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Vika retires from Montreal; Maria withdraws from Cincy

August 11, 2012 | 08:42 AM

ATP Drop Outs: Guess who's not playing Cincy next week?

a) Rafa

b) Tsonga

c) Murray

d) Fed

e) Joker

f) Berdych

If you said a or b, you'd be right, and if you said c, you might be right when Andy makes up his mind in a day or two. To pass up a chance to defend 1000 points, he'll have to have some serious doubts about his knee. Fed is defending quarterfinal points, and has been quiet lately, so he'll probably show in Cincy and try to equal last year's quarterfinal effort. Should Joker win Toronto (as he should), you could count on him to bail after two tough weeks of tennis back-to-back, except that he's defending 600 points as runner-up next week. And as for Berdych, who hasn't won a lot of matches lately and lost another one today (to Gasquet, 4-6, 2-6), he reached the semis last year in Cincy after beating Fed, and so has good reason to try again next week.

Who's left in Toronto with Joker?

After battling through 3 sets with the 34 year old German who won't go away on N. American soil, Tommy Haas, Nole's semi-final opponent will be fellow Serb Tipsarevic.

In the other half, Gasquet defeated Fish in the quarters (6-7, 6-1, 6-2), and will face ISNER, A 7-7 (9), 6-4 winner over Raonic. As predicted, these post-Olympic events are a bonanza for those who have not often harvested big points, at least recently, in high level events:

- #21 Gasquet's only previous experience in a 1000 level final was in Canada in 2006

- #11 Isner's was in Indian Wells this year

- #9 seed Tisparevic has never been to a 1000 level final; his 2 previous wins over Joker have come when the #1 Serb has been his most vulnerable (in the year-end Barclay's Round Robin in 2011; at Madrid on blue clay in May)

WTA Drop Outs

Maria withdrew from Cincy next week. Odds are this wasn't an easy decision: she's defending winner's points. So, there's a least one injury that may be a present problem.

This is good news for Radwanska, who can take over the #1 ranking with a win in Montreal.

Who's left in Montreal this week?

#1 seed Azarenka dropped out at 3-3 in the first set today against Paszek with a left knee injury. She loses no points with this exit, and defends no points next week in Cincy. If she's not really injured, she'll play.

Aggie's competition is down to seeds #5 - 8, none of whom have played up to their potential recently (except Kerber) though all have done well in big events previously and beaten Aggie before:

- Kvitova has won all 3 of their encounters

- Kerber has won 2 of 5 v Aggie

- Wozniacki has won 5 of 7 of their matches

- Errani has only beaten her once in 6 tries (in 2006)

The women's draw is, however, a round and half behind the men, a round due to a schedule that was pushed a day back, and most of another round due to rain. Only Kvitova and Safarova have even reached the quarterfinals.

Stay tuned for more drops and defeats as they happen.


ATP, WTA Results, 8.11.12

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