Cincy Gallery: Early Round Action
The first two rounds of the Western & Southern Open featured glory for some WTA stars and surprise losses for others.
Published August 14, 2014 12:10
Ana Ivanovic came into Cincinnati leading the WTA in wins in 2014, and added to that total on Monday.
Fatigue may have affected Venus Williams, who lost her opener two days after playing in the Montréal final.
Dangerous Czech lefty Lucie Safarova scored her first win over Williams in five meetings.
2011 Cincinnati champion Maria Sharapova got fired up during her second round clash with Madison Keys.
Sharapova was extended to three sets, but pulled out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory.
Sara Errani showed off her net skills during an almost three-hour first round defeat of Yanina Wickmayer.
WTA Rising Star Simona Halep was in winning form in her first match as World No.2.
Petra Kvitova was one of several early round upset victims, falling to WTA Rising Star Elina Svitolina.
Samantha Stosur came up just short in a second round server's duel with World No.1 Serena Williams.
Fresh off capturing the Montréal title, Agnieszka Radwanska was in fine form in her Cincinnati opener.
WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard had her hands full with Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova celebrated her three set triumph over Bouchard.
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