Rain played spoiler sport as it forced a delayed start to proceedings on the opening day of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday. Despite the late start, the couple of seeds who played their opening-round matches on Monday made it safely through to the second round.
Ninth seed Barbora Krejcikova defeated Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 in their round-of-64 match to reach the round-of-32. The Czech, who made her top-10 debut in the WTA ranking last week, needed an hour and 12 minutes to complete the win. Krejcikova had 32 winners for the match.
For a place in the third round, Krejcikova will play either American wildcard Cathy McNally or Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska.
Krejcikova’s compatriot, Petra Kvitova also advanced to the next round. Kvitova, seeded 11th in the draw, defeated 2019 champion Madison Keys 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 32 minutes. In the second round, Kvitova will play either Veronika Kudermetova or Italian qualifier Jasmine Paolini.
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Elise Mertens, the 15th seed, notched a win over Argentine Nadia Podoroska in the first round. The Belgian won 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes. Mertens and Podoroska were drawn to face each other in the second round of the National Bank Open in Montreal last week but Mertens’ first-round loss meant that the match couldn’t happen.
In the second round in Cincinnati, Mertens will play either Australian wildcard Samantha Stosur or Elena Rybakina.
The last seed to reach the second round on Monday was the 13th seed, Jennifer Brady. The American got past Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3, 7-6(3) in an hour and 23 minutes. Next up for Brady is Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian won against Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-1 in their opening-round clash.
Americans Alison Riske and Shelby Rogers were also among those who reached the second round at the Western & Southern Open. Riske ousted Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, Rogers advanced when her opponent, fellow countrywoman, Danielle Collins retired in their match with an injury. At the time of Collins’ retirement, Rogers was leading 6-4, 2-1.