The Morning Line
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Well, if we’ve learned anything about the Western & Southern Open so far, is that 1) you never know what’s going to happen and 2) it’s best to stay for the entire match just so you don’t miss anything. Tuesday night’s Sloane Stephens-Maria Sharapova matchup proved both points.
After Sharapova won her first set and had a 2-0 lead in the second, a lot of fans wandered to other courts, thinking Sharapova had this match won. But as Yogi Berra famously reminded us, ‘it’s not over until it’s over.’ Stephens overcame two double faults on two match points to win her first match over Sharapova in four tries.
The good news for Sharapova is that she didn’t show any signs of the hip injury that kept her out of tennis since Wimbledon.
Today is another big day at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, and Wimbledon winner Andy Murray starts things off at center court at 11 this morning facing Mikhail Youzhny. Stay right there at center court and you’ll see top seeded Serena Williams open play against qualifier Eugenia Bouchard, and then the top men’s seed, Novak Djokovic against Juan Monaco.
Other matches in the day session feature Western & Southern Open favorite Angelique Kerber against Alisa Kleybanova, wild card James Blake against Demitry Tursunov and Hall of Famer Martina Hingis with her doubles partner, Daniela Hantuchova facing top doubles seed Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
But if you have night tickets, we haven’t forgotten you, either, as Rafael Nadal opens play on center court facing Benjamin Becker, and right after that, defending women’s champion Li Na goes against wild card winner Lauren Davis.
Best advice today? Make sure you get here early if you don’t have tickets. But even if seating is sold out, you can still purchase a grounds ticket and enjoy lots of action on the outer courts as well as food, fun and great music. And we’ll see you at the Western & Southern Open!