Thursday, October 6, 2022

Auger-Aliassime, Pegula advance at Cincinnati

Two of the top-10 seeds at the Western & Southern Open collided on Thursday as Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Jannik Sinner 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1.
In women’s singles, America’s Jessica Pegula eliminated England’s Emma Raducanu 7-5, 6-4.
It was Sinner who looked sharpest early, taking the first three games of the opening set before securing a double break, but while Auger-Aliassime struggled to deal with the Italian’s serve early on, it was not the case as the match wore on, DPA reports.
Sinner won 80 per cent (12-of-15) of his first serve points in the first set, but that number dwindled down to 62 per cent in the second and 50 per cent in the third as Auger-Aliassime grew into the contest and stormed home late.
Auger-Aliassime will face the in-form Borna Coric in the quarter-finals after the Croatian backed up his shock upset win against Rafael Nadal by defeating 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-3.
Pegula eliminates Raducanu, Swiatek falls
After back-to-back wins over former grand slam champions Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, England’s Emma Raducanu has been eliminated from the Western & Southern Open by America’s Jessica Pegula 7-5, 6-4.
In a clash between two of the world’s top 11 players, it was the 28-year-old Pegula who proved slightly too good for her 19-year-old opponent in a number of different areas, reports DPA.
Pegula was stronger both on serve and in her returns, winning 73 per cent (46-of-63) of her service points compared to 60 per cent (43-of-72) for Raducanu, while creating nine break point opportunities to Raducanu’s three.
She will now face the in-form Caroline Garcia in the quarterfinals after the Frenchwoman defeated Elise Mertens 6-4, 7-5.
France’s Garcia has now won 10 of her past 11 matches, including a victory over world number one Iga Swiatek last month.
Swiatek’s loss to Garcia was considered a massive upset, as was her loss to Madison Keys on Thursday as the American shocked her 6-3, 6-4 in less than 90 minutes. Swiatek was only able to land 54 per cent of her first serves fair in an off showing for the 21-year-old superstar.
It was not a good day for the top seeds as world number two Anett Kontaveit also fell, going down to China’s Shuai Zhang 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a match where each woman won exactly 94 of the 188 total points.

Jessica Pegula