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Top-seeded Angelique Kerber cruised past Irina Falconi 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday.
On the advice of her coach, Kerber headed straight to the practice court for a 20-minute session.
''I think it was a good idea,'' said Kerber, who hasn't played a tournament since Wimbledon last month.
With No. 15-ranked Sloane Stephens' loss Monday, No. 9-ranked Kerber is 17 spots higher than any player remaining in the tournament. The German will face the winner of the match between Melanie Oudin and Anastasia Rodionova.
Taylor Townsend lost to Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-0. Last year, Townsend became the first American girl to finish No. 1 in the year-end world junior rankings.
''I'm the youngest one here in the tournament playing, so I don't have any pressure really,'' said Townsend, who got a wild-card entry. ''No one is expecting me to do anything. So, every win is a shock, basically.
''I have high expectations for myself and a lot of confidence and belief in myself. But basically, there's no pressure on me.''
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Jack Sock was asked about his upcoming match with No. 11-ranked Kei Nishikori, a query that ended with high praise for Nishikori's level of play.
''Yeah, thanks for that,'' Sock shot back in a deadpan tone.
No. 94-ranked Sock played pretty well himself Tuesday, beating No. 59-ranked Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Citi Open. That victory over...
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2013) Tuesday at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. included players Jack Sock, Angelique Kerber, Ryan Harrison, Caroline Garcia, Heather Watson, Eugenie Bouchard, Alize Cornet, and Sorana Cirstea.
Gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Christopher Levy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Monday action at the Citi Open took place over five courts, with the last ball being played just before midnight, earning American Melanie Oudin a spot in the second round.
Players roamed, stretched, practice and played all over the grounds, including Angelique Kerber, David Goffin, Steve Johnson, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Dmitry Tursunov, Radek Stepanek, Juan Martin...