Serena beaten by Kvitova in second round in Cincinnati

Andy Murray is on the comeback trail from surgery

Williams bounced back from the most lopsided loss of her career two weeks ago - 6-1, 6-0 to Johanna Konta in San Jose - to set up a meeting with Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova in the second round.

Serena Williams has taken just 65 minutes to beat Daria Gavrilova in the first round of the Cincinatti Open. "If I can improve by 10, 15 percent, you turn a lot of those matches around".

"I felt good in that first match, to be honest, walking out, hardly any nerves. Usually I feel like I play my better tennis at the beginning of the year so I'm going to try to flip it and play better at the end this year". 'We both played at a really high level.

'You know, this is a long comeback.

Kyrgios, a finalist previous year in Cincinnati, overcame physical problems to fight off qualifier Denis Kudla for a 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (9) victory. "I started the year very well". However, he was then forced to pull out of his quarter-final to prevent any risk of injury or fatigue. We have been definitely thinking about the options with my hip. Although I didn't feel great, I managed to get through them.

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.

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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.

Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina was tested by wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova before reaching the third round with a gritty 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 win.

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Andy Murray's comeback following hip surgery hit another roadblock on Monday after he was beaten 6-1 1-6 6-4 by France's Lucas Pouille in the first round of the Cincinnati Open.

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. Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2.


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