Young American players took center stage on the first day of the Family Circle Cup today on Daniel Island, with mixed results for the U.S. hopefuls.
In an All-American battle on Stadium Court, American Varvara Lepchencko took out countywoman Christina McHale in three sets. Wild-card entrant Bethanie Mattek-Sands and qualifier Mallory Burdette also advanced to the second round with three-set wins.
Lepchenkno, seeded No. 12 and ranked No. 29, took a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over No. 55 McHale, who was hobbled in the third set by a leg injury. Born in Uzbekistan, the 26-year-old Lepchenko became a U.S. citizen in 2011 and played for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics.
Burdette, a 22-year-old qualifer from Jackson, Ga., advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 victory over Kristina Mladenovic of France. Burdette jumped into the top 100 on the WTA Tour at No. 99 by making the third round at Indian Wells last month. She gave up her final year at Stanford after making a run to the third round of the U.S. Open last year.
Mattek-Sands, ranked No. 131, worked hard for a 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 win over Anastasia Rodionova, ranked No. 107.
American Jamie Hampton’s stay at the Family Circle Cup will be shorter, as the 23-year-old from Auburn, Ala., went out in the first round today
Hampton, ranked No. 68 in the world and the sixth-ranked American on the WTA Tour, dropped a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 decision to No. 64 Olga Govortsova of Belarus.
Also today, 11th-seeded Sorana Cirstea advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Tatjana Malek of Germany.
Mathilde Johansson d. Melinda Czink, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
Monica Puig d. Andrea Hlavackova, 6-4, 6-0
Camila Giorgi d. Mandy Minella, 6-4, 6-4
Grace Min d. Tamira Paszek, 6-0, 3-0 ret.
Eugenie Bouchard d. Nastassja Burnett, 6-2, 6-3
Stefanie Voegele d. Teliana Pereira, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.