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World No. 1 Kerber Falls To Venus, Halep Upset Wednesday at Miami Open

Posted by Staff on March 29th, 2017 @ 10:06 pm

Venus Williams and Johanna Konta both orchestrated huge upsets on Wednesday at the Miami Open to advance into a semifinal battle on Key Biscayne.

The No. 11-seeded Williams ousted propped-up world No. 1 Angie Kerber 7-5, 6-3, and the No. 10-seeded Konta came from a set down to defeat No. 3-seeded Simona Halep 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2.

Konta is the first British woman to reach the Miami Open semifinals. Halep served for the …

Wozniacki, Pliskova Reach Miami SFs; Kerber v Venus Wed Night

Posted by Staff on March 29th, 2017 @ 1:03 am

The first semifinal at the Miami Open is set and it features US Open runner-ups Caroline Wozniacki against Karolina Pliskova, after both scored comprehensive straight set wins on Tuesday.

Pliskova reached her first Miami semifinal beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 6-4 and avenging her loss to the Croat at the Australian Open.

“I think I played much better here than I was playing [in Melbourne],” Pliskova said. “Also, the conditions here are different, …

Federer, Nadal Power Into Miami QFs, Zverev Upsets Wawrinka

Posted by Staff on March 29th, 2017 @ 12:50 am

Are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headed for another final collision? It looks that way in Miami where the two Hall of Fame legends continued to play up to their credentials.

Today in fourth round action Federer held off an in-form Roberto Bautista Agut in two tiebreakers 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to notch his 16th win in 17 tries this season.

“I felt good overall. It was a different kind of match,” said Federer …

Kerber, Halep, Pliskova And Venus Advance To Miami QFs; Muruguza Retires

Posted by Staff on March 28th, 2017 @ 1:07 am

Tournament favorites and Top 3 seeds Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep all advanced to the quarterfinals at the Miami Open on Monday.

Kerber cruised past qualifier Risa Ozaki 6-2, 6-2 in a first meeting. Pliskova also won in straight sets, upending Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-4. And Halep needed to save a match point serving 4-5 in the the second to come back and beat Sam Stosur 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. …

Federer Derails Del Potro, Tall Men Tumble In Miami; Men’s 4R Tuesday Inc. Nadal

Posted by Staff on March 27th, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

Roger Federer kept his momentum rolling into the fourth round at Miami with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

It was the first meeting between the two who share the same management agency since the ATP Finals in 2013 which went three sets. But Federer started out hot and once again was solid on serve and from the baseline. After breaking the Argentine to seize the lead. …

Elbow Tear Leaves Andy Murray’s Clay Season In Limbo

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 27th, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

According to his brother, Jamie, Andy Murray has an elbow tear which will leave him unfit for Great Britain’s Davis Cup tie next month against France. And it could jeopardize his participation in the first clay Masters event of the season in Monte Carlo in three weeks.

“It’s some sort of tear in his elbow,” Jamie told the British press in Miami.

“[Andy] said he can do everything except serve and …

Milos Raonic: Wimbledon Was The Last Time I Felt Physically Good

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 27th, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

It’s been one injury after another for Milos Raonic. The big-serving Canadian had to withdraw from Miami yesterday do to continued issues with his hamstring. The same hamstring which kept him out of Indian Wells and forced him to also withdraw from the Delray Beach final.

“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,” Raonic …

Nadal Recovers After Bagel; Monday Miami Features Federer v Del Potro

Posted by Staff on March 26th, 2017 @ 11:50 pm

Rafael Nadal losing a set 6-0?

The former No. 1 rebounded from one of the worst starts of his career on Sunday at the Miami Open to eventually defeat No. 26 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3.

“He was doing everything good, so that’s sport,” Nadal said. “When somebody is playing the way that he was playing that first set, I lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it. …

Kerber Wins; Venus vs. Kuzy Monday at Miami Open

Posted by Special on March 26th, 2017 @ 11:08 pm

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber led the third-round winners on Sunday at the Miami Open, defeating unseeded American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5 to advance to a meeting with Japan’s dangerous unseeded Risa Ozaki.

“It was a good match,” said Kerber, who was down a break in both sets. “I was trying to feel my game again. I was moving good, but it was not so easy because she didn’t play badly. …

Pliskova, Wozniacki Sunday Miami Winners; Former Champ Radwanska Out

Posted by Staff on March 26th, 2017 @ 10:52 am

2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska was bounced in the third round of Miami by veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-0, 6-3 Saturday.

Lucic-Baroni had just beaten Radwanska at the Australian Open and she did it against Saturday in South Florida.

“It was a great match today, she’s obviously a top player and has been for many years,” Lucic-Baroni told WTA. “I know what I had to do when I walked into the court. It’s always …

Federer, Del Potro Advanced To Miami 3R Showdown; Nadal, Nishikori Return Sunday

Posted by Staff on March 26th, 2017 @ 10:32 am

Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro advanced to a Monday third round in Miami. Federer upped his sparkling 2017 record to 14-1 after beating American teen Frances Tiafoe 7-6(2), 6-3 on a rainy Saturday.

“I’ve hit with Frances maybe twice before. I saw the power he had, the explosivity he had, how he easily can generate pace. He seemed to be fearless, good serving, taking the ball early and making …

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Now Has A Tson

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 25th, 2017 @ 1:32 pm

Congratulations to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and his girlfriend Noura El Shwekh who welcomed a baby boy Friday, the tennis star revealed on twitter.

Des étoiles plein les yeux, je vous annonce la naissance de notre fils ! 👶🏽 pic.twitter.com/hM5XZrFYXY

— Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (@tsonga7) March 24, 2017

The French No. 1 skipped Miami to be there for the birth of his first child.

Tsonga becomes the …

Frances Tiafoe: Oh My God I’m Going To Play Federer!

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 25th, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

America has a good crop of youngsters coming up through the ranks, and today one of the gets center stage as 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe takes on Roger Federer in the second round at Miami.

Tiafoe had to qualify just to get into the event, and he made the most of it collecting his second career Masters match win beating another qualifier, Konstantin Kravchuk, in the first round. But now the Maryland …

Rafael Nadal: Roger’s Had A Great Start To 2017 But Novak And Andy Are Still The Favorites

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 25th, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

Despite Roger Federer’s fantastic start of 2017 winning the Australian Open and Indian Wells, Rafael Nadal still says that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are the top players.

Both Djokovic and Murray have combined to reach just one final, and that was when they played each other in Doha at the start of the year. Since then, it’s been upset after upset. But Nadal points out, it’s still very early in …

Friday Seeded Bloodbath at Men’s Miami Open Tennis; Federer Saturday

Posted by Staff on March 25th, 2017 @ 12:37 am

It was a bloodbath on Friday at the Miami Open as two Top 10 seeds out of a total of 10 overall seeds made exits.

Safely into the third round were Top 10 seeds No. 2 Kei Nishikori who stunted the big serving of Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 Milos Raonic who defeated veteran Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5; and No. 5 Rafa Nadal who eased past Israel’s Dudi Sela …