Day 8 Recap Story
It was a beautiful Saturday in the District of Columbia, and the sun shone brightly over play at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Attendees at the afternoon and evening sessions watched the men’s singles and doubles semifinals, the women’s singles semifinals, and the women’s doubles final.
In men’s singles, second seed Kei Nishikori of Japan faced third seed Marin Cilic of Croatia. This replay of the 2014 U.S. Open final lasted a little over two hours, with Nishikori winning in three sets, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Nishikori will face American eighth seed John Isner in the men’s final today. In a nail-biting match that went down to the wire, Isner defeated fellow American Steve Johnson 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(9).
In men’s doubles, the top seeded American Bryan Brothers – Bob and Mike – returned to the finals after winning the tournament’s doubles title in 2005, 2006, and 2007. They swept third seeds Rohan Bopanna of India and Florin Mergea of Romania, 6-3, 6-4. The identical twins will play against second seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, who on Saturday defeated fourth seeds Marcin Matkowski of Poland and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, 6-0, 6-4.
Women’s singles semifinals saw American Sloane Stephens defeat second seed Samantha Stosur of Australia, 7-6(4), 6-0. In today’s finals, Stephens will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who won by retirement against top seed Russian Ekaterina Makarova after one hour and thirty-six minutes of play, 4-6, 6-3, 0-0. It will be Stephens’ first career WTA final.
The women’s doubles championship went to fourth seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Kristina Mladenovic of France. In a match lasting 101 minutes, they triumphed over third seed Lara Arruabarrena of Spain and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia, 7-5, 7-6(7).
It was a busy day off the courts. Friday was “Celebrating our Heroes Day,” sponsored by GEICO, Under Armour, and YMCA. Citi Open paid tribute to the area’s active duty and retired military members and their families, as well as first responders and their families. This celebration included a Heroes tennis clinic, a ceremony of recognition, and two-for-one ticket prices with a valid military or first responder ID.
In the evening, Citi Open held its first-ever ‘80s Happy Hour in the Hospitality tent. The reception had a DJ spinning ‘80s tunes and a ‘80s outfit contest. The winner of the contest received two Box Seats to the Citi Open Finals today.
Catch you at today’s finals!