Ivanovic, Flipkens out in first round at Cincinnati

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The first round of the Western & Southern Open being played in Cincinnati this week wrapped up on Tuesday night with some interesting results. The top eight seeds all have byes in the first round, but there were two lower seeds who went out at the first hurdle. Number 13 Kirsten Flipkens was beaten by 23rd ranked Elena Vesnina after taking the first set and then dropping the next two easily; and number 15 Ana Ivanovic, who lost a nail biter to Alize Cornet in just over two and a half hours. Ivanovic led 6-2 5-2 before Cornet took a run of games to force a breaker, where Ivanovic led 6-3 before the Frenchwoman levelled. In all, Cornet saved five match points before taking the set 8-6. Ivanovic again led 2-0 in the decider but Cornet edged past her to lead 5-4 on her serve and, after saving another five match points, served out the match on her 6th attempt.

The seeds who made it to the second round were number 9 Angelique Kerber, who defeated qualifier Karin Knapp after losing the first set on a breaker and then sailing through the second and third; number 16, Maria Kirilenko, who battled for close to three hours to dispose of the 112th ranked qualifier, Anna Tatishvili, 4-6 7-6 7-6; number 11 Sam Stosur, who took out Svetlana Kuznetsova in straights; number 12 Roberta Vinci, who also struggled to get past Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 5-7 6-3; and number 14 Jelena Jankovic, who beat Sabine Lisicki in a thriller 7-6 5-7 6-2.


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