YONEX’s Tennis Powerhouses Fly Through to Second Round
- 25 June 2014
Day two of Wimbledon saw several victories for YONEX’s players. Firstly in women’s singles, Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97, POLYTOUR SPIN) claimed a confident win over Julia Glushko (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR SPIN) on the All England Club’s Centre Court. Sabine proved her talents as a grass court expert, navigating the court nimbly, despite Julia’s best efforts to lead her. Exhibiting great form, Sabine overpowered her opponent with forehand winners and fast serves. Taking the match in 57 minutes, Sabine hit 17 winners against her opponent’s four, and converted six breakpoints against her opponent’s mere one. The final score was 6-2 6-1.
The No.1 Court was a stage to a faceoff between Roland Garros champions, as Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) went up against Francesca Schiavone. As expected, it was a tight match for the two, with the first set running at 52 minutes. The two played neck and neck, with service breaks coming from each side. The first set came to a tie breaker, with Ana emerging as the winner. Ana clearly had the advantage in the second set, hitting 12 winners against her opponent’s five, as well as scoring two aces. Ana took the match in straight sets, 7-6(6) 6-4.
In men’s singles, Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour G, SHT-PRO) took a triumphant step forward into round 2 after beating Joao Sousa. Stan’s game was ripe with diversity and sharp wits, proving to be too much for his opponent. Stan scored an impressive 18 aces and hit four break points while his opponent was unable to hit either. The final score was 6-3 6-4 6-3. Wawrinka had this to say about his further matches on the official Wimbledon website, “I know that I can make some damage here, but I need to be focused for the next one.”
Day two was also host to fine performances from younger members of the YONEX family, with Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Ai 98) defeating Stephane Robert 7-6(2) 7-6(1) 6-7(6) 6-2, Donna Vekic (VCORE Xi 100) winning over the 21st seed Roberta Vinci 6-4 4-6 6-4, and Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR HS 125) beating Magdalena Rybarikova 2-6 6-3 6-3.
YONEX’s players are off to a great start, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!
Tournament Results [Wimbledon 2014, Day 2]
Men’s Singles [Round 1]
Jack Sock (USA) def. [Q]Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX String)(FRA) 6-7(5) 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4
Women’s Singles [Round 1]
*Photos of Sabine, Ana and Stan taken at Wimbledon 2013