Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Opening rounds done or almost

The first round is either complete or near completion in the five live tennis tournaments at ATP and WTA pro level around the world.


Qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili eliminated fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber to upset fans of the German player and I’m sure Philipp too.

Lucky loser in qualifying Thiago Monteiro rode his luck further by defeating Gilles Simon, ranked over a hundred spots higher than the Brazilian, in straight sets.

The second seed to fall in Day Two action was in form Marco Cecchinato (6), beaten by Gaël Monfils, a tough first up opponent.

So two wins and three losses for French players in the first round, including the result of an all French match between Richard Gasquet (7) and Benoit Paire which Gasquet won.

Gasquet was one of three seeds to win through to the second round.

German crowds saw just two of their own make the second round, five losses, including one from an all German clash.


Only two matches left to play before the first round is done and dusted - these are the ones featuring Anastasija Sevastova (3) and Alizé Cornet (7), winners of titles last week.

While the two top seeds, Julia Goerges and Daria Kasatkina, won their opening matches, two lucky losers in qualifying, plus two qualifiers, also had wins - lucky loser Olga Danilovic, ranked 187, and aged 17, defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.  Lucky loser Irina Bara, ranked 140, defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova.  Qualifier Varvara Flink, ranked 318, defeated fellow 21 year old Valentini Grammatikopoulou, ranked 181, in three sets.  Qualifier Valentyna Ivakhnenko, ranked 199, defeated Danka Kovinic.

The seed to fall was Katerina Siniakova (4), shown the exit by Kristyna Pliskova.


Three seeds had wins, Frances Tiafoe (5), Jérémy Chardy (6) and Ryan Harrison (8).

Donald Young, now ranked 230, and granted a wildcard into the tournament, managed to win two tie breaks against huge serving Ivo Karlovic, after dropping the opening set.  Karlovic served 30 aces and Young just 7, but the American withstood everything to become the fifth from his country through to the next round.  Isner, with the bye, makes it six.  If Tim Smyczek comes back from a set down currently against Mischa Zverev, then it becomes 7.


Feliciano López (8) was the only seed to win his opening round match while Robin Haase (5) lost to lucky loser in qualifying Viktor Galovic, ranked 267.  

Joao Sousa (6) was defeated by qualifier Facundo Bagnis, ranked 177.

Another lucky loser, Oriol Roca Batalla, ranked 314, defeated Paolo Lorenzi.  In a battle of wildcards, Marc-Andrea Huesler, ranked 402, defeated veteran Nicolas Almagro, ten years his senior, now ranked 661.


Wildcard Shuai Zhang (1), Magda Linette (3) and Saisai Zheng (6) were successful in their first round matches, but Vitalia Diatchenko (5) was the seed to say farewell at the initial hurdle.

Vitalia retired in her match 4-6 6-4 3-1 against qualifier Peangtarn Plipuech, ranked 311.

Karman Thandi was another qualifier to advance to the second round, eliminating Jia-Jing Lu in three sets over two and a half hours.

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