Cincinnati, Ohio (8.15.2013) - Whoa, what a day of tennis. The Thursday day session kicked off at center court where the Worlds 2nd ranked player Victoria Azarenka, battled with 33rd ranked Slovakian, Magdalena Rybarikova. In little less than an hour and half Azarenka disposed of Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4.
On the Men’s side of things, Feliciano Lopez put up a great fight versus the Argentine, Juan Martin Del Potro, but ultimately came up short losing 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Del Potro was just too tough down the stretch converting on a break chance opportunity.
After knocking of Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens run ends in Cincinnati, as former World #1 Jelena Jankovic, who has dealt with confidence issues as of late, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Sloane definitely had to gain some confidence after shocking Sharapova in arguably the match of the tournament, but leaves Cincy with a bitter taste in her mouth. Stephens travels to Winston Salem next week to compete in the Winston Salem Open.
David Ferrer bows out of the Western & Southern Open after he falls 6-2, 6-4 and now is a career 0-2 against Dmity Tursunov. Tursunov has been playing some wonderful tennis and will match up with JMDP in the quarterfinals.
Murray rolled in straight sets against Julien Benneteau. Will face the winner of the Tomas Berdych & Tommy Robredo match.
Big win for John Isner, coming back from 0-3 down in second to beat Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 6-4. He and USA back in the ATP top 20
In a rematch of last year’s Western & Southern final, Li Na beats the German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4. Li Nai will face Aga Radwanska next, in what is a pretty solid rivalry.
Rafael Nadal takes Maria Sharapova’s boy toy, 22 year old Bulgarian Grior Dimitrov.
Battle of the Thomas’ features Tomas Berdych vs. Tommy Robredo. The head to head match up is 4-4 between these two, Robredo getting the better of the Berdych in Barcelona 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.
To top off the night, Serena Williams will face Mona Barthel for the first time in her career.