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Andy Murray suffers Cincinnati defeat to Lucas Pouille

Andy Murray suffers Cincinnati defeat to Lucas Pouille”

On her part, Kvitova said, "It was a pleasure to share the court with Serena, she's such a champion".

Serena Williams was beaten 6-3 2-6 6-3 by Petra Kvitova in a thrilling second-round match at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday (early Wednesday morning, South African time), ending the American's bid for a third title at the event.

Williams, who has won two titles in Cincinnati before, did not allow the momentum to drop in the second set, breaking her opponent in a marathon third game before grabbing a 5-2 lead and serving out for the set. Williams opened with a straight-set victory against Daria Gavrilova.

Murray, whose ranking plummeted into the 800s last month but has now risen to 375, has now fallen at the first hurdle in two of the four tournaments he has contested this year. She later clarified that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions. "I think I knew what I had to do", Federer said.

Many would have been surprised at Serena Williams' start to the hard-court season after reaching the Wimbledon final in just her fourth tournament back.

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"It means a lot because it was against her, and, like, you know, I never beat her", Pliskova said. I'm still at the very beginning.

Nick Kyrgios served 39 aces, including one to save match point, to power into the second round with a dramatic 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) win over Denis Kudla.

Kvitova out-aced Serena eight to seven, and snapped Serena's streak of 11 match wins in a row in Cincinnati. After two hours and 23 minutes, Rafa beat the Chilean (2004 doubles gold medalist and also the victor of bronze in singles) 6-3 7-6 6-3 to embrace the Olympic glory and round-up his outstanding performance in the previous few months, winning 38 out of 39 matches to become well-deserved world number 1.

Two-time Cincinnati semifinalist Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over qualifier Dusan Lajovic.

But there will no repeat of those giant-killing feats in OH, where 11th seed Goffin dispatched the young Greek 7-5 6-3.

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Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty defeated Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5, while 14th-ranked Elise Mertens topped Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-2.

Maria Sakkari upset Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8).

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Aug 14, 2018; Mason, OH, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) falls as he attempts to return a shot against David Goffin (BEL) in the Western and Southern tennis open at Lindner Family Tennis Center.

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