Tennis

Denis Shapovalov ousted in 2nd round in Cincinnati

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is out of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament after losing in straight sets to Lucas Pouille on Wednesday.

Simona Halep rallies to avoid upset at Western & Southern Open

Denis Shapovalov dropped his second-round match to Frenchman Louis Pouille in straight sets on Wednesday. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is out of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament after losing in straight sets to Lucas Pouille on Wednesday.

The Frenchman, ranked 31st in the world, set the tone by breaking Shapovalov in the first game and went on the defeat the young Canadian 6-4, 6-4 in a match that lasted an hour 19 minutes.

Pouille will face either Australia's Nick Kyrgios or Rogers Cup semifinalist Karen Khachanov in the third rouund.

Shapovalov, the world No. 34 from Richmond Hill, Ont., was coming off a first-round win over lucky loser Joao Sousa that saw him struggle in the first set before dominating the next two.

WATCH | Shapovalov defeated by Frenchman Pouille:

France's Lucas Pouille defeated Canadian Denis Shapovalov in straight sets on Wednesday. 1:05

But while Shapovalov started his second-round match the same way by serving for a loss in the opening game, there would be no spirited comeback against Pouille.

While Pouille didn't hit an ace and was accurate on just half of his first serves, he never faced break point while winning points on 80 per cent of his good first serves and 63 per cent of his second serves.

Shapovalov had 12 aces and was accurate on 61 per cent of his first serves, winning points on 74 of those. But he won points on just 48 per cent of his second serves.

Shapovalov fell to 2-7 over his last nine matches.

WATCH | Simona Halep rallies for win:

Simona Halep rallies to defeat Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in 2nd round action of the Western & Southern Open. 0:44

Simona Halep rallies for win

Simona Halep rallied after dropping the first set to defeat Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Western & Southern Open.

The Wimbledon champion fought off two break points in the eighth game of the third set and then broke Alexandrova to serve for the match.

Elina Svitolina, a Wimbledon semifinalist, easily reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Elise Mertens.

On the men's side, sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori lost to Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Nishikori became the seventh seeded man and the 15th out of 32 seeds in the men's and women's draws to either lose or withdraw during the first two rounds. That includes No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal (fatigue) and No. 8 Serena Williams (back injury).

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