Nice Britain’s Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie suffered first-round exits for the second week working as their preparations for the US Open took a success with early losses on the Cincinnati Open.
Evans, at the moment ranked twenty eighth on the planet, secured the largest title of his profession earlier this month as he gained the Washington Open however has misplaced each of his matches since.
The 33-year-old was crushed by Canada’s Gabriel Diallo on the Canadian Open final week and on Tuesday went down 6-4 6-3 to Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in a recreation delayed by a day resulting from rain.
World No 15 Norrie, in the meantime, adopted his defeat to Alex de Minaur in Toronto with a 3-6 6-4 6-3 reverse towards Gael Monfils in Cincinnati and has not gained multiple match at an occasion since reaching the quarter-finals at Queen’s in June.
There is no such thing as a extra British curiosity within the males’s singles with Andy Murray withdrawing from his first-round encounter towards Karen Khachanov resulting from an belly pressure.
The 36-year-old is aiming to recuperate forward of the US Open, which is stay on Sky Sports activities from August 28.
Evans was damaged early within the first set by world No 18 Musetti however then pegged his opponent again to 4-4 earlier than he was damaged for a second time.
Musetti then served out the set within the subsequent recreation regardless of Evans incomes two break factors of his personal.
The Brit handed Musetti an early benefit within the second set with a double fault and the Italian closed out the match to ebook a gathering with third seed Daniil Medvedev within the final 32.
Wozniacki crushed as comeback from retirement continues
Within the girls’s occasion, former world No 1 and 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki misplaced 6-4 6-4 to Varvara Gracheva of France as she continued her return from retirement.
Wozniacki, 33, who give up skilled tennis in 2020 to begin a household, gained one match in Canada final week earlier than being eradicated within the spherical of 32 by Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova.
The Dane carved out 9 break factors towards Gracheva however did not convert any of them as her opponent superior to the spherical of 32 in Ohio, alongside Vondrousova, who noticed off fellow Czech Kateřina Siniaková 7-6 6-4.
Wozniacki stated: “I nonetheless have about 10 days to arrange for the US Open. There are fairly just a few issues that I really feel like I have to do higher.
“Final week I assumed I used to be fairly happy about the place I used to be. I feel this week I do not really feel like my timing is strictly the place I need it to be, so I am simply going to return and work onerous.
“I consider in myself. Clearly it is simply taking me a bit of little bit of time simply to get used to the matches once more and competing in actual tournaments.
“I do not actually really feel the expectations from everybody else. I feel I’ve all the time been powerful on myself. I am on the lookout for perfection, which isn’t doable on this sport.”