Glatch Under Spotlight vs Serena, American Men Surge at Miami
Big-serving American qualifiers John Isner and Amer Delic advanced into the second round at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Thursday, on a day where American men posted a 4-2 record.
Isner defeated the Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky in straight sets, and Delic did likewise to Belgium’s Steve Darcis.
Other U.S. winners on Thursday were Sam Querrey, who topped Gilles Muller in straight sets, and Bobby Reynolds who came back from an 0-6 shellacking in the first set to defeat Argentine veteran Juan Ignacio Chela 0-6, 7-5, 6-4.
On the losing end was wildcard Jesse Levine, falling to German qualifier Benjamin Becker in straights, and fellow wildcard Ryan Sweeting, losing to Chilean veteran Nicolas Massu in straights.
On the unseeded American women’s side, wildcard Alexa Glatch, No. 124 in the world, beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-1 to set up a meeting with world No. 1 Serena Williams.
Glatch will be a veritable preview of women’s tennis to come in the next couple years, as the 19-year-old was the lone American, outside of Venus and Serena Williams, to make it out of the opening round in Miami.
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