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Seeds announced for 2018 Western & Southern Open

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN MEDIA RELATIONS

Serena, Venus, Sharapova, Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka
Among Players Without First Round Bye
CINCINNATI (August 6, 2018) — The Western & Southern Open has announced the seeds for its 2018 tournament, which will take place August 11-19 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.
The seeds, which are based on today’s rankings from the respective tennis tours, are headlined by the No. 1 ranked players on both the ATP World Tour – Rafael Nadal – and the WTA – Simona Halep. Sixteen players from each 56-player field are seeded, with the top eight seeds receiving first round byes.
Based on their current ranking, a number of veteran players who have frequently enjoyed a bye will not have that benefit this year and will have to play a first round match. For the women’s players, the opening round takes place Monday and Tuesday, while the men’s first round is played over three days, from Sunday until Tuesday.
Those players who will not have a bye include, to name a few, two-time W&S Open champion Serena Williams, 2011 champion Maria Sharapova, 2013 winner Victoria Azarenka, 2016 champion Karolina Pliskova and seven-time Major champion Venus Williams from the WTA.
Five-time W&S Open finalist and reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, two-time Cincinnati winner Andy Murray, three-time Major champion Stan Wawrinka, 2017 W&S Open finalist Nick Kyrgios and the top-ranked American, John Isner, are among the ATP stars who will be in action early in the week.
Below are the 16 seeds for each draw (italics indicates a player with a first-round bye):
WTA
Seed/Rank Player (Country)
1/1 Simona Halep (Romania)
2/2 Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
3/3 Sloane Stephens (USA)
4/4 Angelique Kerber (Germany)
5/5 Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
6/6 Caroline Garcia (France)
7/7 Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)
8/8 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
9/9 Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
10/10 Julia Goerges (Germany)
11/11 Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia)
12/12 Daria Kasatkina (Russia)
13/13 Madison Keys (USA)
14/14 Venus Williams (USA)
15/15 Elise Mertens (Belgium)
16/16 Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
ATP World Tour
Seed/Rank Player (Country)
1/1 Rafael Nadal (Spain)
2/2 Roger Federer (Switzerland)
3/3 Alexander Zverev (Germany)
4/4 Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina)
5/5 Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
6/6 Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
7/7 Marin Cilic (Croatia)
8/8 Dominic Thiem (Austria)
9/9 John Isner (USA)
10/10 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
11/11 David Goffin (Belgium)
12/12 Diego Schwartzman (Argentina)
13/13 Pablo Carreño Busta (Spain)
14/14 Fabio Fognini (Italy)
15/15 Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain)
16/16 Kyle Edmund (Great Britain)
These seeds are subject to change should there be any changes in the entry list this week.
The current WTA entry list can be found here while the ATP entries are here. Twelve women and seven men will complete the fields through the two-round qualifying tournament which will take place Aug. 11-12.
Tickets for all sessions, including the early round matches on Monday and Tuesday are on sale now. The available inventory also includes brand new premium seating areas in the just-built South Building. More information on tickets can be found at shop.cincytennis.com.
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 11-19, 2018, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). The W&S Open is the largest annual summer sporting event in the US Midwest, hosting fans from all 50 states and more than 35 countries with more than 50 million global viewers in more than 160 countries. The tournament is also one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more nearly $10 million directly to its beneficiaries: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth. For more information, visit www.wsopen.com..
About the US Open Series
Entering its 15th season, the world’s best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today’s top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow’s emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.
About the WTA
The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing nearly 100 nations competing for a record $146 million in prize money. The 2018 WTA competitive season includes 54 events and four Grand Slams in 30 countries. In 2017, the WTA was watched around the world by a total TV audience of 500 million. The 2018 WTA competitive season concludes with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global from October 21-28, 2018 and the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China from October 30-November 4, 2018. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.comfacebook.com/WTA andtwitter.com/WTA.
About the ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuits – the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 64 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2018 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Nitto ATP Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2018 ATP World Tour No. 1. For more information, please visit www.ATPWorldTour.com.
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Osvaldo Hernandez cools Dragons bats in August 3 win by Ft. Wayne, 5-2

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Osvaldo Hernandez shut down Dragons offense

Fort Wayne, Ind.—Fort Wayne starting pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez did not allow a hit until the seventh inning as the TinCaps defeated the Dayton Dragons 5-2 on Friday night.  Fort Wayne’s victory allowed them to win the series, two-games-to-one.

 

Fort Wayne built a 3-0 lead before Dayton’s Alejo Lopez looped a single to right field to start the Dragons half of the seventh inning. Lopez went to third base when Jonathan India followed with a double to the left field fence, and Andy Sugilio’s infield ground out brought in Lopez to make it 3-1.  With two outs, Leandro Santana doubled off the right field fence to score India and make it 3-2.

 

But Fort Wayne immediately answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to rebuild their lead to three runs at 5-2.  The Dragons picked up only one more hit, a ninth inning bunt single by Lopez.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Mac Sceroler pitched well over his first five innings, allowing only a solo home run to Gabriel Arias in the fourth.  Sceroler gave up a two-out, two-run single in the sixth that allowed Fort Wayne to extend their lead to 3-0.  Sceroler finished with five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

 

Reliever Cory Thompson replaced Sceroler with two outs in the sixth and finished the inning.  But Thompson was charged with two runs in the seventh as he threw wild pitches in the inning and gave up three hits.  Brian Hunter worked the final inning and two-thirds.

 

The Dragons finished with only four hits in the game after collecting 64 over the previous five games.  Alejo Lopez was 2 for 4 to lead the way, extending his hitting streak to seven straight games.

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Dayton (R-H-E):  2-4-1

Fort Wayne (R-H-E):  5-10-0

Win:  Osvaldo Hernandez (9-4)

Loss:  Mac Sceroler (2-3)

Save:  Travis Radke (14)

 

HRDayton:  None

HRFort Wayne:  Gabriel Arias (3rd, 0 on base in fourth inning).

Notes:  The Reds announced on Friday afternoon that pitching prospect Hunter Greene is suffering from an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow and will not pitch for the Dragons again this season.  Greene will go to Arizona for injury rehabilitation.

 

In the Standings:  The Dragons dropped to 19-22 in the second half.  They fell one-half game behind Fort Wayne in the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half wildcard race (#2 seed).  There are 29 games to play.

 

Ft. Wayne beats Dragons with 2-run walkoff on August 2, 5-4

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Fort Wayne TinCaps scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to battle back from a 4-3 deficit and defeat the Dayton Dragons 5-4 on Thursday night.  The two clubs have split the first two games of the series that will conclude on Friday night.

 

The Dragons nearly completed a big comeback of their own after trailing for most of the game.  Fort Wayne scored two runs in the first inning and another in the fourth to hold a 3-0 lead.  The Dragons were limited to three hits and no runs over the first six innings, but they started back in the seventh when J.D. Williams started the inning with a single, went from first to third on Reshard Munroe’s single, and scored on an error to make it 3-1.

 

In the top of the eighth, Dayton’s Hendrik Clementina blasted a solo home run with one out to make it 3-2.  It was Clementina’s 15th homer of the year.  Lorenzo Cedrola followed with a single to center, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Williams’ sacrifice fly to tie the game.  Munroe then belted a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch to give the Dragons a 4-3 lead.

 

Dayton reliever Dauri Moreta pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth inning and went back to the mound for the ninth.  He allowed an infield single to start the inning and then issued a four-pitch walk to put runners at first and second with no outs.  Fort Wayne’s Kelvin Melean then bunted to the side of the mound.  Moreta fielded the bunt, but threw wildly to first base as the lead runner scored to tie the game, leaving runners at second and third with no one out.  Moreta got the first out on an infield pop up, but with the outfield drawn in, Fort Wayne’s Hunter Jarmon connected on a fly ball over the head of the Dragons center fielder, Cedrola, to bring in the winning run and end the game.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Austin Orewiler worked seven innings, allowing a two-run home run to the second batter in the first inning, and then settled in over the rest of his performance.  He allowed three runs on the night on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts, leaving the game with a 4-3 lead.  Moreta (1-1) was charged with the loss.

 

The Dragons finished with nine hits including six over the last three innings.  Monroe and Alejo Lopez each had two.  Clementina’s home run was his third in the last six games.

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Dayton (R-H-E):  4-9-1

Fort Wayne (R-H-E):  5-7-3

Win:  Dylan Coleman (1-0)

Loss:  Dauri Moreta (1-1)

Save:  None

 

HRDayton:  Hendrik Clementina (15th, 0 on base in eighth inning).

HRFort Wayne:  Jack Suwinski (6th, 1 on base in first inning).

In the Standings:  The Dragons dropped to 19-21 in the second half.  They lead the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half wildcard race (#2 seed), one-half game ahead of Fort Wayne.  There are 30 games to play.

 

Dragons beat Ft. Wayne in 10 innings, August 1, 7-5

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Miguel Aguilar pitched well in relief to get win in wild game

Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Dayton Dragons scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning and reliever Ryan Nutof worked a scoreless bottom of the 10th as the Dragons defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps 7-5 on Wednesday night.  The game was the start of a 14-day road trip for the Dragons and the opener to a three-game series in Fort Wayne.

 

With the score tied 5-5, the Dragons began the top of the 10th inning with their free runner at second base.  Hendrik Clementina lined a single to right-center field to bring in the run and give the Dragons a 6-5 lead.  Reshard Munroe came in to run for Clementina and stole second.  With one out, Munroe went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on J.D. Williams’ line drive single to left to make it 7-5.

 

Nutof retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 10th.  Dragons shortstop Jose Garcia made a great diving catch of a line drive to his left to end the game.

 

Dragons reliever Miguel Aguilar pitched out of a tough jam in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied 5-5 to send the game to extra innings.  Fort Wayne had a runner at third base with one out when Kelvin Melean hit a tapper to the side of the mound.  Aguilar fielded the ball and make an accurate throw home to get the lead runner on a tag play at the plate for the second out, and then got a fly out to right field to end the threat.

 

Aguilar (3-1) earned the win and Nutof notched his third save.

 

The Dragons scored in the first inning for the first time in 10 games, getting a pair of doubles in the inning from Garcia and Lorenzo Cedrola for the run.  In the second, they scored again when Williams walked, stole second, went to third on Mark Kolozsvary’s single to left, and scored on Garcia’s two-out, line drive single to left.

 

Fort Wayne battled back, scoring one run in the second and four more in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead.  But the Dragons responded with a three-run sixth inning to tie the score.  Mitch Piatnik delivered a run-scoring single, and Alejo Lopez added a two-run double to even the game at 5-5.

 

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton pitched well before enduring a rough fifth inning.  On the night, Naughton worked five innings, allowing five runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.  Aaron Quillen followed Naughton with two scoreless innings.

 

The Dragons collected 16 hits for the second time in their last four games.  Garcia, Williams, and Kolozsvary each had three hits while Clementina had two.  All four Dragons extra base hits were doubles including two by Garcia and one each for Lopez and Cedrola.

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Dayton (R-H-E):  7-16-0

Fort Wayne (R-H-E):  5-8-0

Win:  Miguel Aguilar (3-1)

Loss:  Evan Miller (3-4)

Save:  Ryan Nutof (3)

 

HRDayton:  None

HRFort Wayne:  None

 

 

In the Standings:  The Dragons improved to 19-20 in the second half with the win.  They lead the Midwest League’s East Division Second Half wildcard race (#2 seed), one and one-half games ahead of both Lake County and Fort Wayne.  West Michigan, the #1 seed, is one-half game ahead of the Dragons in the race.  There are 31 games to play.

 

Ohio State says Urban Meyer investigation to be wrapped up in 2 weeks

Urban Meyer (megasportsnews.com photo)

Ohio State released details late Sunday night that its committee investigating football coach Urban Meyer saying it expects the investigation to be completed in the next 2 weeks.

Meyer was placed on administrative leave last Wednesday after reports surfaced that contradicted his he did not know in 2015 that receivers coach and recruiting coordiantor Zach Smith had been accused by his now ex-wife, Courtney Smith, of abuse. Meyer, a few days later through a letter to the public, said that he did not truthfully answer questions regarding those alleged incidents about Coach Smith.

In the statement released by the university, former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chairwoman of a six-person working group. Also serving will be Ohio State trustees Alex Fischer, Janet Porter, Alex Shumate. The committee will also be staffed by former acting U.S. Deputy Attorney General Craig Morford and Carter Stewart, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

The committee’s investigative findings will then be handed to Ohio State president Michael V. Drake. Then a decision will be handed down in consultation with the board of trustees.

The opening of the 2018 season is coming up quickly. The Buckeyes season opens at home Sept. 1 against Oregon State.

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