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Stephens, Azarenka Set Up Rematch In Miami SF; Venus Back On Wed

Posted by Staff on March 28th, 2018 @ 1:32 am

Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka have set up the first Miami semifinal. The two former Grand Slam champions just played earlier this month at Indian Wells with the American powering to a 6-1, 7-5 opening round win.

Azarenka, though, has won 11 straight matches in Miami. Tonight, the 3-time champion held on to take a scratchy first set then pulled away in the second to beat fellow-former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova …

Venus Kicks Konta Out Of Miami, Top 20; Stephens v Kerber Tues.

Posted by Staff on March 27th, 2018 @ 12:32 am

After saving three match points on Sunday, Venus Williams had to come back again to claim victory. This time she toppled defending champion Johanna Konta 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 and in doing so sent the Brit out of the Top 20.

“The first set was definitely all her, and she came up with some amazing shots to break me at 5-5,” the 37-year-old Venus told the crowd. “There was not much I …

Zverev Advances To Kyrgios Miami Showdown, Kyrgios-Verdasco Scuttle; Del Potro Returns Tues

Posted by Staff on March 27th, 2018 @ 12:18 am

Before the late evening rains, six of the eight scheduled men’s matches were completed notably 2017 semifinalist Nick Kyrgios set up a young gun showdown with Alexander Zverev.

Kyrgios rolled Fabio Fognini, who also made the semifinals last year, by a score of 6-3, 6-3.

“We both competed,” Kyrgios said. “I just played a little better in some bigger points.

“I knew it was going to be tough. He has a lot of …

Del Potro Ups Win Streak To 13 In Miami, Dimitrov Dumped; Kyrgios v Fognini Tomorrow

Posted by Staff on March 25th, 2018 @ 11:46 pm

Juan Martin del Potro kept it rolling Sunday in Miami. The Indian Wells champion upped his win streak to 13 after pounding former finalist Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.

“I think I’m playing good,” said del Potro. “I can play even better, but I need to get confidence playing on this court, trying to keep winning matches. But it is not easy. My body is starting to …

Venus Saves Match Points In Miami, Faces 2017 Champ Konta; Radwanska-Azarenka Mon.

Posted by Staff on March 25th, 2018 @ 11:25 pm

Three-time champion Venus Williams stayed alive in Miami after saving three match points in a topsy-turvy victory over Kiki Bertens 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

Bertens held two match points serving 5-3 in the third, but failed to convert either and succumbed to the American losing the last four games.

“It was a very interesting match, to say the least,” said Williams who led 5-0 in the first.

“I just tried to hang in …

What Next for Struggling World No. 1 Simona Halep?

Posted by Jeremy Davis on March 25th, 2018 @ 4:12 pm

World No. 1 Simona Halep could not close out former world No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday at the Miami Open, losing 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and leaving more questions about her ability to hold onto the top ranking.

Halep won her first tournament of the year at Shenzhen but has been winless since. Her early exit in Miami comes on the heels of a semifinal loss at Indian Wells where she …

Roger Federer Confirms He’ll Skip The Clay Season

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2018 @ 11:06 pm

Following a shock loss Saturday to Thanasi Kokkinakis in his Miami opener, Roger Federer confirmed that he will skip the clay season for a second straight year.

“Yeah, I decided not to play,” Federer said playing on the clay. “I didn’t play great last week either, I felt, overall. Nothing new, in my opinion. I’m trying to figure things out.

“I’m a positive thinker. I feel like every match is another …

Federer KO’d By Kokkinakis In Miami Shocker, Will Lose No. 1; Del Potro v Nishikori Sunday

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2018 @ 10:52 pm

Oft-injured Thanasi Kokkinkis may have pulled the upset of the season thus far Saturday, stunning world No. 1 Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in the opening round in Miami.

Federer, who began the year winning his first 17 matches, has now lost his last two, both in final set tiebreakers and both to much taller foes.

After jumping out to a set lead over the 175th-ranked Australian, Federer seemed to be in …

Djokovic Loses Third Straight, Del Potro Wins Again; Federer Today In Miami

Posted by Staff on March 24th, 2018 @ 10:32 am

Novak Djokovic’s recent downward spiral continued Friday in Miami, one of his favorite events. The Serb had won six titles overall at the event and 16 in a row that is until he ran into Frenchman Benoit Paire., falling 6-4, 6-3 in just 67 minutes.

Djokovic, who suffered a horrible loss at Indian Wells to qualifier Taro Daniel, looked better early on but then fell apart once again, spraying errors and …

Osaka Run Ends, Saturday Preview at Miami Open

Posted by Staff on March 23rd, 2018 @ 11:29 pm

The lower seeds again took a beating on Friday at the Miami Open where a top American and and both Indian Wells finalists exited the tournament.

Safely advancing were all four Top 10 seeds in action as No. 4 Elina Svitolina handled Indian Wells winner Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-2; No. 6 Jelena Ostapenko beat Timea Babos 6-4, 6-4, No. 8 Venus Williams tamed Natalia Vikhlyantseva from a brak down in the …

Roger Federer: The Bigger Racquets Make Tennis Easier!

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 23rd, 2018 @ 2:59 pm

Roger Federer met the press yesterday in Miami, where he’s won the title three times including last year. The Swiss enters the second Masters of the season following a heartbreaking loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final Sunday.

But Federer has been pleased of late and was at least glad that del Potro had to play well to win that title.

In speaking to the media, …

Djokovic, Del Potro Open Play Friday In Miami; Shapovalov Avoids Choke

Posted by Staff on March 23rd, 2018 @ 9:17 am

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic resumes his comeback this afternoon at Miami. The former No. 1 who had a rough go at Indian Wells losing meekly to qualifier Taro Daniel, hopes Miami offers more success.

“I’m not yet at my best but I’m working to get there,” Djokovic said Tuesday. “Every day is a process for me and is an opportunity to learn, to grow, to get better. Obviously the two …

Halep Avoids Joining 8 Seeded Losers Thursday at Miami Open; Osaka v Svitolina Friday

Posted by Staff on March 22nd, 2018 @ 9:56 pm

The three Top 10 seeds in action survived while an astounding 25% of the total seeds exited on Thursday at the Miami Open.

World No. 1 Simona Halep continued with shaky play but successfully struggled past France’s Oceane Dodin 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in her opener. The Romanian was fed a bagel set in her loss at Indian Wells to unseeded Naomi Osaka last week.

“I cannot tell you much about this match, …

Should Serena And Other Mothers On The WTA Get Seeding When Returning To The Tour?

Posted by Sean Randall on March 22nd, 2018 @ 6:32 pm

So I’ve seen this Serena-return-but-got-screwed-because-unseeded story become a hot-button issue not just among the tennis press, but also in the mainstream media. Specifically, because Serena lost yesterday to Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka It has been decreed by many that it was somehow “unfair” that Serena had to play someone like Osaka so early in a tournament when “we know” Serena is the greatest!

As I understand it — and I …

Serena Slammed By Osaka In Miami, Fritz Falls; Azarenka v Keys Thursday

Posted by Staff on March 22nd, 2018 @ 10:09 am

In the marquee showdown of the opening round of the Miami Masters, Serena Williams was blasted by 20-year-old Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-2.

Osaka recently stormed to the Indian Wells title on Sunday, cruising past No. 1s Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep before routing Daria Kasatkina in the final. Serena has lost to sister Venus.

But on Wednesday, after a slow start it was all Osaka who made the 36-year-old …