Sharapova and Djokovic Beat the Wind and Heat for Miami Wins


Djokovic backhand

(March 24, 2013) In what has been the hottest day at the Sony Open tennis tournament this year, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic advanced with straight set wins on Sunday.

Sharapova stopped her Russian countrywoman Elena Vesnina in the mid -80’s heat and swirling winds in almost two hours 6-4, 6-2.

“In situations like this where it’s tough and it’s hot, it kind of levels out the game a little bit, and with the windy conditions you have to be a bit more patient. That was really important today.”

Vesnina helped Sharapova by hitting eight double faults and could only convert 1 out of 9 break points against Sharapova.

The win puts Sharapova into the Round of 16. She has never captured the title in Miami.

“It’s in the back of my mind,” she said. “It’s one of the biggest tournaments for us, and it’s one that I have been the most consistent at, being in four finals, but yet not winning it. I would definitely love to go a step further here.”

Novak Djokovic is seeking his fourth Miami title and third in a row. He moved into the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over No. 254 Somdev Devvarman.


“Conditions not so great,” Djokovic  said referring to the wind. “It was very difficult to kind of get into the rhythm because you couldn’t really serve at your 100% and you had to go more for precision and you had to put twice as much effort in the step adjustments because of the windy conditions.

All in all, I’m just happy to get through the rough day.”

He’ll play veteran Tommy Haas next. No. 15 seed Haas took out Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2.

“The respect does not lack, you know, for Tommy and everything he has done,” Djokovic said.  “He’s what, 34 years old, but he has been chosen as the comeback player of the year last year.  Already now he’s top 20, moved into the top, and he’s an all‑around player.  He’s very talented, and he’s probably one of the most experienced active players in the world now.

“He can play equally well on any surface.  Today on windy conditions I watched his match.  He played terrific match, and so, you know, you can always expect Tommy to fight and try his best.

“So I know what to expect.  It’s going to be a tough match, and hopefully I can be fit to play my best.”

Three seeded women fell on Sunday – No. 6 Angelique Kerber, No. 11 Nadia Petrova and No. 14 Maria Kirilenko. Kerber was stopped by No. 28 Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-0. Petrova was ousted by No. 22 Jelena Jankovic 7-6 (7), 6-4. Kirilenko fell to No. 21 Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 7-6 (4).


Results – Sunday, March 24 2013

ATP Singles – Third Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d. S Devvarman (IND) 62 64
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) d. [32] F Fognini (ITA) 61 75
[7] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d. [26] K Anderson (RSA) 46 76(5) 60
[11] G Simon (FRA) d. G Zemlja (SLO) 64 64
[13] K Nishikori (JPN) d. X Malisse (BEL) 62 75
[15] T Haas (GER) d. [19] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 62
A Ramos (ESP) d. [WC] J Blake (USA) 64 26 75
J Melzer (AUT) d. T Kamke (GER) 67(3) 63 64

ATP Doubles – Second Round
N Almagro (ESP) / O Marach (AUT) d. [3] M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) 63 63
[5] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d. T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 46 63 14-12
G Dimitrov (BUL) / F Nielsen (DEN) d. [7] M Llodra (FRA) / L Paes (IND) 76(6) 76(4)
M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d. D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 63 36 10-7

WTA Singles – Third Round
[3] M Sharapova (RUS) d. [29] E Vesnina (RUS) 64 62
[28] S Cirstea (ROU) d. [6] A Kerber (GER) 64 60
[8] S Errani (ITA) d. S Halep (ROU) 61 60
[22] J Jankovic (SRB) d. [11] N Petrova (RUS) 76(7) 64
[12] A Ivanovic (SRB) d. S Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 63
[21] K Zakopalova (CZE) d. [14] M Kirilenko (RUS) 62 76(4)
[15] R Vinci (ITA) d. [20] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 57 64 64
[32] A Cornet (FRA) d. [LL] L Davis (USA) 26 63 62

WTA Doubles – Second Round
[3] N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d. M Moulton-Levy (USA) / S Zhang (CHN) 60 46 10-7
[4] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) d. A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) 76(3) 60
[5] L Huber (USA) / M Martinez Sanchez (ESP) d. A Groenefeld (GER) / P Martic (CRO) 64 62
[8] J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) d. D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Medina Garrigues (ESP) 75 62
[Alt] T Malek (GER) / T Tanasugarn (THA) d. [WC] L Raymond (USA) / L Robson (GBR) 46 61 10-8



STADIUM start 11:00 am
[WC] G Muguruza (ESP) vs [5] N Li (CHN) – WTA
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [13] D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA
[29] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [2] A Murray (GBR) – ATP
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Nieminen (FIN) – ATP

Starting at 7:30 PM
[20] J Isner (USA) vs [9] M Cilic (CRO) – ATP

Not Before 9:00 PM
[21] K Zakopalova (CZE) vs [3] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [28] M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP
D Goffin (BEL) vs [10] N Almagro (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[4] A Radwanska (POL) vs [16] S Stephens (USA) – WTA
A Falla (COL) vs [4] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[14] M Raonic (CAN) vs [17] S Querrey (USA) – ATP

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[WC] A Tomljanovic (CRO) vs [30] K Flipkens (BEL) – WTA

Not Before 12:30 PM
[16] A Seppi (ITA) vs T Bellucci (BRA) – ATP
[15] R Vinci (ITA) vs [32] A Cornet (FRA) – WTA
[8] S Errani (ITA) vs [12] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
[28] S Cirstea (ROU) vs [22] J Jankovic (SRB) – WTA
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs T Babos (HUN) / M Minella (LUX) – WTA

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Lisicki (GER) vs [7] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / S Mirza (IND) – WTA
R Bopanna (IND) / R Ram (USA) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – ATP
L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – ATP
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs T Haas (GER) / X Malisse (BEL) – ATP
[4] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP
S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / F Pennetta (ITA) – WTA