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Serena Williams Withdraws, Wozniacki Upset, Fish and Djokovic Dominate in Cincy

World No. 1Novak Djokovic defeats wild card Ryan Harrison in the first round of the Western & Southern Open.
World No. 1Novak Djokovic defeats wild card Ryan Harrison in the first round of the Western & Southern Open.Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Monica FritschCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2016

Wednesday was Fashion Loves Tennis day at the Western and Southern Open. Fans who bought tickets to the event were treated to free drinks and appetizers, a fashion show and tickets for the night session matches. They also were treated to visits from ATP World Tour player Alex Bogomolov Jr. and WTA players Katarina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke.

Bogomolov Jr. will face No. 4 seed Andy Murray first up on court three. Murray had defeated David Nalbandian, and Bogomolov defeated No. 15 Jo Wilfried Tsonga today. Srebotnik and Peschke will face Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci third on court four. Rafael Nadal will take on compatriot Fernando Verdasco to start the center-court matches. Then, Maria Sharapova will take on her compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova. Roger Federer will face James Blake in the first night match on center court.

On Grandstand, Li Na will face Samantha Stosur, who received a walk over from Serena Williams in the second round. Williams withdrew due to a right toe injury. Then 2010 finalist, Mardy Fish will take on Richard Gasquet of France. Christina McHale will play Nadia Petrova of France, after defeating No. 1 ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

Doubles will be highlighted on Thursday. All of the matches on courts three and six will be doubles. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond will face Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova as the second night match. Bob and Mike Bryan will play the second night match on Grandstand.

Novak Djokovic defeated American wild card Ryan Harrison, and Rafael Nadal beat Frenchman, Julien Benneteau David Ferrer defeated another wild card, Grigor Dimitrov. The women’s singles No. 15 seed lost to Nadia Petrova, and No. 17 seed Yanina Wickmayer lost to Petra Martic.

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