Western & Southern Open Morning Briefing 8/16

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THREE THINGS TO KNOW
1) Monday's madness of main draw matches is highlighted by two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova squaring off against 2019 Western & Southern Open champion Madison Keys. Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet will meet for the third time in Cincinnati and for the 13th time overall, with Murray leading the head-to-head 8-4. Three-time Major champion and former No. 1 Angelique Kerber takes on 2021 French Open semifinalist Maria Sakkari in the final match on Center Court while a pair of American wild cards, Brandon Nakashima and Mackenzie McDonald, wrap up action on Grandstand. Ten doubles matches are also on the schedule, highlighted by Coco Gauff & Caty McNally taking on Alexa Guarachi & Desirae Krawczyk.
 
2) Eighteen-year-olds Leylah Fernandez and Carlos Alcaraz have advanced into Western & Southern Open main draw, with both winning a pair of straight set matches this weekend to qualify. Fernandez dropped just two games in defeating Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse to reach her second W&S Open main draw while Alcaraz collected the win against Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka to clinch a spot in his first Cincinnati main draw. Canada’s Fernandez squares off against American Allison Riske in the main draw’s first round, with Spain’s Alcaraz setting up an opening matchup with Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
 
3) The Western & Southern Open will honor the memory of two-time winner and Cincinnati native Tony Trabert on Monday, which would have been the Hall of Famer's 91st birthday. Both the City of Cincinnati and the City of Mason have proclaimed it Tony Trabert Day and members of his family will be presented with the official proclamations between matches Monday evening. Trabert was a three-time high school state champion at Walnut Hills and the 1951 collegiate national champion for the University of Cincinnati. He won five Major singles titles in his career, including three in 1955 alone, along with five Major doubles titles. He was also a Davis Cup champion both as a player and a captain for the United States. Trabert passed away in February and is survived by his wife, Vickie, five children, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
 
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FUN FACT
No. 10 seed Diego Schwartzman and No. 11 seed Jannik Sinner will both be playing their first main draw matches on their birthdays. Schwartzman (30) faces Daniel Evans while Sinner (20) will face Federico Delbonis.
 
ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2021
CENTER COURT starts at 11:00 am
WTA - [9] Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) vs Daria Kasatkina (Russia) 
Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA - [11] Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) vs Madison Keys (USA)
ATP - Daniel Evans (Great Britain) vs [10] Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP - [Q] Richard Gasquet (France) vs [WC] Andy Murray (Great Britain)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA - Maria Sakkari (Greece) vs Angelique Kerber (Germany) 
 
HELPING HAITI
Second seed and 2020 Western & Southern Open finalist Naomi Osaka tweeted that she would be donating all of her prize money from this year's tournament to aid the Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Osaka, who has a Haitian father and Japanese mother, has an opening round bye, and awaits the winner of Tuesday's match between Coco Gauff and qualifier Hsieh Su-Wei.
 
GRANDSTAND starts at 11:00 am
ATP - [11] Jannik Sinner (Italy) vs Federico Delbonis (Argentina)
ATP - Taylor Fritz (USA) vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spain)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA - [15] Elise Mertens (Belgium) vs Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) 
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA - Danielle Collins (USA) vs Shelby Rogers (USA) 
ATP - [WC] Brandon Nakashima (USA) vs [WC] Mackenzie McDonald (USA)
 
STADIUM 3 starts at 11:00 AM
ATP - Fabio Fognini (Italy) vs Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia)
ATP - Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) vs [12] Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada)
WTA - Coco Gauff (USA) & Caty McNally (USA) vs [5] Alexa Guarachi (Chile) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA) 
ATP - [Q] Kevin Anderson (South Africa) vs Karen Khachanov (Russia)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA - Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) vs [13] Jennifer Brady (USA) 
 
COURT 4 starts at 11:00 AM
ATP - John Millman (Australia) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany)
ATP - [Q] Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) vs Lloyd Harris (South Africa)
ATP - Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) vs [14] Alex de Minaur (Australia)
 
PORSCHE COURT 10 starts at 11:00 AM
WTA - [WC] Jil Teichmann (Switzerland) vs Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 
WTA - Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) vs Tamara Zidansek (Slovenia) 
WTA - Paula Badosa (Spain) vs Petra Martic (Croatia) 
WTA - Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) vs [Q] Shuai Zhang (China) 
WTA - Alison Riske (USA) vs [Q] Leylah Fernandez (Canada) 
 
COURT 7 starts at 11:00 AM
WTA - Ellen Perez (Australia) / Kveta Peschke (Czech Republic) vs [7] Hao-Ching Chan (Chinese Taipei) & Latisha Chan (Chinese Taipei) 
Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA - [Q] Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) vs [Q] Heather Watson (Great Britain) 
After Suitable Rest
WTA - [WC] Emma Navarro (USA) & Peyton Stearns (USA) vs Daria Kasatkina (Russia) & Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) 
After Suitable Rest
WTA - Hayley Carter (USA) & Sabrina Santamaria (USA) vs Anna Blinkova (Russia) & Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 
 
COURT 8 starts at 1:00 PM
WTA - Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) & Jessica Pegula (USA) vs Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukraine) & Makoto Ninomiya (Japan) 
?After Suitable Rest
WTA - Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) & Jil Teichmann (Switzerland) vs Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) & Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 
?After Suitable Rest
WTA - Nadiia Kichenok (Ukraine) & Raluca Olaru (Romania) vs Paula Badosa (Spain) & Sara Sorribes Tormo (Spain) 
 
COURT 11 starts at 11:00 AM
ATP - Ariel Behar (Uruguay) & Gonzalo Escobar (Ecuador) vs [8] Raven Klaasen (South Africa) & Ben McLachlan (Japan)
ATP - Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) / Andreas Mies (Germany) vs [WC] Nicholas Monroe (USA) & Frances Tiafoe (USA)
After Suitable Rest
ATP - [Alt] Marcelo Arevalo (El Salvador) & Fabio Fognini (Italy) vs Jamie Murray (Great Britain) / Max Purcell (Australia)
 
Draws
 

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