By Erwin Ong
CINCINNATI – 2011 U.S. Open Champion Samantha Stosur is looking to regain her winning form on the first full day of main draw action at the Western & Southern Open.
Plenty of former champions are scheduled to play this combined men’s and women’s event, including Stosur and 7-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams. Williams begins her quest for the title against qualifier Jana Cepelova. Williams had her best performance at the Western & Southern Open when she reached the semifinals last year, losing to Li Na.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, a two-time Slam champion with trophies from the U.S. Open and the French Open, will battle Stosur in the first round.
A trio of Americans – Mardy Fish, Brian Baker, and Lauren Davis – open the day with matches on the Lindner Family Tennis Center’s biggest courts. Baker and Davis received wild cards into the main draw.
56 men and women are vying for a trophy at this tournament, one of the stops in the Emirates U.S. Open series, a network of hardcourt events that culminate in the U.S. Open, held in New York City later this month. The Western & Southern Open runs from August 12-18.
In other match-ups, Mackenzie McDonald, who earned a spot in the main draw with upsets of Nicolas Mahut and Steve Johnson, will face fellow qualifier David Goffin in the first round. They share the same quarter of the draw as No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic.
Martina Hingis and Daniela Hantuchova will make their team debut in Cincinnati against the team of Medina Garrigues and Pennetta. Hingis planned a doubles-only return to the tour; partnering with Hantuchova in Carlsbad, Toronto, Cincinnati, and at the U.S. Open.
Other Americans in action include qualifier Vania King, Sam Querrey, and Raquel Kops-Jones teaming up with Abigail Spears in doubles. Megan Moulton-Levy, also from the U.S., is paired with Katalin Marosi of Hungary.
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