By: Aidan Kohn-Murphy
Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day.
It seems as if DC weather took this message to heart. The rain started Monday night around 6:30 p.m. It rained out Stan Wawrinka’s first Citi Open appearance since 2010, and it almost rained out Andy Murray’s first hardcourt match in 18 months. On Tuesday, the rain delayed Alexander Zverev’s first match so much that only three games finished by 11:30 PM. The rain showed no sign of stopping.
The forecasts say it will rain three of the next four days. By the end of Tuesday night, Zverev’s match was delayed from Tuesday to Wednesday along with a large number of other matches. Five of the 11 men’s singles matches were postponed on Tuesday alone.
Even though rain has been the main story of the week, fans still witnessed huge upsets on Tuesday. Ana Bogdan knocked off Ekaterina Makarova, the defending champion, 7-6 (2), 6-3. And Donald Young defeated Swiss Stan Wawrinka in three long sets.
Wawrinka, the former third-ranked player in the world, was hoping to use the Citi Open as launching ground for his comeback from a serious knee injury. Andy Murray shares a similar story. He was the top-ranked player last August, but he injured his hip. And unlike Wawrinka, Murray won his match in three grueling sets.
However, some matches ended just as predicted. No. 2 Sloane Stephens, the reigning US Open champion, advanced to the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Naomi Osaka, the third-ranked player, defeated Bernarda Pera 6-2, 7-6 (4). Also, Donna Vekic knocked off Caroline Dolehide 6-3, 6-4.
Another big story of the tournament has been player dropouts. No. 2 Kevin Anderson, who was fresh off a Wimbledon finals appearance, dropped out the day the draw was released. And due to a right leg injury, Caroline Wozniacki withdrew from the tournament hours before her match.