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Thursday, December 08, 2022

In Cincinnati, Swietek and Radukanu made strides; Muguruza and Kyrgios eliminated

Polish Inga Swietek, number one in women’s tennis, and British Emma Raducanu moved into the round of 16 of the Cincinnati tournament this Wednesday, where Spanish Garbine Muguruza and Australian Nick Kyrgios experienced fleeting eliminations.

One of the big favorites for this WTA 1000 title, Sweetek made her debut with a 6-4, 7-5 win against American Sloane Stephens in Cincinnati (Ohio).

Although he had defeated them in their last eight meetings, it took Sweetek an hour and 39 minutes to battle it out for Stephens to clinch a happy victory after his recent disappointments in previous tournaments.

Swietek, 21, registered his 50th win in a season that began with six titles, including his second Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.

Her opponent in the 16th round will be American Madison Keys or Latvian Jessena Ostapenko.

-Radukanu keeps on moving-

Another young figure on the circuit, British Radukanu sent a second Grand Slam champion to beat Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 6-0 and 6-2 in less than 24 hours.

Radukanu, who defended her US Open title in two weeks, had already fired off another stunning 6-4, 6-0 win over Serena Williams on Tuesday.

This Wednesday, Radukanu kept up his best version and took another set in love at the start of the clash against veteran Azarenka, a two-time winner at Cincinnati and the Australian Open.

The 19-year-old Briton won the first 10 games of the match and, although Azarenka avoided the second set, he later took two break points from the Belarusian to seal the victory in 63 minutes of play.

Muguruza and Kyrgios say goodbye

For his part, Spanish-Venezuelan Garbine Muguruza still hasn’t raised her head and was eliminated last month by brand new Wimbledon champion Kazakh Elena Rybakina in her debut.

In the WTA rankings, No. 9 Muguruza defeated Rybakina (25th) 6-3, 6-1 in a one-hour and 13-minute game.

Suffering from his current lack of confidence, Muguruza extended one of the worst campaigns of his career in which he stumbled upon his debut at Wimbledon and Roland Garros.

In the men’s Master 1000 class, Australian Nick Kyrgios, last Wimbledon finalist, lost 6-3, 6-2 to American Taylor Fritz in just 51 minutes of play.

The Australian, who resumed his career this year, admitted on Tuesday that he was not in his best physical condition after a win over Alejandro Davydovich.

Against Fritz, the temperamental Australian again showed signs of physical problems and faced numerous complaints about the flickering lights of a billboard, which he claimed were distracting.

This year’s Indian Wells Masters 1000 champion Fritz took advantage of Kyrgios’ desperation to win a quick victory and met Russian Andrey Rublev in the round of 16.

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