Kokkinakis, Mladenovic charge into second round in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Thanasi Kokkinakis beat Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets to advance to the second round of the men’s draw at the Ricoh Open while Kristina Mladenovic achieved the same feat over Risa Ozaki.

Kokkinakis, who is working his way back from a lengthy injury layoff, was a 6-4, 7-5 winner over Youzhny. The 21-year-old struck 16 aces as he claimed the first win of his comeback, following a first-round exit at Roland Garros at the start of this month.

"It was very tough [to close it out]," said Kokkinakis.

"I didn't get off to a great start, but then came back and played pretty well. I was up 6-2, 4-2 and serving really well, but I knew it was going to be tough to keep serving that well the whole match.

“He really started playing a lot better at the back end of the second set. I got a bit tighter for sure. I hadn't served out a match in a long time. It was good to get those nerves out the way.

"It feels great to be competing again, there's only so long you can practise for. It's so frustrating being on the practice court for ages. Physically I'm not 100 per cent, still got some things I need to sort out with my body.

“I'm trying to manage it while I'm playing. That's the tough part. I'm trying to get the matches in and that workload into my body."

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All the other results from Tuesday in the men’s side of the draw can be seen below:

Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) beat Yuichi Sugita (Japan) 7-6(5) 3-6 6-0

Stefan Kozlov (U.S.) beat Dustin Brown (Germany) 6-3 3-6 6-3

Julien Benneteau (France) beat Evgeny Donskoy (Russia) 3-6 6-4 7-6(5)

Daniil Medvedev (Russia) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 7-6(5) 3-6 6-3

Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-4 6-1

Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Steve Darcis (Belgium) 6-2 7-6(3)

Ernesto Escobedo (U.S.) beat Jason Jung (Taiwan) 6-4 6-2  

In the women’s draw, last year’s Ricoh Open finalist Mladenovic made a victorious return to the Netherlands, moving past Ozaki 7-5, 6-1.    

“I knew that my first match on grass was going to be difficult and tricky,” the French lady said in her on-court interview afterwards.

“We played for many weeks on clay court and this is totally different, so you need to get into the rhythm.

“Today I had an opponent that I didn’t know a lot about, so the first set was very up and down from my side. I’m extremely happy to win this match in two sets.”

All the other results from Tuesday in the women’s side of the draw can be seen below:

Andrea Petkovic (Germany) beat Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 7-6(6) 2-6 6-2

Ana Konjuh (Croatia) beat Tamara Korpatsch (Germany) 6-4 6-4

Carina Witthoeft (Germany) beat CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) 6-7(3) 6-3 7-5

Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Russia) beat Cornelia Lister (Sweden) 6-1 6-4

Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) beat Miyu Kato (Japan) 6-1 6-1

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) beat Anna Kalinskaya (Russia) 6-3 6-4

Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Madison Brengle (U.S.) 6-1 6-2

Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) beat Asia Muhammad (U.S.) 6-3 3-6 6-4

Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) beat Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4

Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) beat Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) 6-3 6-3

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