Roland Garros: Stan, Ana and Martina Advance to Round of Eight

Dust was raised on Stade Roland Garros’ clay courts over the weekend as YONEX players advanced into the quarterfinals in a number of disciplines.

In men’s singles Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO) pulled off two impressive straight-set wins on his journey to a second Grand Slam title. The World No. 9 Swiss met American Steve Johnson in round 3, firing off eight aces and 32 winners against his opponent, who was unable to create a single break chance. The match was over in a mere 89 minutes, with a final score of 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Round 4 saw Stan proceed to claim victory over Gilles Simon on his home soil. After swiftly seizing the first set, Stan continued to pile on pressure in set 2 despite a more aggressive effort by the French No. 1. After firing off an explosive forehand winner down the line to take the second set, Stan the Man summarily took the final set in 35 minutes, with the final score coming to 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) is back in a Grand Slam quarterfinal after two solid victories. The World No. 7 Serb met up with Croatian rising star and fellow Team YONEX player Donna Vekic (VCORE Si 100), winning seven consecutive games to lead 6-0 1-0. 18-year-old Donna struck back to grab the lead in the second set, but Ana came powering back, winning at 6-0, 6-3 in under an hour. Round 4 put Ana up against Ekaterina Makarova in a closer encounter. Despite her Russian opponent dragging the match into a decider, Ana secured the final set in top form, claiming victory with an inside out forehand winner. The match closed at 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, and Ana became the first player this year into the RG quarterfinals.

In women’s doubles, Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR PRO 125, SHT-PROL) and Sania Mirza are into the quarterfinals, beating Karin Knapp and Roberta Vinci in round 3 in exactly one hour, 6-1, 6-4.

YONEX Shoes on Clay

Stan has advanced to the Roland Garros quarterfinals backed up by YONEX's SHT-PRO: CLAY COURT shoes. YONEX tennis shoes provide exceptional support, and allow for smooth movement and superior energy transfer when on the move. Equipped with the Power Cushion that offers remarkable shock absorption, players can navigate the notoriously difficult clay courts of Roland Garros with little trouble.

Check out our video of Stan taking our Power Cushion test here.

YONEX Tennis Gear: Proven to Amaze

Backed up by YONEX gear, our players are continuing to produce amazing results. Take a look at our latest video featuring Stan Wawrinka, Belinda Bencic and Borna Coric, and find our why our gear is Proven to Amaze.

The video can be viewed here.

Stay tuned for a new 60 second version of the video, as well as a behind the scenes look at how it was made.

Roland Garros 2015 Day 8 Tournament Results

Men’s Singles Round 4

[8] Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO)(SUI) def. [12] Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-1 6-4 6-2

Men’s Doubles Round 3

[2] Vasek Pospisil (CAN)/Jack Sock (USA) def. [14] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX String)(FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 7-6(3) 7-6(2)

Women’s Singles Round 4

[7] Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98)(SRB) def. [9] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 7-5 3-6 6-1

Women’s Doubles Round 3

[1] Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100, POLYTOUR PRO 125, SHT-PROL)(SUI)/Sania Mirza (IND) def. [14] Karin Knapp (ITA) / Roberta Vinci (ITA)  6-1 6-4

[9] Andrea Hlavackova (RQiS 2 Tour, POLYTOUR PRO 125)(CZE)/Lucie Hradecka (CZE) def. Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) 7-6(5) 6-2

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)/Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) def. [11] Zheng Jie (EZONE Ai 98POLYTOUR SPIN)(CHN)/Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) 4-6 6-4 7-6(6)