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Although she played less than stellar in the first set of the Women's Final of the 2012 Western & Southern Open Women's Final, Li Na rebounded to dominate the final two sets of the match and win the tournament, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 over Angelique Kerber.
Kerber cruised through the first set, winning two break points and dominating Na. That would change in the second and third sets, as Na made fewer errors and forced Kerber to make tough shots.
This is the sixth career WTA title for Na, and her first since joining up with her new coach, Carlos Rodriguez. Her prize money for the win is $496,000, out of the tournament's $5.6 million total purse.
You can find all of the final results here.
For the record fifth time in his career Roger Federer earned an ATP crown at the 2012 Western & Southern Open Sunday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center In Cincinnati. The No. 1-ranked player in the world dominated No. 2 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6 (7) in the men's final to take home the tournament's Rockwood Cup.
From the start, the Serbian superstar was no match for his Swiss counterpart who won the first set in only 20 minutes, allowing just 10 points. Djokovic had his 15-match winning streak on the hard courts snapped, while Federer earned his second straight victory over Djokovic. The last time the two stars met was in the Wimbledon semifinals.
With the men's side finished, tennis fans will turn its attention to the women's final which features No. 9 Na Li facing No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber starting at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.
You can find all of the final results here.
The top two ranked men's tennis players will do battle Sunday, as No. 1 Roger Federer will face No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2012 Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center In Cincinnati.
Federer has won the event four times, including beating Djokovic in the 2010 tournament final. Federer is vying for his record fifth Western & Southern Open Championship, while Djokovic seeks his first tournament win in his third final at the event.
Federer beat Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals in their last meeting, en route to winning his 17th grand slam title.
The women's final will feature a matchup of two players who eliminated the Williams sisters from Cincinnati. No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber ended No. 2 seed Serena Williams' 19-match winning streak in the quarterfinals on Friday, while No. 9 seed Na Li took out Venus Williams on Saturday in the semifinals.
The men's final will be televised at 12:30 p.m. EDT by CBS, with the women's final set for 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN. Be sure to click here for the full schedule of events.
The collision course of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic has come to fruition, as the top two seeds at the 2012 Western & Southern Open each won their semifinal matches in straight sets on Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati.
Federer, the tournament's No. 1 seed, beat Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 on Saturday, while No. 2 seed Djokovic took care of No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-2. Federer beat Djokovic in the 2010 Western & Southern Open, one of his four titles at the event.
On the women's side, No. 9 seed Na Li beat Venus Williams in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. In the final Li will face No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber, who dispatched No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Kerber on Friday beat No. 2 seed Serena Williams in straight sets.
You can find all of the final results here.
Quarterfinals and semifinals action at the 2012 Western & Southern Open highlight what will be a busy day of action on Saturday. We saw notable players such as Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams advance on Friday, while No. 2 seed Serena Williams lost in an upset.
On center court at 1 p.m. ET it'll be Djokovic taking on Juan Martin Del Potro in semifinals action. Following this match will be Roger Federer against the unranked Stanislas Wawrinka. Look for this one to start about 30 minutes after the conclusion of Del Potro vs. Djokovic.
On the women's side it'll be No. 9 seed Na Li against Venus Williams in semifinal play around 7 p.m. The other match will be five-seed Angelique Kerber vs. four-seed Petra Kvitova.
You can find a complete schedule of the events here, including doubles action.
The 2012 Western & Southern Open featured another great day of tennis on Friday. We are getting into the later rounds of the tournament and many of the world's best players remain in the hunt for a title.
On the men's side of things, No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic defeated No. 12 Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic took the match in two sets, winning 6-3 and 6-2. The other quarterfinals match was between six-seed Juan Martin Del Potro and unranked Jeremy Chardy, with Del Potro winning both sets, 6-1 and 6-3. Roger Federer swept his match with Mardy Fish to advance to the semifinals.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams both played their quarterfinal matches on Friday. Venus was able to pull the upset over No. 3 seed Samantha Stosur, winning in three sets by scores of 6-2, 6-7 and 6-4. Serena, who is coming off a gold medal victory at the Olympics, did not look sharp and lost to five-seed Angelique Kerber (4-6, 4-6).
You can find all of the final results here.
The Western & Southern Open continues on Friday with another full slate of matches on four separate courts. No. 1 seed Roger Federer will be in action again, taking on American Mardy Fish, who defeated Radek Stepanek in straight sets on Thursday. Fish has had a tumultuous summer, missing a lengthy stretch after experiencing an irregular heartbeat in Miami this spring.
Fish returned at Wimbledon and made some noise before bowing out in the fourth round. An ankle injury hobbled him after Wimbledon, but his form does seem to be returning as the season's final Slam approaches. Facing Federer, however, will be a tall task for one of the best American players on the ATP. They will play in the first match of the evening session on Center Court. Also on the men's side, No. 2 ranked Novak Djokovic will highlight the Center Court action in the afternoon when he faces Marin Cilic.
Following Djokovic on Center Court will be Serena Williams, who continues to bulldoze the competition this summer. After an early exit at Roland Garros, Williams responded with a win at Wimbledon and then absolutely breezed through the competition in the Olympics. She'll face German Angelique Kerber while No. 1 seed Aga Radwanska will playing in the evening and get the winner of the morning match between Li Na and Johanna Larsson.
The complete men's scoreboard can be found here, with the women's scoreboard here. You can also find somewhat of a schedule here -- times aren't listed anywhere, but play begins at 11 a.m. ET for the men and 11:30 a.m. ET for the women.
Andy Murray is toppled at the Western & Southern Open.
The 2012 Western & Southern Open continues Thursday with the start of the third round. There will be plenty of notable names on the court Thursday, including No. 2 seed Serena Williams and No. 1 seed Roger Federer.
Federer will face Bernard Tomic in the third round. Federer advanced past Alex Bogomolov, Jr in the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win. He isn't the only high seed in action Thursday as No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic will face Nikolay Davydenko in the third round. Fresh off his Olympic gold medal, No. 3 seed Andy Murray will face Jeremy Chardy on Thursday.
On the women's side, Williams will face Urszula Radwanska Thursday after knocking off Eleni Daniilidou in the second round. All of the top seven seeded players in the women's bracket will be on the court Thursday. Notable matchups include No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska against Sloane Stephens and No. 7 Sara Errani against Venus Williams.
After Tuesday's action saw 16th-seeded Andy Roddick fall to unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, the favorites all advanced in their matches on Wednesday at the 2012 Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.
Battling heat and humidity, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and defending Western & Southern champion Andy Murray both advanced in straight sets in their opening-round matches. Top-seeded Roger Federer likewise cruised into the second round with a straight-set victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr.
Djokovic is coming off a win at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday.
On the women's side, top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced to the third round. Venus Williams also advanced, but was pushed to a second three-set match in as many days.
The best players in men's tennis will be invading the Center Court at the 2012 Western & Southern Open from Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, as top seeds Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are all scheduled to begin their second round matches during the day.
The 56-player men's draw includes eight first-round byes for the top seeds, so Federer, Djokovic and Murray will each be taking the court for the first time on Wednesday while their opponents will enter with a warm-up match under their belt. The first of the three big head-to-head showdowns of the day, Djokovic will face Italy's Andreas Seppi to kick things off on the event's marquee court, with Murray's tough test against American Sam Querry set to follow immediately after.
Federer, who is set up nicely with a favorable draw and will not have to face either of his two biggest foes until the finals, will take on Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the nightcap. Bogomolov lost in the second round this year at the London Games in the men's singles event, and will be hoping to make headlines with another eye-popping upset after Andy Roddick was ousted from the tournament on Tuesday.
Day two of the 2012 Western & Southern Open gave fans in Cincinnati, Ohio a monumental upset in the men's draw on Tuesday, as the tournament's 16th-ranked player, Andy Roddick, was defeated in straight sets by France's Jeremy Chardy, 6-7, 4-7, (3-6).
Playing in his first ATP event since picking up a much-needed victory on July 22, Roddick battled a worsening back injury en route to losing to the 25-year-old Frenchman, a player who has never once advanced past the fourth round in any Grand Slam tournament. Clearly upset about the loss and that his health for the U.S. Open is now in question, the former world No. 1 still doesn't have a clear idea what his timetable might look like.
"We will know more in two, three days than we do now,” Roddick told reporters after his early exit Tuesday. “So it’s tough for me to say what side of the fence I’m sitting on. I don’t know where I’m going to be in two or three days.”
Over in the women's draw, unranked contender Venus Williams did her best to shake up the field with an impressive three-set ousting of 12th-seeded player Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2. Venus' first-round victory will pit her against Chanelle Scheepers in round two, while her sister Serena, the No. 2 women's seed, also stayed alive by rolling over Eleni Daniilidou in her second round match (6-3, 6-4).
The 2012 Western & Southern Open continues Tuesday from Cincinnati, Ohio. A few notable Americans will be on the court Tuesday including Serena and Venus Williams. On the men's side, Andy Roddick will play his first-round matchup as well.
Serena Williams, fresh off her two Olympic gold medals, will play Eleni Daniilidou in the second round. Williams received a bye through the first round of the tournament. She is the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Her sister, Venus, will play No. 12 seed Maria Kirilenko in the first round. Venus returned to action in the Olympics, winning the women's doubles gold with Serena.
On the men's side of the draw, Andy Roddick will open play with his first-round match against Jeremy Chardy. This is Roddick's first ATP tournament since he won the BB&T Atlanta Open July 22. Roddick is the No. 16 seed in the tournament and he will play the unseeded Chardy, who is from France. No. 10 seed Mardy Fish will also open first-round play with his match against Feliciano Lopez.
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The bigger names don't start until Tuesday, but Monday's first round at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati had its share of upsets.
A pair of No. 13 seeds fell, as Alexandr Dolgopolov lost to Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-1 on the men's side, and Jelena Jankovic fell to Peng Shuai 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8) on the women's side. Elsewhere, No. 15 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was defeated by American Brian Baker 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3).
But in perhaps the most notable match of the day, American Jesse Levine defeated American Donald Young 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). The match was notable because it was the 17th straight loss for Young, who is threatening the Open-era record of 21 straight losses. As you would expect, the streak has been tough on Young. From Cincinnati.com:
"I don't really think about it until the match starts to slip a little," said Young of his skid. "I wouldn't really say it's so much the streak and the number of matches, it's just the feeling of not having much confidence. It's definitely tough when you haven't won matches to (keep the momentum) at the time you need to - or shots you normally make, you miss."
For the entire list of results, check out SI.com.
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The illustrious Western and Southern Open begins Monday with some high profile athletes in attendance.