By Editorial Team
The first round of qualifying singles competition started today and most players seemed to have acclimated to the new facilities in proper fashion. There were some early round disappointments, but for the most part major names were able to walk away from the first day with an opportunity to play for a spot in the main draw.
The more veteran Heather Watson took an early exit today as she fought hard against the resilient Madison Brengle. She went down after winning the first set in a tie breaker and was not able to maintain her momentum losing the third set 6-4. This was a tough match-up in the qualifying rounds for Heather, but fans have to expect that there is more to come to the talented Brit who has struggled over the last couple seasons not going far in the main draw of major events.
The 10th seed, Taylor Townsend, was able to take out Qinwen Kheng of China 6-4 in the third set to advance after a less than stellar start to the season. Taylor is hoping that a big run in Miami will give her momentum heading into the clay court season.
Sachia Vickery may have had the upset of her season by defeating the red hot Jennifer Brady 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. This win proved that Sachia is not only a counter puncher, but also a force against players with big weapons down the stretch. Health has been a major factor for Sachia as she is just now getting over knee injuries that have stunted her play late in matches. Sachia should be able to qualify for the main draw in her home town if she is able to hold up physically.
On the men’s side of the qualifying draw, Jay Clarke held his ground against the 20th seed Jozef Kovali 6-2, 6-3. Jay faces the Indian sensation, Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the final round for a spot in the main draw.
Tsonga was able to breeze through his match today as the dominant player, however he will be tested against the veteran Pablo Cuevas tomorrow. Talk about a tough return for the Frenchman…
Mikael Ymer will have to beat another American hopeful (Noah Rubin) tomorrow in order to qualify for main draw play. If his first round thumping of Ryan Harrison 6-1, 6-3 is any indication, Mikael should be able to navigate his way toward a win over the more steady play of Rubin.
Felix Auger Aliassime had some issues in dropping the first set to Italian Luca Vanni 6-4, but was able to pull himself together and show his athleticism capping off the victory 6-1 in the final set.
This years crop of qualifiers should draw major crowds at the Hard Rock Stadium and offer fans the opportunity to watch several of today’s brightest stars. Qualifying rounds begin tomorrow at 10am EST and can be seen live on ESPN 3 and Tennis Channel.
Dustin Brown vs Felix Auger Aliassime Highlights STUTTGART 2019
Osaka: mission impossible draw at French Open
By Editorial Team
Naomi Osaka did not have an easy first round on the red clay of Roland Garros against 90th ranked Anna Karolina Schiemlova.
Dropping the first set 6-0 and having to battle back deep into into the second set tiebreak was not anticipated by the WTA world #1. However, she was able to regain control with a commanding 6-1 third set to finish the match.
Red clay has admittedly not been the best surface for Osaka and the results prove that, but as the top seed in every event there are expectations to be upheld. Not to mention her most recent multi-million dollar endorsements with Nike and Mastercard.
This year’s French Open draw has not been kind to the #1 seed, Osaka. On the heels of near disaster in the first round, she has to face a thirsty Victoria Azarenka who has been reeling since promising start to the 2016 season where she was able to reach top-5 ranking status and take home both Indian Wells and Miami Open titles before falling victim to the injury bug later in the year to miss a grand slam finals opportunity.
Osaka definitely has her hands full as she battles through an uncharacteristically difficult draw for a world number one.
From the looks of Serena’s draw it appears to be an apples to oranges comparison. Serena is in Naomi’s section of the draw, but her road to the quarterfinals looks almost scripted in that she has an edge over each opponent.
If Osaka is able to squeeze past Victoria she would have to most likely face the very dangerous Maria Sakkari who has racked up top-10 wins all of last year and who doesn’t appear to be slowing down given her 29th seeded position in this year’s French Open.
Madison Keys can never be taken lightly as she performs well in Roland Garros with a semifinal appearance last year. If the draw shakes out accordingly, Naomi would have to go up against Madison in the round of 16.
Madison’s year has not gotten off to such a great start, but with a title win in Charleston anything is possible. If Madison’s timing is in line with her movement she is really hard to beat – unless your name is Sloane Stephens.
Not to mention Serena who is playing well enough – barring any injuries to reach the quarterfinals in a possible “Serena/Osaka rematch.”
The top half of the women’s draw is stacked to the ceiling with no easy rounds at all for Naomi.
It is important for Osaka to maintain her composure and take the journey in stride. With defeat starring her in the face each round, Osaka must keep the big picture in mind… dominate the hard court season in August.
MID-TAC 2019 Annual Championships
Mid-Tac is celebrating its 96th Tournament Year on July 3 to 6, 2019.
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