Western and Southern Open Day 3

Day 3 saw both the Men’s and Women’s draws go in to full swing with First Round action all across the Lindner Tennis Center grounds.  First up on Center Court, Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) dispatched 13 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov (UK) 6-1, 6-1 in a little over 52 minutes.  The match was never a contest, with Dolgopolov never seeing a break point on Davydenko’s serve while Davydenko broke serve on 5 of 10 break opportunities.

Over on the Grandstand Court, Andreas Seppi (ITA) defeated Robin Haase (NED) 6-4, 6-4 needing only 1 hour and 18 minutes for the victory. In an up tempo match, Seppi only saw three break point opportunities and capitalized on all three, sending the young Dutchman home early.

The next match on the Grandstand saw two young American lefties trying to jump start their summers as Donald Young took on Jesse Levine.  In first set action, Levine opened a quick 3-0 lead with two breaks of serve. Young broke back in the following game but could not secure another break and dropped the first set.  The second set saw Donald Young open a quick 4-1 lead, hoping to turn around the match. Levine was able to pull the set back even with two breaks of his own before a 50 minute rain delay sent the players to the locker room.  Neither player lost serve after the delay, as the match went to a second set tiebreaker, where Levine won 6-2.  A solid 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory for Jesse Levine over Donald Young, who has now dropped seventeen straight matches and falls to 2-20 on the year.

The night session on Center Court saw 13 seed Jelena Jankovic (SRB) fall to Shuai Peng (CHN) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (8). In a long three hour match that saw a 38 minute long rain delay, neither woman looked her best nor like they wanted to win the match. Each set featured multiple breaks of serve by both players, Jankovic converting 6/13 (46%) break opportunities, while Peng converted 6/9 (66%) break opportunities. Jankovic had her opportunities to take the match late in the third set tiebreak as she had a 6-3 lead and two points to serve but could not close out the match.  Peng fought off five match points as she won five of the last six points in the tiebreak to close out the upset.

The final match on Center Court, and of the day, saw Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) defeat Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-4 6-4 in a match that started a little after 11:00pm.  Hewitt saved seven of eight break points on his serve in the first set while capitalizing on one of his two break opportunities on Youzhny’s serve.  The second set finished much quicker and with little drama as Hewitt faced not a single break point and broke Youzhny’s serve once to solidify the game, set, and match.

Notable matches in the Men’s side saw Brian Baker (USA) d 15 seed Phillip Kohlschreiber (GER) 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3); Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; Viktor Troicki (SRB) d Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-4, 7-5; Marin Cilic (SRB) d Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Notable matches in the Women’s side saw Wild Card entry Camila Giorgi (ITA) d 14seed Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-1, 6-3; Julia Goerges (GER) d Shahar Peer (ISR) 6-3, 6-3; and 11seed Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 6-3, 6-4.


Eric Paxton

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