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Aug 14, 2013

Sloppy Williams takes first step to Cincinnati title

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Serena Williams will try to fill one of the few holes in her resume this week but will need to up her game after labouring to a 4-6 6-2 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard at the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday.

In a career that has generated 54 singles titles, including 16 grand slams, Williams has won just about everything there is to win in her sport but Cincinnati, one of the WTA Tour’s most prestigious tournaments, is not on that very long list.

Aug 14, 2013

Tennis-Sloppy Williams takes first step to Cincinnati title

CINCINNATI, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Serena Williams will try to fill one of the few holes in her resume this week but will need to up her game after laboring to a 4-6 6-2 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard at the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday.

In a career that has generated 54 singles titles, including 16 grand slams, Williams has won just about everything there is to win in her sport but Cincinnati, one of the WTA Tour’s most prestigious tournaments, is not on that very long list.

Aug 14, 2013

Murray romp gets hardcourt campaign back on track

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – World number two Andy Murray got his North American hardcourt campaign back on track with a 6-2 6-3 dissection of Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday to reach the last 16 of the Western and Southern Open.

Murray, who had a slow start to the hardcourt season with a third round loss in Montreal last week, arrived in Cincinnati eager to get in matches ahead of the August 26-Sept 9 U.S. Open, where he will arrive as a defending grand slam champion for the first time.

Aug 14, 2013

Tennis-Murray romp gets hardcourt campaign back on track

CINCINNATI, Aug 14 (Reuters) – World number two Andy Murray got his North American hardcourt campaign back on track with a 6-2 6-3 dissection of Mikhail Youzhny on Wednesday to reach the last 16 of the Western and Southern Open.

Murray, who had a slow start to the hardcourt season with a third round loss in Montreal last week, arrived in Cincinnati eager to get in matches ahead of the Aug. 26-Sept 9 U.S. Open, where he will arrive as a defending grand slam champion for the first time.

Aug 14, 2013

Federer opens hardcourt season with win

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Roger Federer got his delayed hardcourt season off to a positive start with straightforward 6-3 7-6 (7) win over Germany’s Phillip Kohlschreiber to ease into the third round of the Western and Southern Open on Tuesday.

Struggling with a sore back, Federer did not play last week’s event in Montreal and has not tested himself on the North American hardcourt since Indian Wells in March.

Aug 14, 2013

Roger Federer opens hardcourt season with win

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Roger Federer got his delayed hardcourt season off to a positive start with straightforward 6-3 7-6 (7) win over Germany’s Phillip Kohlschreiber to ease into the third round of the Western and Southern Open on Tuesday.

Struggling with a sore back, Federer did not play last week’s event in Montreal and has not tested himself on the North American hardcourt since Indian Wells in March.

Aug 14, 2013

Tennis-Federer opens hardcourt season with win

CINCINNATI, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Roger Federer got his delayed hardcourt season off to a positive start with straightforward 6-3 7-6 (7) win over Germany’s Phillip Kohlschreiber to ease into the third round of the Western and Southern Open on Tuesday.

Struggling with a sore back, Federer did not play last week’s event in Montreal and has not tested himself on the North American hardcourt since Indian Wells in March.

Aug 14, 2013

Sharapova-Connors combo off to rocky start

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – The Maria Sharapova-Jimmy Connors partnership got off to a rocky start on Tuesday as Sloane Stephens shocked the third ranked Russian 2-6 7-6(5) 6-3 at the Western and Southern Open.

Victoria Azarenka also made a shaky return following a brief injury layoff but recovered to dispose of American qualifier Vania King 6-1 7-6(6) and reach the last 16.

Aug 14, 2013

Tennis-Sharapova-Connors combo off to rocky start

CINCINNATI, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The Maria Sharapova-Jimmy Connors partnership got off to a rocky start on Tuesday as Sloane Stephens shocked the third ranked Russian 2-6 7-6(5) 6-3 at the Western and Southern Open.

Victoria Azarenka also made a shaky return following a brief injury layoff but recovered to dispose of American qualifier Vania King 6-1 7-6(6) and reach the last 16.

Aug 13, 2013

Ferrer battles past Harrison for spot in last 16

CINCINNATI (Reuters) – Third seeded Spaniard David Ferrer was forced to work for his spot in the last 16 of the Western and Southern Open, grinding out a 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-4 win over plucky American wildcard Ryan Harrison on Tuesday.

Harrison, who learned before the match that he was given a wild card entry into the U.S. Open, almost celebrated his trip to Flushing Meadows with a major upset battling the feisty Ferrer for two hours and 42 minutes on a blustery center court.