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Excellent Showings in Round 1 Doubles at Wimbledon 2014

26 June 2014

Day three of Wimbledon 2014 was host to impressive showings in doubles as men’s and women’s tournaments got underway.

Lleyton Hewitt (VCORE Tour 97, YONEX Shoes) paired with fellow Australian Chris Guccione against Alejandro Falla/Marinko Matosevic. The match got started with a heated opening set, the two pairs competing neck and neck, taking the match down to a tie breaker. However, set 2 and onwards saw Lleyton and his partner take the upper hand. Overall, Lleyton and Chris managed to create more chances to break than their opponents, converting five times, as well as getting 52 of 67 first serve points. The match ended with a score of 7-6(5) 6-3 6-3.

Women’s doubles brought about a match between two YONEX players, with Kimiko Date-Krumm (S-FIT, POLYTOUR SPIN)/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova facing Donna Vekic (VCORE Xi 100)/Sharon Fichman. This time veteran Krumm and her partner came out victorious, snagging 31 of 37 first serve points, and breaking four times. The final score was 6-1 6-2.

Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125), off of her fine singles performance, also demonstrated great form in doubles, earning a victory with partner Tsvetana Pironkova. They had no issues handling their opponents, Kaia Kanepi/Anna Tatishvili. Belinda and her partner boasted five out of eight converted break points over their opponents’ two of seven, the two ending the match with a healthy lead over their opponents at 6-2 6-4.

Matches to look forward to on day four include Stan Wawrinka’s (VCORE Tour G, SHT-PRO) second-round match with Yen-Hsun Lu, Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100) against Heather Watson, and Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) versus Zheng Jie (EZONE Ai 98POLYTOUR SPIN). Amongst YONEX’s young players, Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125) goes up against Victoria Duval, Donna Vekic (VCORE Xi 100) will compete with Vera Zvonareva, and Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Ai 98) faces Richard Gasquet. Nick had this to say about his up-coming match with Gasquet, “He’s a tough opponent, but I have a chance with my plays.”

Tennis Clinic at The Wimbledon Club

As reported on earlier, YONEX held a tennis clinic at The Wimbledon Club, with Lleyton, Belinda and Donna in attendance, and a video with some of the best moments from the clinic has been uploaded to YouTube. At the clinic, players practiced with children and took questions. Take a look!

Tournament Results [Wimbledon 2014, Day 3]

Women’s Singles [Round 2]

Shuai Peng (CHN) def. Maria Kirilenko (EZONE Ai 98, POLYTOUR PRO 125)(RUS) 6-0 6-3

Tereza Smitkova (CZE) def. Coco Vandeweghe (EZONE Ai 98)(USA)  6-3 7-6(3)

Men’s Doubles [Round 1]

Lleyton Hewitt (VCORE Tour 97, YONEX Shoes)(AUS)/Chris Guccione (AUS) def. Alejandro Falla (COL)/Marinko Matosevic (AUS)  7-6(5) 6-3 6-3

Women’s Doubles [Round 1]

Kimiko Date-Krumm (S-FIT, POLYTOUR SPIN)/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) def. Sharon Fichman(CAN)/Donna Vekic (VCORE Xi 100)(CRO)   6-1 6-2

Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125)(SUI)/Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) def. Kaia Kanepi (EST)/Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-2 6-4

Renata Voracova (VCORE Xi 100)(CZE)/Shuko Aoyama (JPN) def. Jana Cepelova (SVK)/ Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-1 7-6(3)

[4]Cara Black (ZIM)/Sania Mirza (IND) def. [W]Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR PRO 125)/Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 6-2 6-4