Number one seed Barty handed tough draw in Cincinnati Masters

Ashleigh Barty was beaten by 20-year-old Sofia Kenin in the Rogers Cup last week (PA Images)
10:22am, Mon 12 Aug 2019
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Number one seed Ashleigh Barty has been given a difficult draw in the Cincinnati Masters as she looks to bounce back from her Wimbledon disappointment.

The Australian, who has a bye to the second round as a result of her ranking, will begin the Ohio tournament with a match against either Alison Riske or Maria Sharapova.

This year's French Open winner is coming off the back of two successive defeats - in the Rogers Cup to Sofia Kenin and before that to Riske in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

And there are no easy matches on the horizon for Barty as she has been dealt two of the tougher wildcard opponents to face at a time when she is struggling to find her form.

Her head-to-head against Sharapova stands at one win apiece, while she has lost both meetings against Riske.

Barty lost her world number one status last week after Naomi Osaka reclaimed the top spot despite defeat to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.