Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Photo Recap: Citi Open - Day 3

Taylor Townsend wins again!

Townsend Continues Roll, Upsets Görges

Taylor Townsend made it three at a row (including two qualifying wins) at this year's Citi Open, battling back from a set down to defeat Julia Görges 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 before a raucous Grandstand 1 crowd at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center last night. Townsend, a doubles finalist at last year's tourney moves on to the second round, where she'll most likely face top seed Lucie Šafářová on Wednesday. Šafářová won't have an easy time of it herself vs. Kristina Mladenovic, a two-time Grand Slam winner (in mixed doubles) later today.

Görges wasn't the only favorite on the women's side to lose yesterday. #3 seed Alizé Cornet fell to American wild card Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in a 2 hour, 6-minute tussle. In men's action, qualifier Robby Ginepri won again, sweeping Columbian Alejandro Falla in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Ginepri's prize? A Wednesday match-up with #1 seed Tomáš Berdych. Some prize, right?

Julia Görges loses to Taylor Townsend 6-3, 2-6, 3-6

College Park, Maryland resident (and top-10 Junior) Francis Tiafoe made his ATP debut on Stadium Court, but lost to Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-4. Tiafoe looked right at home, and gave Donskoy (ranked #111 in the world) all he could handle. Expect to see a lot more of Tiafoe for years to come.

16-year-old Francis Tiafoe makes his ATP debut

Other notable winners on the men's side included Lukáš Lacko, a 7-5, 6-3 winner over wild card Filip Peliwo, Australian Bernard Tomic (a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Alejandro Gonzalez on Stadium Court) and crowd favorite Donald Young, who needed three sets to get past qualifier Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Today's big matches? How about #7 seed Kevin Anderson (vs. Donskoy) #11 Radek Štěpánek (vs. Malek Jaziri) and #14 Lleyton Hewitt (vs. Marinko Matosevic.) Click here to purchase tickets.

Evgeny Donskoy defeats Francis Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4

Click here for yesterday's results.

Evgeny Donskoy vs. Francis Tiafoe

#3 Alizé Cornet loses in 3 sets

Lukáš Lacko def. Filip Peliwo 7-5, 6-3

Filip Peliwo

Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein chats with Eric Butorac

Bernard Tomic greets fans, after win over Alejandro González