The WTA and ATP fields are beginning to thin at the Western & Southern Open as players begin to punch their tickets to the Round of 16.
On Wednesday, 10 Grand Slam singles champions with 45 titles, five past tournament champions and five NCAA singles titlists will take the court looking to make it into the third round. No. 2 Novak Djokovic will play his first singles match on American soil in two years when he faces Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on center court. No. 3 Daniil Medvedev and No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas are also in action after No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz advanced Tuesday night.
On the women’s side, No. 3 Jessica Pegula, coming off a Canadian Open title, opens Wednesday’s action on center court against qualifier Martina Trevisan. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland faces American wild card Danielle Collins. Venus Williams, who notched a first-round upset, faces China’s Qinwen Zheng on the Grandstand this afternoon. American Coco Gauff, ranked No. 5, opens the singles tournament in the center court nightcap.
Cincinnati natives Peyton Stearns and JJ Wolf fell in the first round of the singles main draw on Tuesday. The tournament is not done for Stearns, though, after she and partner Emma Navarro won in the first round of the doubles draw. The American tandem will face the team of Desirae Krawczyk/Demi Schurrs in the second round Wednesday afternoon.
Here’s how the action unfolded on Wednesday.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Wednesday’s results at the 2023 Western & Southern Open | Live updates