Saturday, July 16, 2016

Citi Open 2016 - Day 1 Photo Recap

Alla Kudryavtseva defeated Danielle Lao 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

The Citi Open had its (un)fair share of bad news in the last 24 hours. The #1 men's seed Tomáš Berdych withdrew (fatigue) as did three-time tournament champion Juan Martín del Potro (wrist) and the Bryan Brothers. Not a great way to start; but after today's stirring first round of qualifying, I'm ready to declare "all is forgiven." Sure it was hot (isn't it always?) but the play was even hotter. Winners included (on the men's side) Aussies Matthew Barton & James Duckworth, and the top three seeded women's qualifiers including world #153 Lin Zhu, who topped American Jennifer Elie 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 on Center Court. Click here to see today's results.

Play resumes tomorrow at 10 AM with the final day of qualifying. The ATP & WTA main draws gets underway on Monday at 2 PM. Click here to purchase tickets; and if you can't make it, fear not... The Tennis Channel has wall-to-wall coverage on the telly (80+ hours of live coverage.)

Danielle Lao lost in 3 sets

James Duckworth won in straight sets

18-year-old American Ulises Blanch

Lauren Albanese upset Miyu Kato 6-4, 6-2

Lin Zhu won in three sets

Shuko Aoyama topped Raveena Kingsley

Ksenia Lykina lost to Sanaz Marand

Former World #21 Taylor Dent (r) looks on

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Who's hungry?

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