The elements were not particularly kind to the 2017 Western & Southern Open on Thursday, cutting short the WTA action inside the Lindner Family Tennis Center. After the early-day matches completed without interruption, several showers messed with play that started in the early afternoon, with the last and most persistent front of rain ending the tennis day and causing various matches to be canceled.
Among the players affected were world No.1 Karolina Pliskova, who barely got her third-round encounter with Camila Giorgi started, as well as Toronto champion Elina Svitolina, whose duel against Germany’s Julia Goerges was among the matches that have been bumped to Friday.
Earlier in the day, several players made it through to the quarters, including Simona Halep, who beat Anastasija Sevastova, and Caroline Wozniacki, who took quick care of Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.
Garbine Muguruza’s road into the quarters was a much more rocky one, as the Spaniard had to battle through a three-setter against Madison Keys, even having to fight off a match point before sealing the deal in the third-set tiebreak.
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE 2017 WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN:
- Wednesday: Kerber loses to Makarova in second-round epic
- Tuesday: Muguruza and Halep move on, Radwanska and Ostapenko make early exit
- Monday: Pliskova, Svitolina, Halep and Kerber to the the media about their No.1 ranking battle
- Sunday: Qualifying action + practice sessions of Pliskova, Kerber, Kvitova, Radwanska