Hello all, too busy to keep up with the tennis events of this past week? No worries, We have you covered. Here is our Tennis Stage Weekly Wrap Up for Sunday, August 20th
This week's biggest tournament took place in Cincinnati at the Western and Southern Open. It was a joint tournament featuring the top stars of both the ATP and the WTA.
In the women's final Garbine Muguruza of Spain met Simona Halep of Romania. Both had played well all week and the crowd was looking forward to something special. Unfortunately for Halep and her Romanian flag waving supporters, this was not a good day. Halep did not play her best and she made far too many unforced errors. Muguruza, on the other hand, was relentless. Showcasing improved movement and aggressive ball striking, she was in full control of the match. Halep did fight for some points but she seemed sluggish and lacking in confidence. Muguruza quickly won the match 6-1, 6-0.
This summer the three standout players have been Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, and Madison Keys. One of these three women will probably win the US Open.
In the men's final Nick Kyrgios of Australia took on Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. The last time these two met was at Indian Wells in 2015. That match was hard-fought and exciting. Dimitrov snuck away with a victory in the third-set tie-break.
The crowd was expecting an exciting match today from these two talented showmen. The crowd was not disappointed. With crisp ball hitting and great court coverage by both, the first set was filled with some great tennis action. Both served well and moved well but a few too many errors during his service game cost Kyrgios the game and the first set.
The second set was filled with more of the same exceptional ball striking and all court play. Dimitrov's movement was exceptional throughout the entire match and Kyrgios' frustration grew more and more as Grigor continued to retrieve every shot. At 5-5, Kyrgios' frustration got the best of him. Nick was broken when he pushed a forehand long. Grigor closed out the set and the match 6-3, 7-5.
Although Kyrgios didn't play his best tennis, he did play well. He did not lose this match. Grigor won it. Dimitrov's movement today was exceptional, probably the best on the tour. It is surprising that Dimitrov is not more highly ranked. The kind of tennis he played today could win him a lot of matches in the future, maybe even a grand slam or two. We will see.
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