Sunday, August 2, 2015

Photo Recap: Citi Open 2015 - Day 1

Alejandro Gonz├ílez def. Ryan Shane 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Another year, another Citi Open, right? Wrong. This year's tournament features two top-5 stars (Andy Murray & Kei Nishikori) and eight (yes, 8!) of the top-10 men's doubles teams in the world. That's a lot to digest; but before the main entrees, come the appetizers... and there were plenty of tasty starters on the menu for yesterday's opening day qualifiers at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

Tops on the list... former Virginia Cavalier (and reigning NCAA Men's Singles champ) Ryan Shane, who lost a three-set battle on Stadium Court to Columbian Alejandro Gonz├ílez 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The day also featured its fair share of marathons, none longer than a 3+ hour thriller between Takuto Niki and Sekou Bangoura, won by Niki 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 (7.) All told, there were 20 singles matches (12 Men's, 8 Women's) and two doubles. Quantity and quality.

NCAA champ Ryan Shane

Earlier in the week, the woman's draw lost two of its two biggest names (Victoria Azarenka & Eugenie Bouchard) but still has American Sloane Stephens, defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and top-seed Ekaterina Makarova, in addition to a number of fan favorites (Madison Brengle, Taylor Townsend.) Yesterday's highlight? A three-set affair between An-Sophie Mestach and Hiroko Kuwata that lasted almost 2½ hours. Mestach prevailed 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-1.

An-Sophie Mestach def. Hiroko Kuwata 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-1

Play resumes today at 10 AM with day two of qualifying, followed by tomorrow's main draw (through Sunday's finals.) Click here to purchase single session/daily tickets online; or visit the Citi Open Box Office outside the main entrance.

Somdev Devvarman def. Darian King

Click here for yesterday's results.

Guido Pella def. Jordi Arconada 6-4, 6-4

Jordi Arconada

Ryan Harrison def. Guilherme Clezar 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2

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