Petra Kvitova, Grigor Dimitrov crash out of Western & Southern Open
MASON, Ohio -- In the final major lead-up tournament before the U.S. Open, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 5 Tomas Berdych all lost their opening matches at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday.
It's tempting to dismiss the loss given Kvitova's historic woes on North American hard courts -- the heat and humidity do no favors for her asthma -- but keep in mind that she won titles in Montreal and New Haven in 2012.
"From the beginning I didn't feel very comfortable out there," Kvitova said. "And I was trying really fight, I just wasn't able to do that today. I'm not pretty sure why."
Kvitova said she hasn't been hitting the ball well in practice either.
"We changed the balls again [this week], and they're bouncing a little bit higher and everything. It's just a little bit different. A little bit slower court. So that's the timing. And of course I didn't serve well as well today, so it's never help me."
Still Kvitova had an opportunity to get back into the match in the second set tiebreak, but she easily handed the match to Svitolina, after committing error after error. Kvitova have one more chance to get matches next week at the Connecticut Open in New Haven, where she'll be the No. 2 seed behind Simona Halep.
Svitolina will take on No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro next.
The win was a big one for Janowicz, who has been mired in a year-long slump after making the Wimbledon semifinals in 2013. It was his first top ten win since May of last year and not surprisingly, he was very excited:
As for Berdych, his slump continues. The No. 5 has now lost to a player ranked outside the top 20 in his last five tournaments after losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Lu Yen-Hsun.