Western and Southern Open Day 4

Day 4 saw the completion of first round matches in both the Men’s and Women’s draw and a heavy American flavor all around the Lindner Tennis Center grounds.

Up first on Center Court was wild card Venus Williams (USA) against 12 seed Maria Kirilenko (RUS).  Venus was only able to convert on one of four break opportunities on Kirilenko’s serve, but it was all she needed as she was very solid on her own serve, winning 20/23 (87%) service points and fired off three aces to take the first set 6-3. The second set was equally shaky for Kirilenko as she was broken three of the five times she faced a break point.  Kirilenko was able to attack the Venus serve and break three times and sending the set to a tiebreak, where the Russian evened the match with a 7-5 score line as Williams’ errors continued to mount.  Kirilenko’s service woes continued in the third set as she fired off three more double faults, eleven total for the match, and was broken another two times.  Williams didn’t face a single break point as she wrapped up the match by the score of 6-3, 5-7 (5), 6-2.

Second up on Center Court was American Andy Roddick against lucky loser qualifier Jeremy Chardy (FRA).  Neither man was able to capitalize on a break opportunity as the first set went to a tiebreak where Chardy won 6-4. Towards the end of the first set, back spasms began to affect Roddick and it showed in the second set as his first serve percentage dropped to 41% and he was broken twice to drop the set 6-3.  Jeremy Chardy advances to the second round with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 upset over the 16 seed.

Third up on Center Court was yet another American, the 10 seed Mardy Fish against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.  Fish was in control throughout the match, notching a 6-2, 6-3 victory in just over one hour and two minutes.  Fish fired up 11 aces and didn’t lose serve once as he moved on the second round.

Day session action across the grounds saw Tommy Haas (GER) defeat David Nalbandian (ARG) 6-7 (0), 7-6 (4), 6-3 in a match that lasted three hours and twenty two minutes on the Grandstand Court.

American Sam Querrey defeated Jurgen Melzer (AUS) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 following the Haas-Nalbandian match on Grandstand.  Querrey will face Olympic Gold Medalist Andy Murray in Wednesday’s action.

The American flavor to Day 4 was wrapped up on Center Court with 2 seed Serena Williams defeating qualifier Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 6-3, 6-4. Williams looks a little sluggish following her Olympic Gold Medal campaign, but was able to dispatch the qualifier with solid serving, firing up nine aces.

Other notable Men’s first round matches saw 14 seed Kei Nishikori (JAP) d Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-1, 6-2; Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) d Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-4, 6-1; Milos Raonic (CAN) d Richard Gasquet (FRA) 7-6 (4), 6-3. Two second round matches were played as well with Bernard Tomic d Brian Baker (USA) 6-4, 6-3 and 5 seed Tomas Berdych (CZE) d Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-3, 6-4.

Other notable Women’s first round matches saw American wild card Sloane Stephens d Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-4, 6-1; Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d Nadia Petrova (RUS) 7-6 (8), 3-1 ret. Three other second round match were played seeing qualifier Johanna Larsson (SWE) d 8 seed Marion Bartoli (FRA) 6-4, 6-2; Australian 3 seed Sam Stosur d Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4; and 5 seed Angelique Kerbe (GER) d Timea Babos (HUN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.


Eric Paxton

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