Main Draws Kick off on Monday; Coco vs. Taylor

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July 24, 2022 – Singles qualifying wrapped up on Sunday in Atlanta at the 2022 Atlanta Open. This year's ATP 250 event runs from July 23-31, as the U.S. Open Series kicks off on the North American hardcourts at Atlantic Station.

 

It was also an electrifying night of women's tennis in Atlanta as two players with Atlanta ties, Coco Gauff and Taylor Townsend squared off on Stadium Court.

 

Gauff defeated Townsend 6-3, 6-3.

 

The first set started out with a battle of the breaks. Taylor Townsend started off strong breaking Gauff’s serve. Coco promptly returned the favor when she broke Taylor with a dropshot down the line. The two went back and forth until Coco Gauff held to make it 3-2. Gauff was able to break Townsend again and earn herself a 4-2 lead. Gauff was able to hold the threat of Townsend off and seal the first set with an ace. 

Both players started the second set with a hold of serve. However, in their second services games both players were broken. Coco broke Taylor again to give herself a 3-2 lead. Up a break and a set, Gauff looked certain to win the match. When serving for the match, Gauff and a ball kid worked together to claim the victory over Townsend.

Adrian Mannarino, the top seed in qualifying and Taro Daniel of Japan started the day on Stadium Court. 

 

The first set was evenly matched throughout with both players having similar playing styles but using opposite hands. Daniel won the first game and Mannarino evened it by winning the second. By game seven, Daniel and Mannarino were neck to neck, both scoring on each other until a deuce, then Ad on Mannarino, then deuce again, and Ad on Daniel. This back and forth continued until Daniel finally got the one up on Mannarino. 6-4 Daniel, after Mannarino made several errors in the last two games, often hitting out or having a backhand error and ended up only scoring one point per game.

The second set started with a long rally, going back and forth until Daniel converted an overhand smash, yet Mannarino ended up winning that game by a Daniel unforced error. Midway through the second set both players were starting to feel the heat with temperature well over the 90 degree mark. Mannarino especially was, often miss-hitting his forehand. After game six is where Mannarino fell off. He was aced several times by Daniel as the match went to the player from Japan.

Dominik Koepfer defeats Donald Young 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in a long match on Stadium.

The match got off to a quick start. Koepfer won the first five games in under 20 minutes. Donald Young was able to get one game off of the German but nothing else. Koepfer controlled the entire first set with his aggressive forehand and won the set 6-1.

The tone of the second set was completely opposite than the first. Young found his game and was able to ward off any threats from Koepfer. The American broke Koepfer’s serve in the fifth game and took control from there. Young was able to win his service games quickly and put pressure on Koepfer. Young won the second set 6-4.

The deciding set started out rocky for Koepfer. He only won one point in his first service game. Things looked bleak for the young German until the third game. The third game lasted over 10 minutes and saw lots of intense action. A drop shot battle took place in the seventh point of the game. Both players thought they had bested the other, but it was Koepfer who would play the fatal drop shot. The game went to deuce eight times before Koepfer would win it with another drop shot. That game gave Dominik the momentum he needed to win the final set. He would go on to break Young two more times and win the third set 6-3.

India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan defeated Great Britain’s Jack Draper in the second round of qualifying by 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(2). This marked the first time they have ever faced off. 

Ramanathan, age 27, is ranked 196 in singles and entered the game having defeated seventh-seeded American Stefan Kozlov yesterday in a blowout game. 

The first set was very evenly matched with both players showcasing strong serves. The set went to a tiebreaker where Ramanathan was able to come back from a 6-4 deficit to claim the first set. 

The second set started much like the first with both players matching each other's serves. Fourth-seeded Draper began to force Ramanathan into pulling out his uncomfortable backhand and serving to his weaker left. Draper broke Ramanathan’s serve in the eighth game of the set, providing the momentum he needed to win the set 6-3. The match was all tied up at one set a piece. 

It was a final set in which both players were visibly exhausted from their intense battle and the scorching Georgia sun. This was another close set where Draper let a break point escape him in game 11,but was able to claw back and force another tiebreak. Ultimately, the frustration and fatigue proved too much for the young Briton who lost 7-2 in tiebreak. 

The victory secured Ramanathan’s place in the tournament with action starting on Monday.

 

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