2014/07/26

Serena Williams Wins A Record-Setting Seventh Miami Title at the Sony Open

By Kevin Ware

(March 29, 2014) MIAMI – Serena Williams won her seventh Sony Open title over Li Na in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1.

With this win, Williams becomes the winningest player in the tournament’s history. Competing in her ninth final, Williams’ seven titles now eclipses the six won by Andre Agassi. She has the most main draw match wins in tournament history (67), and joins Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova as the fourth player in the Open Era to win the same tournament seven or more times.

None of this would have come to pass, however, if Williams hadn’t willed herself into yet another brilliant comeback after an error-filled start to the women’s final. In her semi against Maria Sharapova, Williams found herself in a deep hole, down 1-4. In her final against Li Na, the reigning Australian Open champion, she once again found herself behind the eight ball.

The statistics tell the story of Williams struggles, with a first-serve percentage at 42%, 3 double faults, and 21 unforced errors against only 15 winners. While it’s true that Li Na got off to a great start with her own game, Williams was her own worst enemy. And then, two breaks down and fighting to stay in the set at 2-5, Williams rediscovered her championship mettle.

Forehands that had previously found the bottom of the net were hitting their mark deep in the corners or on the back of the baseline, her “down the line” backhand became untouchable, and her serve became the weapon that we’ve all come to expect from World No. 1.

The rest is history. Williams went on to win 11 of the next 12 games, fighting off one set point at 4-5 before winning a closely-fought first set, and rolling through the second. It was a vintage performance from a player who seems to play her best when facing defeat.

When asked about this particular trend in her post-match news conference, Williams was quick to say, “I definitely don’t do it on purpose.”

“I think for the most part, I try to do the best I can, and sometimes, you know, things I’m doing don’t work out, but they are the right things and eventually they start to work.”

Li Na had her chances to close out the set, but was broken twice in the process. The second of those breaks, lasting 6 deuces, handed the first set to Williams. After relinquishing such a big lead, one might expect a certain amount of frustration or disappointment. But Li Na, who’s gained a newfound sense of calm since beginning her work with coach Carlos Rodriguez, was pragmatic about the lead that slipped away.

“I don’t have to see how was the score, because even the match didn’t finish yet.  Still everyone has a chance.” She went on to add, “I think this is tennis, because if I was play more aggressive, for sure she will going back a little bit.  If she play a little bit forward, I have to going back a little bit. So this is tennis.”

In spite of the loss, Li was happy with her game. “I mean, really nothing to say.  I don’t think today I was doing like a wrong game plan or I was play totally wrong. I think it was pretty good match.”

The second set was a cleaner affair for Williams. Though her first serve percentage remained low at 43%, she managed to win 90% of first serve points and 61% of second serve points. More importantly, she didn’t allow her serving woes to bring down the rest of her game as it has in past matches.

“I think now if my serve isn’t great, it’s okay because I have a great forehand, I have a great backhand, I have great speed.”

“You know, I have so many things that I want to have a backup plan, because today I only served at 40%.  I still have to figure out a way to win doing that.” Her backup plan was clearly more than enough to overcome on this day.

With 59 titles under her belt, and a slew WTA records, Williams could justifiably retire tomorrow as one of the all-time greats. I was curious to know just how this future Hall of Famer continues to challenge herself when there’s so little left to prove.

“I think I love the challenge, and I feel like if I feel like I can be the best right now, then why not continue to be the best and do the best that I can?”

Spoken like a true champion.

Kevin Ware is in Key Biscayne covering the Sony Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his live updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.

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Sony Open Tennis – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

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SONY OPEN TENNIS
Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, March 27, 2014
WTA Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 64 63
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. (10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 26 63
Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [12] M Raonic (CAN) 46 62 64
[7] T Berdych (CZE) d [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 76(3)

ATP Doubles – Semifinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [8] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 76(2) 62
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) / J Sock (USA) 26 64 11-9
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 28 MARCH 2014

STADIUM start 12:45 pm
WTA – [WC] M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER) vs [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [20] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)
WTA – [8] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Williams Continues Her Domination Over Sharapova To Reach 9th Miami Final

 

By Kevin Ware

(March 27, 2014) Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to reach her ninth final in Key Biscayne. Williams came into this semifinal the prohibitive favorite, owing to her 15-2 head-to-head against Sharapova. But it was quickly evident that Williams’ best level hadn’t quite made it to the court by match time.

In a repeat of their 2013 final, Sharapova came out ready to play her best tennis from the very first point. She came out hitting the ball hard, deep, and into the corners. In typical fashion, she struggled with her first serve percentage, but still managed to start the match with a crucial hold.

Williams was slow to get going, and unable to take advantage of her many chances at the Sharapova second serve. She even struggled with her own potent serve at the outset, and was broken in the fourth game for a 4-1 Sharapova lead.

While this type of deficit might lead many players to panic, Williams kept her focus on the big picture. “I thought, Okay, I’m only down a break.  It was really just one break.  The scoreline looked bigger than what it was.  I felt if I could just break back, then I would be back in the match.”

Williams came back after the changeover with her “A” game ready to go. She methodically held serve for 2-4 before breaking Sharapova twice to take the first set 6-4. Her early sluggishness was replaced by big hitting, sharp angles, and untouchable serves.

The slump in Sharapova’s shoulders after Williams held at love for the set said it all. She has chances for a win if Williams is off her game, but knows that it’s going to be tough to beat Williams if she regains here form.

Sharapova was asked about Williams’s ability to take her game to another level when needed, and simply replied, “That’s why she’s No. 1 in the world.”

“There are always going to be drops. But she’s the player that is most capable of coming back from that or regaining focus and regaining that concentration as someone that’s ultimately going to do better.”

There was a glimmer of hope for Sharapova at the start of the second set when Williams took her foot off the pedal for a two-game walkabout that included lax defense, minimal footwork, and one of the worst drop shots seen at this year’s tournament. But Williams again raised her level as needed to break back for a 2-1 lead.

After Sharapova was broken at love in the seventh game of the second set for a 4-3 Williams lead, there was little chance this match might even go the distance to a third. Sharapova fought hard, but ultimately wilted under pressure. A forehand into the net handed Williams her 15th straight win over her Russian opponent.

Sharapova hasn’t beaten Williams in almost a decade, with her last victory coming at the 2004 WTA Championships in Los Angeles. And while many believe this to be one of the WTA’s big rivalries, she is quick to remind everyone that it’s not much of a rivalry until she can get a win.

When asked about their lopsided “rivalry”, Sharapova attempted to put a positive spin on the situation. “I mean, despite my results against her, I still look forward to playing against her because you learn so much from that type of level which she produces.”

“You finish the match, and you know where you need to improve and the things that you need to work on.”

In spite of her win, Williams remained subdued in the press room afterward, fending off questions of rivalries and potential challengers. She takes no one for granted, and views every opponent as a potential rival.

“I mean, everyone I play always plays me hard, so I feel like every match I play I literally have to be on my best, so for me I take a rival as every match, and I think that’s one of the best ways to take it.”

“You have to show up, and if you don’t show up, then your biggest threat will be yourself.”

Williams has won the title in Miami a record six times, one more than Steffi Graf. A seventh title would give her the record for the most Miami titles of all, surpassing the great Andre Agassi.

Williams will face Li Na in Saturday’s final after her late-night three-set win over Dominika Cibulkova.

Kevin Ware is in Key Biscayne covering the Sony Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his live updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.

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Sony Open Tennis – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

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SONY OPEN TENNIS
Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WTA Singles - Quarterfinals
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. (11) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 75 75
(10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 36 76(5) 63 (saved 3mp)

WTA Doubles - Quarterfinals
(5) Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) d. (4) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 64 63
(WC) Hingis/Lisicki (SUI/GER) d. Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) 36 76(7) 107 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [6] A Murray (GBR) 75 63
[20] K Nishikori (JPN) d [5] R Federer (SUI) 36 75 64

ATP Doubles – Quarterfinals
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 62 76(4)
[WC] R Harrison (USA) / J Sock (USA) d [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 76(4)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 27 MARCH 2014

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [4] M Sharapova (RUS)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)

7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [12] M Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [10] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [2] N Li (CHN)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
ATP – [WC] R Harrison (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)

Not Before 4:15 pm
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [8] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)

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Li and Cibulkova Reach Sony Open Semis

 

Dominika Cibulkova ©Sony Open Tennis

Dominika Cibulkova ©Sony Open Tennis

(March 26, 2014) It will be a rematch of the Australian Open women’s final in the semifinal of the Sony Open as both Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova advanced on Wednesday. Li won the Australian Open in straight sets for her second major title.

No. 10 seed Dominika Cibulkova saved  three match points in the second set en route to a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 2 Li Na won the last 4 straight games to close out Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 7-5.

Cibulkova won despite poor serving and unforced errors. She had her serve broken 10 times and double-faulted 8times, committing 51 unforced errors.

One of her match points saved came on a controversial call which was overturned due a challenge.

He match against Radwanska was a repeat of the Arustralian Open semifinal where the Slovak won over the Pole to make her first major final.

The Slovak who is in the Sony Open semis for the first time, will enter the top ten for the first time when the rankings come out on Monday.

“I’m really glad, especially about my win today,” Cibulkova said.

“It wasn’t easy at all to play today against Aga with the wind and conditions, and I had to stay aggressive all the time even if I missed many shots, you know.  I just had to keep going.

“So today the match was really tough, and I’m happy about everything, you know.  Before the match, even before the tournament, like they keep asking me, Top 10 and everything, and I just, you know, I just said, like, Okay, if I should be there, I will be there.  If I should not be there, I will not be there.

“So now I’m there.  So finally it’s over.”

“I think it was so close, the second set,” Radwanska said.  “But I think, you know, in those matches you have to play good and you have to be lucky.

“I was just playing good and she was both.”

With Li Na’s win, she became the first Chinese player to reach the Sony Open semifinals.

“I think today I was feeling she was the best to defend in all the tour, so I was feeling a little bit like player against a wall,” Li said about her match against Wozniacki.  “Because doesn’t matter where is it.  She always come and put the ball back to my court.

“After I was finished the match, I was feeling, Wow, you doing good.  You beat a wall.  Yeah.”

Li Na now leads the tour with 20 match wins on the season

On Thursday six–time Sony Open winner No. 1 Serena Williams will take on five-time finalist and No. 4 seed Maria Sharapova in the first women’s semifinal. Williams holds a 15-2 record against the Russian, winning the last 14 straight.

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Sony Open Tennis – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

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SONY OPEN TENNIS
Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WTA Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 62
(4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (8) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 75 61

WTA Doubles - Quarterfinals
(2) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 36 62 108 (Match TB)
(8) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. (WC) Muguruza/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) 16 64 105 (Match TB)

WTA Doubles – Second Round
(WC) Hingis/Lisicki (SUI/GER) d. (WC) Cirstea/Pavlyuchenkova (ROU/RUS) 62 61

ATP Singles – Fourth Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [14] F Fognini (ITA) 62 62
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 63 75
[22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 36 61
[20] K Nishikori (JPN) d [4] D Ferrer (ESP) 76(7) 26 76(9) – saved 4 M.P.
[5] R Federer (SUI) d [9] R Gasquet (FRA) 61 62
[6] A Murray (GBR) d [11] J Tsonga (FRA) 64 61
[7] T Berdych (CZE) d [10] J Isner (USA) 63 75
[12] M Raonic (CAN) d [LL] B Becker (GER) 63 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [5] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 63 76(5)
[8] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d F Lopez (ESP) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 76(6) 60

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 26 MARCH 2014

STADIUM start 10:50 am
WTA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [WC] M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [10] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [6] A Murray (GBR) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

7:00 pm
WTA – [11] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] N Li (CHN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [5] R Federer (SUI) vs [20] K Nishikori (JPN)

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
ATP – J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
WTA – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA) / J Sock (USA)

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Sony Open Tennis – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

Sony Open Tennis

SONY OPEN TENNIS
Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Monday, March 24, 2014
WTA Singles – Fourth Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (Q) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 63 61
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. (15) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 60 62
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 76(5) 57 62
(4) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (19) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 36 64 61
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (23) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 16 63
(8) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (12) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 36 60 60
(10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (29) Venus Williams (USA) 61 57 63
(11) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 60 61

WTA Doubles – Second Round
(2) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) 63 76(4)
(4) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Jurak/Lucic-Baroni (CRO/CRO) 63 75
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Date-Krumm/Zahlavova Strycova (JPN/CZE) 62 61

ATP Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d D Istomin (UZB) 61 60
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 75 64
[7] T Berdych (CZE) d J Sousa (POR) 62 64
[10] J Isner (USA) d [18] N Almagro (ESP) 75 63
[12] M Raonic (CAN) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 62
[14] F Fognini (ITA) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 46 63 63
[22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [LL] D Lajovic (SRB) 36 60 76(5)
[LL] B Becker (GER) d [Q] A Bedene (SLO) 63 75

ATP Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d O Marach (AUT) / D Tursunov (RUS) 62 62
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 76(3) 67(8) 10-5
F Lopez (ESP) / M Mirnyi (BLR) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 75 75
[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d R Haase (NED) / J Marray (GBR) 62 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 25 MARCH 2014

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [16] T Robredo (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [4] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [8] P Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [6] A Murray (GBR) vs [11] J Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – [5] R Federer (SUI) vs [9] R Gasquet (FRA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [5] A Kerber (GER)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [14] F Fognini (ITA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [20] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [4] D Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR)
ATP – [12] M Raonic (CAN) vs [LL] B Becker (GER)
ATP – [10] J Isner (USA) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [5] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – F Lopez (ESP) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs [8] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA)
WTA – [8] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Serena Williams Crushes, Maria Sharapova Rebounds to Advance at Sony Open

(March 24, 2014) In a tale of two different matches, expected results as No. 1 Serena Williams and fourth seed Maria Sharapova reached the quarterfinals of the Sony Open on Monday.

Williams dismissed American countrywoman qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1 to reach the elite 8 in Miami for the 13th time in 14 appearances.

After her first two matches in the tournament she showed some rust, Williams cleaned up her game hitting 17 winners to only 11 unforced errors and stopping all six break points she faced.

“I was definitely happier today,” Williams said.  “I was really struggling my first two matches, so I just wanted to have a better performance today.”

“She’s improved a great deal,” Williams said of her opponent’s game.  “Her focus is so much better.  Her movement is good.  Her attitude is great.  She’s a nice girl.

“You know, it’s always fun to play with young Americans, I think, and just enjoy it.  It’s so good to see another American doing really well.”

Williams was so impressed with the young American that she spoke to her about possible playing doubles.

“She said, `Listen, you played so well. We’ve got to play doubles. We’d do so well,’” Vandeweghe said.

Next up for Williams will be the No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

“It will be good to play a different opponent,” Williams said.  “I feel like I have played the same person three times in a row.  It will be nice to play a lefty, someone that just plays different.

“Angelique has been able to beat me in the past, so I have to be really focused and be ready in that match.”

 

Maris Sharapova had to reset from a first set drubbing to beat Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The Belgium jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and Sharapova could only win five points during those four games. In the second set Sharapova jumped out to a 4-0 lead, then Flipkens won 4 out of 5 games, but Sharapova broke serve to take the set 6-4.

“I usually like playing the first match, but I didn’t start off the way I wanted to,” Sharapova said. “Nothing was working.”

“Nothing was working in the first set,” Sharapova said. “Yeah, that’s just the way it went in the beginning.

“She’s a different type of opponent. There aren’t too many girls that hit a slice backhand 90% of the time in the rallies. You expect that because she’s been around for a long time, and it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise, but I wasn’t doing too much from my end and made a lot of mistakes from the first ball, which gives your opponent that confidence and the time they need to do whatever they want.

“It was about finding that combination of getting something in to give her something to play with.”

Sharapova’s momentum carried over into the final set where she kept her errors low and her aggression high, dropping only one more game.

Final stats for Sharapova- 36 unforced errors, 13 winners and 10 double-faults.

Sharapova will play the woman she lost to in the 2011 Wimbledon finals, No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals. Kvitova regrouped to stop Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.

“We haven’t played for a long time, but we have always had interesting, tough matches against each other,” Sharapova said about her next opponent.  “I think we know what to expect from one another.  She’s always tricky because she is a lefty.  You don’t play so many out there.  I already had one in this tournament, so maybe that was good practice for it.

“She has a different game than someone like Safarova.  She has a powerful game and goes for her shots, and when she’s on it’s tricky to play against her.”

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Sony Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

Sony Open Tennis
SONY OPEN TENNIS
Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, March 23, 2014
WTA Singles – Third Round
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. Madison Keys (USA) 76(3) 63
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (32) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 75 63
(10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (22) Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(6) 64
(11) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (17) Sloane Stephens (USA) 61 60
(15) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (24) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 62 61
(29) Venus Williams (USA) d. (WC) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 64 57 64
Elina Svitolina (UKR) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 46 64 61
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 64 67(4) 76(2)

WTA Doubles – Second Round
(8) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. King/Zheng (CHN) 36 75 106 (Match TB)
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Niculescu/Zakopalova (ROU/CZE) 63 75
(WC) Muguruza/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. Husarova/Melzer (SVK/CZE) 62 60
ATP Singles – Third Round
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [31] A Seppi (ITA) 63 62
[5] R Federer (SUI) d [Q] T de Bakker (NED) 63 63
[6] A Murray (GBR) d [32] F Lopez (ESP) 64 61
[9] R Gasquet (FRA) d [17] K Anderson (RSA) 63 64
[11] J Tsonga (FRA) d [WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) 46 76(6) 75
[20] K Nishikori (JPN) d [15] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(1) 75
[16] T Robredo (ESP) d J Benneteau (FRA) 63 64

ATP Doubles – Second Round
[5] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 76(2) 76(8)
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d [7] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 62 64
[8] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d L Rosol (CZE) / H Zeballos (ARG) 63 60
[WC] R Harrison (USA) / J Sock (USA) d E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) 46 76(4) 10-6

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 24 MARCH 2014

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [19] K Flipkens (BEL)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [Q] C Vandeweghe (USA)
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs D Istomin (UZB)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [10] J Isner (USA) vs [18] N Almagro (ESP)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [29] V Williams (USA) vs [10] D Cibulkova (SVK)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [12] M Raonic (CAN) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [LL] D Lajovic (SRB)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [12] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [8] P Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [14] F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – J Sousa (POR) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [23] E Makarova (RUS) vs [5] A Kerber (GER)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [Q] A Bedene (SLO) vs [LL] B Becker (GER)
WTA – E Svitolina (UKR) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
WTA – [15] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs [11] C Wozniacki (DEN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs D Jurak (CRO) / M Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs F Lopez (ESP) / M Mirnyi (BLR)
ATP – [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs R Haase (NED) / J Marray (GBR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs O Marach (AUT) / D Tursunov (RUS)
ATP – after suitable rest – J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

COURT 7 start 12:00 noon
WTA – K Date-Krumm (JPN) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – after suitable rest – J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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“Straight-Up Bad,” Sloane Stephens Crushed by Caroline Wozniacki at Sony Open

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Sloane Stephens

(March 23, 2014) No. 18 Caroline Wozniacki destroyed No. 16 Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-0 on Stadium Court in less than an hour at the Sony Open.

“I’m pleased about the way I played,” Wozniacki aid.  Definitely very happy about the performance out there.

Stephens’ lone game in the match came on a break of serve, she did not hold her serve at all during the match.

“Just really disappointing night,” Stephens said.  Just got my butt kicked, and that’s about it really.

The statistics tell the story of the match for Stephens. She committed 37 unforced errors and hit only 12 winners. The American won only 26 points in the entire 55 minute match.

“Just try and make some balls in the court,” Stephens said in press.  “That normally helps.  Just, like I said, it was really disappointing.  Just wasn’t getting ball in the court.  She played solid.”

“It wasn’t like it was a choice or I had any chances,” she continued.  “It was just straight‑up bad.”

“I have been playing good, practicing good.  Everything has been good.  Just kind of a disappointing night for me.  It’s just something ‑‑ it just happened.  I couldn’t fight my way out of it.

“Not really anything I’m going to cry too much over.  I’m just going to get back to work and get ready for Charleston next week.”

Wozniacki was asked about her focus during the match when her opponent was not playing up to her potential.

“You actually have to stay even more focused because you know she’s going to go for it at some point,” said the Dane.  “Things can turn easy, especially when you’re up by a lot.

“The other person doesn’t have anything to lose, so you know you really have to be on your toes and expect anything.”

“So I just stayed focused out there.  I didn’t let her into the match.  I didn’t give one point away.  I was very happy about that.”

Wozniacki will play her fourth round march against Vavara Lepchenko.

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