By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza
  • Defending Champion: Karolina Pliskova
  • British Interest: Johanna Konta [7], Heather Watson (Qualifying)
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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.




Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play


The Top Seeds

[1] Karolina Pliskova

In a match that lasted almost an entire day, Pliskova earned her first loss as the World No. 1 in the quarter-finals in Toronto, giving Caroline Wozniacki her first No. 1 victory in her career! But Pliskova could also be fending off claims to the No. 1 title this week.

She won the title here last year, having chosen to skip the Rio 2016 Olympics, and it served her well as she made her first Slam final, and many have her tipped to gain a major title soon.


[2] Simona Halep

Simona Halep – 2017 Roland Garros (c) Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Halep has come within a whisker of the World No. 1 ranking this year, and she has another chance to have a crack at it with the bolster of some solid points in Toronto. Coming off the back of that and having reached the semi-final here last year, she must fancy her chances of laying claim to the top spot finally.


[3] Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber – 2017 WTA Aegon International © Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

It is quite the opposite for former World No. 1 whose struggles continue. If we put aside clay – which is not her best surface, she has marginal success on the grass but was a long way off the form that took her to two Slam titles and the Wimbledon final.

She is yet to put together back to back wins after an exit in her second match in Toronto, and this time last year she was denied the chance of claiming the World No. 1 ranking in the Cincinnati final by Pliskova. She would probably give good money to try and be in that position again, but let’s settle for some wins.


[4] Garbiñe Muguruza

Garbiñe Muguruza, WTA Stanford, Bank of the West Classic

Garbiñe Muguruza | Anita Stahl /

What a difference a second Grand Slam title makes. Just a year ago after winning the French Open, Muguruza’s motivation seemed lacking as she struggled at times to almost find the motivation in the regular tournaments.

Since winning Wimbledon though she seems to have found her groove, especially now at the start of the hard-court season as she prepares for the US Open. With the semi-finals in Stanford, and now the quarter-finals in Toronto, she ought to have her eye on matching last year’s semi-final run if not better.

The Western & Southern Open takes place between 14-21 August.



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