Sony Open Tennis – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

Sony Open Tennis

Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014

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

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)


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.


Sony Open Tennis – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

Sony Open Tennis

Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014

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)


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)


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.


Sony Open Tennis – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

Sony Open Tennis

Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014

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


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)


Sony Open Tennis – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

Sony Open Tennis

Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014

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


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)


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.”


Sony Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

Sony Open Tennis
Miami, USA
March 18-March 30, 2014

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


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)


Federer Makes Quick Work of de Bakker at Sony Open

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(March 23, 2014) Roger Federer took just 63 minutes to reach the fourth round of the Sony Open against Thiemo De Bakker winning 6-3, 6-3 on Stadium Court on Sunday.

Federer played a very clean match with 23 winners to 11 unforced errors, with no break points against him, going for 14 at the net.

Over the past two matches Federer has won at least 90% of his first and second serve points. He was asked if his new racquet has been a factor in his serve statistics.

“I definitely think some of it, for sure,” Federer said.  “I think it just gives me easier power, especially on the first serve.  And I think as time now goes by, I’m getting a better feel for how is the ball going to react, you know, how much spin do I need to put on to stay really accurate and put it really close to the line.

“Because that’s something I also struggled with last year and sometimes before.  It’s just to keep the pace up and keep accuracy up.  Right now I’m doing a good job.

“But then again, you know, this wasn’t Andre Agassi on the other side, or Djokovic.  It’s just important for me to keep that up and remind myself it’s going well so far.

“But you also need to put in the effort again, time and time again.  Then it’s not just to serve.  You know, people think, Oh, he’s winning all these points on first and second serve.

“But there are rallies after that.  It doesn’t just stop right after you’ve hit a serve.  So important it’s how do you back up your serve.  I think that’s also what I’m doing well now.”


Federer will play Richard Gasquet in the fourth round.

“We have played many times now in the past, and I’m not sure how he’s playing right now,” Federer said.  “I really don’t know.  I have to find out a little bit.

“I’m not sure about his results as of late, so I have to check a little bit.

“He’s got great game, you know.  Gives himself time, sort of that extra second of time on each shot, forehand and backhand.

“I played him in London recently at the World Tour Finals in ‑‑ I think it was our second‑round group match maybe.  I played a good match against him, but, you know, he’s overall good player.  Can serve well.  Can volley well.  He’s got nice shots, forehand and backhand.

“So he’s a good all‑around player, and I think he’s done well here in the past.  With the wind and the slower conditions, it works quite well for him.

“I think it’s going to be a tough match for me.”


Li Na Fights Off Madison Keys to Reach Sony Open Fourth Round

Li Na

(March 23, 2014) Li Na held off Madison Keys 7-6(3), 6-3 in a slugfest on Sunday morning at the Sony Open to reach the fourth round.

The world No. 2 and young American who are both represented by agent Max Eisenbud, each broke serve three time in the opening set. Along with hitting deep groundstrokes, both women committed tons of unforced errors.

Li saved set points, down 3-5 in first set and was forced to rebound from being a break down at 0-2 early in the second set. Keys was within a point of going up 3-0 in the second set.

“I think it was pretty tough match,” Li said.  “I think she play well, big serve, big forehand, especially when she was like 3‑1 down and then come back 5‑3‑up and serve for the first set.

“During that time I didn’t think about too much.  I say, Okay, try to hit the ball, try to do what you have to do, and I think the, how you say, save the set point was give me a not lot, but at least I was still on the first set.

“So I think this was maybe change the match a little bit, because after that I was feeling she’s drop a little bit.”

“She’s No. 2 in the world for a reason,” Keys said.  “She just won Australian Open for a reason.  She’s a great player.”

“I played well at times, and she just played the bigger points, you know, really, really well.

“So, I mean, there is a lot to be happy with, but there is also some stuff I need to work on.  That’s what I’m going to go do.”

“I definitely think at times I was doing a good job at taking time away, moving forward a little bit better, and looking for my forehand,” Keys said.

My serve was a little bit up and down today.  But, I mean, overall I think I did a good job of staying in the moment.

Li will play Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round.