Hewitt Wins, Serena and Venus in Action Thurs. at Sony Miami Tennis

by Staff | March 21st, 2013, 12:42 am

All-unseeded men’s play kicked off Wednesday at the Sony Open in Miami, where the slugs battled it out to potentially meet a seed.

Notable winners were Nikolay Davydenko in a sloppy three sets over Paolo Lorenzi 6-0, 2-6, 6-0; Horacio Zeballos over Thiemo De Bakker in three; James Blake winning an all-American over Ryan Harrison easily 6-2, 6-2; veteran Michael Llodra topping youngster Benoit Paire in an all-French, all-contentious in straights; and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt advancing.

“It felt good,” Blake said after easily rolling past Harrison. “It was just one of those days where things were going in. I felt like I was playing well last week. It’s just a matter of putting it all together and tonight is an example of what can happen when I do that.”

Hewitt failed to serve out the second set twice before clinching in the tiebreak.

“He played way better every time he was behind in the match,” Hewitt said after topping Joao Sousa. “Whenever he’d get back on serve in the second set, he actually played worse. When he was behind, he sort of just went for it a lot more. That was tough because he sort of had nothing to lose.”

Hewitt will next meet No. 11 seed Gilles Simon.

“He’s a different player. He obviously plays with a bit of finesse out there, moves the ball around extremely well,” Hewitt said. “His movement is a big part of his game, as well. He can pull the trigger when he wants to on his first serve, but also on the baseline.”

The women’s unseeded players had a full slate Wednesday, with the highlights American Bethanie Mattek-Sands topping Puerto Rican riser Monica Puig 6-4, 7-5; former world No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova defeating Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-3, 6-3; American teen Victoria Duval beating Czech Andrea Hlavackova 7-6(4), 6-4; former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone outlasting Slovak Jana Cepelova in three; Canadian riser Eugenie Bouchard outlasting veteran Shahar Peer from a set down; and Daniela Hantuchova, Americans Jamie Hampton, Christina McHale and Madison Keys, and Brit Laura Robson also advancing.

“I’ve changed,” Petkovic said. “My coach actually laughs at me when I tell him I’m a changed person, but it’s true. I don’t get frustrated on the court anymore. I’m just happy to be back. I’m really enjoying every moment of it. I don’t know how long it’ll hold up like this — let’s talk again in two months…I felt deep inside this chapter isn’t over.”

Highlights of Thursday play are (1) Serena Williams vs. veteran Flavia Pennetta, (19) Venus Williams vs. veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, Thomaz Bellucci vs. (WC) Christian Harrison, and (10) Marion Bartoli vs. (WC) Andrea Petkovic.

For Serena it would be a record-breaking sixth title in Miami if she could emerge victorious two weekends from now.

“I just focus on every match that I play, from the first round to the last,” Serena said Wednesday. “I don’t fear anybody, and I don’t like that word. But I’m cautious of everyone — I think that’s a better way to put it.”

Novak Djokovic and his top of the draw take the court on Friday.

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[4] A Radwanska (POL) vs S Hsieh (TPE) – WTA
[Q] M Gicquel (FRA) vs B Tomic (AUS) – ATP
[1] S Williams (USA) vs F Pennetta (ITA) – WTA
J Nieminen (FIN) vs D Nalbandian (ARG) – ATP

Starting at 7:30 PM
[19] V Williams (USA) vs K Date-Krumm (JPN) – WTA
T Bellucci (BRA) vs [WC] C Harrison (USA) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
K Bertens (NED) vs [5] N Li (CHN) – WTA
S Peng (CHN) vs [7] P Kvitova (CZE) – WTA
[9] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [Q] K Pliskova (CZE) – WTA
[10] M Bartoli (FRA) vs [WC] A Petkovic (GER) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) – ATP

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17 Comments for Hewitt Wins, Serena and Venus in Action Thurs. at Sony Miami Tennis

alison Says:

Great to see the veterans of the game,giving these young guns a run for their money,and enjoying still enjoying playing tennis too,Leyton has always been one of the players i most look forward to seeing play outside the top 4,hope he has a great week.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Poor America.
Ryan Harrison and Donald Young, Davis Cup 2014-2020.

Humble Rafa Says:

Ryan Harrison and Donald Young, Davis Cup 2014-2020

Ouch. P-mac called it quits at the right time.

jane Says:

Delpo lost the first set to Kamke.

jane Says:

Finally they are playing again after an uber long rain delay. Kambe is serving for a 5-0 lead in the second set. So much for Delpo!

Kimberly Says:

Hi all watched del potro blow set 1 live, with set points at 5-2. Then the tiebreak was rain interrupted twice but they never left the court and did finish it before it was suspended for longer. Delpo was up 4-3 when the lines started getting wet and delpo was complaining. Two breaks after that. Seemed he got unlucky there. We went home after as it started really raining.

We watched the Lauren Davis match, watched Blake, watched Tsonga, ferrer, sharapova, the bryans, troicki practice. Them the first set of delpo. Also stopped in on fognini v llodra and kirilenko Mattek sands and Mchale Vinci. It was so late when we got home (for a 7 year old) and technically they r still on the day session.

Kimberly Says:

Btw Martina was sitting on the stands, in the direction ofdelpos coach so when I saw him yelling at his box I happened to notice her. Her arms are outrageous!

jane Says:

Sounds like a full day Kimberly.

I am so sad I missed Nole; waited all day and just ran out for half an hour but by the time I returned he was finished. Looks like he rolled Rosol! :)

Wog boy Says:


I haven’t seen the match either, but if you look at stats his “1st serve points won” (67%) wasn’t as good as “2nd serve points won” which was 82%, but break points conversion was really good, five out of seven, four out of four saved BP.
I actually wanted Delpo in SF.

jane Says:

Wog boy, yes I checked out the stats too. :) I would’ve liked to see another Nole/Delpo match as well, but I guess Delpo was worn out or something. Do you know who Nole plays next round?

Wog boy Says:

Either Dawarman or Lopez, I would say Lopez?

Wog boy Says:

Lopez, didn’t read properly:(

Wog boy Says:

No it’s Dawarman, I am giving up, I am in the pub and I I have double vision problem when ever I am in the pub, sorry:(

jane Says:

No worries: let’s just hope Nole keeps taking care of business. :)

Wog boy Says:

^you are right, and I have take care of “Pure Blonde” whis is sitting in front of me on the table … it is only a beer, good Australian beer and I am taking good care of it:)

Wog boy Says:

“which” and not “whis”

jane Says:

Enjoy your beer; I am having a boring orange vitamin water.

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