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Day 4 Recap Story

Aussies Reign as Main Draw Play Reaches Full Swing at the Citi Open;
Former U.S. Open Champ Stosur Collects 500th Career Match Win

Fans got their money’s worth as match play continued until nearly 3 a.m. at the Citi Open Tuesday night and into early Wednesday morning. Despite some evening rain, spirits were never dampened as main draw play reached full swing, with many of the top-seeded players making their first appearances of the tournament.

In men’s play, retiring Aussie Lleyton Hewitt secured a spot in the second round, handily defeating fellow Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith, 6-3, 6-4. In a hard-fought match that lasted just shy of two hours, Australian Sam Groth sent Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci home, 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3. American seeded players Sam Querrey and Jack Sock secured their spots in the second round, as did Steve Johnson. Second seed Kei Nishikori from Japan, coming off a recent calf injury, staved off a second round challenge from Aussie James Duckworth, 6(8)-7, 6-1, 6-4.

Sunny skies greeted women’s play early in the afternoon. Australian second-seed and former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur collected her 500th career match win, dispatching France’s Kristina Mladenovic, 6-2, 6-2. After the match, fellow players and tournament officials celebrated on court with Stosur (and cake!). Elsewhere in women’s play, in an all-American matchup Christina McHale defeated seventh-seed CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, and American Sloane Stephens moved on to second round play, retiring Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1.

In the only men’s doubles play of the day, Treat Huey from the Philippines and Amercian Scott Lipsky defeated Austrian Alexander Peya and Brazil’s Bruno Soares, 6-4, 6-2.

The second-seeded Australian Rodionova sisters, Anastasia and Arina, were dismissed in women’s doubles play Tuesday, with Chinese Taipei’s Chia-Jung Chuang and China’s Chen Liang taking the match, 6-4, 7-5. After falling behind in the third set, third seeds Lara Arruabarrena from Spain and Slovenian Andreja Klepac sent home France’s Julie Coin and American Nicole Melichar, 3-6, 7-5, 10-7.

Earlier in the day, ATP players Mardy Fish and Feliciano Lopez joined kids from Washington, DC for a tennis clinic as part of the Emirates Returns program at Takoma Community Center in Ward 4, one of the many facilities benefiting from Emirates’ philanthropic efforts. As part of clinic’s programming, Emirates Returns joined Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and other city leaders to announce the donation of $5,000 of tennis equipment to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as a $5,000 donation to Citi Open owner and beneficiary, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation.

DC junior players will receive another special treat later today when legendary Coach Wayne Bryan hosts a clinic for youth age 14 and older. The clinic, sponsored by KIND, will include visits from ATP and WTA players participating in the Citi Open.

We have an action-packed session of tennis in store for Wednesday, as top seed Andy Murray takes the Citi Open court in singles play for the first time in nine years this evening.

We hope to see you on the grounds today!