• Young hopes to end losing streak in Cincinnati

    8/13/12 6:09 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Young hopes to end losing streak in Cincinnati Donald Young has lost 16 straight matches heading into his first-rounder against Jesse Levine on Monday in Cincinnati. Marin Cilic and Sergiy Stakhovsky are also in action.

    Donald Young vs. (Q) Jesse Levine

    Young and Levine will be squaring off for the second time at the ATP level when they clash in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday. A Wimbledon encounter back in 2008 went Levine's way 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. They have faced each other a whopping five times on the Challenger circuit and Young has won four of those meetings.

    The real story in this one is Young's near-historic losing streak. The 80th-ranked American is a dreadful 2-19 for the season and he has dropped 16 matches in a row dating back to Memphis. Levine has also slumped, but he should be feeling good having qualified for the main draw over the weekend. This is a real chance for Young to end the skid, but Levine in three tight sets is the pick.

    (Q) Sergiy Stakhovsky vs. (12) Marin Cilic

    Stakhovsky and Cilic will also be going head-to-head for the second time at the ATP main-draw level on Monday in Cincinnati. Cilic prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in round two of the 2010 Paris Masters. The 15th-ranked Croat is a considerable favorite in this one having heated up this summer. He won Queen's Club and Umag, made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon, and reached the Hamburg semis.

    On the other hand, it has been slow going for Stakhovsky in 2012. The Ukrainian is out of the Top 100 at No. 102 in the world because of a 10-20 record (plus some injuries). But straight-set qualifying wins over Igor Sijsling and Leonardo Mayer may have him rounding into form. Look for Cilic to hold off Stakhovsky in three sets.

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ts38 , 8/13/12 9:43 PM

Dare we hope for a match win from Donald Young maybe at the USO? I can't believe his parents still feel that they are the best coaches for this guy. What's wrong with this picture? And, why does the USTA even bother to give him wildcards and other preferential treatment? it's just a waste of time to keep on accommodating him.

scoretracker , 8/14/12 5:53 AM

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