Pennetta Lines Up Serena; Blake v Harrison Wed. at Sony in Miami
by Staff | March 20th, 2013, 12:04 am

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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6 Comments for Pennetta Lines Up Serena; Blake v Harrison Wed. at Sony in Miami

Mozrify Says:

Andrea Petkovic…. “veteran”??

Methinks not.

she is 25, jesus wept….

Humble Rafa Says:

Gilles Muller vs. Lukas Rosol

You know the difference between Rosol and the Arrogant One.

Rosol beat me fair and square on that day.

joe Says:

hingis won what 6 slams by 22 and you couldn’t call her a veteran because of her age? weep on your ageism.

I hate these byes for the seeds, the early rounds suck.

the DA Says:

Finally the the US Open has been convinced to change their format to fall in line with the other slams (the AO SFs being the exception):

Women’s semifinals on Thursday, Men’s semifinals Friday, Women’s final Saturday, Men’s final Sunday.

Just a pity we’ll have to wait until 2015.

Brando Says:

@the DA: thanks for that information. Have to ask though: why wait until 2015?

MMT Says:

the DA – that’s great news. It’s about time. And Joe – don’t sleep on Flava-Flav’ Pennetta. That one is tough as nails, and very resourceful. It’s been a while since Serena played, and if Pennetta is feeling it, she could give her a run for her money.

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