Windy Wednesday at Volvo Car Open Leaves 16 Standing
Steve Fogleman, Tennis Atlantic
The winds picked up on Wednesday at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina and swept 16 players into the third round. It also swept a few seeded players out of the action.
Naomi Osaka hasn’t dropped a set yet and looked good in a 6-3, 7-6(8) win over Laura Siegemund on Stadium court. Osaka opens today’s schedule against Julia Goerges, who needed three sets to dispatch Kristie Ahn yesterday.
Irina Begu beat American Claire Liu, 6-4, 6-2 yesterday and will face defending champ Daria Kasatkina.
Looking to book a spot in the quarterfinal is today’s “Quartier Francaise” matchup: Top seed Caroline Garcia vs. compatriot Alize Cornet. Cornet has looked strong this week as she notched another quick straight sets victory, this time over Polona Hercog. I think Cornet has a good chance of notching the upset tonight.
Camila Giorgi stepped up her game to overcome a resurgent Daria Gavrilova in three sets yesterday and earned the right to play Madison Keys, who needed three sets to dispatch Lara Arruabuena.
Johanna Konta was one and done after Fanny Stollar dominated her in straight sets. Stollar is on to the round of 16 for the second year in a row here. Stollar plays Kiki Bertens this afternoon.
The big upset of the day was reserved for Petra Kvitova and the best thing you could say about the match is that Kvitova never saw it coming. After she grabbed a routine 6-1 first set, Kvitova seemed the spectator and lost the last two sets badly to Kristyna Pliskova, 6-1. 6-3. Pliskova draws Elena Vesnina.
RESULTS – APRIL 4, 2018
Singles – Second Round
K. Pliskova (CZE) d  P. Kvitova (CZE) 16 61 63
 J. Goerges (GER) d K. Ahn (USA) 26 64 76(1)
[Q] F. Stollar (HUN) d  J. Konta (GBR) 63 64
 M. Keys (USA) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 61 36 63
 A. Sevastova (LAT) d [Q] C. Dolehide (USA) 75 67(5) 61
 A. Barty (AUS) d T. Maria (GER) 46 63 62
 N. Osaka (JPN) d L. Siegemund (GER) 63 76(8)
C. Giorgi (ITA) d  D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 26 63
 K. Bertens (NED) d A. Krunic (SRB) 64 62
 I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] C. Liu (USA) 64 62
 A. Cornet (FRA) d P. Hercog (SLO) 62 63
[WC] S. Errani (ITA) d  M. Buzarnescu (ROU) 36 76(5) 62
 E. Vesnina (RUS) d T. Townsend (USA) 64 61
B. Pera (USA) d [LL] D. Yastremska (UKR) 76(4) 16 64
Doubles – First Round
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / A. Krunic (SRB) d  B. Krejcikova (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 16 10-5
M. Buzarnescu (ROU) / H. Watson (GBR) d [WC] M. Doi (JPN) / C. Mchale (USA) 36 63 10-8
ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018
VOLVO CAR STADIUM start 11:00 am
 J. Goerges (GER) vs  N. Osaka (JPN)
 I. Begu (ROU) vs  D. Kasatkina (RUS)
C. Giorgi (ITA) vs  M. Keys (USA)
 K. Bertens (NED) vs [Q] F. Stollar (HUN)
Not Before 7:00 pm
 C. Garcia (FRA) vs  A. Cornet (FRA)
A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs  B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / A. Sestini Hlavackova (CZE)
ALTHEA GIBSON CLUB COURT start 11:00 am
 A. Sevastova (LAT) vs  A. Barty (AUS)
Not Before 12:00 noon
B. Pera (USA) vs [WC] S. Errani (ITA)
 E. Vesnina (RUS) vs K. Pliskova (CZE)
 A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA)