July 22 Recap

As the Citi Open moved into its seventh day, fans flocked to the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center as the quarterfinals and women’s doubles semifinals got into full swing. With the prospect of the championship title closer than ever, players fought their hardest to advance to the next round.

Play kicked off on Stadium Court with the match-up between Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic and the United States’ Jack Sock. Karlovic was able to eke out a victory in two incredibly close sets, 7-6(4), 7-6(6). The excitement did not end there, as American Steve Johnson defeated first seed John Isner in two sets, including an epic tiebreak, that had the audience on the edge of their seats, 7-6(7), 7-6(15). The number two seed, Frenchman Gael Monfils, will advance to the semifinals after defeating American Sam Querrey, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. In the final match of the night, German Alexander Zverev beat France’s Benoit Paire, 6-1, 6-3.

Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Austria’s Alexander Peya will advance to the men’s doubles semifinals after defeating Americans Steve Johnson and Jack Sock, 6-4, 6-0. Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australia’s John Peers secured their spot in the semifinals by defeating Australian Chris Guccione and American Sam Querrey, 6-2, 7-6(13).

In the women’s singles quarterfinals, Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic in three hard-fought sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva defeated Japan’s Risa Ozaki, 6-4, 6-2. In a dramatic upset, wild card American Jessica Pegula knocked out first seed Australian Samantha Stosur, 7-6(4), 6-3. American Lauren Davis will also be advancing to the next round after defeating Italy’s Camila Giorgi, 6-4, 6-4.

Heading to the finals in the women’s doubles bracket will be Romanian-Belgian duo Monica Niculescu and Yanina Wickmayer after defeating the number one seeded team, Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and China’s Zhaoxuan Yang, in two sets, 6-4, 6-2.

The players weren’t the only stars at the Citi Open yesterday! The Citi Open was excited to welcome ABC7/WJLA-TV journalist Sam Sweeney to announce from the Charlie Brotman Press Box. “The Voice” contestant, Joe Maye, was in attendance to take in the evening’s matches and tour the Citi Open tournament grounds.

The Egyptian ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Yasser Reda, and his wife, Nahla Reda, were also at the Citi Open yesterday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Reda took to Stadium Court yesterday morning for the coin toss of the first match of the day.

Tennis wasn’t the only excitement to be had at the Citi Open yesterday. Of-age attendants had the opportunity to attend the Toki Highball Experience, an event hosting several of DC’s top mixologists in a competition to see who could mix the best drink featuring Suntory Whisky Toki. Entries ranged from combinations with fresh watermelon to classic bitters. By popular demand, Bar DuPont was declared the winner for their ingenious use of grilled grapefruit.

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ATP and WTA Semifinals begin today with the box office opening at 11 a.m., as well as gates opening for the first session. Play begins at noon. Gates open for the second session at 6 p.m., with play beginning at 7 p.m. Today is Celebrating our Heroes Day here at the Citi Open! Join us as we pay tribute to our region’s active-duty and retired military members, first responders, and their families. There will be a free clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that is open to the public. Special-rated tickets will also be offered to first responders and their families. We hope to see you on the grounds.