At its halfway point, the 2017 edition of the Citi Open has lived up to its billing with one of its strongest fields, competitive matches and plenty of first-round upsets and near-upsets to keep fans on their seats beyond 2 a.m. on each of the first three days of the main draw.
In a stunning upset on Wednesday evening, 25-year-old qualifier Yuki Bhambri of India defeated reigning ATP Citi Open champion Gael Monfils of France, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Also on Wednesday, women’s second seed Kristina “Kiki” Mladenovic of France had to fight off a strong challenge from Tatjana Maria of Germany in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, in a two-and-a-half-hour match punctuated by a 15-minute medical delay for Mladenovic in the final set.
Also on center court on Wednesday, third seed Milos Raonic of Canada had all he could handle from 35-year-old Nicolas Mahut of France, 7-6(2), 7-6(8). Early in the second set, Raonic blasted a 151-mph ace past Mahut, one of 26 aces for the match.
In the match that followed, 20-year-old sensation and fifth seed Alexander “Sasha” Zverev of Germany survived a strong challenge from Jordan Thompson of Australia, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5), in a match that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.
In other WTA results on Wednesday, Eugenie Bouchard of Canada scored her first win since Roland Garros with a 7-6(6), 6-0 win over number-eight seed Christina McHale of the U.S., also in a two-hour, three-set match. On Monday, third seed Lauren Davis of the U.S., last years Citi Open runner up, was stunned 7-5 6-3 by Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka.
The Citi Open will be held through Aug. 6 at Rock Creek Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets NW. A portion of the proceeds from the Citi Open benefit the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation.
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