Successful comebacks for Barty and Osaka… and Zverev untangles him in Cincinnati


          An easy crossing for Tunisian Anas Jaber and Russian Medvedev, and Saab for Greek Tsitsipas to the third round            

        <span itemprop="name">  Cincinnati (USA): Asharq Al-Awsat</span>
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          <p>Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty and second Japanese Naomi Osaka made a successful return to the competition by crossing to the third round of the Cincinnati Masters Tournament, while Tunisian Anas Jaber, Russian Daniel Medvedev and German Alexander Zverev also qualified with a first victory in seven. Years.

Osaka was playing her first WTA Tour tournament since she withdrew before the second round of the French Roland Garros for psychological reasons last May, knowing that she competed in the Tokyo Olympics at home, which was recently concluded and was eliminated from the third round.

Osaka turned her back against American homeowner Coco Gauff, the 24th seed. In the first set, she won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Osaka, who won four Grand Slam titles, said: “It’s been a long time that I haven’t played in front of a large crowd… I’ve had a complicated year, and I’ve changed my mindset and even if I lose I wouldn’t feel like a loser because there are so many lessons from every match”.

“So many things happen in the world that just getting up in the morning is a victory in itself,” she added.

Osaka, 23, last year’s runner-up in Cincinnati (announcing her withdrawal before playing the final), and who was exempted from the first round, set up a meeting with Swiss 65th seed Jill Tishman, who defeated American Bernarda Pera 6-1, 6-4.

Barty compensated for her sudden exit from the first round at the Tokyo Olympics, when she was the most likely candidate to win by overtaking Britain’s Heather Watson 6-4, 7-6. Barty, the Wimbledon champion, hopes to prepare in the best way for the US Open, which begins at the end of this month, and next meets the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who defeated American Alison Riske 6 – 2.7 – 5. After the victory, she said: “I feel good, I feel ready to play. I’m close to getting to 100 per cent of my level.” The world number 22, Anas Jaber, eliminated her seventh Polish counterpart, Iga Švientek, who holds the Roland Garros 2020 title, by defeating her 6-3, 6-3.

Anas Jaber suffered a setback in Tokyo after she was eliminated from the first round after the high levels she presented this season, achieving her first title in the WTA tournaments before reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

She will meet in the third round with Czech Petra Kvitova, who defeated Russian Veronika Kodermetova, 6-2, 6-4, easily.

Olympic champion Zverev broke his jinx in Cincinnati with his first win at the seventh attempt, having been eliminated in the first round every time since 2015.

However, the world number five got rid of this complex by defeating South African Lloyd Harris 7-6, 6-2. After his seventh successive victory this year, he said: “I am happy with my level and happy to achieve my first victory here in seven years. It’s a good start to the week… When I got on the pitch and they said, Olympic champion, I got goosebumps.”

Zverev will meet in the next round with Argentine Guido Pella, who defeated Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5.

Medvedev, ranked second in the world, crowned last week in the Toronto Masters tournament, easily qualified for the third round at the expense of American Mackenzie MacDonald 6-2, 6-2, as the Russian champion of Cincinnati 2019 did not need more than an hour to resolve the confrontation.

The task was a little more difficult for the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the third in the world, who overcame the American Sebastian Korda 7-6, 6-3. To meet with Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who defeated American Tommy Ball 7-6, 6-2.

In the most prominent results among men, the seventh Russian Andrei Rublev qualified at the expense of Croatian Marin Cilic in an exciting match 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Canadian Felix Auger Eliasim defeated Russian Karen Khachanov, the silver medalist of Tokyo 6-7, 6-3, 6 – 4.


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