Monday’s Set Points, WTA Cincinnati: Gavrilova holds off Mladenovic, Townsend triumphs

Set PointsAnother week, another new tournament… welcome to the 2017 Western & Southern Open! Main draw action began in Cincy on Monday with a first rounder cracker between Petra Kvitova and Anett Kontaveit.

From a set and a break down, Kvitova produced an impressive comeback to win, 1-6 7-6(2) 6-3. For a recap and analysis of the match, check out my latest post on the blog.

The first upset by seeding saw Daria Gavrilova defeat the number 13 seed, Kristina Mladenovic, 6-0 7-6(6). The Aussie made a mess of trying to serve out the match at *5-4 in the second set (two DFs and an error) but just about held on in a tense second set tiebreak, saving a set point.

Gavrilova’s forehand, notably her ability to run around onto it for the winner, was key during the match. The patterns of play alternated in the second set with a lacklustre, Mladenovic becoming more aggressive. There was an avalanche of double faults from both players at the end of the match and Mladenovic committed the costliest one of all at 6-6 in the second set tiebreak. This was Mladenovic’s third straight loss on tour and her confidence seems to be waning.

Winning a career best 33rd match of the year, qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia condemned Lauren Davis to a fifth consecutive loss with a 6-3 6-2 victory.


In a wild match, Lesia Tsurenko came back from 5-7 1-4 down and dished out a third set bagel to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 5-7 7-6(6) 6-0. The final set featured a nine deuce game, a five deuce game and a four deuce game – Tsurenko won all three.

Kiki Bertens won her first match on hard courts since beating Belinda Bencic at Indian Wells in March with a 6-3 6-0 win over Oceane Dodin. The second set was an absolute breeze – I wonder if Dodin was injured or struggling with the conditions? Bertens wrapped up the win in just 49 minutes…

I’d fancied Camila Giorgi vs. Katerina Siniakova to be one of the closest matches of the day… nope! Giorgi powered home for a 6-2 6-2 win in just 66 minutes.

Roberta Vinci came back from a hefty second set deficit to record a sixth win in seven over Timea Babos.

Winning more and more points behind her serve and making effective advances into the net, Taylor Townsend beat Monica Puig, 3-6 6-3 6-1. Puig barely found the court at the start of the decider before providing some resistance at the end with Townsend needing four match points to close out the match.

While I was sleeping…

Madison Keys beat CoCo Vandeweghe for the second time in just over a week, this time needing three sets in a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory.

Daria Kasatkina posted a solid win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-4 6-2. Kasatkina didn’t face any break points in the second set and dropped just four points behind her first serve throughout the entire match.

Carla Suárez Navarro maintained her 100% record against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, prevailing 6-3 7-5. Lucic-Baroni is currently riding a six match losing streak and hasn’t won a match since Rome.

Back to the Rogers Cup for a moment – Sunday’s final in Toronto saw Elina Svitolina maintain her 100% record in Premier 5 tournaments in 2017 with a 6-4 6-0 triumph over Caroline Wozniacki. The first set was pretty close with Svitolina twice unable to consolidate a break of serve. Wozniacki threw in a terrible service game at 4-4 before Svitolina successfully served out the opener. Svitolina absolutely rolled through the second set, producing a terrific attacking display to overwhelm Wozniacki.

Wozniacki is now 0-6 in finals in 2017 and hasn’t won more than four games in any of the 12 sets she’s played. For Svitolina, she goes from strength-to-strength on hard courts and this was a superb run with three top ten wins in a row! Svitolina will play fellow compatriot, Lesia Tsurenko, in her first match in Cincy on Wednesday.

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Simona Halep spoke in press about her semi-final match in Toronto against Svitolina.

Sad news – Timea Bacsinszky has pulled out of New Haven and the US Open 😢. I thought it was the thigh injury from Wimby, but it sounds more like the hand that is the issue. Get well soon, Timea!


While one of my faves is out, Lucie practising in Cincy! ☺️

And finally, I served up some bagels in the kitchen yesterday. For a first attempt, they looked and tasted surprisingly like bagels 😂.

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One thought on “Monday’s Set Points, WTA Cincinnati: Gavrilova holds off Mladenovic, Townsend triumphs

  1. Elina playing so well right now, four top ten wins in a row is so impressive! Wouldn’t be surprised to see a Svitolina victory in the US Open.


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