Chardy, Darcis Reach Shenzhen Second Round
Sela passes opening test
Jeremy Chardy saved two set points in the opening set on Monday before eliminating Italian Alessandro Giannessi, 7-6(6), 6-4 in one hour, 53 minutes at the Shenzhen Open. The Frenchman will attempt to reach his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season against the winner of fifth-seeded Donald Young and the youngest player in the draw, #NextGenATP 17-year-old Nicola Kuhn.
ATP World Tour veteran Steve Darcis ended the hometown hopes of Ze Zhang 7-5, 7-6(3). The 27-year-old Zhang, who captured his first ATP Challenger Tour title earlier this year in San Francisco, broke the Belgian immediately and earned four more break points in Darcis’ second service game. From 1-4 down, World No. 77 won six of the next seven games, saving four set points on his serve at 4-5, to claim the opening set.
While Darcis earned the first break of the second set and held for a 4-2 lead, Zhang fought back and forced a tie-break. But from 2-2, the third-oldest player to debut in the Top 40 of the Emirates ATP Rankings (No. 38 in May 2017) won five of the final six points to clinch the victory against the wild card.
In the only other singles contest of the day in Shenzhen, Dudi Sela used an 18-minute opening set to catapult past qualifier Matthew Ebden, 6-0, 7-6(8), in their second career meeting. The Israeli saved four set points in the second set tie-break to squeak past the Australian.
Three seeded players will begin their campaigns at the event on Tuesday.