Tennis news today: Alexander Zverev to miss Canadian Open, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and other top players arrive in San Jose for Silicon Valley Classic

World No. 2 Alexander Zverev is still not fully fit to return to the tour following his ankle injury and has therefore withdrawn from next month’s Canadian Open. Defending Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, along with a host of other top players, have arrived in San Jose for next week’s Silicon Valley Classic.

Grand Slam champions Venus Williams, Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens have received wildcards to compete at the upcoming Cincinnati Open. Carlos Alcaraz, meanwhile, kicked off his Croatia Open title defense with an easy victory. However, defending Prague Open champion Barbora Krejcikova lost in the second round.

Here is a summary of the day’s headlines:


Alexander Zverev will skip the Canadian Open

World number 2 Alexander Zverev has decided to withdraw from the upcoming Canadian Open. It seems that he still hasn’t recovered from his ankle injury and has delayed his return to the circuit. The German suffered a bad fall in his French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal in June.

Zverev retired from that match and later underwent surgery for torn ligaments in his ankle. He has made considerable progress in his recovery, so he is likely to make a comeback sooner rather than later.


The WTA’s top stars arrive in San Jose for the Silicon Valley Classic

Crowds of the WTA’s top players have started arriving in San Jose for next week’s Silicon Valley Classic. 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina will lead the charge and compete in her first tournament since winning at the All England Club.

Former world number one Naomi Osaka, Grand Slam champions Garbine Muguruza and Bianca Andreescu, as well as top 10 players Maria Sakkari, Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur headline a fiercely competitive field in San Jose.


Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Sofia Kenin receive Cincinnati Open wildcards

Grand Slam champions Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and Sofia Kenin have all received wildcards to compete at the upcoming Cincinnati Open. While Williams and Kenin are on the comeback trail after long injury breaks, Stephens’ ranking was not high enough to warrant a straight entry.

This year’s edition of the Cincinnati Open will be held August 15-21. A group of top players from the ATP and WTA tours are currently on the entry list. Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz are some of the big names scheduled to compete.


Carlos Alcaraz begins Croatia Open title defense with victory

Teenage star Carlos Alcaraz is back at the Croatia Open, where he won his first ATP title last year. As the top seed, he received a bye to the second round. The Spaniard began his title defense with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Norbert Gombos. He played a very good game and didn’t lose serve once. He faces Facundo Bagnis in the quarterfinals.


Barbora Krejcikova’s Prague Open title defense ends in second round

Lucky loser Nao Hibino ended Barbora Krejcikova’s title defense in the second round of the Prague Open. The 2021 Roland Garros champion won the opening set and was on course for a routine victory, but her opponent raised her level. The defending champion had no response to Hibino’s tactic as she slowly faded to lose 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.


Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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