Federer wins, Serena loses in Cincinnati tourney


MASON, (OHIO) August 15: Roger Federer made a successful return to the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday, but it wasn’t such a great day for Serena Williams.
Federer advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against Peter Gojowczyk, and Williams was eliminated by eighthseeded Petra Kvitova in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 second-round loss.
Federer and Williams were making their first appearance at the tournament since they each won the title in 2015. Williams opened with a straight-sets victory against Daria Gavrilova.
After a first-round bye, Federer extended his Cincinnati winning streak to 11 matches since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2013 quarter-finals.
“It doesn’t feel like I have been away for so long here from Cincinnati,” Federer said. “I guess the wheel keeps turning. It’s not like I missed two years of tennis. It was a great pleasure to be back.”
The second-seeded Federer, refreshed from a month off after losing in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, became the tournament favourite when Nadal withdrew on Sunday night.
Williams also was knocked out in her last tournament at San Jose two weeks ago.
Karolina Pliskova and Nick Kyrgios also advanced on Tuesday in early tournament action.
Pliskova moved into the second round by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
“It means a lot because it was against her, and, like, you know, I never beat her,” Pliskova said. “We played so many times. I think
I always played her at her best level the matches before, so it was always tough.”
Kyrgios, a finalist last year in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory.
“This year has been tough,” Kyrgios said. “I started the year very well. Then, obviously, I hurt my elbow. Then I had an ongoing hip injury. We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. You know, there is only so much you can do before you have to, you know, I guess, get surgery or something like that. You know, right now I’m just managing it.” (AP)