Day 3 Recap Story
Fans packed the grounds for a sunny afternoon of great tennis yesterday afternoon. Eighteen men and 14 women vied for the chance to compete against the tournament’s top seeds, while doubles play for both men and women got underway.
Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili bested Germany’s Benjamin Becker to secure his spot against top-seed and world number three, Andy Murray, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Elsewhere in men’s play, the tournament’s wildcard and qualifying men were all retired in first round play: American Donald Young dispatched wildcard Tommy Haas from Germany, 6-3, 6-4, while Australia’s James Duckworth defeated American Ryan Harrison after a well-matched second set, 6-1, 7-6(4).
For the second year in a row, Britain’s Heather Watson suffered a surprising first round defeat. American wildcard Louisa Chirico ousted Watson in a match that lasted little more than an hour, 6-3, 6-0. Sixth-seed Romanian defeated American Madison Brengle, 6-4, 6-0, while in the longest match of the day, Kazakh Yulia Putintseva snuck past Japan’s Kurumi Nara 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4).
Men’s doubles play commenced with Grigor Dimitrov and American Mardy Fish ousting Canadian Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock 6(2)-7, 7-6(5), 10-8.
Top-seed Andy Murray made his Citi Open 2015 debut with Canadian partner Daniel Nestor, facing off against India’s Rohan Bopanna and Romanian Florin Mergea. In a hard-fought match to close out the evening before a packed stadium Bopanna and Mergea upset Murray and Nestor, 2-6, 6-1, 10-3. Bopanna and Mergea will face Dimitrov and Fish on Wednesday.
Romanian Begu’s first-round singles success didn’t translate to doubles play, as she and partner Coco Vandeweghe were defeated by Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and France’s Kristina Mladenovic, 7-5, 6-2.
Citi Open broadcast partner, The Tennis Channel, commenced its wall-to-wall coverage of the tournament Monday. Hosts Jim Courier and Tracy Austin will be on hand all week, showcasing both men’s and women’s matches from Stadium Court and Grandstand One. For full information on The Tennis Channel’s coverage of the tournament, visit www.tennischannel.com.
The Citi Open wishes to give a special thanks to tournament partner City Center DC for hosting an exclusive VIP shopping experience tonight for our players, with many stores offering discounts or cocktails to players and other VIPs. It was a great way to be sure our global guests got to see some of what our city has to offer.