March 30, 2017

Miami Open Tennis – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
F. Fognini (ITA) d [2] K. Nishikori (JPN) 64 62
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [13] J. Sock (USA) 62 63

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) 67(4) 64 11-9
[6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) 26 63 10-8
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) 63 57 10-3

Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[11] V. Williams (USA) d [1] A. Kerber (GER) 75 63
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d [3] S. Halep (ROU) 36 76(7) 62

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 76(3) 61
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 64 62

 

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [10] T. Berdych (CZE)

7:00 pm
ATP – [16] A. Zverev (GER) vs [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [10] J. Konta (GBR)

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN)

5:00 pm
ATP – N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) vs [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

 

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Venus Williams Beats No. 1 Kerber; Nadal Moves into Miami Open Semis

Venus Williams

(March 29, 2017) Venus Williams produced her 15th win over a current No. 1 player on Wednesday at the Miami Open. The three-time Miami champion defeated the top seed Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to reach the final four in Key Biscayne.

 

For the 36-year old, 11th seeded Williams, it’s her first Miami semifinal since 2010.

 

“It was an interesting match,” the former No. 1 Williams said to media. “I was controlling it. I had more errors than I like and lower first serve percentage than I would like. For me, I’m looking at it from a standpoint of how can I get better.

“I have to play well against the No. 1 in the world. She’s on top of her game and she played well, so I had to find a way to play a little better.”

 

Sitting in the stands for the match was her father Richard Williams. After the win she thanked her dad in her on-court interview: “My dad is one of the loves of my life and the reason I’m here in this game.”

 

“He has always loved popcorn,” Williams said. “We always ate popcorn together when I was a child. That’s a great childhood memory.”

 

“I think last year Charleston was his last event, so he’s kind of sticking to the tournaments in the States now,” Williams commented.

“I could hear him on the sidelines. He really wanted it for me. So it’s a happy moment when you come off the court.

“Even if I lose he’s still very happy, but to see the joy and the pride and the excitement, I could win the match just for that.”

Williams will take on Johanna Konta who defeated Simona Halep.

 

 

Williams spoke about her upcoming match against the Brit: “She played well, served well. Tomorrow is an opportunity for me to come out and play hopefully better than today. There are a few things I would like to work on. Outside of that, just come out fresh eyes, fresh feet, and big shots. That’s my plan.”

Johanna Konta

Konta had a comeback victory over the No. 3 seed Halep 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2. Konta was down a set and 5-2.

 

“I guess I really didn’t think too much of what the scoreline was,” noted Konta. “I think it was important for me to keep fighting and to keep — yeah, to stay very present.

“I think there wasn’t that much momentum at that point in that match necessarily in her corner, so I think I also just stayed very aware that although she was serving for the match there, there was still — I was still very much in there. I really tried to just fight every single point and stay very present.”

 

“Whoever I’m playing I’m going to have a battle on my hands, that’s for sure. I’ve obviously played Venus a few times and Angie, so I think they’re going to have a tough battle tonight.

“Yeah, looking forward to playing either of them. I think either will be a great opportunity for different reasons. Yeah, we get to have a night session tomorrow.”

 

Rafael Nadal

In men’s play, Rafael Nadal is a step closer to his winning his first Miami Open. The Spaniard saved four break points to prevent himself from going down a double break in the second set and won 6 out of the next seven games to close out the match 6-2, 6-3 over 13th seed Jack Sock in the last night match on Stadium court.

Nadal on the match: “In the first set I think I was under control during the whole set, because was so important for me to have the break in the first game that I was returning, no?

“So, yeah, in the second was so important to save that game, the 2-Love, 15-40. Another break point for him was decisive on the match, that game, and then confirm that save having the break back in the next game.

“So was two straight positive things and two straight games that probably create a lot of damage on the opponent, no?”

 

Nadal will play nemesis Fabio Fognini in the semifinals. Fognini beat a wobbly second seed and 2016 finalist in Kei Nishikori  6-4, 6-2.

 

 

Kei Nishikori

Nishikori admitted that he “wasn’t 100%.”

“I think he played good enough. I don’t think he played extremely well today. I think for me, I had too many unforced errors and my serve wasn’t there today, so I think that’s cost most of the match.”

 

“At the moment I’m just happy,” said the Italian. “Of course it’s a big, big tournament for me at the moment; feeling really good on court and other times, so this is the best thing that we can have this week.

“Happy about my performance. Of course the result, it’s positive. It’s like a dream maybe. I play next match Rafa or Sock, so going to be really, really tough match.

“Try to be focus on my game, try to do my best, and then if it’s dreaming coming true, I’m here.”

Nadal on playing Fognini:  “Well, I know him very well; he know me very well. We played couple of times; he beat me couple of times, too.

“So, yeah, it’s a tough match. He’s playing well, so will be a good tennis for me, too, and a good challenge. Happy to be in the semifinals. I’m excited about play that semifinals match against a player who’s playing very, very well during the whole week.

“Going to be a tough one. I need to play my best, keep playing aggressive like I did today, and hope to have my chances.”

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Miami Open Tennis – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 63 64
[4] R. Federer (SUI) d [29] J. del Potro (ARG) 63 64
[8] D. Goffin (BEL) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 46 63 75
[10] T. Berdych (CZE) d [24] G. Muller (LUX) 63 64
[12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [17] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 67(4) 76(2)
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [22] S. Querrey (USA) 36 62 63
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d [18] J. Isner (USA) 67(5) 76(7) 76(5)
A. Mannarino (FRA) d B. Coric (CRO) 64 26 76(3)

Men’s
Doubles – Second Round
N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) walkover
[6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 36 11-9

Women’s
Singles – Fourth Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) 62 62
[2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [15] B. Strycova (CZE) 61 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 76(5) 61
[12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(1) 00 Retired
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 75 61
[26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 75 64

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 16 61 10-4
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 57 60 12-10
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) 62 63

 

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017

STADIUM start 10:45 am
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

1:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [10] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

7:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [11] V. Williams (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [13] J. Sock (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN)
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
ATP – [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO)

 

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Nadal and Federer Reach Quarterfinals, Wawrinka Loses at Miami Open

 

Rafael Nadal

 

(March 28, 2017) On the thirteenth anniversary of the first match they ever played against each other, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won playing back-to-back matches on stadium court at the Miami Open. Top seed Stan Wawrinka lost on his 32nd birthday on Grandstand to 19-year-old Alexander Zverev.

Fifth seeded Nadal beat Nicolas Mahut, 6-4, 7-6(4) to reach the elite eight of Miami.

“It’s a good start of the year, I think, for both of us,” Nadal said about himself and Federer’s 2017. “Obviously, it’s a little bit better for him, but at the same time I’m happy with the way that I am playing, happy with the way that I started the year after a tough second part of the year last year with injuries.

“So I think it’s a positive for both of us that we can still (be) around here and be very competitive almost every week that we are playing.”
The Spaniard, seeking his first Miami title will play American Jack Sock for a place in the semifinals.

“He’s a very aggressive player, very powerful player, big serve, big forehand, and a good backhand, too, no? He plays quick with his backhand.

“So I need to play aggressive. That’s the only way. If I let him play in a comfortable position going to be impossible for me. So I need to be focus with my serve, but at the same time I need to be aggressive.”

Jack Sock

Sock who dismantled countryman Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-2 talked about playing Nadal:
“I will definitely be looking forward to it, be excited for the battle.

“We played in Beijing couple years ago as well. Lost in three sets. Actually had a decent amount of chances there in the third. Might have even been up a break early or had a lot of break points early in the third.

“Yeah, I played in his backyard a few years ago, the French. He felt very comfortable will. I think we’re both comfortable on clay or hard. Yeah, either way should be a good battle; should be fun.

“I’ll definitely give myself a lot more chance to win this time around than maybe I did a few years ago. I’m 24 years old now and been on tour for a while. I’m playing these matches and hoping I can win and going in believing I can win for sure.”

 

No. 6 seed Roger Federer was pushed hard by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, the 14th seed 7-6(5), 7-6(4). The Spaniard served for the first set at 5-4, but was broken back immediately.
“Look, I felt good overall,” said Federer. “It was a different kind of match. It wasn’t the big-serving match where you’re only going to see so many looks, you know, so when you miss chances you always feel a bit frustrated sometimes. That’s where you got to keep a positive mindset and make the right plays.

“I thought Roberto did a good job of making shots, staying offensive when he could, fending off a lot of good shots that I hit. Then it was tough. The sun was coming from the side in the beginning so it’s hard to chase the lines.

“At the end I’m very happy and pleased that I got it done in straight sets.”

He’ll play Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.

Asked about his next match, Federer said: “I wish it’s going to be like the Australian Open, but I know it won’t be like that. Just not reality that you can come in and just beat top 10 guys basically at will.

“I think it’s going to be a tough match. He’s beaten me at the, I don’t know, Olympics, US Open, Wimbledon, in big moments, so I know he can do it.

“Also beat me in Cincinnati once upon a time on the American hard courts. And here, too, saving match points. Looking forward to it.

“He’s also pushing again to get his ranking back up again after dropping a bit, so it’s a big match for him. For me obviously right after Indian Wells I’m trying to keep rolling here.

“Yeah, looking forward to it.”

Federer’s countryman and No. 1 seed, had his birthday spoiled by Germany’s Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

 

Stan Wawrinka

“For sure it’s disappointing match,” said Wawrinka. “That’s for sure.

“I think the level was quite up and down. We were both fighting a little bit in the first set to find good level. Was really humid, not easy to play some great tennis, but we had some long rally.

“Yeah, one bad game to start the second set and then it was tough for me. I don’t know. I completely went down physically and mentally, and also my tennis was completely out.

“I had no more gas.”
The three-time major winner won only ten points in the final set.

Alexander Zverev

“In the first set I felt like I played a little bit still like I should have played against John(Isner),” noted Zverev. “You know, trying to keep the rallies long, the points long.

“But, yeah, I mean, I played well in the second and third. I turned it around a little bit. I had to be aggressive. I felt like he was the one controlling all the points all the time, so I had to change that.

“It worked out well for me. Happy to be in the quarterfinals now. Hopefully I can play as great as I did today after tomorrow as well.”

 

Zverev will play another up-and-comer on the ATP World Tour in 12th seed Nick Kyrgios who beat 8th seed David Goffin 7-6(5), 6-3

 

Kei Nishikori

Last year’s finalist and this year’s No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori, came back from a break down in the final set to beat Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
“Every match is going to be tough from now on,” said Nishikori.

“Well, I tried to stay calm and focus again. I knew I have a lot of chance after losing the set.

“And also, even though was down a break, 2-1, but I was focusing well. I knew if I fight through I will have some chance, so I just tried to concentrate one game at a time.”

Nishikori will play unseeded Fabio Fognini, who beat Donald Young 6-0, 6-4.

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Miami Open Tennis – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 63 64
[4] R. Federer (SUI) d [29] J. del Potro (ARG) 63 64
[8] D. Goffin (BEL) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 46 63 75
[10] T. Berdych (CZE) d [24] G. Muller (LUX) 63 64
[12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [17] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 67(4) 76(2)
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [22] S. Querrey (USA) 36 62 63
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d [18] J. Isner (USA) 67(5) 76(7) 76(5)
A. Mannarino (FRA) d B. Coric (CRO) 64 26 76(3)

Men’s
Doubles – Second Round
N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-8
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) walkover
[6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 36 11-9

Women’s
Singles – Fourth Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) 62 62
[2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [15] B. Strycova (CZE) 61 64
[4] S. Halep (ROM) d [14] S. Stosur (AUS) 46 75 62
L. Safarova (CZE) d [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 76(5) 61
[11] V. Williams  (USA) d [7] S. Kuznetsova RUS) 63 76(4)
[12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(1) 00 Retired
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 75 61
[26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 75 64

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 16 61 10-4
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 57 60 12-10
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) 62 63

 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 28 MARCH 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs L. Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs D. Young (USA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN)
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)
ATP – N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)

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Roger Federer Beats Juan Martin del Potro at Miami Open

(March 27, 2017) No. 4 seed Roger Federer moved into the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday afternoon with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 29 seed Juan martin del Potro.

A break in each set secured the victory for the Swiss, the first time he’s played the Argentine since 2013.

“I felt like I was in control and I was able to generate more chances than he did,” noted the world No. 6.

“I mean, a little bit out of nowhere I felt like he got his chances, but maybe because I dropped my level ever so slightly and gave him few easy points, and that’s how he sort of got more chances on my serve.

“So I feel like I earned it more. I was more the aggressor. It was more on my racquet, and I like it that way.

“But, again, if he would’ve broken back in the first and would he have broken back in the second, we might still be playing and things would be very, very different right now.

“I thought it was a good match.”

Juan Martin Del Potro

“Well, it’s not easy play against Roger because he has good forehand, good backhand, slice, dropshot, everything,” said the 2008 U. S. Open champion.

“But think I did my best, and I had chance in both sets and I couldn’t take it. He played well in the break point moments, and I think that was the only difference of the match.”

Federer will match up against 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Sam Querrey.

“I respect Bautista Agut a lot,” Federer said. “He competes so well point for point, day in day out, and he plays ton of tournaments, and he’s really just match tough.”

“I have a really good record against Roberto. I hope I can use my variation to really make him feel uncomfortable.

“Looking forward to backing it up tomorrow now. It’s not something I’m actually used to, playing back-to-back days. So I hope my body is going to be fine tomorrow.

“That’s why definitely it was key also today not to waste too much energy.”

Alexander Zverev saved three match points to defeat John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-6(5).

In a battle between two former Miami Open champions, No. 11 seed Venus Williams defeated seventh seed Svetlanta Kuznetsova 6-3, 7-6(4). Williams saved two set points in the second set.

Angelique Kerber

No. 1 Angelique Kerber has reached the elite 8 in Miami. The two-time major champion beat Risa Ozaki 6-2, 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki is also in the the quarters. Garbine Muguruza retired after the first set after feeling dizzy and having stomach pain.

Wozniacki, the 12th seed, will play former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova, who stunned fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-1.

Third seed Simona Halep avoided the upset, coming back from a set, 2-5 and a match point to beat Samantha Stosur. Also moving into the quarterfainls were 10th seed Johanna Konta and 26th seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Karolina Pliskova

In an all-Czech battle, Karolina Pliskova beat occasional doubles Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-4.

 

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Miami Open Tennis – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Third Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [25] F. Verdasco (ESP) 76(2) 67(5) 61
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [3] M. Raonic (CAN) walkover
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 06 62 63
[13] J. Sock (USA) d J. Vesely (CZE) 63 76(0)
N. Mahut (FRA) d G. Pella (ARG) 64 63
F. Fognini (ITA) d J. Chardy (FRA) 36 64 64
D. Young (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) 76(2) 64
F. Delbonis (ARG) d J. Struff (GER) 76(5) 61

Men’s
Doubles – Second Round
[3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) 63 64
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) 60 63
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 64 67(5) 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) 75 63
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) 46 64 10-8

Women’s
Singles – Third Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d S. Rogers (USA) 64 75
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) 63 60
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [Q] T. Townsend (USA) 64 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [8] M. Keys (USA) 75 75
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 64 60
[11] V. Williams (USA) d [Q] P. Tig (ROU) 63 60
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d S. Peng (CHN) 46 63 75
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d J. Goerges (GER) 76(5) 63

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 64 61
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 60 62
[6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 75 62
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) 06 75 10-1

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 27 MARCH 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA( vs [16] A Zverev (GER)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN)
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Safarova (CZE) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs B. Coric (CRO)
WTA – [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
WTA – [10] J. Konta (GBR) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [14] S. Stosur (AUS)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
ATP – B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) v [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs [5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)

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Rafael Nadal Rallies To Reach Fourth Round at Miami Open; Venus Williams Advances

Rafael Nadal

(March 26, 2017) Rafael Nadal rebounded from a shutout set on Sunday to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open.

“He was doing everything good,” Nadal said of his opponent. “So that’s sport, as I said hundred of times, is easy, and when somebody is playing the way that he was playing the first set, what have to do is lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it.

“Then match is long, and positive thing is I hold very well the pressure this afternoon after a very tough first set. I resisted well the first few games on the second, and then I think I played a great second and third set.”

This was Nadal’s 1000th career match , putting him at No. 11 on the all-time list.

“1000 matches is a lot of matches obvious and good news, because that says that I am having a long career. That’s something important, especially that during a lot of years I heard that I going to have a short career. So it’s something important for me.

“Yes, during the match was good feelings to have a comeback like I had today. The first match I remember very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP. Was a great feeling.”

Nadal will play Nicolas Mahut for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Nadal said: “He’s playing great, no? He had already couple of great victories here. He’s a very dangerous opponent. His serve is huge and he’s able to play so aggressive, hitting the ball very, very early and going to the net very often.

“So he’s a player that I need to be quick and trying to be very solid with my serve, because I know that probably I don’t going to have a lot of options on the return, no?”

The fifth seeded Nadal is seeking his first Miami Open title, having reached the final four times.

 

Kei Nishikori

No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori beat No. 25 Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-1 in two hours and 44 minutes. The man from Japan failed to close out the match in straight sets, holding a match point in the ninth game of the second set.

“I knew it’s going to be a tough one,” Nishikori said. Fernando is very solid player. He has great serve and great groundstrokes. I knew it’s going to be a long rallies.

“But it was a little bit shame when I was up a break both sets, first and second sets, and went to 7-6 both sets. That was something I made some mistakes when I was up a break.

“But in the third set I was very focused. Even though after first and second was tough, tough sets, I was try to play more energy, and I think everything was working well in the third set.

“So, yeah, it was tough one, but I’m very happy to win today.”

 

No. 3 seed Milos Raonic was forced to pull out of the tournaments with a right hamstring injury, which has sidelined him for most of the last month.

“It’s related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago, if not a little bit more than four weeks ago, in Delray. It’s the same muscle in the hamstring up high,” said the Canadian..

“It got progressively worse after my first round, after practicing yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.”

 

Venus Williams

The 36-year-old Venus Williams moved into the round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over qualifier Patricia Maria Tig.

“I love South Florida,” she told the crowd after her win “It’s really home.”

The 11th seed and three-time Miami champion was asked about the potential relocation of the tournament. Williams lives 100 miles away from Key Biscayne in Palm Beach Gardens.

“It hasn’t been easy. I’m very biased. I would love it to stay here because it’s been a staple of my life just as a child coming here and being from South Florida. I would love it to happen, and hopefully it’s in the cards.”

Per the Miami Herald, the Dolphins owner is interested in buying the tournament.
“He loves tennis, I love tennis, so, mmm, let’s keep it in South Florida,” Williams said. Yeah. If it works, I would love that.”

The seven-time major champion will play No. 7 seed and 2006 Miami Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.

No. 1 player Angelique Kerber needed to rally from breaks in both sets to beat American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5.

No. 8 seed Madison Keys lost to unseeded Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 7-5.

Other seeded winners: No. 3 Simona Halep, No. 10 Johanna Konta and No. 14 Sam Stosur.

 

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Miami Open Tennis – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 63
[3] M. Raonic (CAN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d D. Sela (ISR) 63 64
J. Chardy (FRA) d [7] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 26 63
G. Pella (ARG) d [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 63 76(4)
D. Young (USA) d [11] L. Pouille (FRA) 62 64
[13] J. Sock (USA) d Y. Nishioka (JPN) 24 Retired
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 16 75 62
J. Vesely (CZE) d [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(5) 46 63
J. Struff (GER) d [20] G. Simon (FRA) 61 61
B. Paire (FRA) d [21] P. Cuevas (URU) 75 60
N. Mahut (FRA) d [23] S. Johnson (USA) 64 57 64
[25] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 76(9) 75
[26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d T. Fritz (USA) 75 36 76(4)
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [28] M. Zverev (GER) 64 64
F. Fognini (ITA) d [30] J. Sousa (POR) 76(8) 26 63

First Round
M. Jaziri (TUN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(4) 00 Retired
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) d S. Robert (FRA) 76(5) 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 75
[WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 75 36 10-7
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 36 63 10-7
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) 76(4) 61
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 63
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 67(3) 76(4) 11-9

Women’s
Singles – Second Round
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d N. Osaka (JPN) 64 26 63
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Mchale (USA) 06 76(6) 64
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d M. Minella (LUX) 62 62
[8] M. Keys (USA) d V. Golubic (SUI) 61 62
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 62 67(5) 64
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) 36 64 75
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d [WC] A. Barty (AUS) 64 64
[15] B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Larsson (SWE) 46 63 76(3)
S. Cirstea (ROU) d [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) 76(4) 36 63
S. Peng (CHN) d [21] C. Garcia (FRA) 64 60
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(4) 62
P. Parmentier (FRA) d [24] T. Babos (HUN) 67(1) 62 60
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [25] R. Vinci (ITA) 63 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [28] I. Begu (ROU) 36 64 63
S. Rogers (USA) d [31] D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 57 60
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [32] E. Makarova (RUS) 67(1) 62 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / T. Townsend (USA) 64 61
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 57 75 10-7
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d C. Mchale (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) 75 16 10-8
A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d S. Errani (ITA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

8:00 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – S. Cirstea (ROU) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs [6] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – Y. Lu (TPE) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / M. Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [31] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 00

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [32] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
ATP – A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / A. Muhammad (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) / H. Watson (GBR) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [PR] T. Haas (GER) / L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) vs S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) / M. Puig (PUR) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

 

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Rafael Nadal Begins Another Quest for First Miami Title; Venus Williams Wins Late Night Match

Rafael Nadal

(March 24, 2017) Rafael Nadal began his quest for his first Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

 

The Spaniard is playing in this tournament for the 13th time in his career. Although the 14-time major winner has never taken home the Miami trophy, he’s been a finalist four times – in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 coming within two points of the title against Novak Djokovic.

 

“I think I was four times in the final. Probably I should win the first one.”

“Then I have another good chance, but I was in the final against Novak (Djkokovic).

 

“6-5, 15-30, didn’t happen,” Noted the fifth seed, and the other two finals I didn’t play very well, no?”
“I think probably even if I was not in the final, the year that I was closer to win was the year that I got injury against (Andy) Roddick in that semifinals. Was winning – never easy against Andy, no – but I have the match a little bit under control and I get injury of my knee, no, and then I lost in three sets.

“I was playing great that year. I thought that was my year. But in tennis is always the same. Life the same. “You have opportunities. If you don’t convert these opportunities, then it’s tough, no?

“But I am still playing tennis and I am still here fighting for the things that motivates me. My motivation is play enough well to have chances here.”

 

The top two players in the world, combining for 8 Miami titles, will give someone else a chance to win this year as both six-time champion Djokovic and two-time champion Andy Murray, withdrew with right with elbow injuries.

 

Venus Williams

In the women’s field, 23-time major champion Serena Williams pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami with a knee injury, but older sister Venus, the 11th seed opened her tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last match on center court during evening session.

 

Top seed Angelique Kerber bested Ying-Ying Duan 7-6(3), 6-2 while third seed Simona Halep also advanced with three-set win over Naomi Osaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

 

Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza saved a match point to get past Christina McHale 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 in match which carried over to Friday when rain suspened the match on Thursday night.

 

“I think I had a second chance probably with the rain and stuff,” said Muguruza.

“It was a very — it had everything in the match. She started playing well the first set yesterday and I think my game was not exactly how I wanted to be of I was missing by a little and then she was not missing at all.

‘Then I just forgot about it. I woke up today and said, Hey, this is not over. Went to the court, I fight, and I got it again.”
Last week’s winner at Indian Wells, was an upset victim on Friday. Elena Vesnina, seeded 13th lost her second-round match to wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

 

Vesnina’s Russian countrywoman, seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who lost to Vesnina in the Indian Wells final, moved into the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mandy Minella.

 

Other seeds losing on Friday included: [19] Anastasija Sevastova, [20] Carla Suarez Navarro, [21] Caroline Garcia, [22] Kristina Mladenovic, [24] Timea Babos, [25] R. Vinci, [28] I. Begu, [31] D. Kasatkina and [32] Ekaterina Makarova.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend, ranked 111th in the world defeated No. 25 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2.

 

Upsets on the men’s side included: [7] Marin Cilic, [9] Grigor Dimitrov, [11] Lucas Pouille, [15] Pablo Carreno Busta, [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas, [20] Gilles Simon, [21] Pablo Cuevas, [23] Steve Johnson, [28] Mischa Zverev and [30] Joao Sousa.

 

Kei Nishikori

Second seed Kei Nishikori beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round. So did third seed Milos Raonic, playing his first event since late February when a right leg injury put him on an injury hiatus.

 

“I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,” said the Canadian.

“Hopefully I can continue to progress throughout this tournament.”

 

“I’ve prepared the best I can for this tournament,” Raonic said. “I’m not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it’s a long tournament. Doesn’t mean things can’t change and I can’t get better throughout this event.”

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