Wild card recipient Allie Kiick made the most of the opportunity in her win over World No. 95, Kristyna Pliskova, the first of round one. Florida native Kiick, who currently ranks World No. 164, is coming off of a challenging couple years, health-wise. The 23-year-old daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick struggled through a total 4 knee surgeries and a scare with melanoma, all of which kept her off the professional court for 3 years and 4 months. Having long lost her ranking, Kiick started training again in March of 2017 and has steadily climbed back up in rankings since. She currently holds the World No. 164 position.
Oracle Challenger Series veteran Sachia Vickery secured her spot in round 2 with a win over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. Vickery, who competed in both the Newport Beach and Indian Wells Oracle Challenger Series events, reached her career high ranking of World No. 73 earlier this year. She will meet fellow Floridian, Allie Kiick, in the second round of play later this week.
World No. 60 Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan took out Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine in three sets: 36, 62, 61. She will next meet Mona Barthel of Germany who out-battled China’s Lin Zhu 75, 26, 46.
In just under an hour Deleware native Madison Brengle dominated fellow American Lauren Davis on court 2, throwing up a 60, 60 win to send her into the second round.
American Irina Falconi fell to World No. 70, Tatjana Maria of Germany. Maria will next meet Brengle in the second round.
Two qualifiers, Francoise Abanda and Robin Anderson, faced off on court 6 this evening but it was the Canadian who was left standing. Abanda will next face Johanna Larsson in round 2. The Swede beat Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in three sets.