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  • Top Seeds: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Angelique Kerber
  • Defending Champion: Garbiñe Muguruza
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CINCINNATI, USA – The top four from Toronto assume their positions as the final build-up for the elite takes place at the Western and Southern Open in the last big tournament before the US Open.

 

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Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

[1] Simona Halep

Despite injury niggles and scheduling mishaps, Halep has looked in very solid form on her return to WTA tour action. She did not drop a set on the way to the Montreal final, and will be certainly looking to defend her final points, if not completely erase the utter beat down she suffered in the final last year.

Although she trails Garbiñe Muguruza in their head to head, the defending champion had to withdraw from Montreal with an arm injury, and if she takes to the court, she could be there for the taking.  She ought to be good for a run to the final once more on paper, at least but based on her form and if she can handle the foot injury, she could be the player in form on the way to New York.

Halep’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Irina-Camelia Begu
  • R3: Ashleigh Barty [16]
  • QF: Garbiñe Muguruza [7]
  • SF: Angelique Kerber [4]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [2]

 

[2] Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki in the second round of the Nature Valley International, WTA Eastbourne 2018

Caroline Wozniacki in the second round of the Nature Valley International, WTA Eastbourne 2018 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The reigning Australian Open champion has had a less successful return. Takin to the court with a ton of strapping, she had a disappointing early exit in her return, in Montreal. Although she has reached the semi-final once here, she could run into an Elina Svitolina in decent form, and only has one win against the Ukrainian.

Wozniacki’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Kiki Bertens
  • R3: Naomi Osaka [17]
  • QF: Elina Svitolina [5]
  • SF: Sloane Stephens [3]
  • F: Simona Halep [1]

 

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[3] Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens in the final of the Miami Open, WTA Miami 2018

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Lynne Sladky/AP/REX/Shutterstock | Sloane Stephens in the final of the Miami Open, WTA Miami 2018

Talking of in-form players, Stephens has also looked very impressive, as she too has made a solid run in Montreal. At a time where Stephens will be fending off questions left and right as she gears up to defend her US Open crown, she has already put paid to any criticism it was a one-off when she led Halep a set and a break at the French Open.

She looks good up to the semi-final where she could meet Wozniacki who has the measure of her with a 6-1 lead in their head to head, with a similar record (2-6) against Halep.

Stephens’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Qualifier/Lucky Loser
  • R3: Elise Mertens [15]
  • QF: Petra Kvitova [8]
  • SF: Caroline Wozniacki [2]
  • F: Simona Halep [1]

 

[4] Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells 2018

Angelique Kerber in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, WTA Indian Wells 2018 | (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Despite a poor start to the hard court season with an opening round loss in Montreal, Kerber looked relaxed in practice, and with the confidence of her Wimbledon title – a third Slam – she surely comes into the final Premier of the US Open Series as one to watch.

Kerber ought to back herself for a run to the semi-finals at the very least but will have to snap recent losing streaks against Halep and maybe Wozniacki if she wants to land the hardware.

Kerber’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • R3: Madison Keys [13]
  • QF: Caroline Garcia [6]
  • SF: Simona Halep [1]
  • F: Caroline Wozniacki [2]
The Western & Southern Open takes place between 12-19 August (BST -5 hours)

 

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