Slam semi-finalists kick off Day 1 action

August 19, 2017 07:38 PM

It’s a big day of action both on and off the court on ShopRite Kids Day powered by Net Generation with clinics, giveaways and player appearances as well as the first main draw matches.

Tickets start at just $14 and all activities and matches are included. The clinic runs from 10am to noon at indoor courts and features new Net Generation games and drills.  The first 1000 kids through the gates receive a goody bag.

Here are the four feature matches to watch:

Mirjana Lucic-baroni v Anett Kontaveit
Eighteen years after defeating Monica Seles en route to the last four at Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni reached her second Grand Slam semi-final at this year’s Australian Open. The Croatian veteran will look to level the ledger with rising Estonian Anett Kontaveit on Sunday when the pair meets in the opening round. Kontaveit easily beat Lucic-Baroni on the clay in Rome and is enjoying a break-out season having claimed her first tour title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch leading into Wimbledon.

Alize Cornet v Yulia Putintseva
Two of the tour’s feistiest competitors will square off for a place in the second round when Kazakhstan’s diminutive Putintseva looks to win her first match in three attempts against the Frenchwoman. Putintseva’s best result of the season came indoors in St Petersburg where she felled Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dominika Cibulkova en route to the final. Roared on by a parochial home crowd Cornet took down Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the French Open fourth round.

Magdalena Rybarikova v Kirsten Flipkens
In a battle of two Wimbledon semi-finalists, World No.33 Rybarikova will look to live up to her billing as top seed in the qualifying draw when she meets Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens. The Slovak carries a 3-0 record in previous encounters, however all those matches were played four years ago. After wrist and knee surgeries, Rybarikova is enjoying a resurgence having beaten current World No.1 Karolina Pliskova en route to the last four at Wimbledon this season. Flipkens’ run to the Wimbledon semi-finals came four years ago.

Jana Cepelova v Christina McHale
World No.61 Christina McHale will bid to join Lauren Davis and Sloane Stephens as the third American in the main draw when she meets Jana Cepelova. The duo split two prior meetings with McHale beating the Slovak on her way to the Osaka title last season. Cepelova reached the semi-finals in Istanbul earlier in the season, while McHale reached the same stage on hard-court in Acapulco.