to Parmentier's win.
There was a definite difference in the fact that Knapp's serve gave Bencic problems all day. Though she double faulted five times, her seven aces kept Bencic off balance.
The No. 13 seed Flavia Pennetta avoided a mild upset from South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers. After winning the first set, Scheepers rallied to take the second set in a tiebreak. Pennetta easily won the third set to advance.
After her ex-fiancee Rory McIlroy won his third-straight tournament and the fourth major of his career, Caroline Wozniacki came through with a win of her won over Magdaelna Rybarikova in straight sets.
Rybarikova put up little resistance for the No. 12 seed from Denmark.
After a dominant performance in the first set, Ana Ivanovic had some issues with Sorana Cirstea in the second set. The No. 9 seed had to pull out a tight win in the last frame as she ate up Cirstea's weak service game.
In the entire match, Cirstea only managed to win 24 points off her serve.
In perhaps the biggest upset of the day, No. 11 seed Dominika Cibulkova fell to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets. Cibulkova is not a big server, but the fact that she won just 20 of 48 possible points off her serve proves that part of her game was below standard on Monday.
The match took only 1:05:48 seconds to complete.
John Isner, the top American in the tournament, handled Kevin Anderson in straight sets. Interestingly, their last matchup went to three tiebreaker sets, so this was something of a surprise. Isner was able to claim a break in each set and win in 65 minutes.
Fabio Fognini edged past Edouard Roger-Vasselin in one of the most thrilling matches of the day. After exchanging 6-4 victories in the first two sets, Fognini escaped with a victory in a tiebreaker in the final set.
Samantha Stosur rallied in impressive fashion after falling behind 3-5 in the second set. She won four consecutive games to capture a straight-set victory and will now play world No. 1 Serena Williams in her next match.
Match details per Pro Tennis Live.