April 26, 2017

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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Miami Open Tennis – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

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

RESULTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

Men’s Singles – First Round
H. Zeballos (ARG) d G. Elias (POR) 67(2) 62 75
Y. Lu (TPE) d [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) 62 61
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d H. Chung (KOR) 36 61 76(1)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d D. Istomin (UZB) 64 76(0)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d K. Khachanov (RUS) 64 36 76(4)
[Q] D. King (BAR) d [Q] L. Lacko (SVK) 76(2) 64
[Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) d K. Kravchuk (RUS) 75 57 61
R. Haase (NED) d [WC] M. Ymer (SWE) 75 76(3)
[PR] T. Robredo (ESP) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 36 64 62
[Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d [LL] M. Youzhny (RUS) 64 61
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d F. Mayer (GER) 61 61
A. Seppi (ITA) d [Q] R. Albot (MDA) 64 64
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 76(6) 63
B. Coric (CRO) d M. Granollers (ESP) 76(6) 46 63

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) d F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 60 46 10-4

Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [Q] M. Brengle (USA) 61 63
[4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 63 62
[5] A. Radwanska (POL) d Q. Wang (CHN) 76(3) 61
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d [9] E. Svitolina (UKR) 75 64
[12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
[17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 67(3) 62 60
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d [18] C. Vandeweghe (USA) 62 36 61
L. Safarova (CZE) d [23] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 62
[26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) 62 26 76(2)
[27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d C. Witthoeft (GER) 64 64
K. Flipkens (BEL) d [29] A. Konjuh (CRO) 76(4) 67(6) 62
[30] S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Errani (ITA) 46 64 75

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 62 64
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / J. Konta (GBR) 63 63
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN) d J. Goerges (GER) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) 76(3) 76(3)

 

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 24 MARCH 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs N. Osaka (JPN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Mchale (USA) 06 23

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs Y. Duan (CHN)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – G. Pella (ARG) vs [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [WC] B. Haddad Maia (BRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Robert (FRA)
WTA – V. Golubic (SUI) vs [8] M. Keys (USA)
ATP – [23] S. Johnson (USA) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs Y. Nishioka (JPN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [25] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] E. Escobedo (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [7] M. Cilic (CRO) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs M. Jaziri (TUN) 01
ATP – [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
WTA – [10] J. Konta (GBR) vs [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR)
ATP – D. Young (USA) vs [11] L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [16] K. Bertens (NED)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Fritz (USA) vs [26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
WTA – M. Minella (LUX) vs [7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [28] M. Zverev (GER) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
WTA – [Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER)

Court 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – [25] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] T. Townsend (USA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 46 45
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [30] J. Sousa (POR)
ATP – [21] P. Cuevas (URU) vs B. Paire (FRA)
WTA – [WC] A. Barty (AUS) vs [14] S. Stosur (AUS)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) 57 12

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Vesely (CZE) vs [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) vs S. Cirstea (ROU) 66
WTA – [28] I. Begu (ROU) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [21] C. Garcia (FRA) vs S. Peng (CHN)
ATP – J. Struff (GER) vs [20] G. Simon (FRA)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN)
ATP – [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

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Miami Open Tennis – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

Men’s Singles – First Round
D. Sela (ISR) d [Q] C. Harrison (USA) 61 61
T. Fritz (USA) d A. Pavlasek (CZE) 62 63
N. Mahut (FRA) d [WC] M. Mmoh (USA) 63 62
G. Pella (ARG) d [Q] T. Smyczek (USA) 36 64 76(3)
Y. Nishioka (JPN) d J. Thompson (AUS) 16 64 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) 67(5) 63 75
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d K. Edmund (GBR) 26 76(4) 62, saved 3 m.p.
V. Troicki (SRB) d T. Monteiro (BRA) 57 63 61
J. Chardy (FRA) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 62 62
F. Fognini (ITA) d R. Harrison (USA) 64 75
B. Paire (FRA) d M. Klizan (SVK) 76(4) 63
D. Young (USA) d D. Brown (GER) 63 16 62
F. Delbonis (ARG) d J. Monaco (ARG) 75 76(4)
J. Struff (GER) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 75 40 Ret. (Hamstring)
[Q] E. Escobedo (USA) d D. Evans (GBR) 75 06 63
K. Anderson (RSA) d [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) 62 75

Women’s
Singles – First Round

S. Rogers (USA) d [Q] M. Erakovic (NZL) 46 63 76(4)
J. Goerges (GER) d A. Riske (USA) 75 63
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d L. Chirico (USA) 36 75 61
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d H. Watson (GBR) 76(4) 61
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [WC] A. Anisimova (USA) 26 62 63
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] K. Nara (JPN) 62 61
[WC] A. Barty (AUS) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 57 63
[Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) d A. Cornet (FRA) 64 16 64
P. Parmentier (FRA) d O. Dodin (FRA) 62 61
C. Mchale (USA) d A. Beck (GER) 67(2) 75 60
S. Cirstea (ROU) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 64
[Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) d L. Davis (USA) 63 63
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [LL] M. Linette (POL) 62 16 62
L. Safarova (CZE) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 76(2) 64
[Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 64
Q. Wang (CHN) d [Q] D. Vekic (CRO) 06 64 62
Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 46 64 76(3)
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 46 64
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d A. Petkovic (GER) 62 64
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 63 36 62

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Brengle (USA) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – M. Granollers (ESP) vs B. Coric (CRO)
ATP – [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) vs K. Kravchuk (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Mchale (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Robert (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – K. Khachanov (RUS) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs Q. Wang (CHN)
ATP – B. Tomic (AUS) vs [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [Q] B. Becker (GER)
WTA – [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
ATP – G. Elias (POR) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
WTA – [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [18] C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Safarova (CZE) vs [23] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
ATP – D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs H. Chung (KOR)
ATP – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs F. Mayer (GER)
WTA – [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs [9] E. Svitolina (UKR)
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) vs Y. Lu (TPE)
WTA – S. Errani (ITA) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [Q] L. Lacko (SVK)
WTA – [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – [Q] R. Albot (MDA) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
ATP – D. Istomin (UZB) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) vs S. Cirstea (ROU)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [29] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs K. Flipkens (BEL)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs C. Witthoeft (GER)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – D. Gavrilova (AUS) / J. Konta (GBR) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
WTA – R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN)
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [WC] M. Ymer (SWE)

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Elena Vesnina and Roger Federer Win BNP Paribas Open Singles Titles

(March 19, 2017) Roger Federer and Elena Vesnina took home the BNP Paribas Open singles trophies on Sunday in Indian Wells California. In an all-Swiss affair, Federer defeated Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win his fifth Indian Wells crown, 90th career tournament and 25th Masters Series 1000 title. He is now tied with Novak Djokovic for most Indian Wells titles.

At 35-years and seven months old, the 18-time major champion became the oldest BNP Paribas Open champion. Federer is third in Open Era in number of titles behind Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

The women’s final was an all-Russian contest which saw Elena Vesnina rally from a set and 1-4 down in the second s set and 2-4 down in the third set to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 in just over three hours in the first match of the day.

“For me, the dream run continues,” Federer said during the trophy ceremony.

“This was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells. The goal was to be top 8 by after Wimbledon, so I’m there much, much faster.”

“I will make the plan for the remainder of the season, especially for the clay, after Miami, and then see also what the goals are because the goals are clearly changing after this dream start.”

“The way he’s playing is just so beautiful,” said finalist Wawrinka. “Everything looks perfect. He’s moving amazingly well. He has amazing touch. He’s doing everything you can do on the tennis court.”

“I think Stan can be very proud of his efforts here and the start to the year,” Federer said to media. “And the tournament he played here was great for him. He’s always struggled in the past in the desert. And then, for me, the dream run continues. The fairytale of the comeback that I have already shown in Australia.

“Again, I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I mean, couldn’t be more happy.

“It’s an absolute, huge start to the year for me. Yeah, last year didn’t win any titles. I don’t think I was in any finals except maybe Brisbane last year.

“The change is dramatic, and it feels great.”

Federer’s ranking will move up to No. 6 as of Monday.

Last February, 14th seed Vesnina was ranked No. 122 in the world and lost in qualifying at Indian Wells. Talk about a turnaround. She’ll be No. 13 in the world when the rankings come out on Monday.

Like her last year on tour, she had to battle back and Sunday was no different. The 30-year-old, who defeated No. 2 seed Angela Kerber and No. 12 seed Venus Williams on the road to making the final, talked about how she was mentally able to rebound from a set and 1-4 down:

“I was down the whole match except the first set. I was up with a break twice and I had set point. I didn’t use my chances there, and then she won the set and was 4-1-up.

“I was kind of fighting to just stay longer on the court, you know, just don’t give it so easy. I was telling to myself, You’re 4-1 down. Nothing to lose. Just fight for each game, you know, try to win every point, you know, try to deserve every point, because she will not give you anything.

“When I was down 4-2 in the third set, I know these kind of feelings when you’re having so much chances and you’re not using them, then your opponent will have one chance and she will use it.

“So I think that’s the situation what happened with Svetlana and me today, because she was up the whole match. She was up set 4-1, then 4-2 in the third. She had so many break points on my serve. She was 30-Love up couple of times on her serves.

“And I always keep coming back. I stick there, you know. I was just not giving anything, you know, that moment. I was just — I didn’t thought about, like, the end of the match. I was just thinking about how to kind of get back into the game. You know, I was just thinking about that.

“And when I broke her at 4-All and went to serve for the match, I had this in my mind. You know, I was, like, I’m not gonna give it. I went to serve, and I was, like, I never gonna lose this game.

“I don’t know how I have it in my mind, you know, serving for the championship point, championship game, you know, and don’t be so nervous, you know. I was really — that game, I was really calm. I was not thinking that if I’m going to lose this game it’s going to be 5-All. I was not afraid to lose, you know, maybe for the whole match. I was just trying to play.

“And I think Svetlana, end of the match, she was afraid to lose the match, and this is the difference maybe.”

The 31-year-old, two-time major champion and eighth seed Kuznetsova said: “I didn’t feel good today, because she was very aggressive, and I was a little bit out of my game. I was too far from the court, and I was running all the way, way behind, so the only thing I could defend. And I didn’t serve well.

“So I think that was overall the key points. Even I made it 7-6, 4-1 and was one break, and she kept being aggressive, and, yeah, I was too passive. I think that’s why I lost.”

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Set Up Fourth Round Clash at the BNP Paribas Open; Novak Djokovic Advances

Roger Federer

(March 14, 2017)Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet for the thirty-sixth time in their careers on Wednesday in the fourth round of the BNP Open. Both men won third round matches on Tuesday.

Nadal, a three-time winner, who last won the tournament in 2013, defeated fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5 for his 50th career match-win at Indian Wells.

Roger Federer survived American Steve Johnson 7-6(3), 7-6(4). The Swiss is a four-time winner of this event, last winning in 2012.

Nadal is 23-12 against Federer, 12-4 at ATP Masters 1000 events, 9-8 on hard courts and 1-1 at the BNP Paribas Open. Federer has never beaten Nadal three-times in a row.

Their last meeting came in late January when Federer won the Australian Open in five sets over Nadal. In their last meeting before this, Federer beat Nadal at the Swiss Indoors event in 2015.

Asked about how he feels about his next match, Federer said: “Very excited. I said it at the press conference in the beginning. That’s why I came here, play against guys like Rafa. Now we have it.

“I’m going to be excited now. Better be excited now. Otherwise I came for the wrong reasons.”

“Everyone felt different against Rafa,” he continued, “because sometimes you come in and you’re extremely tired. Sometimes it was, like you said, maybe you just lost three in a row, and you play often in quick succession at one point, as well.

“I mean, Australia helps me a little bit, but, you know, at the end of the day, I’m still in the comeback. And I try to see it really as another opportunity to build upon something for the rest of the season. So regardless of Australia, winning or losing, I’m going to try to go out there and try to play free again. I think it’s really important.

“I’m really happy that I got my energy back, because in Dubai I was actually still quite tired. I feel like tomorrow if I move well, you know, I will definitely have a chance against Rafa.”

Rafael Nadal

“Since the season started, I was playing well,” Nadal said. So I tried to play my game, tried to play aggressive.

“My goal was don’t let him play with his forehand from easy positions. And that’s what I tried. I started well the match. Then taked a while to have the break, but finally I had in the right game, in the 4-3, and I closed well.

“So in the second I started with the break, and then happened what happened with those two games. Then I was there again.

“So very pleased with my performance. And I won already two matches here.”
“Tomorrow another chance to go on court, and I’m going to try to play better than I did today.”

Asked about what makes Federer’s game so special, Nadal said: “Everything. Yeah, he has the talent to do very difficult things that looks easy, you know. He’s able to take the ball very early, serve and first shot. He create a lot of winners with that, two first shots, no?

“And then he’s able to take the ball always from inside, and he’s very quick going to the net. If you play short ball, then you know that he gonna go inside and gonna hit a winner, gonna play a shot that hit forehand or backhand, go to the net, and you are going to be in big trouble.”

 

Novak Djokovic

In the night session, Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 to reach the round of 16 where he’ll play Nick Kyrgios.

“It was difficult to overcome this challenge tonight,” Djokovic said during his on court interview. “The third was some of the best tennis I’ve played this year”

For the five-time desert champion, was his his 300th ATP Masters 1000 match victory. He is now tied with Pete Sampras for 10th in Open Era with 762 wins overall.
In other men’s action, No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori easily beat Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-2, American Donald Young upset 14th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 and Malek Jaziri of Tunisia survived big-serving American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Nick Kyrgios

In a battle of generation next on the ATP World Tour, Nick Kyrgios beat Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4.

“It was the worst match I played all year. It’s quite simple, ” said Zverev of the loss. “My serving was absolute horrible, my returning was absolutely horrible. From the baseline was horrible. There is not one thing I did well.”

“I wasn’t serving my best, so I thought I just competed well, said Kyrgios. “It was always going to be a tough match. He’s been playing great tennis and on the rise ever since juniors. I knew it was going to be tough.

“It was hot, but it wasn’t scorching. I think that suits my game style. I can get more bounce off my forehand.

“But, yeah, it was a tough battle. I’m just really glad to get through.”

 

American Jack Sock saved four match points to stop Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(7).

 

More to follow…

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Miami Open Announces Wildcards


(March 9, 2017) The Miami Open has announced it lists of wildcards into the main draw and qualifying draw. The tournament runs March 20-April 2 in Key Biscayne at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Five men and eight women received wildcards into the singles main draw.

Men’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name  Country Age Rank
Mikael Ymer Sweden 18 497
Michael Mmoh USA 19 185
Andrey Rublev Russia 19 134
Casper Ruud Norway 18 128
Thomaz Bellucci Brazil 29 71

Women’s Main Draw Wildcards:

Name Country Age Rank
Ashleigh Barty Australia 20 92
Bethanie Matteck-Sands USA 31 160
Belinda Bencic Switzerland 19 128
Natalia Vikhlyantseva Russia 20 78
Ajla Tomljanovic Croatia 23 664
Beatriz Haddad Maia Brazil 20 180
Nicole Gibbs USA 24 94
Paula Badosa Spain 19 323

Men’s Qualifying Wildcard: 

Name Country Age Rank
Elias Ymer Sweden 20 158
Miomir Kecmanovic Serbia 17 751
Yibing Wu China 17 947
Nicola Kuhn Spain 16 718
Vasil Kirkov USA 17 1055

Women’s Qualifying Wildcard:

Name Country Age Rank
Anastasia Potapova Russia 15 850
Kayla Day USA 17 175
Amanda Anisimova USA 15 4 (ITF)
Sofya Zhuk Russia 17 266
Urszula Radwanska Poland 26 319
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Serena Williams Withdraws from the BNP Paribas Open and the Miami Open

(March 7, 2017) From the BNP Paribas Open: World No. 1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the 2017 BNP Paribas Open due to a left knee injury.

 

A quote from Serena Williams:

 

“Sadly, I have to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open. I have not been able to train due to my knees and am disappointed I cannot be there. I will keep moving forward and continue to be positive. I look forward to being back as soon as I can.”

 

Williams lost in last year’s Indian Wells final to Victoria Azarenka. The 35-year-old won the Australian Open in January for her 23rd major title.

 

With the withdrawal, Angelique Kerber will move back up to No. 1 in the world after the Indian Wells event.

 

 

 

Tennis Channel’s BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open Broadcast Schedules

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