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Cincinnati Daily Preview: Naomi Osaka Versus Coco Gauff Headlines a Loaded Day of Tennis



Coco Gauff waves to the crowd after a straightforward opening round win on Tuesday evening (

With rain forcing some of Tuesday’s matches to be delayed until Wednesday, this has become one of the best daily schedules you will see all year.  And while there’s a chance of a thunderstorm later in the day, thankfully the rest of the day looks to be dry. 

Osaka, Murray, Kerber, Barty, Halep, Muguruza, Kvitova, Azarenka, Andreescu, Swiatek, Medvedev, Zverev, and Tsitsipas are just some of the top names on the card.  But the two highest-profile matches of the day feature top seeds taking on the two best young prospects America has to offer.

Each day, this preview will analyze the most intriguing men’s and women’s matchup, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Wednesday’s play gets underway at 10:00am local time.

Naomi Osaka (2) vs. Coco Gauff – Not before 1:00pm on Center Court

They first played at 2019’s US Open.  That was during Gauff’s breakout summer, though she only managed three games against Osaka in New York.  Naomi asked a tearful Coco to join her for the post-match interview on court, one of tennis’ most touching moments in recent years.  Five months later in Melbourne, Gauff upset Osaka 6-3, 6-4.  Since withdrawing from the French Open for mental health reasons, Osaka has not played a WTA match, only competing in three matches at the Tokyo Olympics.  It seems her every action and word is dissected of late, which cannot be easy for a player who does not enjoy the attention.  And her recent lack of play will not help her against Gauff, who since May is an impressive 20-5.  Coco may just be the favorite to prevail on this day.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) vs. Sebastian Korda – Sixth on Center Court

No one has won more matches this year than Tsitsipas, though he’s endured quite a dramatic few months.  From his defeat in the Roland Garros final, to the painful loss of his grandmother, to disappointing losses at Wimbledon and the Olympics.  And he faces another stern challenge here in Korda, a 21-year-old who started the season ranked outside the top 100, yet recently debuted inside the top 50.  Sebastian reached the quarters in Miami, won the title in Parma, and advanced to the second week at The Championships.  He seems poised to soon be the No.1 American male, but is he ready to upset a top player like Tsitsipas?  Given Korda’s composed, well-rounded game, and the Greek’s rather cranky demeanor last week in Toronto, that feels entirely possible.

Other Notable Matches on Wednesday:

Elina Svitolina (4) vs. Angelique Kerber – Svitolina leads their head-to-head 9-5, and has claimed their last seven meetings, dating all the way back to October of 2016.  Six of those seven wins were straight-setters.

Daniil Medvedev (1) vs. Mackie McDonald (WC) – It’s the Toronto champion against the Washington runner-up.  Medvedev is 4-0 against the 26-year-old American wild card.

Hubert Hurkacz (9) vs. Andy Murray (WC) – Hurkacz nearly defeated Medvedev last week, eventually falling in a third-set tiebreak.  Murray, a two-time champion here, comfortably overcame Richard Gasquet on Monday.

Iga Swiatek vs. Ons Jabeur – This is a rematch from Manic Monday at The Championships, which Jabeur won in three.  But Ons played a long three-setter late Tuesday night against Anett Kontaveit, as well as four matches last week in Montreal.  Swiatek hasn’t played since the Olympics.

Bianca Andreescu (7) vs. Karolina Muchova – Andreescu was one of Jabeur’s victims last week in her home country.  Muchova defeated Johanna Konta on Monday.

Simona Halep (12) vs. Jessica Pegula – Halep just returned last week from a near three-month layoff due to a calf injury, and battled another leg injury on Tuesday.  Pegula beat Montreal champion Camila Giorgi in the opening round. 

Andrey Rublev (4) vs. Marin Cilic – Rublev advanced to his first-ever Masters 1000 quarterfinal when this event was last staged in Ohio.  Cilic won this tournament in 2016.  Rublev is 3-1 against Cilic, and has taken their last three encounters in straight sets.

Jennifer Brady (11) vs. Jelena Ostapenko – Brady has been injury-plagued since advancing to the Australian Open final, and is only 5-6 in the last six months.  But she did take out Ostapenko in Madrid, by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

Felix Auger-Aliassime (12) vs. Karen Khachanov – Since reaching his first Major quarterfinal at Wimbledon, Felix is just 2-3.  Khachanov was also a Wimbledon quarterfinalist, and is 8-2 since.  Two years ago in Canada, the Russian took out the Canadian in three sets.

Jannik Sinner (11) vs. John Isner – Sinner was the champion in Washington, while Isner prevailed in Atlanta the week prior. 

Wednesday’s full Order of Play is here.


Jack Draper Points To Mental Fatigue As Reason For Queen’s Club Exit

Jack Draper is aiming for a big Wimbledon result despite recent mental fatigue.



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Jack Draper has revealed mental fatigue has caught up to him after his Queen’s Club exit against Tommy Paul.

The Brit was a bit flat-footed as he lost 6-3 5-7 6-4 to the American in his quarter-final match.

It was a tiring performance in what has been an action-packed last week for Draper having won his first ATP title in Stuttgart which was followed by a career-best win against Carlos Alcaraz at Queen’s Club.

However, Draper revealed after the match that the recent success has had a price in the form of mental fatigue, “It was tough to play the tennis I wanted to play, but we have to deal with that. It’s part of the game. I felt like I was having to really get myself going. Maybe because the last couple of weeks are catching up with me a little bit,” Draper was quoted by The Independent as saying.

“Physically, I felt good, my body has been great. It just becomes mentally quite taxing having to go day after day. I finished Stuttgart on Sunday, I got here very, very late on Sunday. I was training and then went in again on Tuesday. Then the match yesterday, it felt like there was quite a lot of emotional energy invested in that.

“I’m definitely having to pick myself up, I felt quite flat at times, and I think that showed in my decision-making at times in the match. I played a few more sloppy shots than I wanted to. But if I want to be one of the best players in the world, then I have to keep backing up my performances and get used to going deep every week. That’s what I want to do and what was disappointing about this one.”

It was still a positive tournament for Draper who will now enter the world’s top 30 in the rankings next week.

Now Draper will head into Wimbledon as a seeded player and the last few weeks have been a stern reminder as to the work it takes to succeed at the highest level, “If you want to be a top, top player in the world, you have to back up results week by week, day by day. You know you are in a great place and are one of the best in the world when you are able to do that,” Draper explained.

“Every day we are facing amazing tennis players who can beat you. If you are not quite on your game, for instance today, you lose the match. That is the next stage for me now. I want to try to go deep in tournaments and back it up every week.

“My body is in a good place, these are just things I have to get used to at the highest level and learn. I’m still young so I’m trying to piece a lot of things together. It was my first title last week, I’ve done it at Challengers and Futures, but it’s very different on the main tour so I probably need a bit more time.”

Draper will look for his best ever Wimbledon result when he competes in the third Grand Slam of the season, which starts on the 1st of July.

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Karolina Muchova Ready For Tennis Return, Aiming For Olympic Debut

Karolina Muchova is looking forward to the Olympics as she prepares to make her return to tennis in Eastbourne.



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Karolina Muchova is ready for her long awaited return to tennis with Wimbledon and the Olympics being her main goals.

The Czech Republican has not played since reaching the semi-finals at the US Open last year with the result in New York capping off a brilliant 2023 for Muchova.

Before that run at the US Open, Muchova also reached the final at Roland Garros and Cincinnati.

However, since then Muchova has struggled with a wrist injury as she detailed in a recent interview with Czech Republican TV, “The operation fixed a loose tendon in the right wrist,” Muchova was quoted by the WTA website as saying.

“After the operation, I had my arm in a solid splint for six weeks, then two or three weeks in a wrist brace, and then I slowly started with rehabilitation and training. My wrist was very stiff. At the start, I wasn’t even able to hold a fork, so I was asking myself how it would be possible to play a forehand or hold a racquet.

“I didn’t have that much free time because the rehabilitation process takes up much more time than you think, compared to when I train and travel to tournaments.

“Apart from the first few weeks when my arm was in a splint, I didn’t have much spare time. I went abroad from the Czech Republic one weekend, and to my family in Moravia, but otherwise it was work, morning to evening.”

A long process for Muchova to overcome as she will hope the injuries behind her and she can focus on being a threat at the top of the women’s game again.

Next up for the Czech Republican is Eastbourne in her comeback tournament as she will face a qualifier in round one.

That will be followed by playing Wimbledon as well as her first Olympic games at Roland Garros.

In particular, the Olympics is something that excites her as she has always wanted to play on the biggest stage, “At the end of this week, I’ll fly to Eastbourne with the team, where we’ll finally try to play some matches in preparation ahead of Wimbledon,” Muchova explained.

“After Wimbledon I’ll return back to the clay, maybe play a tournament, or straight to the Olympics. I’m really excited for the Olympics. I’ve never been to one, and it’s around the corner in Paris, so I can’t be more excited.

“Representing my country is definitely a huge honor. I’ve signed up to play doubles with Maky [Voundrousova], and I hope it goes well for us.”

Wimbledon starts on the first of July while the Olympics will take place on the 27th of July.

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Andy Murray Faces Race Against Time For Wimbledon After Back Procedure

Andy Murray faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon.



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Andy Murray faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon as he undergoes a back procedure on Saturday.

The procedure comes after seeing a specialist on Thursday after suffering an injury against Jordan Thompson at Queen’s Club.

It was in the warm-up, Murray suffered the injury before the five-time champion eventually retired after five games.

A bitter blow for Murray, who has given strong hints that this may be his last Wimbledon and may also retire after the summer.

There is also the Olympics for Murray as it would be a fitting end to his career given he has won two gold medals in his career.

However, this year’s Olympics is at Roland Garros and that may mean that Murray would be less eager to play in Paris.

As for Wimbledon, Murray has won the event on two different occasions and his potential appearance at SW19 will be the 16th time he takes to court at Wimbledon.

The third Grand Slam of the season takes place on the 1st of July.

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