2015/04/01

Venus Williams Loses to Carla Suarez Navarro in Miami Open Quarterfinal

Carla Suarez Navarro

Carla Suarez Navarro

(March 31, 2015) In a very topsy-turvy match, Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro recovered from losing the first set 6-0 to recover to defeat three-time champion Venus Williams at the Miami Open on Tuesday 0-6, 6-1, 7-5 to reach the semifinals.

Williams needed just 27 minutes to blow out Suarez Navarro in the first set, nailing 14 winners.

The second set saw a reversal of fortune for the Spaniard, as she moved 16th seeded Williams from corner to corner, dominating with her forehand.

Both women broke each other’s serve, the 12th seed Suarez Navarro coming back from twice from being a break down.

Williams made 41 unforced errors.

The victory for the Spaniard moves her into the most important semifinal of her career- a Premier Mandatory. A win in the semifinal will move her into the top ten for the first time.

“It was a crazy match, crazy first two sets,” said the winner. “Venus was unbelievable at the beginning.

“I start a little bit nervous, but, you know, in tennis, even if you lost the first set, you’re still in competition. I’m happy with the way I come back after the first set.”

“Just a little too many errors and I was going for it the whole match,” Williams said. “Towards the end just never found the happy medium between being aggressive and putting the ball in the court.”

“Of course I want to play well every match as much as I can,” the seven-time major champion said, “I feel like I have the ability to win this match.

“Unfortunately it was a loss, but I learned a lot from them, and they always make me better. “

The Spaniard will play No. 9 seed Andrea Petkovic for a place in the final. The German ousted No. 14 Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2, earlier in the day.

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Andy Murray Reaches 500th Win Mark with Victory Over Kevin Anderson at Miami Open

(March 31, 2015) Andy Murray became the ninth player on the ATP World Tour to win 500 career matches with his victory over Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the Miami Open quarterfinals.

The Scot is the 46th player in the Open era with 500 or more wins and the first British player to accomplish this feat.

“It’s nice I think obviously for me the fact that it happened here,” said the two-time Miami Open champion. “It’s just fitting just because I have spent so much time training here and working to get better and to improve. That was nice.

“Yeah, I hope I’ve still got a lot more wins in me. To get to 500 is good. It’s not an easy thing to do at my age. It’s nice. Hopefully I can keep going.”

“I hope for me this isn’t the end and I can keep trying to progress,” he added. With each win you get closer to going past a great player.

“You know, the people that are ahead of me have all done pretty amazing things in the sport, so that’s what’s nice about it. And, yeah, it gives me ‑‑ also feels like it gives me motivation, as well, for some reason.

“I don’t know why, but getting to 500, yeah, it gives me motivation to go on and try and win more. When you look at the list of players and the wins that certain guys have got, it gives you something to aim at, as well.”

No. 3 seed Murray will face off against 21-year-old Dominic Thiem, who reached his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal with a win over No. 28 Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-5.

“He had his best year on the tour last year,” Murray said. “He’s a very talented guy. He’s strong. I know him fairly well. I practice with him quite a bit. He’s very hard worker. Very good attitude. Very respectful guy. He’s got a very good career ahead of him.

“So I expect tomorrow will be a tough match. He struggled a little bit the beginning part of the year. He changed racquets. “You know, always takes a few months to get used to that. Obviously this week he’s played very well again.”

Also advancing to the quarterfinals were No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 4 Kei Nishikori, No. 6 David Ferrer, No. 8 Tomas Berdych, and Juan Monaco.

Djokovic survived a test from Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7, 7-5, 6-0. Dolgopolov was a point a way from a 7-6, 4-0 lead. Berdych advanced when Gael Monfils retired from the match with a hip injury in the second set.

 

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Miami Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

RESULTS – MONDAY, 30 MARCH 2015

ATP

Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] S. Darcis (BEL) 60 75
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [32] V. Troicki (SRB) 62 62
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d [31] J. Chardy (FRA) 61 57 76(3)
[6] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [26] L. Rosol (CZE) 64 75
[22] J. Isner (USA) d [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 76(2) 62
[12] G. Simon (FRA) d [Q] A. Falla (COL) 63 64
[18] D. Goffin (BEL) d J. Janowicz (POL) 64 63
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 75 64

Doubles – Second Round
[2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) 62 63
[3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 75 46 10-7
[4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 67(6) 63 10-2
K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 62
M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) 63 63

WTA

Singles – Fourth Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 63
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [15] F. Pennetta (ITA) 63 75
[16] V. Williams (USA) d [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 63 76(1)
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [7] A. Radwanska (POL) 57 60 64
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) d [8] E. Makarova (RUS) 61 75
[27] S. Lisicki (GER) d [11] S. Errani (ITA) 61 62
[14] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS) 63 62
S. Stephens (USA) d B. Bencic (SUI) 64 76(5)

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round

A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 61
[8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 63
[9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) 64 64

 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 31 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [17] G. Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [9] A. Petkovic (GER) vs [14] K. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [3] A. Murray (GBR)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [16] V. Williams (USA)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [22] J. Isner (USA) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [28] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs D. Thiem (AUT)
ATP – J. Monaco (ARG) vs [29] F. Verdasco (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [12] G. Simon (FRA) vs [6] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [18] D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Panova (RUS) vs [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA)
ATP – M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)

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Caroline Dolehide Opens With Straight-Sets Win At USTA International Spring Championships

March 30, 2015ISC, Carson CA

(March 30, 2015) CARSON, Calif., – One year ago, Caroline Dolehide didn’t have an International Tennis Federation junior ranking high enough to earn entry into the main draw of the Girls’ 18s singles at the Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships, which started main draw play on Monday at StubHub Center.

 

Dolehide instead needed a USTA wild card and wasn’t able to do much with it, falling to No. 7-seeded Michaela Gordon in the first round last year in three sets.

 

But a lot has changed for the 16-year-old high school sophomore from Hinsdale, Ill., since last year, including a US Open semifinal appearance last fall that suddenly put her on the map and made her a future young American to watch.

 

And watched she was on Monday during her 6-0, 6-2 win over Meaghan Kelley. Numerous collegiate coaches were on-site to check out some of the nation’s top junior tennis talent, including schools like Michigan, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine and USC.

 

“I saw Michigan, and some others. Yeah, I saw them all,” said Dolehide, whose sister Courtney played at UCLA. “I haven’t really given it much thought or visited anywhere, but I have time.”

 

It didn’t look like Dolehide got off to a slow start looking at her 6-0 score, but she admitted it took her awhile to get used to the elements, as she trains indoors in Illinois.

 

“It was really windy today and was so that tough to get used to,” she said.

 

Although she made it to the semifinals in the 16s in 2013 losing to Claire Liu, and advanced to the 18s doubles final in Carson last year, she said the US Open performance is what got her noticed. “I played some Pro Circuit events to start the year and didn’t do so well, but now that the summer is coming I’ll be playing more ITF juniors and going to play the junior Grand Slams this summer.

 

“I’ve come a long way in one year.”

 

The top-seed in the boys’ 18s, 17-year-old William Blumberg, from Greenwich, Conn., beat Vasil Kirkov, 6-4, 6-4, in his first-round match.

 

“I was expecting it to be tough,” Blumberg said. “I’ve practiced with Vasil before and knew he was a tough player. He’s a little smaller so he can’t overpower you, but he’s scrappy and he fights for every point.”

 

Blumberg is the highest ranking ITF world-ranked player in the boys’ draw at No. 15 after a finalist appearance at the Grade A Campeonato Internacional in Porto Alegre in Brazil. “It’s tough for me being here one year older,” he said. “I felt nervous and tentative and wasn’t going for my shots.”

 

The entire first-round in the boys’ and girls’ singles was completed with the top eights seeds receiving byes into the second round. Winning on day 1 was former French Open champion Michael Chang’s niece, Katie Chang. She came back to beat Jessica Aragon, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the Girls’ 16s.

 

To follow all the action this week at Carson, log onto www.radiotennis.com for Ken Thomas’ commentary and interviews. To follow the live scores online, go to www.tennis-ticker.com. For a complete run down of scores and updated draws, log onto the website at www.usta.com/isc.

 

By Steve Pratt

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Venus and Serena Williams Reach Miami Quarters

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(March 30, 2015) Venus Williams kept her record perfect against No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki on Monday at the Miami Open defeating the Dane 6-3, 7-6(1).

Venus, a three-time Miami winner joined her sister seven-time winner Serena in the quarterfinals. Serena bested two-time major champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3.

Venus and Serena could meet in the final of the tournament.

Venus did not return to Indian Wells as her sister did two weeks ago but spoke about her sister’s return.

“It was wonderful to see,” Venus said. “I definitely watched every moment, and it was great to see her and my family there. Next year will be a big year for us being an Olympic year.

“I can’t exactly say what my schedule will be, but it was wonderful to see her reception.”

“I have heard so much about how much the tournament has just improved in general in terms of the fans and the players.

“So it will be something to see for me.”

“She’s playing really well,” Serena said of her sister’s play. “She’s playing really aggressive. I have always said what Venus has gone through has really motivated me.

“I think a lot of the things happened to help me become a better player in the past few years. You know, that’s another thing. I was really motivated by her and her spirit and her fight.

“I thought that I was doing really well, that I could ‑‑ I thought since she was doing really well, I could, as well.”

Another American reaching the quarterfinals is Sloane Stephens who stopped 18-year-old Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-6 (5). Other women reaching the final eight include Carla Suarez-Navarro, Sabine Lisicki, Karolina Pliskova and Andrea Petkovic.

Four-time champion and No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat qualifier Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 to reach the final 16 where he will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov.

“I saw a couple of matches he played here, and he’s feeling good,” Djokovic said of his next opponent. He likes this surface. Generally likes a bit slower court with a higher bounce.

“Very quick dynamic motion on the serve and can serve very big for somebody of his height. And moves around very well around the court.

“So I know his game pretty well. I know what to expect. Hopefully I’ll be able to start as well as I did in the first two matches, but then end it in a bit different way. Keep the concentration going, you know, all the way through.”

Also advancing were No. 4 Kei Nishikori, No. 5 Milos Raonic while No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov fell to John Isner in straight sets.

More to follow.

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Miami Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 29, 2015

 

ATP

Singles – Third Round
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [2] R. Nadal (ESP) 64 26 63
[3] A. Murray (GBR) d [27] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
[28] A. Mannarino (FRA) d [7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 76(5)
[8] T. Berdych (CZE) d [25] B. Tomic (AUS) 67(4) 76(3) 61 – saved 4 M.P.
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) d [11] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 76(4)
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d [24] L. Mayer (ARG) 64 64
J. Monaco (ARG) d [23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 75 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d J. Sock (USA) 64 63

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT) 61 62
J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d L. Mayer (ARG) / G. Muller (LUX) 62 64
[3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) d S. Giraldo (COL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 75 63
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) d [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 21 ret. (Lopez – left ankle)

WTA
Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [WC] C. Bellis (USA) 61 61
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [30] C. Giorgi (ITA) 64 75
[27] S. Lisicki (GER) d [5] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 76(4) 75
[11] S. Errani (ITA) d [21] G. Muguruza (ESP) 46 64 61
[24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [13] A. Kerber (GER) 63 36 63
[15] F. Pennetta (ITA) d V. Azarenka (BLR) 76(5) 76(6)
S. Stephens (USA) d J. Larsson (SWE) 64 64
B. Bencic (SUI) d [Q] T. Maria (GER) 64 75

Doubles – Second Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 76(6) 64
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) 62 62
[7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 63

 

 

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 30 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [16] V. Williams (USA) vs [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [31] J. Chardy (FRA) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] S. Darcis (BEL)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [22] J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [32] V. Troicki (SRB)
ATP – T. Bellucci (BRA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [9] A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [26] L. Rosol (CZE) vs [6] D. Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] G. Simon (FRA) vs [Q] A. Falla (COL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [7] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [18] D. Goffin (BEL) vs J. Janowicz (POL)
WTA – [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS)
WTA – [11] S. Errani (ITA) vs [27] S. Lisicki (GER)
WTA – S. Stephens (USA) vs B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
WTA – [8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO)
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) vs M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN)
ATP – J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 7 start Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA-After Suitable Rest – A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA)

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Dennis Novikov Serves Way to Sixth Pro Circuit Title At USTA Men’s Pro Championships of Calabasas

Novikov Serving

(March 29, 2015) CALABASAS, Calif.– It was all about the serve Sunday in the final of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.

 

Former UCLA star and No. 2-seeded Dennis Novikov did it just it just a little bit better on Sunday to beat unseeded Francis Tiafoe, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), to capture his sixth USTA Pro Circuit Futures championship at the USTA $15,000 Pro Circuit Futures event played at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.

 

Novikov’s serve was never broken and he rocketed 13 aces, double faulted just once and only faced a break point against him once the entire match. Tiafoe also served strong with nine aces, two doubles faults, and never lost his serve while saving two break points.

 

“It was a little bit warm out here so the conditions really suit serving,” said Novikov, who will break into the ATP World Top 200 when the rankings are releases on Monday. “It was just a battle of serves today. Like Sampras against whoever …. (Ivo) Karlovic or (Mark) Philippoussis.”

 

Novikov will get his name placed on a banner just like former champs Karlovic and Philippoussis, and has a goal to be in the top 100 by the end of the year.

 

Novikov led 5-4 in the first-set tiebreaker but was able to get two mini-break points against Tiafoe’s serve to close out the set, 7-4. The second set was much of the same story with Tiafoe unable to get close to breaking Novikov, but serving well enough to extend to another tiebreaker.

 

“That was tough,” said the 17-year-old Tiafoe, who has not turned pro yet. “I stayed cool and kept holding and I was serving great. I was returning OK but wasn’t able to get the break.”

 

Novikov made $2,160 prize money and gained 27 valuable ATP World ranking points while Tiafoe earned $1,272 for the week and 12 ranking points. “So far it’s been a good year for me,” Tiafoe said. “I took the fall off and in January I played better than I thought I would.”

 

Added Novikov: “I like warmer conditions and played well at Indian Wells qualifying there a few weeks ago.”

 

In the doubles final on Saturday night, Fabian Matthews and Hunter Nicholas beat Adrian Forberg Skogeng and Wil Spencer, 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.

 

To keep up with all the USTA Pro Circuit news and scores, don’t forget to download the Pro Circuit App. Search procircuit in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.

 

Sunday’s Final Singles Scores

Dennis Novikov, U.S., (2) def. Francis Tiafoe, U.S., 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6)

 

Saturday’s Final Doubles Score

Fabian Matthews, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S., def. Adrian Forberg Skogeng, Norway / Wil Spencer, U.S., 6-1, 2-6, 10-6

 

By Steve Pratt

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Rafael Nadal Upset by Fernando Verdasco in Miami

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

(March 29, 2015) Rafael Nadal’s quest for a first Miami Open title was stopped by countryman No. 24 Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the third round on Sunday.

It’s Verdasco’s second straight win over the current world No. 3, with the last victory coming back in 2012 at the Madrid Masters. Verdasco lost to Nadal 13 straight times before that.

“Of course is a huge victory, and it’s always really nice to feel, you know, in a packed stadium or almost packed stadium in a very important tournament like this one and playing against one of the best players in history,” Verdasco said

“Today was a good day. I played good and I won… I’m very happy, and now I just need to try to rest and be ready for the next one.”

 

Rafael Nadal Miami

“I played some good games at the beginning, bad games at the end of the second set; some good games on the second; not bad at the beginning of the third,” Nadal said.

“But he played well the third, so he deserved to win more than me without any doubt tonight. Just congratulate him for the victory.”

“Today my game in general improved since a month and a half. But at the same time, still playing with too much nerves for a lot of moments, in important moments, still playing with a little bit of anxious on that moments.”

Verdasco had 29 winners breaking Nadal’s serve three times. Nadal was 3-12 on break points with 32 unforced errors with 18 winners.

“Obviously always beating a player like Rafa is the same like if you beat, I mean, (Andy) Murray or (Roger) Federer or these guys,” Verdasco said. Is one of the biggest victories that you can have in tennis.

“Of course is a huge victory, and it’s always really nice to feel, you know, in a packed stadium or almost packed stadium in a very important tournament like this one and playing against one of the best players in history.

“You know, at the end you just try to enjoy the moment also. Not even winning or losing. You always try to win, but enjoy the moment.”

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Serena Williams Sails Past Bellis at Miami Open; Murray Wins 499th Match

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(March 29, 2015) Seven-time Miami Open winner Serena Williams moved into the round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of 15-year-old countrywoman Cici Bellis in 41 minutes.

Bellis upset 2014 Australian Open finalist and the No. 12 player at the time Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of last year’s US Open.

“It wasn’t like, Oh, I’m so happy to win this match,” Williams said.

“Yeah, it was tough. I think, you know, she’s young and her being an American and her just doing so well, you want to see people like her do well. So when you’re up against them you have to kind of put that aside. Even though I’m always cheering for her. Otherwise I have to put it aside and play the match.”

“I was pretty nervous,” said Bellis. “I mean, she’s No. 1 in the world and like the best of all time for a reason.

“I think it was just a really good experience for me for the future and I’m glad I got to do it, but she’s a lot better than me for right now.”

Next up for Williams in will be 2006 Miami Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova who beat No. 13 Angelique Kerber 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Last weekend’s Indian Wells winner, No. 3 Simona Halep has reached the fourth round by besting No. 30 Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5.

“It’s first time when I’m in fourth round here in Miami,” Halep said. “I like to play here. You know, I come from Indian Wells where I won a title, and I have more confidence now to win matches.

“I’m just trying to keep my mind very focused and to recover my body every day and with good work, because I need it. I feel a little bit tired, but it’s normal. I have to accept this.

“I’m just looking forward to improve more in my shots, and I just want to hit the serve better and better day by day.

“I’m working, and, you know, I just want to go on court to fight for every chance.”

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Andy Murray is a victory away from joining the 500-win club. The No. 3 seed at the Miami Open moved into the fourth round on Sunday defeating Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4.

“It’s nice, because when you see, you know, the list of the players that have won that many matches, you know, there isn’t loads,” Murray said. “I think there is only 40 or so players that have done it.

“Hopefully I can win some more throughout my career. I mean, maybe it doesn’t happen in a couple of days; I hope it does. But if not, then, you know, I’m sure at some stage I will get there.

I obviously want to try and win more, and hopefully still have quite a few years ahead of me left to add to that number.

Yeah, it’s a lot of wins. It’s not easy these days to win that many matches, so that’s a good sign.”

Next Murray hopes to become the ninth active man to reach 500 wins when he takes on Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.

Murray said it will be a “tough match.”

“He’s a big server. He plays predominantly from the baseline. Yeah, when his game is on, he’s very tough guy to play against, because he can hold serve.

“He obviously is used to these conditions here. He lives 45 minutes away, so he obviously plays and practices in this weather a lot. I won’t have as much of an advantage against him as maybe some of the guys, because he’s used to the conditions here.

“So it will be a tough match.”

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Miami Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

 

ATP RESULTS – SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d M. Klizan (SVK) 60 57 61
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 62 61
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 61 64
[6] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 61 61
[9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 62 62
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) d T. Smyczek (USA) 64 36 63
[12] G. Simon (FRA) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 67(5) 60
J. Janowicz (POL) d [13] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 16 64
J. Monaco (ARG) d [14] E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 64
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [16] T. Robredo (ESP) 67(1) 63 75
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] F. Krajinovic (SRB) 36 62 76(4)
[18] D. Goffin (BEL) d B. Coric (CRO) 60 64
T. Bellucci (BRA) d [19] P. Cuevas (URU) 26 62 75
[Q] A. Falla (COL) d [20] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 62
J. Sock (USA) d [21] F. Fognini (ITA) 76(4) 61
[22] J. Isner (USA) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 64
[26] L. Rosol (CZE) d [Q] A. Zverev (GER) 76(0) 63
[28] A. Mannarino (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 36 62
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 46 62 61
[Q] S. Darcis (BEL) d [30] G. Muller (LUX) 64 67(2) 63
[31] J. Chardy (FRA) d J. Melzer (AUT) 64 61
[32] V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 75 36 64

Doubles – Second Round
[WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) d [7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 75 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d B. Becker (GER) / S. Lipsky (USA) 62 76(3)
[4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 64 62
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 76(4) 63
S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d R. Klaasen (RSA) / L. Paes (IND) 64 62

WTA RESULTS

Women’s
Singles – Third Round

[4] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d K. Kanepi (EST) 46 61 63
[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d [31] I. Begu (ROU) 62 46 62
[8] E. Makarova (RUS) d [26] E. Svitolina (UKR) 60 64
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 60 62
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [22] A. Cornet (FRA) 60 64
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) 75 61
[16] V. Williams (USA) d [23] S. Stosur (AUS) 64 76(3)
[WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d K. Nara (JPN) 60 76(5)
Second Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 63 61
[Q] T. Maria (GER) d [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) 60 76(4)
[11] S. Errani (ITA) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 76(5)
[13] A. Kerber (GER) d H. Watson (GBR) 75 36 64

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round

[PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d J. Goerges (GER) / A. Groenefeld (GER) 76(2) 36 10-7
First Round
[4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) d [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / E. Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d O. Savchuk (UKR) / M. Torró-Flor (ESP) 63 62
[8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR) 63 63
K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) d [PR] K. Bertens (NED) / T. Maria (GER) 75 64
M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Panova (RUS) d L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) 62 63
H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB) d A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 75 64
[WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) d [WC] A. Dulgheru (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) 75 63

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 29 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [3] A. Murray (GBR)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [WC] C. Bellis (USA)
ATP – [29] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [27] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [5] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – J. Monaco (ARG) vs [23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [30] C. Giorgi (ITA)
ATP – [7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [28] A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP – [17] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [11] J. Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [25] B. Tomic (AUS)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [24] L. Mayer (ARG)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs D. Thiem (AUT)
WTA – [11] S. Errani (ITA) vs [21] G. Muguruza (ESP)
WTA – J. Larsson (SWE) vs S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) vs J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [13] A. Kerber (GER)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – B. Bencic (SUI) vs [Q] T. Maria (GER)
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)
ATP – L. Mayer (ARG) / G. Muller (LUX) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 7 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA)

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