Donna Vekic (VCORE SV 100) got the action started, and despite a close first set, finished off her second-round opponent Rebecca Pedersen in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. Things were not to be as easy for Radu Albot (VCORE SV 98, POWER CUSHION ECLIPSION 2, apparel), however, as he had to fight through a back-and-forth, 5-set match against Aljaz Bedene to come out victorious.
The trick shots were on display as 15th-seeded Nick Kyrgios (EZONE 98, POLYTOUR PRO 120) sailed past Robin Haase in straight sets. He next draws the 24th seed, Kei Nishikori. Despite being down a set, Frances Tiafoe (VCORE PRO 97, POLYTOUR PRO 125) came out with big swings from there and sent Frenchman Julien Benneteau packing.
On the women’s side, Belinda Bencic (EZONE 100, POLYTOUR PRO 125) pulled off a similar feat. After dropping the first set 1-6, she battled back against four match points to finish off Alison Riske 7-6 (10), 6-2. Angelique Kerber (VCORE、POLYTOUR PRO 120), the 11th seed, also came back from a set behind to defeat Claire Liu. Meanwhile, 18th seed Naomi Osaka (EZONE 98, POLYTOUR PRO 125, REXIS 130) and 26th seed Daria Gavrilova (EZONE 98, POLYTOUR PRO 120) both won in straight sets. Osaka will face Kerber in the next round. Kerber leads 2-1 in their previous meetings.
Team Yonex moving on to Round 2:
Bolded names indicate #TeamYonex players.
Donna Vekic (CRO) def Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 7-5, 6-4
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) def Sorana Cirstea (ROM) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) def Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-4, 6-3
(11) Angelique Kerber (GER) def Claire Liu (USA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
(18) Naomi Osaka (JPN) def Katie Boulter (ENG) 6-3, 6-4
(26) Daria Gavrilova (AUS) def Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-4, 6-1
Belinda Bencic (SUI) def Allison Riske (USA) 6-1, 7-6 (10), 6-2
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) def Sofia Kenin (USA) 6-4, 6-1
Radu Albot (MDA) def Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3
Frances Tiafoe (USA) def Julien Benneteau (FRA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
(15) Nick Kyrgios (AUS) def Robin Haase (NLD) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5