Roland Garros 2015: Team YONEX off to Strong Start on Clay

The main draw of 2015’s Roland Garros saw its start on May 24th with impressive first round wins for YONEX players. A number of the tournament’s seeded competitors are Team YONEX players, with men’s entries including Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour G, SHT-PRO) at No. 8, and Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Ai 98, POLYTOUR PRO 120) at No. 29—his first time competing as a seed in a Grand Slam. On the women’s side, 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) is at No. 7, with Angelique Kerber (VCORE Si 100) at No. 11 and Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97, POLYTOUR SPIN) at No. 20.

In men’s singles, Stan the Man clutched an impressive first round victory in straight sets against Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan. Exhibiting pin-point accuracy combined with his famous devastating backhand, the world No. 9 Swiss allowed his opponent very little chances. Stan launched 10 aces, 42 winners, and saved all six break points faced to ensure a ticket to round 2, sealing the match at 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

In women’s singles, Ana came back from a set down to defeat Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. The world No. 7 Serb began to pile pressure on her opponent as the match entered the second set, taking full advantage of her potent forehand to secure a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory. The match saw Ana strike 28 winners and six break points. Qualifier Donna Vekic (VCORE Si 100) pulled off an impressive first round upset against French No. 2 and No. 31 seed Caroline Garcia. Despite dropping the first set, Donna dominated in the last two. Firing off an impressive 13 aces to her opponent’s five, Donna booked entry into round 2 with a final score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

YONEX Gear for the Clay Season

Stan and Belinda Bencic are taking on the biggest clay tournament of the year in YONEX tournament apparel. Equipped with YONEX’s unique VERYCOOL technology, Team YONEX players can compete without being burdened by heat or sweat. Furthermore, with new Stretch Micro Smooth technology, YONEX clothing allows for smooth movement to support our players’ aggressive game. Additionally, SHT-PRO tennis shoes are equipped with YONEX’s Power Cushion, allowing for smooth movement, even on notoriously difficult clay courts. Want an idea of how our Power Cushion works? Check out this video to get an idea of the Cushion’s robust shock absorbance.

For more info on YONEX clothing, take a look at our official tennis clothing website.

Roland Garros 2015 Day 1 Tournament Results 

Men’s Singles Round 1

[8] Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour G, SHT-PRO)(SUI) def. Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 6-3 6-2 6-3

[22] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) def. Go Soeda (VCORE Tour G, POLYTOUR SPIN)(JPN) 6-1 6-0 6-2

Women’s Singles Round 1

[7] Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98)(SRB) def. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 4-6 6-2 6-0

Donna Vekic (VCORE Si 100)(CRO) def. [31] Caroline Garcia (FRA) 3-6 6-3 6-2

Magdalena Rybarikova (EZONE Ai 98, POLYTOUR PRO 125)(SVK) def. Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 0-6 7-5 6-2

Camila Giorgi (ITA) def. Tatjana Maria (VCORE Si 100)(GER)

*Photo of Ana taken at the 2014 Roland Garros

*Photo of Donna taken at the 2015 Australian Open