2019 Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) - WTA Thread

Who gets the title?


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Enceladus

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Defending champion: Kiki Bertens


Former Western & Southern Open champions, who will participating in the 2019 tournament: Serena Williams (2014-15), Maria Sharapova (2011), Victoria Azarenka (2013), Karolina Pliskova (2016), Garbine Muguruza (2017)

Official website: Draw: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Western_&_Southern_Open_–_Women's_Singles#Draw
Point distribution: Prize money: Edition: 91st edition of women's singles and 52nd in Open era
Date: August 12 – 18
Category: WTA Premier 5
Draw: 56S
Surface: Hard
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Venue: Lindner Family Tennis Center
TV broadcasts: ESPN2, Tennis Channel

Entry list:
Main Draw
1 Barty, Ashleigh (AUS)
2 Osaka, Naomi (JPN)
3 Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)
4 Bertens, Kiki (NED)
5 Kerber, Angelique (GER)
6 Kvitova, Petra (CZE)
7 Halep, Simona (ROU)
8 Svitolina, Elina (UKR)
9 Stephens, Sloane (USA)
10 Williams, Serena (USA)
11 Sabalenka, Aryna (BLR)
12 Sevastova, Anastasija (LAT)
13 Bencic, Belinda (SUI)
14 Vondrousova, Marketa (CZE)
15 Wang, Qiang (CHN)
16 Keys, Madison (USA)
17 Goerges, Julia (GER)
18 Konta, Johanna (GBR)
19 Wozniacki, Caroline (DEN)
20 Kontaveit, Anett (EST)
21 Mertens, Elise (BEL)
22 Vekic, Donna (CRO)
23 Garcia, Caroline (FRA)
24 Martic, Petra (CRO)
25 Andreescu, Bianca (CAN)
26 Anisimova, Amanda (USA)
27 Muguruza, Garbiñe (ESP)
28 Kenin, Sofia (USA)
29 Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)
30 Kasatkina, Daria (RUS)
31 Suárez Navarro, Carla (ESP)
32 Sakkari, Maria (GRE)
33 Tsurenko, Lesia (UKR)
34 Collins, Danielle (USA)
35 Yastremska, Dayana (UKR)
36 Sasnovich, Aliaksandra (BLR)
37 Ostapenko, Jelena (LAT)
38 Siniakova, Katerina (CZE)
39 Putintseva, Yulia (KAZ)
40 Azarenka, Victoria (BLR)
42 Giorgi, Camila (ITA)
43 Zheng, Saisai (CHN)
43 Bellis, Catherine (USA) SR

Alternates
44 Williams, Venus (USA)
45 Alexandrova, Ekaterina (RUS)
47 Kuzmova, Viktoria (SVK)
48 Mladenovic, Kristina (FRA)

Qualifying Draw
32 Strycova, Barbora (CZE)
35 Zhang, Shuai (CHN)
37 Riske, Alison (USA)
43 Tomljanovic, Ajla (AUS)

44 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia (RUS)
45 Puig, Monica (PUR)
48 Alexandrova, Ekaterina (RUS)
49 Kuzmova, Viktoria (SVK)

50 Mladenovic, Kristina (FRA)
52 Wang, Yafan (CHN)
53 Cornet, Alize (FRA)
54 Hercog, Polona (SLO)
55 Kudermetova, Veronika (RUS)
57 Gasparyan, Margarita (RUS)
58 Buzarnescu, Mihaela (ROU)
59 Jabeur, Ons (TUN)
60 Linette, Magda (POL)
61 Swiatek, Iga (POL)
64 Potapova, Anastasia (RUS)
65 Rybakina, Elena (KAZ)
67 Kozlova, Kateryna (UKR)
68 Kanepi, Kaia (EST)
69 Golubic, Viktorija (SUI)
70 Peterson, Rebecca (SWE)
71 Maria, Tatjana (GER)
73 Davis, Lauren (USA)
74 Pera, Bernarda (USA)
76 Brady, Jennifer (USA)

Alternates
77 Petkovic, Andrea (GER)
79 Pegula, Jessica (USA)
86 Diyas, Zarina (KAZ)
89 Teichmann, Jil (SUI)
90 Mattek-Sands, Bethanie (USA) SR
94 Pliskova, Kristyna (CZE)
 
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fundrazer

Legend
Mugu has Keys in the first round. Could be an early exit which would be massively disappointing. Again, Garbi has played one match since the French Open ended for her. Haven't seen a coaching announcement yet either.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Mugu has Keys in the first round. Could be an early exit which would be massively disappointing. Again, Garbi has played one match since the French Open ended for her. Haven't seen a coaching announcement yet either.
Leg injury? She had intended to play the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose but pulled out a few days before it started Was not listed for at all for Rogers Cup TMK. Hope she's really ready to come back.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Entry list:
Main Draw
1 Barty, Ashleigh (AUS)
2 Osaka, Naomi (JPN)
3 Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)
4 Bertens, Kiki (NED)
5 Kerber, Angelique (GER)
6 Kvitova, Petra (CZE)
7 Halep, Simona (ROU)
8 Svitolina, Elina (UKR)
9 Stephens, Sloane (USA)
10 Williams, Serena (USA)
11 Sabalenka, Aryna (BLR)
12 Sevastova, Anastasija (LAT)
13 Bencic, Belinda (SUI)
14 Vondrousova, Marketa (CZE)
15 Wang, Qiang (CHN)
16 Keys, Madison (USA)
17 Goerges, Julia (GER)
18 Konta, Johanna (GBR)
19 Wozniacki, Caroline (DEN)
20 Kontaveit, Anett (EST)
21 Mertens, Elise (BEL)
22 Vekic, Donna (CRO)
23 Garcia, Caroline (FRA)
24 Martic, Petra (CRO)
25 Andreescu, Bianca (CAN)
26 Anisimova, Amanda (USA)
27 Muguruza, Garbiñe (ESP)
28 Kenin, Sofia (USA)
29 Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)
30 Kasatkina, Daria (RUS)
31 Suárez Navarro, Carla (ESP)
32 Sakkari, Maria (GRE)
33 Tsurenko, Lesia (UKR)
34 Collins, Danielle (USA)
35 Yastremska, Dayana (UKR)
36 Sasnovich, Aliaksandra (BLR)
37 Ostapenko, Jelena (LAT)
38 Siniakova, Katerina (CZE)
39 Putintseva, Yulia (KAZ)
40 Azarenka, Victoria (BLR)
42 Giorgi, Camila (ITA)
43 Zheng, Saisai (CHN)
43 Bellis, Catherine (USA) SR

Alternates
44 Williams, Venus (USA)
45 Alexandrova, Ekaterina (RUS)
47 Kuzmova, Viktoria (SVK)
48 Mladenovic, Kristina (FRA)

Qualifying Draw
32 Strycova, Barbora (CZE)
35 Zhang, Shuai (CHN)
37 Riske, Alison (USA)
43 Tomljanovic, Ajla (AUS)

44 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia (RUS)
45 Puig, Monica (PUR)
48 Alexandrova, Ekaterina (RUS)
49 Kuzmova, Viktoria (SVK)

50 Mladenovic, Kristina (FRA)
52 Wang, Yafan (CHN)
53 Cornet, Alize (FRA)
54 Hercog, Polona (SLO)
55 Kudermetova, Veronika (RUS)
57 Gasparyan, Margarita (RUS)
58 Buzarnescu, Mihaela (ROU)
59 Jabeur, Ons (TUN)
60 Linette, Magda (POL)
61 Swiatek, Iga (POL)
64 Potapova, Anastasia (RUS)
65 Rybakina, Elena (KAZ)
67 Kozlova, Kateryna (UKR)
68 Kanepi, Kaia (EST)
69 Golubic, Viktorija (SUI)
70 Peterson, Rebecca (SWE)
71 Maria, Tatjana (GER)
73 Davis, Lauren (USA)
74 Pera, Bernarda (USA)
76 Brady, Jennifer (USA)

Alternates
77 Petkovic, Andrea (GER)
79 Pegula, Jessica (USA)
86 Diyas, Zarina (KAZ)
89 Teichmann, Jil (SUI)
90 Mattek-Sands, Bethanie (USA) SR
94 Pliskova, Kristyna (CZE)
This player Entry List does not appear to reflect the actual seeding for this event. The official draw sheet shows Simona as #4 and Kiki at #5. (Wiki also show this).

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/663/15/wtaii_ls_smd.pdf

Will have to see if Simona will actually be able to play. She felt it prudent/necessary to retire after the 1st in her QF match on Friday because of an ongoing Achilles injury. She has a first round bye for this event and is not scheduled to play on Monday. Most likely her first match at Cincy will be on Tuesday or Wednesday. She might decide to take another week off but then there is no longer a Connecticut Open (as there was last year).

Sad to see that CiCi Bellis is still not returning to play as she had originally planned. She's not played a pro match since last March at Miami. Has undergone 4 surgeries since then. She may have to end up retiring if she can't make it back this year. It's a shame that she turned down a full ride at Stanford to turn pro only to have this all happen. With a better 2nd serve, she had top 10 potential... reached #35 at 18 with a number of top 10 wins

 

fundrazer

Legend
Leg injury? She had intended to play the Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose but pulled out a few days before it started Was not listed for at all for Rogers Cup TMK. Hope she's really ready to come back.
Dunno. She's been practicing at IMG Academy so I don't think it was anything serious.
 

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
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This player Entry List does not appear to reflect the actual seeding for this event. The official draw sheet shows Simona as #4 and Kiki at #5. (Wiki also show this).

https://s3.amazonaws.com/ustaassets/assets/663/15/wtaii_ls_smd.pdf

Will have to see if Simona will actually be able to play. She felt it prudent/necessary to retire after the 1st in her QF match on Friday because of an ongoing Achilles injury. She has a first round bye for this event and is not scheduled to play on Monday. Most likely her first match at Cincy will be on Tuesday or Wednesday. She might decide to take another week off but then there is no longer a Connecticut Open (as there was last year).

Sad to see that CiCi Bellis is still not returning to play as she had originally planned. She's not played a pro match since last March at Miami. Has undergone 4 surgeries since then. She may have to end up retiring if she can't make it back this year. It's a shame that she turned down a full ride at Stanford to turn pro only to have this all happen. With a better 2nd serve, she had top 10 potential... reached #35 at 18 with a number of top 10 wins

Cici will probably skip new York too:(
 

ALEXT

Semi-Pro
What's happening with Vondrousova? Is she injured? She missed both Rogers Cup and Cincy. I haven't heard/seen much of her after RG.

Too bad they didn't see fit to give Gauff a MD WC.... Instead, they gave one to Sharapova and Kuzy. The tournaments should think about the future not the past... Sure they will sell few more tickets for the 1R but eventually miss the chance to help a potential future champion especially one of their own. I think they should split the WCs equally at least between fossils and young blood.

On a different note, this is the most elusive tournament for Halep. She played 3 finals here (2015, 2017,2018) in the past 4 years but lost them all.... Maybe 4th time's the charm?
 
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Enceladus

Hall of Fame
This player Entry List does not appear to reflect the actual seeding for this event. The official draw sheet shows Simona as #4 and Kiki at #5. (Wiki also show this).
The ranking in the Entry List is often different from the list of seeded players. While the list of seeded players is based on the ranking issued a week before the tournament starts, the Entry List is based on the ranking that was valid 6 weeks before the tournament starts.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
The ranking in the Entry List is often different from the list of seeded players. While the list of seeded players is based on the ranking issued a week before the tournament starts, the Entry List is based on the ranking that was valid 6 weeks before the tournament starts.
That makes sense. After looking at the draw sheet, I assumed that something along those lines was the case. Thanks for the clarification
 

Enceladus

Hall of Fame
What's happening with Vondrousova? Is she injured? She missed both Rogers Cup and Cincy. I haven't heard/seen much of her after RG.
Marketa have wrist inflammation in left handed. In agreement with her team, she decided to opt out of Cincinnati on 7 August. She should play at the US Open.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
On a different note, this is the most elusive tournament for Halep. She played 3 finals here (2015, 2017,2018) in the past 4 years but lost them all.... Maybe 4th time's the charm?
Only if she recovers enough from the Achilles issue that has bothered her this past week.

Noticed that Serena had also played the in the Cincy finals 3x... but manage to win it two of those times. However, neither Serena nor Simona have managed to win Canada and Cincinnati back to back. When Serena had won Cincy, she only got to the SF around in Canada.

There was one year (2013) where she reached both finals but only won Canada that year. OTOH, there has been two years, 2015 and 2018, where Simona reached both finals in the same year. She won the Montréal title in the latter case.

Don't believe that there has been any women that has won both tournaments back to back. Not yet checked to see if Roger or any of the other ATP guys have pulled off this feat.


EDIT: Nope, Roger has not done it either. Won Cincy 7x and Canada 2x. There has been 3 years when he has been in both finals, but only titled in Cincy.

No for Novak either -- & only won Cincy once. Rafa did it tho. Also only won Cincy once -- but he had also won Canada that year.
 
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SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafter is the other one, but I think that's it. Okay apparently Agassi has done it also.

Although Rafter/Roddick/Nadal all pulled off the trifecta I think. Canada/Cinci/US Open.
The Nadal and Roddick. Too lazy to check later years.
I had already mentioned Rafa in last line of my post (in the EDIT I had added 24 hrs ago). But excellent catch on Roddick. He did it 2003. Ditto for Rafter and Agassi.

The men have had the opportunity longer. Both Canada and Cincy have been part of the Masters 1000 or equivalent since the early 1990s. For the women, Cincy did not become a Tier 1 or P5 event until 2009
 

spystud

G.O.A.T.
Bianca out.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu made history with a Toronto WTA title on Sunday and then withdrew from next week's big date at the Cincinnati Masters.

The 19-year-old who claimed the trophy when Serena Williams was unable to play more than four games before retiring with back spasms said "Thanks, but no thanks' to any extra exertion in the US Open run-up."

The first Canadian in half a century to win the home trophy said she did not want to taken any risks after missing more than two months -- and Wimbledon -- with shoulder problems before returning to action this week.

"I've never been there, so I'm really disappointed to withdraw from the tournament," said Andreescu, who was leading Williams 3-1 when the 23-time Grand Slam champion called it a day.

"I really have to listen to my body right now, this last week has not been easy on it," she added after beating three top 10 players in her hometown win that thrilled a nation.
 
Iga Swiatek just took the first set in a tiebreak over Caroline Garcia - she's one to watch, along with Marie Bouzkova and the upcoming American teens (Osuigwe, McNally, Gauff. etc.). These kids look as accomplished as players a couple of years into professional tennis did a half a dozen years ago. Better training for young kids, maybe, or the fact that power is a bigger feature of tennis than it used to be, and easier to develop than strategy and skill.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Sharpie getting started!

Edit: wins the first game at 15, still has an "I'm almost crying" look on her face.

Edit 2: refuses to return serve because she was still busy practicing her swing while Riske served. Gamesmanship on the sixth point of the match, looks promising..

Edit 3: correction, I think the "I'm almost crying" look may just be her current face with slightly more chin than before. Holds for 2-1, Riske to serve.
 
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insideguy

Legend
Riske has the stiffest oddest strokes on the tour. I guess her backhand is normal. But her forehand is so weird. I suppose it works well on grass I can see why.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Riske has the stiffest oddest strokes on the tour. I guess her backhand is normal. But her forehand is so weird. I suppose it works well on grass I can see why.
She is great at redirecting and doesn't seem to make a lot of UE. I can see why players struggle against her.
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Set point Pova, I repeat, set point Pova!

... two set points ova, back to deuce

... fourth deuce, seven minute game so far.

... and she takes it! First set Sharapova 6-3. Pretty shaky on serve, but so far getting the job done.
 
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flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Sharapova loses her serve with a DF and two painful UE, one of which was an easy* overhead and one a sitter after a netcord. Ouch. Down 2-0, Riske to serve.

*you know, for a pro
 

tennis4me

Hall of Fame
Riske has the stiffest oddest strokes on the tour. I guess her backhand is normal. But her forehand is so weird. I suppose it works well on grass I can see why.
There's hope for mortals that all-arm FH stroke can get you far - #36 WTA. :D
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Sharapova breaks back on the third break point, now serving at 3-4 in the second.

... only to face two break points the very next game

.. which she saves, back to deuce

.. but ultimately loses the game anyway, 5*-3 Riske

.. who promptly hands Maria a couple break points with a few hasty UE

.. the second of which Maria takes, so she'll be serving at 4*-5. What a rollercoaster..
 
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flyingboris

Hall of Fame
... and just like that, Sharapova is serving for the match!

... and promptly goes down 0-30

... but reaches match point at 40-30

... only to hit an UE followed by a DF. Break point Riske..

.. who hits a ball smack on the baseline, taking the game. Tie break time!
 
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flyingboris

Hall of Fame
And of course broken for a breaker.
Yeah, this match really calls for lowlights. There have been some very painful and consequential misses by Maria. Let's see if she survives this tiebreak. So far looking good at 4*-1.

.. just as I say that she hits a second serve 4ft out..
 

flyingboris

Hall of Fame
Incredibly lucky netcord by Maria to eke out 5-2, followed by an uncharacteristic UE by Riske to go up 6-2. C'mon Maria, you can do this.

... ace by Riske.. 6-3 ..

.. DF by Maria .. 6-4 ..

.. UE by Riske.. 7-4!

Sharapova wins a match!
 
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