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Cincinnati Open Friday Preview: The Men’s and Women’s Match of the Day

How will Nick Kyrgios fair against new world No.3 Juan Martin del Potro?

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Rain has again wreaked havoc on the scheduling this week in Cincinnati, leaving the majority of players with four matches to complete in the next three days. Nevertheless, these are the matches to follow at the Western and Southern Open on Friday.

Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Nick Kyrgios

This is a third round match that did not even get started on Thursday evening.  It will be the first time these two huge hitters ever face each other. Both players pulled out of tournaments within the past few weeks due to injury, but both have looked healthy this week in Cincinnati.  Nick Krygios saved a match point in his opening round against Denis Kulda with a 134 mph second serve, then went on to defeat Borna Coric despite dropping the second set 6-0. Del Potro meanwhile had a solid win yesterday against Hyeon Chung.  Currently at a career-high ranking of third in the world, Del Potro has to be favored here simply due to the inconsistency of Kyrgios. But Nick is capable of beating just about anyone on just about any day, and he was a finalist here last year.  If both players are freely firing their forehands, this should be fun to watch.

Other notable men’s matches:

  • Kevin Anderson vs. David Goffin
  • Roger Federer vs. Leonardo Mayer
  • Stan Wawrinka vs. Martin Fucsovics, in a rematch from last week, when they played deep into a third set tiebreak
  • Plus the winners of these matches playing again on Friday.

Madison Keys vs. Aryna Sabalenka

Keys had the best win of her 2018 yesterday, coming back from a set down to take out Wimbledon Champion Angelique Kerber, an opponent she’s struggled mightily against in the past.  On Friday, she’ll meet the 20-year-old Sabalenka for the first time. Aryna is in the midst of a breakout summer. Last week in Montreal, she upset the number two player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, in a third set tiebreak.  She’s followed that up this week by defeating in impressive list of former and current top 10 players: Johanna Konta, Karolina Pliskova, and Caroline Garcia. All three of those matches went deep into a third set. That exhibits the young Belarusian’s composure, but it also shows how much tennis she’s already played this week.  Does she have another upset in her? Though Keys is coming off a tough battle of her own, she should be the fresher of the two, and should feel confident coming off her big victory yesterday. This is a good draw for Madison Keys to make a run in Cincinnati.

Other notable women’s matches:

  • In a battle between two of this year’s winningest WTA players, Petra Kvitova vs. Elise Mertens
  • World Number One Simona Halep vs. Ashleigh Barty, in a rematch from the Rogers Cup semifinals
  • Elina Svitolina vs. a young American making some noise this week, 16-year-old Amanda Amisimova
  • Plus some players will be scheduled to play again on Friday.

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Acapulco Faces Safety Issues Ahead Of ATP 500 Tournament

Acapulco faces safety and infrastructure issues before the ATP 500 tournament next week.

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Acapulco has faced safety concerns ahead of the tournament as players have been advised to stay in the tournament hotels or tennis venues.

As exclusively revealed by James Gray of the i newspaper, Acapulco is facing security and infrastructure concerns ahead of the tournament.

ATP players have reportedly been told in an email to stay confined to the tournament hotels and the tennis venue as crime rates have increased in the city.

Organisers in Mexico have reassured people that players will be able to train safely with the following statement, “The Arena GNP, venue for the Mexican Open of Tennis, and the host hotel are currently operational to carry out the tournament,” the tournament organisers told the i newspaper.

“Since Tuesday, we have been receiving players in Acapulco, and they have already had the opportunity to train at the venue.”

However there are still infrastructural problems including lack of flights to Acapulco as well as other safety concerns which have been affected by Hurricane Otis.

Despite the problems the ATP seem confident that the event will be safe and secure ahead of the ATP 500 event, “It is not uncommon for players to receive security advisories from ATP as a precautionary measure across more than 250 Tour and Challenger Tour events each season,” A spokesperson told the i newspaper.

“The advisory sent for Acapulco factors in the additional complexity of Hurricane Otis’ disruption. There have been major efforts and investment to restore the Acapulco venue in recent months.”

The ATP 500 event in Acapulco will take place next week with Alex De Minaur being the defending champion.

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Ons Jabeur’s Latest Withdrawal Raises Doubts Over Season Ambitions

Ons Jabeur will be hoping to re-energize herself ahead of a big few months in her career.

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Ons Jabeur’s latest withdrawal in Dubai has raised doubts over how successful the Tunisian can be this season.

Despite having high hopes for revitalizing her season in Dubai, Ons Jabeur has had another setback in 2024.

The Tunisian was forced to withdraw from one of her favourite tournaments of the year in Dubai due to a knee injury.

This withdrawal came days after Jabeur said she was ready for the challenge in Dubai and was excited to compete in front of a passionate crowd in Dubai.

In a statement Jabeur explained her injury and why she was unable to compete in Dubai this week, “After consultation of my doctors and team we have decided that I will have to withdraw from Dubai this week and go for more medical treatments,” Jabeur was quoted by tennishead as saying.

“Looking forward to reconnect with all on the courts for the US swing. Thank you for your continuous support.”

This latest setback isn’t a coincidence though as Jabeur has struggled with injuries ever since her Wimbledon final.

The mental and physical toll that the last eight months have taken of Jabeur are starting to show.

There doesn’t seem to be a plan in place as Jabeur has been open about her mental health struggles since that comprehensive defeat to Marketa Vondrousova at Wimbledon.

That’s a potential problem for Jabeur going forwards as it continues to get tougher for the world number six to find motivation going forwards.

A long break away from tennis may be beneficial for Jabeur as it feels like this summer may be the Tunisian’s last opportunity at Grand Slam glory.

An innovative and new approach may be required for Jabeur as her physical and mental stamina continues to fade with every week.

However will Jabeur manage reinvent herself before it’s too late? Only time will tell and SW19 may be the final destination in that bid.

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Iga Swiatek ‘Proud’ After Claiming Doha Title

World number one Iga Swiatek won her 18th career title in Doha.

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Iga Swiatek defeated Elena Rybakina 7-6(8) 6-2 to claim the title in Doha.

The world number one sealed an 18th career title with a straight sets win over Rybakina.

Swiatek had previously struggled to beat the Kazakh and that continued at the start of the opening set with the Pole conceding a double break deficit at 4-1.

However Swiatek was resilient as she won four games in a row to get back on track in the opening set.

Rybakina broke in the eleventh game and had the opportunity to serve for the opening set but couldn’t take the opportunity.

In the tiebreak, Swiatek converted her fourth set point as she claimed a mammoth tiebreak 10-8.

After that Swiatek seized control as she broke twice after saving two break points in the second game.

The Pole held comfortably to claim her maiden title of the 2024 season in what was her first tournament since a third round exit at the Australian Open.

In her-post match speech Swiatek admitted that she is proud of her performance in Doha this week, “You don’t even know hard it was not to think about it,” Swiatek was quoted by France 24 as saying after winning her 13th match in Doha.

“I came here and was pretty stressed because I felt the expectations. I wanted to do everything step by step like I always do. I’m really happy. I’m really proud of myself.”

Swiatek will now look to continue that form in Dubai next week where she takes on either Sloane Stephens or Clara Burel in her opening round match.

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