Cincinnati Western & Southern Open: Eight Hologic WTA Tour Top 10 players advanced to the quarterfinals with five securing quarterfinal spots
Posted : 18 August 2023
In the Round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, a remarkable presence of eight Hologic WTA Tour Top 10 players took the court on Thursday. The last occurrence of such an event was a year ago in Doha, while it's worth noting that 14 years have passed since a tournament showcased nine top players, which happened right here in Cincinnati.
Out of these formidable players, five managed to secure victories and advance to the quarterfinals, though the emphasis was undeniably on the battle for survival.
Iga Swiatek, holding the No.1 ranking, faced an early setback as she dropped the first set against Zheng Qinwen. However, she displayed her resilience and made a comeback, ultimately winning the match in three sets.
The qualifications took a surprising turn when Jasmine Paolini, ranked at No.43, advanced due to the unfortunate retirement of No.4 Elena Rybakina, who had to withdraw due to injury. This outcome further highlights the depth of talent within the tournament field.
In another gripping match, Marie Bouzkova, ranked at No.35, achieved an impressive victory by defeating the recent Montreal champion and World No.3 Jessica Pegula. The competition showcased the unpredictability of outcomes and the intense battles on the court.
The surprises continued as unseeded Karolina Muchova managed to overcome the challenge posed by No.8 seed Maria Sakkari, securing her place in the quarterfinals.
Overall, the Round of 16 delivered intense clashes and unexpected results, underscoring the competitiveness and excitement of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.