Cincinnati Draws Revealed: Projected quarter-finals, key first-rounders and more
- 21 Aug 2020
The draws for the Western and Southern Open were supposed to be “revealed” at a “draw party” on Facebook, hosted by the tournament. An hour before that time, the draws were leaked all over social media.
No matter, any time is a good time for the first joint ATP/WTA draw since the coronavirus pandemic shut down tennis.
Popcorn first-round matchups
The draws have revealed several enticing matchups between top players in the first round, including Andy Murray v Frances Tiafoe (with the winner facing Alexander Zverev) on the men’s side and Venus Williams v Dayana Yastremska on the women’s side. Coco Gauff is slated to face Greece’s Maria Sakkari, while last week’s Lexington winner Jennifer Brady will open against 2010 champion Kim Clijsters.
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Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, seeded 12th, will face off with 2016 champion Marin Cilic, while Dan Evans will face tenth-seeded Andrey Rublev.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic could face some young talent early on in New York. He’s slated to face American Tommy Paul or a qualifier in the second round and could face 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round. The Serb, a champion in 2018 at Cincinnati, is riding a 21-match winning streak that dates back to his appearance at the Davis Cup finals in Madrid last year.
And the women’s singles! pic.twitter.com/6jXGcG76s2
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If the seeds hold Djokovic would face Belgium’s David Goffin in the quarter-finals. Two-time champion Serena Williams would face Great Britian’s Johanna Konta in the last eight on the women’s side, if the seeds hold.
Here are all four potential quarter-final matchups in both the men’s singles and the women’s singles draw:
-  Novak Djokovic –  David Goffin
-  Daniil Medvedev –  Roberto Bautista Agut
-  Stefanos Tsitsipas –  Matteo Berrettini
-  Dominic Thiem –  Alexander Zverev
-  Karolina Pliskova –  Aryna Sabalenka
-  Naomi Osaka –  Petra Kvitova
-  Johanna Konta –  Serena Williams
-  Madison Keys –  Sofia Kenin
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