Serena dominates in return at Cincinnati Masters

Rafael Nadal is skipping the Cincinnati tournament to focus on preparing for the US Open

Rafael Nadal is skipping the Cincinnati tournament to focus on preparing for the US Open

He has missed the last two editions of this tournament because of injury. She has dealt with blood clots and recently said she has been struggling with postpartum emotions.

'You know, this is a long comeback.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion fought back from a set down before losing 3-6 6-2 3-6 to the Czech in an entertaining contest at the Western and Southern Open. "I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully I'll start winning more matches".

Big-serving Czech Karolina Pliskova fired an ace on match point to dispatch Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 6-3 in their first-round match.

"It was a tough round for me because I've never beaten her, never even taken a set", said Pliskova. 'We both played at a really high level.

'I think it was a good match today, ' she said.

Kyrgios, a finalist a year ago in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory.

3 intriguing back-to-back sets for 2018-19 season
They just released the entire schedule for the new season, where notes on that can be found here, and the opening of training camps are roughly six weeks away .

"I'm still at the very beginning". Then, obviously, I hurt my elbow. Although I didn't feel great, I managed to get through them. Both players broke serve at the start of the third set, before the eighth seed broke again at 4-2 and then held serve to progress to the third round.

American Sam Querrey overcame 38 aces by ninth seed John Isner to send his friend and compatriot packing with a 6-4 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5) win.

Williams was in ominous form just a fortnight out from the US Open, breaking the Australian's serve twice in each set in the 6-1, 6-2 thumping.

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

Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 on Monday night at the Cincinnati Masters and will now take to the practice courts rather than accept a wild card into next week's Winston Salem Open in North Carolina.

Azarenka will meet sixth seed Caroline Garcia in the second round.

Elise Mertens scored a 6-4, 6-2 first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

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