US Open 2015: EZONE DR Players Soar into Second Round

Team YONEX players made confident advances to the second round in the first day of the US Open main draw, with two big first-round wins coming by way of Belinda Bencic (EZONE DR 100, POLYTOUR HS 125) and CoCo Vandeweghe (EZONE DR 98) using the new EZONE DR.

2014 US Open quarterfinalist Belinda got this year’s tournament off to a running start with an overwhelming win over Bulgaria’s Sesil Karatantcheva. The No. 12 seed wasted little time bolting to a 3-0 lead, dropping only one game to seal the opening set. While her Bulgarian opponent managed to draw even once in the second, the 18-year-old’s consistent and strong play proved dominant as she closed out the first match in three minutes short of an hour in straight sets at 6-1, 6-2.

CoCo also pulled off another straight-set win, upsetting No. 29 seed Sloane Stephens. The 23-year-old American was playing even with her opponent throughout the first set until she grabbed a crucial break that proved to be the turning point for the match. The 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist continued to exhibit steady play throughout set 2, wrapping the encounter up at 6-4, 6-2.

Ricardas Berankis (VCORE Tour G, POLYTOUR SPIN, SHT-PRO) booked a place in round 2 after an extended outing against Joao Sousa of Portugal. Ricardas swiftly captured the opening two sets, but his Portuguese opponent would stretch the match into a five-set affair. The Lithuanian eventually managed to clutch victory at 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(4).

Be sure to keep your eyes open for Stan Wawrinka (VCORE Tour GSHT-PRO), Lleyton Hewitt (VCORE Tour 97, YONEX Shoes), Nick Kyrgios (EZONE DR 98, POLYTOUR PRO 120), Angelique Kerber (VCORE Si 100) and Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour F 97POLYTOUR SPIN) as they compete in their first-round matches on day 2.

US Open 2015 Day 1 Tournament Results

Men’s Singles Round 1

Ricardas Berankis (VCORE Tour G, POLYTOUR SPIN, SHT-PRO)(LTU) def. Joao Sousa (POR) 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6(4).

[23] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) def. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G)(FRA) 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(7)

Women’s Singles Round 1

[12] Belinda Bencic (EZONE DR 100, POLYTOUR HS 125)(SUI) def. Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL) 6-1, 6-2

CoCo Vandeweghe (EZONE DR 98)(USA) def. [29] Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-4, 6-2

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) def. [7] Ana Ivanovic (EZONE DR 98)(SRB) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) def. Daria Gavrilova (EZONE DR 100POLYTOUR HS 125)(AUS) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

*Photo of CoCo taken at the 2014 US Open