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Who is playing WTA Cincinnati in ? After finishing as a losing finalist three times, is this the moment for Halep to break through and add the Cincinnati crown to her growing trophy cabinet? The Romanian is back operating at the peak of her powers after a sublime and near-flawless display to take down Serena in the Wimbledon final, and with barely any points to defend after Cincinnati, this could be the tournament where Halep begins her clim back to the top spot.
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Barty will have something to say about that though. The Australian has put together a phenomenal season, headlined by winning her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros and first Premier Mandatory title in Miami, resulted that contributed to her hitting the No.
Will Barty be able to continue her stellar season and contend for the Cincinnati title? Still on her quest for that 24th major crown, this will be the last chance for Serena to get some match-play in before heading to the U.
Open - which of course was the scene of her infamous blow-up in the final against Naomi Osaka last year. The Dutchwoman has been ranked in the top 10 ever since and will take some stopping once again in Cincinnati.
Other former champions such as Karolina Pliskova, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza will be hoping to return to some of their best tennis in Cincinnati, as will two-time runner-up Angelique Kerber, who has dropped out of the top 10 since her early Wimbledon exit.
And what about Naomi Osaka? The reigning U. Open and Australian Open champion has been struggling big-time after winning her second major title at the start of the year in Melbourne - and with her U. Open title defence just around the corner, the Japanese desperately needs some confidence before touching down in New York.
Played at the Cincinnati Tennis Club from until , the tournament moved to its present venue, the Lindner Family Tennis Centre, in ; a permanent tennis stadium was built to host it, and the complex is now the only one outside the four Grand Slams which features four stadium courts.
For most of its history, the Cincinnati Open was not played at the same time as the men's event and the tournament was not held at all between and , when it was reinstated.
Since the WTA tournament was relocated to Cincinnati in , it has seen many luminaries of women's tennis capture the title. Lindsay Davenport was the first homegrown winner of the revamped tournament in , with Vera Zvonareva and Anna Chakvetadze among those who captured the title in subsequent years.
Serena Williams became the first woman in the post history of the Cincinnati Open to win back-to-back titles in and , while Karolina Pliskova in became the first non-major champion since Jankovic in to win the title - although she would come close to breaking into the Grand Slam winners' club when she reached the final of the US Open a few weeks later.
Wimbledon and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza became the tournament's first Spanish champion in , while Kiki Bertens was the first Dutch champion in , defeating Simona Halep in the final.