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SportSerena pulls out of Cincinnati

19:51  14 august  2019
19:51  14 august  2019 Source:   skysports.com

De Minaur wins at ATP's Cincinnati Masters

De Minaur wins at ATP's Cincinnati Masters Australian Alex de Minaur won his opening round match at the ATP Tour's elite Cincinnati Masters, beating Italian Marco Cecchinato.

Serena Williams withdrew from the Western & Southern Open ahead of her opening match due to the back injury she suffered in Toronto. Williams, 37, was due to face Zarina Diyas in Cincinnati on Tuesday, but pulled out as the American great continues to struggle with her back.

Serena Williams withdrew prior to her opening match at the WTA Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday with a back injury, another blow to the 23-time Grand Nevertheless her decision to pull out of Cincinnati struck an ominous note with the US Open starting on August 26. Williams, who fell to Simona Halep in

Serena pulls out of Cincinnati© Getty With the US Open arriving shortly, Serena Williams' injury will cause concern

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters with the same back injury that forced her to retire from the Rogers Cup final.

The two-time winner of the tournament said she was "hopeful" after her practice on Tuesday morning but eventually decided that playing would not be possible.

The back injury caused her to retire from the final in Toronto at 3-1 down and with the US Open starting on August 26, a close eye will be kept on further updates from the 23-time Grand Slam winner.

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Serena Williams withdrew prior to her opening match at the WTA Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday with a back injury, another blow to the 23-time Grand Nevertheless her decision to pull out of Cincinnati struck an ominous note with the US Open starting on August 26. Williams, who fell to Simona Halep in

CINCINNATI – World number one Novak Djokovic got his US Open build up off to a smooth start with a straight-sets win in Cincinnati on Tuesday (Wednesday Williams, meanwhile, was left just trying to get healthy before the August 26 start of the US Open, pulling out of her scheduled first-round match

"I really want to thank tournament director Andre Silva and the WTA for giving me every chance to play," said Williams to the WTA after announcing her decision.

"I also want to thank all the amazing fans here in the Cincinnati area for their support - it means so much. I promise I'll do my best to be back here next year."

Williams' place in the main draw was taken by lucky loser Jessica Pegula. The American faced her original first-round opponent Zarina Diyas and fell in straight sets 7-5 6-4.

In contrast to Serena's injury problems, older sister Venus Williams sent shockwaves around the women's draw with a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) victory over the defending champion Kiki Bertens.

The two-hour-and-17-minute clash was the 39-year-old's second victory over a top-five player this season and she'll now meet either Donna Vekic or Victoria Azarenka in the Round of 16.

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Serena Williams withdrew from the Western & Southern Open ahead of her opening match due to the back injury she suffered in Toronto. Williams, 37, was due to face Zarina Diyas in Cincinnati on Tuesday, but pulled out as she continues to struggle with her back. The 23-time grand slam

Serena Williams' back is "still not right", leading to her withdrawal from the Western & Southern Open.

Elsewhere in the draw, Angelique Kerber followed Britain's Johanna Konta in falling at the first hurdle and being knocked out in the opening round.

Kerber, the 13th seed, was undone by the determined work of Anett Kontaveit. The German did open out to a 5-3 lead in the first set, and had a set point opportunity at 6-5, before she narrowly lost the tie-break.

At the beginning of the second, Kontaveit then put her foot on the gas to produce a 4-0 lead. Despite being broken once, she finished the job in style and will now face qualifier Iga Swiatek in the second round.

Madison Keys and Garbine Muguruza, the 2017 champion, were embroiled in one of the tightest matches of the day as they met in the opening round for the second year in a row.

Keys arrived at the encounter having lost in the first round in Washington and at the Rogers Cup but showed great determination to prevent that happening for a third time with the 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 result.

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CINCINNATI , USA – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic got his US Open build up off to a smooth start with a straight-sets win in Cincinnati on Tuesday, August 13 (Wednesday, August 14) as back trouble forced Serena Williams to withdraw. Defending champion Djokovic double faulted 3 times as he dropped

CINCINATTI - World number one Novak Djokovic got his US Open build up off to a smooth start with a straight-sets win in Cincinnati on Tuesday as back trouble forced Serena Williams to withdraw. Defending champion Djokovic double faulted three times as he dropped serve in the opening game

Under the evening lights, Maria Sakkari overcame being down a break in the deciding set to prevail 6-4 2-6 6-3 over Petra Kvitova.

Sakkari kept her composure to captalise on Kvitova's mistakes as the Czech player put down 53 unforced errors during the course of the match.

Wednesday's order of play is an action-packed one and one that features a hotly-anticipated clash between Ashleigh Barty and Maria Sharapova.

The two players have a career head-to-head record of one victory apiece, the last match being secured by Barty at this year's Australia Open.

Sharapova is one of three former tournament champions in action on Wednesday.

Karolina Pliskova is another and she'll meet the lucky loser Wang Yafa. The 2013 winner, Azarenka will take on Vekic on Court 10.

Serena pulls out of Cincinnati© Getty Madison Keys holds a 3-1 record over Garbine Muguruza

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