Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas defeat American big hitters to reach Cincinnati Open semifinals
Cincinnati, OH – With the help of world No. 3 Daniil Medvedev’s groundstroke win over American No. 1 Jason Tabak in the Cincinnati Open final, Medvedev will try to get a second title in 2018.
After being swept in last year’s final by American Tyler Na, it seemed unlikely that a comeback would happen for Medvedev and his three-time Cincinnati champion mother, Elena. But the 29-year-old Medvedev, along with Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 2013 champion, has defied expectations and has now won two Cincinnati Open titles since 2015, while Tsitsipas will try to claim the elusive top seed again for the Cincinnati Open.
Tsitsipas will also be playing on his father’s club, the Athens based Panagoulias. Both Tsitsipas and his father are members of the Italian club and he was a four-time member of the Italian team. Also, in a testament to the quality of the Panagoulias players, this year’s title is being contested by two of the youngest players (Tsitsipas 25 years old and Medvedev 25) to have played in the Cincinnati Open in recent years.
In the women’s final, American No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who missed her only previous playoff appearance last year to win the Cincinnati Open in 2015, defeated 2015 Cincinnati champion Karolina Pliskova to reach the semifinals.
Wozniacki will now be playing a team she has never defeated in her career, as she will be challenging three-time defending champion Simona Halep.
This year, Wozniacki looks to play her way back in the top three.
“This year, I want to prove that I deserve the top spot again. I need to be winning my events and winning my titles,” said Wozniacki. “I feel like I’m playing