Day 7 Recap Story
The seventh day of play at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center proceeded briskly, with matches ending before 11 p.m. after three days of post-midnight play. Second and third seeds Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic advanced to the semifinals and will face off today. This marks the first time in the Citi Open’s 47-year history that the reigning US Open champion and runner-up will face each other!
In Friday’s first men’s singles quarterfinals match, 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan defeated Sam Groth of Australia. Nishikori swept Groth in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Immediately following this match, 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia eked out a win in hard-fought straight sets over German up and comer Alexander Zverev, 7-5, 7-6(3). At 18 years old, Zverev was the youngest player to reach the Washington tournament quarterfinals since 17-year-old Andy Roddick in 2000. Nishikori and Cilic will play Saturday not before 2:30 p.m.—the first time they will face each other since their match at the US Open last year.
Eighth seed American John Isner used every inch of his 6’10 frame to wring out a win over Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Isner will face America’s Steve Johnson in Saturday’s semifinals at 7 p.m. On Friday, Johnson defeated fifteenth seed American Jack Sock, 7-6(5), 6-1.
In men’s doubles play, second seed duo Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil won against Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Max Mirnyi of Belarus, 6-4, 6-7(9), 10-7. On Saturday, Dodig-Melo will play fourth seed duo Marcin Matkowski of Poland and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.
The first seed American Bryan Brothers—Bob and Mike—defeated the Philippines’s Treat Huey and America’s Scott Lipsky in mixed sets, 6-3, 3-6, 10-6. On Saturday, the identical twins will play in the semifinals against third seed duo Rohan Bopanna of India and Florin Mergea of Romania.
In the quarterfinals of women’s singles, Russian number one seed Ekaterina Makarova defeated Romania’s Irina-Carmelia Begu, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. During Saturday’s semifinals, Makarova will play against fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated American Christina McHale 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(5).
In other women’s quarterfinals, American Sloane Stephens swept wild card and fellow American Louisa Chirico, 6-4, 6-4. Stephens will face Australian second seed Samantha Stosur, who won by retirement after 24 minutes of play against Romanian Monica Niculescu, 4-0, due to a left abdominal strain. This injury also caused Niculescu’s withdrawal from her doubles match with American Irina Falconi, pushing third seed duo Lara Arruabarrena from Spain and Andreja Klepac from Slovenia into today’s finals against Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and France’s Kristina Mladenovic. Earlier in the day, Bencic and Mladenovic dispatched first seed Russian duo Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, , 6-2, 6-2.
Once again, the excitement wasn’t confined to the courts. In the morning, Blue Chip Tennis Academy held a training clinic for women. After the clinic, participants could watch the afternoon’s matches from the Emirates Garden Club while enjoying a complimentary glass of champagne.
More glasses were filled at yesterday evening’s Grand Marnier Craft Cocktail Happy Hour. The Happy Hour featured mixologists from local restaurants showcasing cocktails featuring Grand Marnier and Kappa Pisco. The sold-out event was emceed by Mixtress Gina Chersevani of Buffalo & Bergen and Suburbia. Giancarlo Cruz, Beverage Director and Lead Mixologist at Ocopa, won the cocktail challenge.
Get your legwarmers ready! Tickets for tonight’s ‘80s Happy Hour are still available. Tickets can be purchased for $75 for reserved seats and $100 for box seats, which includes all of the evening session’s matches.
We hope to see you on the grounds today!