Unseeded Struff knocks out Tsitsipas in Cincinnati

Thursday, 2019-08-15 06:38:38
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Aug 14, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) reacts against Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center. (PHOTO: Reuters/ Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
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Fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas's Cincinnati Masters challenge ended in the second round on Wednesday as he was beaten 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(6) by unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff.

Struff, who has yet to win an ATP singles title in his decade-long career as a professional, was on top for most of the match against the 21-year old Greek.

He served for the match in the second set but Tsitsipas managed to stay alive by taking the second set on a tiebreak.

However, the German refused to give up and sealed the win to set up a last 16 meeting with ninth-seed Daniil Medvedev, who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6(2) 6-1.

Among the other surprises on Wednesday, world number five Kei Nishikori was beaten 7-6(2) 6-4 by Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka.

On the women’s side, top seeded Ash Barty overcame a slow start to defeat Maria Sharapova 6-4 6-1, while Simona Halep battled past Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round.

Barty will next face Anett Kontaveit, who defeated Polish teenager Iga Swiatek in straight sets.

Third seeded Karolina Pliskova crushed lucky loser Wang Yafan 6-1 6-3 and Donna Vekic knocked out former champion Victoria Azarenka 6-2 7-5 to set up a showdown with Venus Williams on Thursday.

Reuters