Kuznetsova Squeaks; Nadal v Dent, Henin v Dementieva Friday in Miami
Four qualifiers led the unseeded men into the second round on Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, Colombian Santiago Giraldo, Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Yu, and Turkey’s Marcel Ilhan moved into the second round, joined by unseeded standouts Mardy Fish, veteran Juan Ignacio Chela, and lucky loser Nicolas Lapentti, who will next meet Roger Federer.
Qualifiers Nicolas Massu of Chile and American Ryan Sweeting were not so lucky, losing to France’s Florent Serra and German Philipp Petzschner respectively.
Highlights of Friday men’s play in Miami are (2) Novak Djokovic vs. Olivier Rochus, (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Taylor Dent, (6) Andy Roddick vs. Igor Andreev, (27) Thomaz Bellucci vs. James Blake, (30) Viktor Troicki vs. (WC) David Nalbandian, and Jeremy Chardy vs. (21) Sam Querrey.
In second-round play on the women’s side, top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova escaped an upset, defeating China’s Shuai Peng 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
“When you get frustrated you get very mad and sometimes you don’t have to let yourself get mad. I think I gave her chance to play well,” Kuzy said. “The first set was very easy, and I just get frustrated a little bit. I stopped moving my feet in the second set and just lost one game and everything’s went wrong. In tennis, you don’t need much.”
No. 3 seed Venus Williams moved on with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sorana Cirstea, joined by fellow Top 10 seed Agnieszka Radwanska who topped Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-0.
On the upset tip Thursday were Timea Bacsinszky bouncing (8) Na Li (8) 7-6 in the third, Andrea Petkovic defeating (10) Flavia Pennetta 6-0 in the third, Petra Martic stopping (18) Aravane Rezai in three, Gisela Dulko defeating (21) Alona Bondarenko, Yaroslava Shvedova topping (23) Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci beating (30) Anabel Medina Garrigues, and Polona Hercog upsetting (31) Aleksandra Wozniak.
Matches to look for Friday in Miami include (5) Elena Dementieva vs. (WC) Justine Henin, (14) Kim Clijsters vs. Petra Kvitova, Carla Suarez Navarro vs. (9) Sam Stosur, and Melanie Oudin vs. (11) Vera Zvonareva.
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