Sunday, June 23, 2024

Three Americans Advance to Quarterfinals as the Cymbiotika San Diego Open Heats Up

Caroline Garcia defeated Marta Kostyuk in 3 sets to advance to the quarterfinals.


Three Americans advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2023 Cymbiotika San Diego Open women’s tennis tournament: Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, and Qualifier Emma Navarro.

Morning Sessions

Collins and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko went three sets. Ostapenko, known for having as many unforced errors as winners in her game, won the first, 6-2. Collins stormed back, winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-4 to punch her ticket to the quarters.

Danielle Collins defeated Elena Ostapenko in 3 sets to advance to the quarterfinals.

The 2020 Australian Open winner Kenin overcame a shaky first set to defeat fellow American and qualifier Katy Volynets, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Currently on a comeback after suffering injuries in 2023, Kenin is looking to get back to her career-high ranking of 4 from 2020. Navarro outlasted Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 7-5, 6-4. The match featured 10 breaks of serve. Navarro claimed all six of the break-point opportunities that came her way.

After receiving a bye in the round of 32, world #9 Maria Sakkari beat qualifier Camila Osorio, 6-3, 2-2, due to retirement from a right thigh injury. Sakkari, from Greece, is traveling without her team and coaches. She was asked about today’s match play.  “I don’t think tennis-wise I was playing great, to be honest,” she said. “I was missing a lot of balls… but I would take a bad tennis day (over) a good mental day instead.”

World #7 and crowd favorite Ons Jabeur contested #27 seed Anastasia Potapova. Both players struggled to hold their serve as there were 11 breaks in the match. Serving at 5-4, Potapova broke Jabeur to win the first set, 6-4. Jabeur fought back in the second to get to 6-6, but the effort was not enough. Jabeur struggled with her serve, double faulting twice and losing the tiebreaker, 4-7. Potapova won the match, 6-4, 7-6(4).

Evening Sessions

World #13 Barbora Krejcikova hit sidelines for cross-court and down-the-line winners and showed off her net play as a doubles champion to win the first set 6-3 versus Ukranian Anelina Kalinina. Games were hard to come by, however, as most went to deuce multiple times. The average number of points per game was a staggering 9.6 (consider that a player can win a game with only 4 points). Through five games of the second set, however, Krejcikova went on a tear, breaking Kalinana’s serve three times and then holding her own twice to take a 5-0 lead. Krejcikova then double faulted twice to get broken while Kalinina held her serve for the first time in the set to close the gap to 2-5. After going down love-40, Krejcikova served two aces and a winner to get back to deuce, eventually winning the set and match, 6-3, 6-2.

Aggressive hitting by#10-ranked Caroline Garcia and American Sloane Stephens characterized their back-and-forth match. Garcia won the opening set, 6-3, while Stephens rebounded by capturing the second 3-6. Garcia was dominant in the third, with a 6-1 decider. The day ended with Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia playing Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in a thriller. Haddad Maia took the first set 7-5. Kostyuk mounted a fierce comeback, winning the second set in a tiebreaker. Haddad Maia finished strong in the final set to take the match, 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-2.

Caroline Garcia served in the 2nd set vs Marta Kostyuk.

Fan Reactions

Fans around San Diego shared their joy at having the tournament in town. For example, Coronadans Don and Narelle Pettee shared their thoughts about the day’s matches. Don Pettee shared how he learned more about his own game when watching the professionals, while Narelle Pettee described what she appreciated about the nature of the matches. “All the matches were so different from each other—the contrasting styles of Jabeur—Potapova, and the power versus power of Collins-Ostapenko. The ebb and flow of focus and emotions sets the winners apart,” she said.

Coronado Times writer Jennifer Velez was able to attend yesterday. “It was amazing to see Ons Jabeur play, especially since I had just learned all about her on the Break Point docuseries on Netflix,” she said.

Tom Baker, from Pacific Beach, and his wife were out enjoying the tournament. “We’ve been here every year they’ve had the tournament,” he said. “It’s amazing the caliber players they get. I played some USTA tournaments on this court so it’s good to see people on the same court who really know what they’re doing. It’s a fan-friendly environment, too.”

Katie Schenkel of Ocean Beach shared what draws her to the tournament every year, “Seeing world-class tennis in your backyard is amazing. Getting to see the players’ athleticism up-close is awe-inspiring.”

The number 1 doubles seed Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova played Wednesday evening, winning in two, 6-4, 6-2 over Alexandrova and Sasnovich. Collins joins Rancho Santa Fe’s Coco Vandeweghe in the doubles part of the competition. They won their opening round Tuesday and advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals.

To learn more and purchase tickets, go to Readers can use the code coronadotimes10 for a 10% discount on all tickets. Quarterfinals are held on Thursday, September 14. The tournament runs through Saturday, September 16.

Thursday, Sept. 14 – Quarterfinals

BARNES STADIUM Singles starts at 11:30 AM
Anastasia Potapova vs Wildcard Sofia Kenin (USA)
Not Before 1:00 PM Danielle Collins (USA) vs Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Not Before 5:30 PM Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) vs Wildcard Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)
Maria Sakkari (GRE) vs Qualifier Emma Navarro (USA)

COURT 2 Doubles starts at 3:00 PM
M. Kato (JPN) / A. Sutjiadi (INA) vs T. Mihalikova (SVK) / Y. Xu (CHN)
A. Danilina (KAZ) / B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs [2] S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
After suitable rest

WC D. Collins (USA)/C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] L. Kichenok (UKR)/J. Ostapenko (LAT)

Friday, Sept. 15 – Semifinals

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Finals


Lisa Lamb
Lisa Lamb
Lisa’s passion for sports journalism stems from her experiences playing high school sports and reading great sports journalists, especially those who write about her favorite basketball team, the San Diego State Aztecs. As a professor of mathematics education, she enjoys analyzing data to highlight the statistics that help bring the story to life. Lisa has lived in Coronado for almost 20 years with her husband and son. She loves the friendly neighborhood community and the walkable access to wonderful restaurants and parks.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]

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