US National Indoor Championships Underway


Mark Philippoussis in an exibition match during the US National Indoor Tennis Championships at the Racquet Club. Photo by George Walker for SportsOnline Media

Day three of the 2013 U.S. National Indoor Championships saw exciting 1st round action from the Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles.
Top seed Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium began the day at Stadium Court against former 2007 National Indoor finalist Israeli Shahar Pe’er.  The Belgian looked strong as she moved past Pe’er 62 62 to meet Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in Round 2 who won against American qualifier Maria Sanchez in similar fashion 62 64.
Following on Stadium Court was defending National Indoor Champion Sofia Arvidsson, the No. 2 seed this year. The Swede would defeat qualifier Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 64 64.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match and I’m so happy I could win,” reflected Arvidsson.
Arvidsson is looking to become only the second female after Venus Williams to win three times in Memphis. She will face a rematch of the 2012 final in this year’s second round against New Zealander Marina Erakovic who bested German Annika Beck in a hard-fought three set match 46, 76(6), 64.
One American went down today in men’s first round action as Poland’s Lukasz Kubot took out Ryan Harrison 64, 67(4), 76(2).  Top seeded Croat Marin Cilic followed, starting sluggishly, but rebounding for a 46, 62, 63 victory over countryman Igor Dodig.
It was a good day for American wildcards as doubles partners James Blake and Jack Sock knocked off the No. 2 seed duo of Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Romanian Horia Tecau 36 63 11-9.  Wildcard Victoria Duval advanced over Swede Johanna Larsson 36 61 63.
On asked about being given the wildcard, Duval responded, “Great opportunity.  I remember three years ago they gave me the wildcard in qualifying. [It’s great] to come back and get the wildcard in the main draw, and get through the first round; hopefully, I’ll do even better tomorrow.”
Women’s Doubles saw exciting action as the No. 1 seed Czech Republic team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka were upset by Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 46 64 10-4.
A light-hearted fun Champions mixed doubles match featured former World No. 1 and Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsay Davenport teaming with Mark Philippoussis 11-time ATP Tour winner including two here in Memphis.  The pair faced-off against American team Victoria Duval and No. 2 ranked American Sam Querry who will start his 2013 Memphis campaign on Tuesday.
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