Citi Open Play Underway With Qualifying Rounds
Play is underway at the Citi Open with men’s and women’s qualifying rounds moving forward yesterday at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center. Crowds filled every corner of the grounds as 24 men’s singles players, four men’s doubles teams, and 16 women’s singles players from around the world vied for the chance to compete in the tournament’s main draw.
Barbados’s Darian King kicked off Stadium Court play, defeating Somdev Devvarman from India, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. Argentinian Citi Open Wild Card Challenge winner Jordi Arconada, who trains locally and made his professional debut at the Citi Open last year, was set down by fellow Argentinian Guido Pella, 6-4, 6-4. Pella will lead off Stadium Court play today during the second round of qualifying play against American Eric Quigley, who defeated Japan’s Yuichi Sugita, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, during play yesterday. American Ryan Harrison retired Brazil’s Guilherme Clezar, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2.
Two of three American women competing in the qualifying rounds were set down yesterday. Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina defeated Lauren Embree, who previously led the University of Florida to back-to-back women’s tennis titles in 2011 and 2012. After losing the first set 6-1, Embree held her own against the qualifying 4th seed, taking the second set 6-7 and ultimately falling in the third set 7-5. Fourteen-year-old Malkia Menguene, who trains at the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), was defeated by Belarus’s Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-1, 6-0, while American Sanaz Marand moved on to second-round qualifying play, besting Australia’s Arina Rodionova, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Other notable singles winners included Mischa Zverev, Ivan Dodig, Naomi Brady, and Tamira Paszek.
Men’s doubles play moved swiftly as the Philippines’ Treat Huey and American Scott Lipsky defeated German Benjamin Becker and Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, 6-3, 6-2. In an all-American match that lasted less than 30 minutes second-qualifying seeds Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe set down wild cards Aaron Capitel and Conor Moran, 6-1, 6-0.
The Citi Open was pleased to have Tommy McFly from the Tommy Show on 94.7 Fresh FM as its first ever celebrity guest announcer for yesterday’s matches. Throughout the course of the week many more DC personalities will take their turn in the Charlie Brotman Press Box at Stadium Court. Upon his retirement last year after 46 years in the press box, Brotman was inducted in the WTEF Hall of Fame. The WTEF, a non-profit serving local youth, is the Tournament’s owner and beneficiary.
For up-to-the minute highlights and scores, check out the Tournament’s brand-new website, which includes integrated live scoring, draws, and order of play: www.citiopentennis.com.
Qualifying play continues today at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9 a.m. It’s National Parks Kids Day, so all kids 14 and under get in for free! We hope to see you on the grounds!