Sunday, August 17, 2014
One has held the Western & Southern Open trophy six times; for the other, it’s her first.
One has won the trophy each time he’s made it to the finals here; for the other, it’s the sixth time she’s played this event and the second year in a row she’s been in the finals.
Roger Federer is a familiar face at the Western & Southern Open, now eclipsing his own record of the most wins by any player. For Serena Williams, it’s her fifth title this season, and she is the first women’s Number 1 to win at the W&S Open.
No wonder, then, that on the last day of the 2014 Western & Southern Open, “Who’s Hot” will be our two singles champions, Roger Federer and Serena Williams. And congratulations to our doubles champions, Bob and Mike Bryan on their 99th career title, and Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears on the women’s side. Thanks to all who attended the 2014 Western & Southern Open, see you next year, August 15-23!
Saturday, August 17, 2014
JACK SOCK / VASEK POSPISIL
This may be one of the most accidental doubles pairing in ATP history: Jack Sock admitted during the Western & Southern Open Draw Party that, just before Wimbledon this year, he sent a text message to Vasek Pospisil and said, “Hey you want to play doubles?”
From that text message came the Wimbledon champion doubles team, and more. Since they first teamed up at Wimbledon, Pospisil and Sock have gone 14-0 as a duo, establishing an ATP record for most matches played by a team before suffering their first loss. Their run has included titles at Wimbledon and Atlanta.
Late Saturday they made it to the W&S Open finals with a win over Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin and Sunday they’ll put that winning streak on the line as they face the top seeded Bryan Brothers, who themselves are looking for their 99th career title. But for their winning streak, the duo of Sock/Pospisil are “Who’s Hot” for Saturday, August 16.
Friday, August 15, 2014
He had beaten Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in two consecutive matches, but few people would have guessed that unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau could do it for a third straight time. But in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open, Benneteau did just that, dropping the first set 1-6 before storming back to dominate, 6-1 and 6-2.
Benneteau won the war of unforced errors, committing just five to Wawrinka’s 18 in the third set alone. So the Tournament’s number 3 seed is gone, and Benneteau reaches the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open for the first time. For that, Julien Benneteau is “Who’s Hot” for Friday, August 15.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
She’s a former Number 1 in the world, but has struggled in the last few months to find her top-ranked form. But so far in the Western & Southern Open, Caroline Wozniacki
has been able to make quick work of her opponents to head to the quarterfinals.
Thursday night she took care of sixth seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets, the third straight opponent where she needed only two sets to advance. Later on Friday she’ll face
fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska for the ninth time in their careers.
For what she’s done so far in the Tournament, Carolina Wozniacki is “Who’s Hot” for Thursday, August 14.
Wednesday, August 13
He’s already a five-time champion at the Western & Southern Open, so we know that Roger Federer is a proven winner. But his three-set victory over Vasek Pospisil Wednesday also was history-making.
With the win, Federer becomes the first player to reach 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. And he shows no signs of slowing down.
So congratulations, Roger. You’re not only a champion, you’re also a record holder. And that’s why Roger Federer is “Who’s Hot” for Wednesday, August 13.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Lucie Safarova came into the Western & Southern Open as a 16 seed and having to face Venus Williams, coming in with momentum after a strong run last week in Montreal. Momentum may have been on Venus’ side, but Safarova had a strong serve and the ability to last three tough sets to send Venus to the sidelines.
Safarova finished the match with six aces to Venus’ four, saved eight of 10 break points and won 59 percent of her second service. So after dropping the first set to Venus 6-7, Safarova took the final two, 6-3 6-4 to notch her first career victory over Venus Williams and be the player “Who’s Hot” today.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Who’s hot in the morning session is American Madison Keys, who advanced in straight sets over Alizé Cornet in an hour and 19 minutes. Madison served two aces, won 68% of first serves and was 50% in break points won.
Madison is one of the up-and-coming American players, ranked 28th in the world. In June she won her first WTA title at Eastbourne, defeating Kerber in the final. She’s also on the American Fed Cup team, and that’s why she’s a player to watch and Who’s Hot today!
Sunday, August 10
TALKIN' ABOUT PRACTICE
It’s probably more correct to say what’s hot today, because what’s hot are the practice courts. The big names and former champions are warming up today, to get ready for the main draw.
Let’s start at noon when Andy Murray is scheduled to be on Court 5, and at the same time Genie Bouchard is scheduled for Court 8 and defending women’s champion Victoria Azarenka is scheduled for Court 10. Also at noon, Maria Sharapova is slated for Court 14, Novak Djokovic on Court 15 and former W&S winner Jelena Jankovic on Court 16.
At 1 p.m. Samantha Stosur is scheduled for Court 10, at 1:30 p.m. Lleyton Hewitt is slated for Court 12 and at 2 p.m. Serena Williams is scheduled on Court 8.
Former world Number 1 Caroline Wozniacki is scheduled for Court 12 at 2:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. the Bryan Brothers, Mike and Bob, are scheduled to practice on Court 12 as well.
During the evening Sloane Stephens is scheduled to practice at 6 p.m. on Court 10 and Robby Ginepri on Court 13. Remember, while these are scheduled times, players may not use the time set aside or may move to another open court at the last minute. Make sure to check the lighted schedule kiosks around the grounds for schedule updates!
August 9, 2014
On this qualifying day, who’s hot is a group of NCAA champions looking to work their way into the main draw. The list includes Benjamin Becker, who won the 2004 NCAA singles title at Baylor University; Marcos Giron, 2014 NCAA singles champion for UCLA; Somdev Devvarman, who captured NCAA singles titles for the University of Virginia in back-to-back seasons in 2007 (defeating Georgia's John Isner) and in 2008; Blaz Rola, who won the NCAA singles title in 2013, and on the women’s side, Nicole Gibbs, a Cincinnati native and two-time NCAA champion for Stanford who won both the NCAA singles and doubles titles in 2012, the same year she was an All-America.
July 30, 2014
Novak Djokovic is making a run to become the first singles player to win a Career Golden Masters, all nine Masters 1000 events.
With eight Masters 1000 tournament wins under his belt already, Djokovic will be coming to Cincinnati in search of his final victory. Will Djokovic be able to capture the title while going up against opponents such as Federer and Murray?
At the 2013 Western & Southern Open, American John Isner knocked out Djokovic in the Quarterfinals. This year, however, is different, as Djokovic seeks to make history with this ninth Masters 1000 win.
Until August we wait to see if Djokovic will win the Cincytitle and with it, the "Masters Slam".