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July 18 Recap

Excitement At The Citi Open As The Tournament’s Main Draw Commences

Crowds flocked to the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center yesterday as the Tournament’s main draw began. The atmosphere was electric as fans watched the players battle their way through their matches. For some, it was the first match of the tournament, but for others it was the culmination of making it through the first two days of qualifying matches. Regardless, everyone gave their all out on the court and the competition couldn’t have been better.

The play wasn’t the only excitement to be had at the Citi Open yesterday, as extreme weather conditions forced a delay. Rain wasn’t going to stop the determined athletes and their fans, however, as play resumed a few hours later.

The day kicked off on Stadium Court with the Tournament’s number one women’s seed, Australia’s Samantha Stosur, facing off against Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva, who battled her way through both days of qualifying matches. Samantha Stosur emerged victorious after two sets, 6-3, 6-0. Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer defeated American Madison Brengle in two sets as well, 7-5, 6-4. Wild card American Jessica Pegula defeated Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, 6-2, 6-2. Fellow wild card American Usue Maitane Arconada won in two close sets against Canadian Francoise Abanda, 7-6(4), 6-4. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki closed out the day with a victory against Japan’s Hiroko Kuwata, 6-1, 6-1.

Taking to the freshly dried courts after the rain delay were Great Britain’s Daniel Evans and Germany’s Benjamin Becker. Daniel Evans left with a decisive victory over his opponent, 6-2, 6-1. After two days of qualifying matches, Australian James Duckworth defeated American Tim Smyczek in two sets, 7-5, 6-1. Bjorn Fratangelo took on fellow American Alex Kuznetsov, winning in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Australian Jordan Thompson walked away with a victory against the Dominican Republic’s Victor Estrella Burgos, 6-3, 6-2. 18-year-old American Taylor Fritz emerged victorious against Israeli Dudi Sela, 6-4, 6-3.

Other men’s singles winners include Yuichi Sugita, Jared Donaldson, Adrian Mannarino, and John Millman.

In the first round of women’s doubles here at the Citi Open, Americans Madison Brengle and Samantha Crawford defeated Irina Falconi and Danielle Lao, another American duo, 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.

The Citi Open was excited to welcome two special guest announcers to Stadium Court yesterday. Autria Godfrey, news anchor at WJLA, and Guy Lambert, the News Director at WPGC 95.5, made the Charlie Brotman Press Box their own.

Citi Open was honored to welcome Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau to the Tournament. Ward 1 was highlighted at yesterday’s sessions as part of the Tournament’s continued commitment to the District. Citi Open was excited to feature the Greater Washington Urban