Veterans Flavia Pennetta, Shuai Peng, Andrea Petkovic and Kimiko Date-Krumm were among the winners in all-unseeded play on the women’s side at the Sony Open in Miami on Tuesday.
Pennetta, who returned from wrist surgery in February, lined up a meeting with world No. 1 Serena Williams.
Another winner was Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, who will next meet No. 5 seed Li Na in a possible upset alert.
“I tried to be ready for Indian Wells but my ankle wasn’t ready, so I had to wait another few weeks,” Na said. “I really wanted to be 100 percent ready to come back to the court, because otherwise it would be dangerous. I’ve been really looking forward to coming back. I feel like I had another off-season just now.”
The final round of qualifying was also completed, and moving into the main draw were Americans Mallory Burdette, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Allie Kick, Israel’s Shahar Peer, Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Swiss Stefanie Voegele, Slovak Jana Cepelova, Croat Donna Vekic, Czechs Katerina Siniakova and Karolina Pliskova, Hungary’s Melinda Czink, the Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.
The men also take to the court on Wednesday, with the highlights Ryan Harrison vs. (WC) James Blake in an all-American match-up, Benoit Paire vs. Michael Llodra in an all-French, (WC) Madison Keys vs. (Q) Allie Kiick in an all-American, and Gilles Muller vs. Lukas Rosol in a one-hit-wonders match-up.
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