Serena Williams and Kyle Edmund crash out in Cincinnati

Ross Houston
August 18, 2018

After eliminating Serena Williams on Tuesday, Kvitova took little time to make it through round three, seeing off her opponent 6-4 6-2.

In the women's bracket, Serena Williams faces Daria Gavrilova on Monday night, her first match since she suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career.

Federer's last competitive match was a painful one, going down to Kevin Anderson 13-11 in the fifth set of their Wimbledon quarterfinal after leading by two sets to love. When she withdrew from the Rogers Cup, the 36-year-old Williams said she's been struggling with postpartum emotions.

"Cincinnati has always been a good tournament for me", said Federer, the reigning Australian Open champion. "I just began. I just started - definitely at the very, very beginning".

"I would probably add more best-of-five-set matches in finals", said the world No.2 after his Cincinnati Masters second-round win over Peter Gojowczyk.

Kyle Edmund also went out in the second round, losing in straight sets to the 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

The Swiss won 6-4 6-4 as he attempts to win this event for the eighth time, having first triumphed here in 2005. I think center court plays much faster than the outside courts, so you don't have much time.

Looking sharper and relaxed, Williams came out with a point to prove, the big-hitting veteran converting a break point at the third time of asking for an early 2-0 lead.

"I have played four three-set matches and a couple of long ones in Washington. Then I had an ongoing hip injury", he said.

Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.

In other action, South Korean Chung Hyeon rallied to beat Jack Sock 2-6 6-1 6-2 and set up a second-round clash with Argentine fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro.

Also, Lesia Tsurenko routed Danielle Collins 6-0, 6-2; qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova topped Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; and Anett Kontaveit defeating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-0.

Caroline Garcia reached the third round with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over the wildcard Victoria Azarenka, Australia's Ashleigh Barty beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5, while Maria Sakkari upset the Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka 6-3, 7-6 (8).

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