Baseline: Aug. 7 tennis report

Tennis: Stan Wawrinka becomes the latest to call an early end to his 2017 season, scuttling a U.S. Open title defense. Victoria Azarenka also is cutting back on her schedule.

By Andrea Leand, PSN analyst

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  • Stan Wawrinka will sit out the rest of the 2017 season, including a U.S. Open title defense, to undertake a “medical intervention” on a chronic knee injury.
  • Victoria Azarenka, who had a baby last December and whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, withdrew from WTA events in Stanford and Toronto and says she will play only a limited schedule.
  • Andy Murray also withdrew from the Rogers Cup to rest a chronic hip injury.
  • Sara Errani was handed a two-month suspension after testing positive for letrozole. Errani argued she accidentally ingested the breast cancer drug while visiting her mother, who takes it to battle the disease.
  • The ITF assembly voted down key proposal changes to Davis Cup – most significantly reducing matches to best-of-3 sets – but also passed resolutions giving the ITF board authority to implement changes without a future assembly vote.
  • Roger Federer has added John Isner and Jack Sock to the World team for his Laver Cup event Sept. 22-24 in the Czech Republic.
  • Amazon bought streaming rights to the ATP Tour beginning in 2019, as well as Wimbledon. Meantime, the WTA introduced its new streaming service July 29.
  • Kay McEnroe, mother of Patrick and John McEnroe, passed away Aug. 2 – just two months after being diagnosed with cancer and six months after her husband John died.
  • Will there be a new “battle of the sexes” pitting Serena Williams against John McEnroe? Continued buzz over a possible duel says big money is being offered but nothing definitive scheduled.

BACKHANDS

ATP TOUR: Citi Open

Final: Alexander Zverev def. Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-4

  • Zverev needed just 69 minutes to notch his fourth ATP title of the season. The 20-year-old German is the youngest player to win four titles in a season since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008.

ATP TOUR: Generali Open

Final: Philip Kohlschreiber def. Joao Sousa, 6-3, 6-4

  • Kohlschreiber rallied from a break down in both sets, winning five of the final six games to close out victory at the 2017 season’s final event on clay.

ATP TOUR: Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel

Final: Sam Querrey def. Thomas Kokkinakis, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

  • Querrey’s 10th career victory completed a Mexican double, having defeated Rafael Nadal earlier this year in Acapulco. It marks just the second time he’s won more than one title in a season.

WTA TOUR: Citi Open

Final: Katerina Makarova def. Julia Georges, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0

  • The 29-year-old Russian claimed her first singles trophy since 2014, as well as her first since parting ways with longtime coach Eugenia Maniokova back in the spring.

WTA TOUR: Bank of the West Classic

Final: Madison Keys def. Coco Vandeweghe,  7-6 (4), 6-4

  • Keys flashed her best form since returning from a wrist injury, knocking off Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals before outslugging her fellow American.

FOREHANDS

ATP TOUR: Coupe Rogers

  • Site: Montreal
  • Top seed: Rafael Nadal

WTA TOUR: Rogers Cup

  • Site: Toronto
  • Top seed: Karolina Pliskova

 

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