Djokovic and Sharapova Cruise, Del Potro Ousted, Azarenka Withdraws in Miami

Novak Djokovic at BNP Paribas Open players' party

(March 22, 2013) No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Maria Sharapova cruised, while Juan Martin Del Potro and Victoria Azarenka exited the Sony Open on Friday.

Azarenka withdrew from Miami citing an ankle injury she sustained playing the BNP Paribas Open last week.

“I’m very disappointed … But I have to take my health into consideration,” said Azarenka. “I tried everything I could but couldn’t make it. It’s an unfortunate part of our job.”

Azarenka’s withdrawal gave American “lucky loser” Lauren Davis a spot in the draw which she took advantage of when saved three match points in beating countrywoman Madison Keys 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(7).

“I just hoped and I wished and I prayed that I would get in,” said Davis to media. “I was just so happy. I didn’t care if I won or lost. I just was so grateful for the opportunity to play.”

Del Potro had a shocking loss to Germany’s Tobias Kamke 7-6, 6-1.

“I mean, we had some long and tough rallies, but I expected him to play like a little bit faster and that he puts more pressure on me and he gave me a little time, so it helped me a lot in the beginning, “ noted Kamke.

“And, yeah, I saved two set points on 5‑2, and somehow I came back in that set and had the chance to win it.  Second set after the break I felt even better.  Then he missed in the beginning some easy forehands, I think, and he was a little bit frustrated, I think.

“He didn’t play obviously his best tennis, but still I think I did a good job and pretty satisfied with that.”

“Just a bad day and he play really well,” Del Potro told media after the match.  “He took the chance to beat me tonight, and I think that’s it.”

“I never played against him until today.  But he’s a good player, of course.”

The match was interrupted by a rain delay.

Sharapova strolled 6-2 6-0 win over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard. The only thing that slowed down the Russian was the half hour power outage during the night session which. There was also a three hour rain delay earlier which pushed the match schedule back.

“I have been on the tour for many years and I have been part of a few delays” Sharapova said.  “Maybe not a power outage, but you treat it as maybe a rain delay and you go in, and as soon as you have to get out and just be ready, do a quick warmup, and be ready for the match.”

Djokovic’s game certainly had no power shortage. The two-time defending Sony Open champion dismantled Lukas Rosol 6-1, 6-0 raising his Miami win streak to 13 matches in a row. The match followed the Sharapova win on Stadium court.

“It is a great start,” said Djokovic. “After Indian Wells, I tried to rest. There are different conditions here, but tonight was perfect for tennis. I enjoyed every moment of it and I love this court.”

“I probably had a seven-hour delay in Indian Wells before the fourth round, so this was a mild delay,” laughed a jovial Djokovic. “The hotel where we are staying is nearby, so it’s convenient to rest and prepare.”

David Ferrer, the third seed advanced to the next round when his opponent when Dmitry Tursunov pulled out with acute gastroenteritis.

I’m happy to still be out here playing,  said  the 33-yeat-old world No. 95 James Blake who took out No. 27 Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-3. “Every year it seems like there is new challenges and stuff and now at this age it’s the challenge of still trying to get better and still trying to improve is not as easy as when I was 22 and 23 still learning a ton of stuff.”

“It’s just a matter of still enjoying it so much that it makes it worth it, “  the American wildcard added.  Days like today make it absolutely worth it.  Makes it a lot of fun.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama

Friday, March 22 2013

WTA Singles – Second Round
*[LL] L Davis (USA) d. [WC] M Keys (USA) 61 57 76(7) – saved 3 M.P.
[3] M Sharapova (RUS) d. [WC] E Bouchard (CAN) 62 60
[6] A Kerber (GER) d. F Schiavone (ITA) 67(5) 63 62
[8] S Errani (ITA) d. D Hantuchova (SVK) 63 61
[11] N Petrova (RUS) d. J Zheng (CHN) 63 61
[12] A Ivanovic (SRB) d. U Radwanska (POL) 62 61
[14] M Kirilenko (RUS) d. [Q] B Mattek-Sands (USA) 61 64
[15] R Vinci (ITA) d. C Mchale (USA) 67(2) 61 63
S Kuznetsova (RUS) d. [18] E Makarova (RUS) 64 64
[20] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. J Hampton (USA) 57 75 76(3) – saved 1 M.P.
[21] K Zakopalova (CZE) d. A Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 76(3)
[22] J Jankovic (SRB) d. [WC] V Duval (USA) 63 75
S Halep (ROU) d. [26] T Paszek (AUT) 61 67(4) 75
[28] S Cirstea (ROU) d. [Q] S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 26 75 62
[29] E Vesnina (RUS) d. [Q] D Vekic (CRO) 64 62
[32] A Cornet (FRA) d. L Robson (GBR) 57 75 61

*[LL] L Davis (USA) replaced [2] V Azarenka (BLR) – right ankle

WTA Doubles – First Round
[WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) – cancelled
[4] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) d. N Grandin (RSA) / V Uhlirova (CZE) 67(5) 63 10-6
[5] L Huber (USA) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) – cancelled
A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) vs [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / F Schiavone (ITA) – cancelled
I Begu (ROU) / A Rosolska (POL) vs *[Alt] T Malek (GER) / T Tanasugarn (THA) 55 – postponed

*[Alt] T Malek (GER) / T Tanasugarn (THA) replaced M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR) – Watson (left adductor)
ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d L Rosol (CZE) 61 60
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] D Tursunov (RUS) w/o (acute gastroenteritis)
T Kamke (GER) d [5] J Del Potro (ARG) 76(5) 61
[7] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [Q] D Sela (ISR) 62 64
[11] G Simon (FRA) d [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) 63 63
A Ramos (ESP) d [12] J Monaco (ARG) 62 46 63
[13] K Nishikori (JPN) d V Hanescu (ROU) 63 63
[15] T Haas (GER) d I Sijsling (NED) 60 57 63
[19] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d N Davydenko (RUS) 62 63
X Malisse (BEL) d [22] J Chardy (FRA) 63 62
G Zemlja (SLO) d [23] F Mayer (GER) 63 76(3)
[WC] J Blake (USA) d [24] J Benneteau (FRA) 62 63
[26] K Anderson (RSA) d H Zeballos (ARG) 63 76(4)
J Melzer (AUT) d [31] M Granollers (ESP) 63 64
[32] F Fognini (ITA) d M Llodra (FRA) 64 61
S Devvarman (IND) d [LL] E Roger-Vasselin* (FRA) 46 64 75

*[LL] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) replaced [30] F Lopez (ESP) (left wrist injury)

ATP Doubles – First Round
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 64 26 10-5
[3] M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) d R Gasquet (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 76(3) 63
[4] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA) 76(7) 64
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [6] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 75 64
M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d D Bracciali (ITA) / J Knowle (AUT) 76(10) 62



STADIUM start 11:00 am
[25] V Lepchenko (USA) vs [5] N Li (CHN) – WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) vs V Troicki (SRB) – ATP
B Tomic (AUS) vs [2] A Murray (GBR) – ATP

Not Before 4:30 PM
[19] V Williams (USA) vs [16] S Stephens (USA) – WTA

Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) vs A Morita (JPN) – WTA

Not Before 9:30 PM
[25] F Verdasco (ESP) vs A Falla (COL) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [Q] O Rochus (BEL) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[4] A Radwanska (POL) vs M Rybarikova (SVK) – WTA
[20] J Isner (USA) vs I Dodig (CRO) – ATP
[14] M Raonic (CAN) vs [Q] G Rufin (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [4] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
L Kubot (POL) vs [17] S Querrey (USA) – ATP
T Bellucci (BRA) vs [21] J Janowicz (POL) – ATP
[WC] G Pella (ARG) vs [10] N Almagro (ESP) – ATP
S Giraldo (COL) vs [9] M Cilic (CRO) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
R Oprandi (SUI) vs [13] D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[WC] A Petkovic (GER) vs [WC] A Tomljanovic (CRO) – WTA
[9] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) – WTA
[30] K Flipkens (BEL) vs [7] P Kvitova (CZE) – WTA
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [WC] L Hewitt (AUS) / B Tomic (AUS) – ATP-After Suitable Rest

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[18] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs D Goffin (BEL) – ATP
J Nieminen (FIN) vs [27] M Klizan (SVK) – ATP
[29] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs S Bolelli (ITA) – ATP
T Bellucci (BRA) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – ATP

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
V Dushevina (RUS) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN) – WTA
E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) vs R Bopanna (IND) / R Ram (USA) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs K Date-Krumm (JPN) / C Dellacqua (AUS) – WTA
[5] L Huber (USA) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) – WTA
I Begu (ROU) / A Rosolska (POL) vs [Alt] T Malek (GER) / T Tanasugarn (THA) 55 – WTA

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
[16] A Seppi (ITA) vs A Bedene (SLO) – ATP
T Haas (GER) / X Malisse (BEL) vs J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
Y Lu (TPE) vs [28] M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP
G Simon (FRA) / V Troicki (SRB) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[WC] C Harrison (USA) / R Harrison (USA) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / F Nielsen (DEN) – ATP-After Suitable Rest

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
C Black (ZIM) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Lisicki (GER) – WTA
[WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA
H Chan (TPE) / J Husarova (SVK) vs [3] N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) – WTA
E Birnerova (CZE) / V Lepchenko (USA) vs [7] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / S Mirza (IND) – WTA
A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) vs [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / F Schiavone (ITA) – WTA