Russian tennis player Ekaterina Aleksandrova defeated Leyla Fernandez of Canada in the first round match of the Cincinnati Masters. The game ended with the score 6:4, 7:5. In the second round, the Russian woman will play with the winner of the match between Naomi Osaka (Japan) and Zhang Shuai (China).
27-year-old Alexandrova is in 27th place in the WTA rankings. She has two association titles to her credit. 19-year-old Fernandez is ranked 14th in the world rankings, she has two victories in WTA tournaments. In 2021, she reached the final of the US Open – she lost to 18-year-old Emma Radukan from the UK.
The Cincinnati Masters is a tournament in the prestigious WTA 1000 category. It is held in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA) on a hard surface. The prize pool is $2.5 million. The current champion is Ashleigh Barty from Australia, who retired in March.