Citi Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule
On the heels of a riveting BB&T Atlanta Open, both the ATP and WTA tours head to Washington, D.C., for the 2014 Citi Open.
Some of the top players in the world are entered in the Citi Open from both the men's and women's sides. Those names include No. 1 Tomas Berdych and No. 2 Milos Raonic, along with Americans No. 4 Sloane Stephens and Atlanta Open winner John Isner.
After running the table in Atlanta, Isner comes into the Citi Open as the No. 5 seed. Isner shared his thoughts on the tournament, per the ATP staff:
“This is my favorite time of year,” he said. “I’m off to a very good start again. I look forward to playing Washington D.C. again. I’ve played well there my whole career.”
While he's never won the event, Isner has been the runner-up twice, including the 2013 tournament. Both times Isner was downed by a notable player in Andy Roddick in 2007 and Juan Martin del Potro last season.
One player whom Berdych, Raonic and Isner won't have to contend with is Grigor Dimitrov. Fresh off a semifinals appearance at Wimbledon, Dimitrov was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a flu and sinus infection, according to Reuters.
Dimitrov's absence was noted by tournament director Jeff Newman in the Reuters report.
"We will miss having Grigor as a part of this year's tournament, but his health is priority number one," Newman said. "We hope he gets better quickly and wish him great success for the rest of the year."
On the women's side, Lucie Safarova is the No. 1 seed after a quarterfinals run at Wimbledon. The No. 17 player in the world will have to compete with seven others ranked inside the Top 30, including No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova and Stephens.
Safarova and the rest of the women in the field caught a break last week when Eugenie Bouchard dropped out. The world No. 7 would have likely been the No. 1 seed in the tournament after reaching the Wimbledon final.
As the tournament heats up in D.C., here's a look at the men's and women's draws along with the latest results from the tournament.
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Day 7 Results
Day 7 Results
No. 2 Milos Raonic def. No. 13 Vasek Pospisil; 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Kurumi Nara; 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Day 7 Recap
It was an all-Canadian final at the Citi Open on the men's side, but the higher seed ultimately took the crown.
Milos Raonic, hot off his outstanding showing at Wimbledon, throttled Vasek Pospisil in the final match. With a final of 6-1, 6-4, Pospisil attempted to rally in the second set, but ultimately fell short against his fellow countryman.
The top-ranked Canadian player downed Pospisil thanks to an overpowering serve that led to nine aces and breaking his opponent's serve four times. Raonic ran away in both sets while featuring a 143 mph serve, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times.
Though he's ranked inside the top 10 already in the world, there was still a lot on the line for Raonic. Damien Cox of SportsNet explains what was at stake for the Canadian No. 1:
Every country of note in the tennis world has a pecking order. Roger Federer comes first for Switzerland no matter what Stan Wawrinka does. Nadal is the leader of the Spanish Armada and nothing can change that. Djokovic leads Serbia, Berdych leads the powerful Czech Republic, and so on.
For Canada, Raonic is the top dog, but he hasn’t yet accomplished so much that Pospisil has no chance of laying claim to being Canada’s best sometime in the future.
Though Pospisil had to deal with the loss, he will likely climb up the rankings along with Raonic following the Citi Open. With time, Pospisil might close the gap on Raonic. But for now, he remains the top dog.
On the women's side, a much more competitive match ended with Svetlana Kuznetsova capturing the title. The No. 6 seed had to go three sets with unseeded Kurumi Nara, but eventually reigned supreme on Sunday afternoon.
After throttling Ekaterina Makarova to make the finals, Kuznetsova struggled in the second set to give Nara a glimmer of hope. That window would close in the third set, but Nara didn't go down without a fight as Kuznetsova took advantage after 40-40 games.
Similar to her semifinals match against Marina Erakovic in which she lost the first set, Nara was able to rebound to push the final match to three sets. Unfortunately, she couldn't hold serve and fell short.
Kuznetsova and Nara traded blows back and forth throughout the three sets, but a crucial break point would win it for the Russian at the end. Leading 5-4, Kuznetsova was able to break Nara's serve and capture the title in the final set.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Results
No. 2 Milos Raonic def. Donald Young; 6-4, 7-5
No. 13 Vasek Pospisil def. No. 10 Santiago Giraldo; 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4
No. 13 Vasek Pospisil def. No. 6 Richard Gasquet; 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5
Kurumi Nara def. Marina Erakovic; 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova vs. No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova; TBD
Day 6 Recap
Canadian Milos Raonic is through to his first final of the season thanks to his thunderous performance against American upstart Donald Young.
Raonic was downright ruthless, serving up 15 aces, winning 34-of-37 first-serve points and never encountering a break point. Young simply appeared gassed less than 24 hours removed from an upset against No. 7 Kevin Anderson.
No. 13 Vasek Pospisil was able to survive a lengthy weather delay that pushed his quarterfinals matchup with No. 10 Santiago Giraldo to Saturday, but he was still able to pull off the upset. The Associated Press, via the Courier Express, captured his feelings after the match:
The rain delay didn't help me, for sure, because I felt like I was in a really, really good groove and had the momentum. He was down on himself a little bit. I felt like I had to go back from square one today, but I took that good confidence that I had at the end of the second set into the third today and was swinging freely.
Pospisil had little time to celebrate as his semifinal bout with No. 6 Richard Gasquet was a mere four hours away.Yet, he responded with a huge and gutsy performance.
After losing the first set, Pospisil could have easily been resigned to a "good-job, good-effort" take on the day.
He did nothing of the sort.
Behind 10 aces, Pospisil pulled the huge upset over the No. 6 seed and advanced to make an All-Canadian men's final.
For the 1st time in the open era the @ATPWorldTour will have an all Canadian final as Vasek Pospisil faces Milos Raonic in the final in DC.— Nick Lester (@nicklester) August 3, 2014
On the women's side of things, Kurumi Nara seemed to rise from the dead against Marina Erakovic. She lost the first eight games of the match, but recomposed and moved on to the second WTA singles final of her career.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Results
Donald Young def. No. 7 Kevin Anderson; 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2
No. 2 Milos Raonic def. Steve Johnson; 7-6 (2), 6-2
No. 6 Richard Gasquet def. No. 4 Kei Nishikori; 6-1, 6-4
Kurumi Nara def. Kristina Mladenovic; 6-3, 6-1
Marina Erakovic def. Bojana Jovanovski; 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Vania King; Ret'd
No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova def. No. 5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; 7-6(3), 6-3
Day 5 Recap
Unseeded American Donald Young pulled the upset over the No. 7 seed, South African Kevin Anderson, on Friday to advance to the semifinals.
After dropping the first set 3-6, Young took a tough tiebreaker to win the second set 7-6 (3) and ran away with the third and decisive frame 6-2. The 25-year-old Young will be playing in just the second semifinal of any tournament he’s competed in all year.
His next match will not be an easy one.
No. 2 seeded Canadian Milos Raonic awaits after he beat American Steve Johnson 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Friday.
Raonic wasn't especially sharp against Johnson—especially in his service game. He only kept 58 percent of his first serves in play. Yet, he was good enough to win in straight sets. The athletic and left-handed Young could pose Raonic a problem if the Canadian struggles with his service game again.
To close out the men's side, Richard Gasquet kept the upset trend alive by outlasting Kei Nishikori, who seemed off his game at the onset of the match.
On the women's side, Kurumi Nara secured a spot in the semifinals with a win over fellow rising WTA star Kristina Mladenovic. Considering she had taken out No.1 seed Lucie Safarova earlier in the proceedings, the tournament can still be considered a success for Mladenovic.
Marina Erakovic assured the other spot in that particular semifinal bout, moving past Bojana Jovanovski with relative ease.
But not as easily as No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsovan moved on, as Vania King was forced to withdraw with a hip injury. The sixth seed will encounter No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova, who was able to survived the marquee match of the night against No. 5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Results
Steve Johnson def. No. 9 Ivo Karlovic; 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(7)
Donald Young def. No. 15 Denis Istomin; 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 7 Kevin Anderson def. Malek Jaziri; 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 Milos Raonic def. No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt; 7-6(1), 7-6(3)
No. 13 Vasek Pospisil def. No. 1 Tomas Berdych; 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Kei Nishikori def. Lukas Lacko; 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 10 Santiago Giraldo def. Victor Estrella Burgos; 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 Richard Gasquet def. Tim Smyczek, 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Kirsten Flipkens; 6-4, 7-5
No. 5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Hiroko Kuwata; 6-3, 6-3
Vania King def. Christina McHale; 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova def. Lauren Davis; 6-2, 6-4
Day 4 Recap
After defeating John Isner on Day 3 of the Citi Open, Steve Johnson followed up his phenomenal run by downing yet another seeded opponent.
Ivo Karlovic came in as the No. 9 seed and took a commanding early lead after the first set with a 6-3 win. Unfortunately, his 27 aces wouldn't hold up against Johnson, who played brilliant defensive tennis.
Ranked 68th, Johnson now faces his toughest test of the tournament in Milos Raonic. The No. 2 seeded player in D.C. ousted No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets to continue his great play on the court this summer.
I have more belief in what I can do and the kind of damage that I can make.
I can make guys feel uncomfortable whether they're ranked No.1 in the world or No. 50. I don't think anybody enjoys playing me so I have a lot more understanding of that and how to use that to my advantage.
Johnson's triumph proved to be but an apt bit of foreshadowing for one of the night's marquee matches.
No. 13 Vasek Pospisil, tasked with overcoming No. 1 Tomas Berdych, had a rather simplistic night in the face of the No. 5 player in the world. He lost serve just once in the rather brief affair and fought back on three of four break points.
For Berdych, he has now given Pospisil two of his three top-10 victories. His 21 unforced errors and having his serve broken four times were the catalyst for year another defeat at the hands of a man who is quickly becoming one of his top rivals.
Thanks to his win, Pospisil moves on to face No. 10 Santiago Giraldo.
On the women's side, each of the seeded players easily advanced on Thursday.
Ekaterina Makarova remains the highest ranked player in the tournament after her straight-sets victory over Lauren Davis. Makarova advances to face yet another seeded player in Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as the two fight for a spot in the semifinals.
American Vania King also trounced her opponent on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals. King allowed just four games won by Christina McHale and duels with No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova to continue her run.
Day 3 Results
Day 3 Results
No. 1 Tomas Berdych def. Robby Ginepri; 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 Milos Raonic def. Jack Sock; 7-6(3), 7-6(3)
No. 4 Kei Nishikori def. Sam Querrey; 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Steve Johnson def. No. 5 John Isner; 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(6)
Victor Estrella Burgos def. No. 8 Feliciano Lopez; 7-6(5), 6-4
No. 6 Richard Gasquet def. Dudi Sela; 6-3, 6-2
No. 13 Vasek Pospisil def. Rajeev Ram; 6-0, 7-6(8)
Donald Young def. Julien Benneteau; 6-4, 6-3
Santiago Giraldo def. Benjamin Becker; 6-2, 7-6(3)
Marina Erakovic def. Shelby Rogers; 6-2, 6-2
Bojana Jovanovski def. No. 8 Sorana Cirstea; 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Kurumi Nara def. Zarina Diyas; 3-6, 6-2, 4-0 (ret.)
Kristina Mladenovic def. Taylor Townsend; 6-3, 6-4
Day 3 Recap
The top three seeds from Wednesday's men's singles action all advanced, with No. 1 Tomas Berdych and No. 2 Milos Raonic prevailing in straight sets.
Berdych was pushed in the second set against Robby Ginepri, but Ginepri's terrible second serve prevented him from prolonging the match. You simply can't afford to miss 16 of your 21 second serves and expect to beat a player of Berdych's quality. Losing four of five break points doesn't help, either.
Raonic's narrow victory over Jack Sock came down to which guy would blink first on serve. Each guy was broken once, with Raonic serving 16 aces to Sock's eight. The Canadian was particularly lethal on serve, dropping eight first-service points and eight second-service points throughout the entire match.
"I knew it was going to be a big challenge for me," he said after the match, via ATPWorldTour.com. "He's gotten a lot of matches in this summer. I knew it was going to be a challenge for me today."
No. 5 John Isner was the top seed to go down on the men's side. Steve Johnson did well to recover after dropping the first set. Some might have given up at that point, having gotten so close to taking the set and then losing in a tiebreak.
However, Johnson continued to fight and really attacked Isner on serve. That's the best strategy to topple the big-serving American, and Johnson followed it to perfection.
After the loss, Isner complained that he felt slighted by tournament organizers, who stuck him on Grandstand 1.
"I didn't like playing out there," he said, per The Associated Press, via ABCNews.com. "I just didn't think I deserved to play on that court. Simple as that."
Isner also added that the main court at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center is a better playing surface.
"I like my chances better on center court, but he beat me fair and square."
The action wasn't quite as enthralling on the women's side, with much fewer seeded players taking part on Wednesday.
Sorana Cirstea was the first to be upset. The No. 8 seed struggled on serve, getting 51 percent of her first serves in play and double-faulted eight times against Bojana Jovanovski. Those double faults opened the door for Jovanovski, who was all too happy to kick it down.
Day 2 Results
Day 2 Results
No. 7 Kevin Anderson def. Evgeny Donskoy; 6-3, 6-4
Sam Querrey def. Michael Russell; 6-4, 6-3
Steve Johnson def. James Duckworth; 6-3, 7-6(4)
Jack Sock def. Michael Berrer; 7-6(2), 6-4
Dudi Sela def. Sam Groth; 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4
No. 15 Denis Istomin def. Bernard Tomic; 6-4, 7-6(6)
Victor Estrella Burgos def. Tobias Kamke; 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4)
Lukas Lacko def. No. 16 Yen-Hsun Lu; 6-1, 6-4
Tim Smyczek def. No. 12 Jeremy Chardy; 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4
No. 14 Lleyton Hewitt def. Marinko Matosevic; 6-4, 6-3
No. 9 Ivo Karlovic def. Benoit Paire; 7-6(5), 6-7(11), 7-6(2)
Malek Jaziri def. No. 11 Radek Stepanek; 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-1
Benjamin Becker def. Blaz Kavcic; 6-3, 7-6(7)
Kristina Mladenovic def. No. 1 Lucie Safarova; 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova def. Magdalena Rybarikova; 6-1, 6-1
Marina Erakovic def. Kristyna Pliskova; 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Virginie Razzano; 6-2, 6-2
Christina McHale def. No. 4 Sloane Stephens; 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
Bojana Jovanovski def. Olivia Rogowska; 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-5
Lauren Davis def. Shuai Peng; 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
Kirsten Flipkens def. Heather Watson; 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3)
Day 2 Recap
The opening round of the Citi Open went mostly to script outside of the upset of Alize Cornet. Day 2 was extremely similar with No. 1 Lucie Safarova following in Cornet's footsteps.
Safarova got off to a hot start with a 6-2 win in the first set, but stumbled mightily down the stretch against Kristina Mladenovic. While the No. 1 seed had a blistering serve that delivered 11 aces, she also had eight double faults to just six from her opponent.
"Kiki" now advances to the next round to face American Taylor Townsend, who has played well recently. The No. 145 overall player will have her hands full with No. 78 Mladenovic, but could shock the field in the next round.
As for the rest of the women's side, both No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova and No. 5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won in straight sets. With neither giving up more than four games won, they exerted their dominance on the court.
While there was plenty of shakeup for the women, the men's bracket was much more predictable. The lone seeded player to fall thus far was No. 16 Yen-Hsun Lu, who was ousted by Lukas Lacko.
After a quarterfinals appearance in Atlanta, Lacko continued his good form on the court. The unseeded player was able to break Lu's serve three times and easily rolled through to the next round.
A handful of matches are still set to take place on Tuesday night on both the men's and women's side. No. 4 Sloane Stephens dropped her first set to fellow American Christina McHale, but has won the first two games in the second set.
Three seeded players in Lleyton Hewitt (14), Radek Stepanek (11) and Ivo Karlovic (9) are all set to finish their first round matches Tuesday night. Both Hewitt and Karlovic won their first sets and hope to advance.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Results
Bernard Tomic def. Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2
Robby Ginepri def. Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-2
Donald Young def. Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Tim Smyczek def. Alex Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-0
Rajeev Ram def. Jared Donaldson 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5
Benoit Paire def. Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-0
Malek Jaziri def. Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (2), 6-4
Marinko Matosevic def. Illya Marchenko 6-4, 7-5
Lukas Lacko def. Filip Peliwo 7-5, 6-3
Evgeny Donskoy def. Francis Tiafoe 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-2
Vania King def. Francoise Abanda 6-2, 6-0
Hiroko Kuwata def. Alison Riske 6-0, 7-5
Taylor Townsend def. Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Shelby Rogers def. No. 3 Alize Cornet 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Kurumi Nara def. No. 7 Madison Keys; 7-5, 6-3
No. 8 Sorana Cirstea def. Kiki Bertens; 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Zarina Diyas def. Tornado Alicia Black; 6-4, 6-0
Day 1 Recap
Day 1 of the Citi Open saw some unheralded players take center stage in D.C.
Much of the early action Monday saw unseeded players take the court, with the top players in the men's draw earning byes. The likes of Robby Ginepri and Donald Young advanced, but one player to watch made a statement as well.
Bernard Tomic, formerly seen as a prodigy in the tennis world, has been playing some of his best tennis lately after winning the ATP Claro Open Colombia earlier this month. The Australian spoke about the triumph, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:
You play the sport for these sort of moments. A lot of players are concerned about their ranking; I think you’ve got to just enjoy the sport and have fun. At the end of the day, titles are the most important thing, and that’s what I play for, to win as many tournaments as I can in my career.
So far I’m doing good, and I’ve got to keep on improving. If I want to win more titles, I’ve got to work harder.
So far so good at the Citi Open, as well. Tomic easily trounced Alejandro Gonzalez in straight sets. The 21-year-old allowed just five games won and finished with 10 aces to just one from Gonzalez.
Tomic will now put his hot streak on the line against No. 15 Denis Istomin, a player who was ousted in the second round of the Atlanta Open.
On the women's side, one of the lone seeded players on the day took care of business early on. No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova showed her dominance over Polona Hercog with a victory in straight sets.
The Russian outplayed Hercog with five aces in the match and saved four out of five break points. With Kuznetsova in the same bracket as No. 4 Sloane Stephens, the two could match up in the third round if both advance to that point.
American Vania King also advanced over Canadian Francoise Abanda. The 25-year-old allowed just two games won by the 17-year-old to advance to potentially play spoiler to Stephens in the second round.
Following a day that mostly went to script, No. 3 Alize Cornet was one of two casualties among seeded players. The 24-year-old was unable to shake a slow start against Shelby Rogers, losing in three sets.
Rogers has never won a WTA title during her career, but is off to a great start after the first round. As for fellow American Madison Keys, it was a day to forget.
The No. 7 player in the tournament lost in straight sets to Kurumi Nara in a match that lasted just one hour and 20 minutes. Keys had her serve broken six times throughout the match and finished with three double faults compared to none from Nara.
After an exciting close to the day in D.C., several seeded players will take the court on Day 2 of the competition.
On the women's side, No. 1 Lucie Safarova and Stephens will take the court. For the men, notable names like Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt and Jack Sock will highlight the field on Tuesday.
All information and statistics via Citi Open official website.