Cincinnati - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and finalist Eugenie Bouchard have both
crashed out of the second round of the Cincinnati hardcourt tournament
on Wednesday in a setback to their US Open preparations.
teenager Elina Svitolina toppled third-seeded Czech Kvitova 6-2, 7-6
(7/2). Bouchard went down to Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4,
Bouchard has now dropped both of her summer hardcourt
matches, also losing stumbling out of the gate at home in Montreal last
Kvitova's exit in her first match after enjoying a
first-round bye came a week after a third-round exit in Montreal, and
the world number four admitted she couldn't find her way against the
Ukrainian, who is playing her first tournament since defending her title
at Baku last month.
"I can still find moments when I really don't
know what's happening out there," admitted Kvitova. "Even if I'm older
and have more experience, I can still have days like today."
held a 3-0 lead in the second set as the Czech attempted a comeback
effort. But Svitolina, ranked 39th in the world, nudged the scoreline
back to a 5-4 lead only to be broken as she served for the victory.
pair traded two more breaks before the tiebreaker, where Svitolina
claimed victory on the first of four match points as Kvitova mis-hit a
"From the beginning I didn't feel very comfortable
out there," Kvitova said. "And I was trying to really fight, I just
wasn't able to do that today."
Top seed Serena Williams got
through safely as she defeated Australian Samantha Stosur for the second
time in as many weeks, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7).
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Japan's Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-2.
Stosur, who beat Williams in the 2011 US Open final, made the world number one fight for her win.
was up in both of the breakers, it was just a great match, to be
honest," said the winner. "She served unbelievable, it was really
German Angelique Kerber, the sixth seed, advanced
against Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-1 while Italian 13th seed Flavia
Pennetta beat Taylor Townsend of the US 6-4, 6-3 to set up a clash with
Sabine Lisicki, the 2013 Wimbledon runner-up, beat Italy's Sara Errani, the 14th seed, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2).
Results on Wednesday, the fourth day of the Cincinnati ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tennis tournament (x denotes seeded player):
Tommy Robredo (ESP x16) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-2, 6-4
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-3, 6-4
David Ferrer (ESP x6) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4)
Marin Cilic (CRO x14) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt James Ward (GBR) 6-2, 6-2
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x7) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Milos Raonic (CAN x5) bt Robby Ginepri (USA) 6-2, 6-2
Steve Johnson (USA) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT x9) 6-4, 6-4
Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-1, 6-4
Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x4) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Andy Murray (GBR x8) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-3
John Isner (USA x11) bt Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 6-3, 7-6 (7/1)
Gael Monfils (FRA) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x13) 6-4, 6-1
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-2
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (9/7)
Flavia Pennetta (ITA x13) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-4, 6-3
Sloane Stephens (USA) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 7-5, 6-1
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x8) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-1, 7-6
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-2, 6-2
Sabine Lisicki (GER) bt Sara Errani (ITA x14) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2)
Angelique Kerber (GER x6) bt Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 6-4, 6-1
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN x7) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x9) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-4, 6-0
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x15) bt Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-3, 7-5
Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x3) 6-2, 7-6 (7/2)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-1, 6-3
Lucie Safarova (CZE) bt Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-4, 6-2