Baseline: Aug. 14 tennis report

Tennis: A custody battle in a California court will keep Victoria Azarenka out of all U.S. Open tuneup events this summer – and maybe the U.S. Open itself.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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NEWS WIRE

  • Victoria Azarenka was forced to withdraw from all U.S. Open tuneup events because of ongoing litigation with her former boyfriend over custody of their 8-month-old son Leo. A California judge’s order has barred Azarenka from taking the child out of California until the custody hearing resolves in October. That also may keep her out of the U.S. Open, as the former world No.1 does not want to leave Leo under sole care of ex-boyfriend Billy McKeague.
  • Injuries have forced both Roger Federer and Andy Murray to the sideline from this week’s Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Federer aggravated a back injury during his run to the Coupe Rogers final in Montreal; Murray continues to deal with chronic hip woes.
  • The New York Times reported that Karolina Pliskova‘s father spent five years in jail for partaking in the counterfeiting of tobacco.

BACKHANDS

ATP TOUR: Coupe Rogers

Final: Alexander Zverev def. Roger Federer, 6-4, 6-3

  • Zverev survived three match points in his second-round match vs. Richard Gasquet to win his second Masters 1000 event and fifth title of the year. With back-to-back titles in Montreal and Washington, Zverev moved to fourth in the ATP Finals points race and No.7 in the world rankings.
  • Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov ignited his hometown crowd by scoring the biggest wins of the week, beating Juan Martin del Potro and No.2 seed Rafael Nadal before falling to Zverev in the semifinals. Shapovalov rose to No.67 in the rankings, his first appearance in the top 100.

WTA TOUR: Rogers Cup

Final: Elina Svitolina def. Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-0

  • Svitolina outplayed four top-10 stars – Venus Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Wozniacki – to capture her fifth title this year. The 22-year-old Ukrainian rises to No.4 in the world; Wozniacki moves to No.6.
  • Surprise semifinalist Sloane Stephens, who beat both Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber, moved to No.151 in her comeback after a year off with a foot injury.

FOREHANDS

ATP TOUR: Western & Southern Open

  • Site: Cincinnati
  • Top seed: Rafael Nadal
  • Note: Roger Federer and Andy Murray have withdrawn with injuries

WTA TOUR: Western & Southern Open

  • Site: Cincinnati
  • Top seed: Karolina Pliskova

 

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