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Americans roll into third round in Paris

May 29, 2014 04:04 PM
Donald Young was pumped up after his upset win over No. 26 seed Feliciano Lopez.

By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com

The young Americans continue to roll on at the French Open, with U.S. players on both the men's and women's side advancing to the third round on Thursday.

In a significant upset, Donald Young breezed past No. 26 seed Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-3. The world No. 79 was dominant on the serve throughout the match, winning 76 percent of the points when he got his first serve in. Young, 24, has been enjoying a career resurgence in 2014, reaching the third round of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Houston. He'll play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain for a place in the fourth round.

In an all-American battle on Court 7, Jack Sock stormed through former NCAA champion Steve Johnson, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. The 21-year-old Nebraska native has been in good form on the red clay this season, reaching the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Houston and coming through qualifying to reach the second round last week at the ATP event in Nice, France. Perhaps surprisingly, the world No. 75 will be the on-paper favorite to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career when he plays world No. 83 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia on Saturday.

On the women's side, No. 15 Sloane Stephens, 21, wasted no time in breezing past Polona Hercog of Slovenia, 6-1, 6-3. The American was in control of the baseline rallies throughout the match, hammering 23 winners while only dropping serve once. Stephens has reached the fourth round of the French Open for the last two years and will be the favorite to make it a three-peat when she plays No. 22 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

In other matches on Thursday, CoCo Vandeweghe lost to Makarova, 6-4, 6-3, while Alison Riske put up a fight against Kristina Mladenovic of France on Court Suzanne Lenglen before falling, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3.

Court 1 will be an American-heavy day at the French Open on Friday. Eighteen-year-old USTA wild card Taylor Townsend takes on No. 17 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, followed by No. 10 seed John Isner squaring off against No. 17 seed Tommy Robredo of Spain.




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