The Sun was not the only thing heating up yesterday as the Citi Open entered its sixth day of play. Competitors brought their all onto the court to earn their spots in the next round. Fans braved the heat to watch their favorites in world-class matches here at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.
France’s Kristina Mladenovic, seeded fourth in the Tournament’s women’s singles bracket, defeated Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in yesterday’s first match on Stadium Court, 6-3, 6-3. In an upset, American Lauren Davis defeated third seed Monica Puig from Puerto Rico, 6-4, 6-2. Italy’s Camila Giorgi will advance to the next round as her opponent, Austria’s Tamira Paszek, was unable to play due to an upper respiratory infection. In three hard-fought sets, Japan’s Risa Ozaki defeated Great Britain’s Naomi Broady, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.
Women’s doubles team Monica Niculescu and Yanina Wickmayer, from Romania and Belarus, beat American duo Sanaz Marand and Jessica Pegula in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6. Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Risa Ozaki knocked out the third-seeded Nicole Melichar and Shilin Xu, from the United States and China respectively, 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.
The Tournament’s first seed, America’s John Isner, took to Stadium Court yesterday afternoon, defeating Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis in two sets, 7-6(3), 6-2. Men’s singles fifth seed American Steve Johnson emerged victorious against fellow American Ryan Harrison, 6-4, 6-4. Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic defeated the Tournament’s third seed, Australia’s Bernard Tomic, in two sets, 7-6(4), 6-3. American Jack Sock triumphed over his opponent, Great Britain’s Daniel Evans, 6-1, 7-5. Second seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils had a decisive victory over Croatia’s Borna Coric, winning in two sets, 6-2, 6-3. American Sam Querrey will advance to the quarterfinals after defeating 2012 Tournament champion, Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6(5), 6-3. In three sets, German wild card Alexander Zverev beat Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Romanian team Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau, seeded third in the men’s doubles bracket, continued their winning streak against Austria’s Oliver Marach and France’s Fabrice Martin, 6-1, 6-4. The second seeded Canadian-French duo Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated Sweden-Serbian partners Robert Lindstedt and Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3.
Citi Open was thrilled to welcome radio and television sports broadcaster Greg Bicouvaris, (1650 AM in Newport News, VA) as yesterday’s guest announcer. He was excited to announce from the Charlie Brotman Press Box, even trying his luck at the Citi Speed Serve.
Behind every great tennis player is an incredible coach, but sometimes they need some coaching too. Yesterday, Citi Open featured a coaching workshop that equipped participants with the skills needed to train the next tennis superstar.
For up-to-the-minute highlights and scores, check out the Tournament’s website at www.citiopentennis.com.