Play Progresses Into Second Day Of The Tournament’s Main Draw
Fans returned to the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center yesterday as the Tournament’s main draw moved into its second day. With the summer sun beating down, every player had to give his or her all on the court. They did not disappoint, showcasing their skill, endurance, and commitment to the game.
Play on Stadium Court commenced with a fierce matchup between Italy’s Camila Giorgi and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, currently seeded fifth in this year’s tournament. In an upset, Camila Giorgi knocked Bouchard out, 7-5, 6-4. Christina McHale from the United States defeated eighth seed Monica Niculescu from Romania, 6-3, 6-4. Third seed Puerto Rican Monica Puig won in three sets against France’s Oceane Dodin, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. In an upset, Japan’s Risa Ozaki beat out American Sloane Stephens, the Tournament’s second seeded women’s singles player and last year’s Citi Open Champion, in two sets, 6-2, 6-1.
Other women’s singles winners included Tamira Paszek, Sabine Lisicki, and Naomi Broady.
American doubles team Sanaz Marand and Jessica Pegula defeated fellow American Malkia Menguene and India’s Nidhi Surapaneni in the second day of women’s doubles, 3-6, 6-1, 10-2. Japan’s Hiroko Kuwata and China’s Lin Zhu won by retirement against Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova and Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe, 7-6(5), 0-0. Monica Niculescu and Yanina Wickmayer, from Romania and Belgium respectively, claimed a victory over the Tournament’s women’s doubles fourth seeded team, Russia’s Ksenia Lykina and Great Britain’s Emily Webley-Smith, 6-1, 5-7, 10-6.
Other winners included Shuko Aoyama and Risa Ozaki.
Americans Donald Young and Ernesto Escobedo faced off on Stadium Court in three well-fought matches, with Donald Young coming out on top, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka defeated Croatia’s Ivan Dodig by retirement in two sets, 6-2, 4-2. American Ryan Harrison took on France’s Stephane Robert, winning in two sets, 7-6(1), 6-3. In a nail-biting two sets, American Brian Baker eked out a victory over Australian Sam Groth, 7-6(3), 7-6(5). Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri defeated American Reilly Opelka in three well-played sets, 6(4)-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(3). France’s Benoit Paire, seeded fourth in the men’s singles pool, won in two sets against American Jared Donaldson, 6-0, 7-5. In a nail-biter match on Stadium Court, Wimbledon quarterfinalist Sam Querrey won over Bjorn Fratangelo 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4.
Other men’s singles winners included Yen-Hsun Lu, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Daniel Evans, and Lukas Lacko.
Men’s doubles team Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya, from Poland and Austria respectively, defeated Americans Brian Baker and Austin Krajicek, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.