Camila Giorgi snapped a four match losing streak and earnt a first ever win over Eugenie Bouchard, 7-5 6-4 in Tuesday’s opening match of the day in Washington. It was a reasonably solid display from Giorgi who kept Bouchard off-balance with her aggressive depth and pounced at the end of each set with the Canadian player stuttering on serve. Giorgi progresses to a second round match against Tamira Paszek.
Kudos to the Citi Open for posting Bouchard’s press conference which was an interesting one (thanks to Erik Gudris on Twitter for sharing). Bouchard revealed that she has yet to decide whether she will play the Olympics. Her comments about Montreal (where she lost 0-6 6-2 0-6 to Shelby Roger two years ago) were also interesting as she spoke about potentially staying in Washington for a few more days to avoid the madness. She was also asked about Azarenka’s pregnancy (note that the question, while poorly worded, is NOT what was quoted on Twitter).
Another seed to fall in day 2 of main draw action in Washington was Sloane Stephens; she was defeated by the world #136, Risa Ozaki, 6-2 6-1 in 56 minutes. It’s obviously a shocking result but it’s hard to really judge given that the match wasn’t streamed.
Talking of scheduling, it has been a talking point once again at the Citi Open. The WTA is frequently demoted to the outside courts in Washington. While the ATP tournament is a 500 (compared to International for the WTA), the grouping together of WTA and ATP matches at the same time on Tuesday was odd,
There’s always one lone spot on Stadium, first up for the women and Wednesday’s choice is a puzzling one with McHale-Pegula getting the nod. There was a suggestion that Stosur-Wozniacki, easily Wednesday’s match of the day, would be on an unstreamed Stadium 2! Thankfully it’s on a streamed court but still hasn’t made the top court. Perhaps they chose to play it at night because i’d guess the atmosphere will be more lively but the tournament seem completely against putting more than one WTA match on the top court which is disappointing…
Christina McHale caused an upset on Tuesday, defeating the number eight seed Monica Niculescu, 6-3 6-4. It was McHale’s fourth win in five matches over Niculescu and she finished strongly, demonstrating once again that she can deal with Niculescu’s funky game.
Yulia Putintseva won her first match of the week in Washington on Monday, defeating Varvara Flink, 7-5 7-5. The handshake was eventful…
And finally for Petra fans, the latest edition of the Petra Kvitova’s Fans Magazine is out! I love this concept and it is always brilliantly executed.