The capacity crowd in Stadium 3 of the Western & Southern Open gave Cincinnati native Caty McNally and doubles partner Coco Gauff a warm homecoming welcome.
McNally & Gauff, also known as “McCoco”, fueled the fans’ energy to coast their way to the second round with an upset of No. 5 seed Alexa Guarachi & Desirae Krawczyk 6-3, 6-3.
“With the rain delay, I wasn't sure how many people were going to stick around and come out and support us,” McNally said. “When we walked out there, I literally got the chills just to see so many familiar faces, friends, family, that had been with me from day one. It means so much to me. I'm just so happy that we got the win and we get another opportunity to play in front of them again.”
In singles action, 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova defeated Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in her Cincinnati singles debut while two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was victorious over 2019 Western & Southern Open champion Madison Keys in the two players’ eighth meeting against each other. Kvitova became the first woman in tournament history to be seeded 10 times when she earned the No. 11 seed for this year’s draw.
Despite a rain delay at 6-all in the third set tie-break, Spain’s Paula Badosa prevailed over Croatia’s Petra Martic to win a hardfought 4-6 6-4 7-6 (9) battle. Three-time Major champion and two-time Cincinnati finalist Angelique Kerber was dominant in her 6-2 6-2 opening round win over Maria Sakkari.
Playing on his birthday, No. 10 seed Diego Schwartzman jumped to the next round thanks to a three-set win over Daniel Evans. Jannik Sinner, competing on his 20th birthday and fresh off his first ATP 500 championship in Washington, picked up his first career victory in Cincinnati after defeating Argentina's Federico Delbonis Monday.
“It's obviously very, very nice being here, being part of the tournament. It's a big, big tournament obviously. You know, talking about today, I think it was, for a first-round match, a great win,” Sinner said. “It's a very nice feeling being here, playing here in a big tournament, and hopefully I can play well.”
Replacing John Milman (foot injury) in the main draw, Dominik Koepfer bounced back from Sunday’s qualifying loss to knock off Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff as a lucky loser entry. Eyeing his second ATP Masters 1000 title in the last three years, Italy’s Fabio Fognini got one step closer to that goal with his first round win over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Main draw action continues Tuesday at 11 a.m.
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