The first round of the French Open didn’t go quite as planned for Croatia’s five players in the singles draw, with only one advancing and two losing to lower seeded players.
Marin Cilić was the lone Croat winner in round one, comfortably defeating #102 Philipp Petzschner 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in a 90 minute match. Marin took advantage of 12 break points on his cruise to victory. He plays 18 year old Nick Kyrgios of Australia on Wednesday morning in round 2. Kyrgios is ranked 262nd in the world, and the winner will face either #49 Daniel Gimeno-Traver or #57 Viktor Troicki.
Ivan Dodig lost his first round match to #83 Guido in a five set marathon: 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 12-10. The match lasted lasted three hours and twenty-four minutes, as Dodig’s aggressive nature produced 72 unforced errors and 70 winners. Dodig and his doubles partner Marcelo Melo begin their doubles campaign tomorrow, where they are the #12 seeds.
Donna Vekić’s clay season was short and not so sweet as it ended Sunday, with her second loss in as many attempts. Donna fell to American Mallory Burdette, 6-3, 6-4. Despite the slanted scoreline, Donna only lost six more points than Burdette. In the future, she will need to put much more time and effort into improving her clay game.
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— Donna Vekic (@DonnaVekic) May 26, 2013
Petra Martić put up a valiant effort, but fell to #14 Ana Ivanovic, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. After struggling to get anything going in the first set, Petra managed to put together some sold games in the second before a slow start to the third set proved to be too much. Martić has had trouble regaining form after a lengthy injury, and will now drop over 100 spots in the WTA rankings, to #190. Her first round doubles match with Chanelle Scheepers is scheduled for tomorrow.
Mirjana Lucić-Baroni lost 6-1, 6-2 to #29 Varvara Lepchenko in a first round match that lasted under an hour. Lucić was only able to hold serve twice in the match.