TENNIS — Western & Southern OpenTuesday, August 12, 2014
Delbonis ousted in first round
No Argentines remaining
There are no Argentines remaining at the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati as Federico Delbonis, the only player qualified for the event, was eliminated yesterday in his opener.
MASON, Ohio — Azul-born Federico Delbonis was early eliminated from the Western & Southern Open yesterday in the first round of the Masters 1000. Delbonis was the only Argentine in the tournament.
Frenchman Gaël Monfils needed three sets to get past 63rd-ranked Argentine 6-3 3-6 6-3 in one hour and a half.
Yesterday’s was Delbonis’ second consecutive loss as he also lost in his first round match at the Masters 1000 in Toronto against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy (33).
In the women’s event, Madison Keys accomplished something Serena Williams couldn’t — beating Alize Cornet.
Keys pulled off a 6-2 6-4 win over Cornet in the first round of the Western & Southern Open.
Cornet, who upset the top-ranked Williams in the third round at Wimbledon six weeks ago, was playing with an injured left leg that she said started bothering her during her second-round loss to Victoria Azarenka last Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Three qualifiers advanced in other women’s first-round action. Taylor Townsend outlasted Klara Koukalova, 6-3 4-6 7-5, while Pauline Parmentier eliminated Casey Dellacqua, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2, and Karin Knapp upset wild-card Belinda Bencic, 6-2 7-6 (7-1).
Also, Kirsten Flipkens defeated qualifier Polona Hercog, 6-3 6-2, while Zhang Shuai beat Heather Watson, 6-3 2-6 7-5, and Elina Svitolina cruised past Lauren Davis, 6-3 6-2.
In the men’s draw, Tommy Robredo survived a first-set tiebreaker to advance to the second round with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 win over wild-card Jack Sock of the US.
Fernando Verdasco needed three sets to eliminate Marcel Granollers, 5-7 6-3 7-6 (7-5). Three other players advanced with first career wins over their opponents, led by qualifier Benjamin Becker, whose 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 upset of Ivo Karlovic was the German’s first win in seven matches against the 28th-ranked Croatian. Also, Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Jeremy Chardy, 6-3 4-6 6-4, the 24th-ranked German’s first win in three matches against the Frenchman, and Lu Yen-Hsun advanced with a 6-3 6-4 win Denis Istomin, Lu’s first win in four matches against Istomin.
Herald staff with AP