Currently ranked in the world’s top ten, YONEX player Stanislas Wawrinka (VCORE Tour 97) winner of the Portugal Open title and this season’s Madrid Open clay court finalist, entered Roland Garros 2013 with the confidence of a champion.
Stan focused his energy on preparation for the year’s biggest tournament on clay, facing Dutch player, Thiemo De Bakker, on the 3rd day of the event. This would mark the two players first meeting on court. Stan’s superior performance with his VCORE racquet overwhelmed his opponent. His serves were dangerously powerful, enabling him to win 78% of his first serve points including nine aces. Stan maintained his aggressive style while receiving, leading to 15 break chances during the match versus his opponent’s four. Powering his way to 55 winners and four breaks of serve, Stan defeated the Dutchman 7-5, 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-5.
In women’s singles, three YONEX players, Angelique Kerber (VCORE Xi 100), Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Xi 98) and Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97, PTGSPN), enter 2nd round matches. Number eight seed Angelique faces Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, No. 14 seed Ana meets France’s Mathilde Johansson, and No. 32 seed Sabine faces Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. Meanwhile, in the men’s singles, one of the younger YONEX players, Australian Nick Kyrgios (EZONE Xi 98) challenges the No. 10 seed Marin Cilic from Croatia.