Serena Williams and Kyle Edmund crash out in Cincinnati

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

After losing to Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarterfinal 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 4-6, 11-13, Roger Federer will return to tennis at the Cincinnati Masters in order to test his form ahead of the upcoming US Open.

Williams also was knocked out in her last tournament at San Jose two weeks ago after reaching the Wimbledon final.

Former world number one Azarenka, who on Tuesday was given a wildcard for the U.S. Open, never found her stride and committed her fifth double fault on match point to hand Garcia the win. She was rewarded with a decisive break at 4-2, and needed five set points to serve out the set - fighting off four break points in a marathon game as Pliskova made a late comeback push - but finally prevailed to send the match into a decider. "I just began. Definitely at the very, very beginning", Williams said. "I'm getting there, and I'm going to just continue to work hard, and hopefully I'll start winning more matches". "You know, right now I'm just managing it". "In the first set he had a really good serve and big forehand but I was just trying to stay strong all the time and stay calm as well". I wish I could play everything but it's not possible.

"I'm more relaxed about my schedule now".

Tennis fans are furiously debating the pros and cons of best-of-five sets tennis and numerous game's top stars are having their say.

A nervy start to the third set saw both players drop their serve, but Kvitova found her stride to go 4-2 up and eventually emerge the 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victor after two hours on court.

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South Korea's Chung Hyeon rallied past a struggling Jack Sock for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory.

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

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina faced an equally tough match against Svetlana Kuznetsova, with the Russian threatening Svitolina's lead in each set.

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

Greece's Maria Sakkari edged 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in a closely contested second-set tiebreak to dispatch the Japanese 6-3 7-6 (8) in their first-round match.

The Australian will next face Croatian Borna Coric, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-3.

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