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Kvitova crashes to Cincy defeat

2014-08-14 00:15
Petra Kvitova (AFP)

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.

Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina toppled third-seeded Czech Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (7/2). Bouchard went down to Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Bouchard has now dropped both of her summer hardcourt matches, also losing stumbling out of the gate at home in Montreal last week.

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."

Kvitova 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.

The pair traded two more breaks before the tiebreaker, where Svitolina claimed victory on the first of four match points as Kvitova mis-hit a return wide.

"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.

"She 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 intense."

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 Williams.

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):


Second round
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


Seconnd round
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

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