No. 1 Kerber, Venus In Action Friday In Miami; Wozniacki, Pliskova Advance
by Staff | March 24th, 2017, 10:00 am
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Second seed Karolina Pliskova continued her form in her Miami opener Thursday crushing Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3.

“The last few matches it’s not really about my serve because the percentage is a little low, but I’m happy that I have my game from the baseline,” said Pliskova who lost first round here last year. “I was feeling the ball pretty well today.

“It was a tough one today against an American, she has the home crowd supporting here. So I’m just happy to be through.”

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki also rolled into the third round beating Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-2. And 2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska won a tight first-set tiebreak before pulling away on Wang Qiang 7-6(3), 6-1.

“I had chances to take the first set earlier but it didn’t end up the way I wanted,” Radwanska said to the WTA. “I think the most important part of the first set was that tiebreak, which I played very well, very aggressive. I that was the key in the match.”

Becuase of the rain, the completion of four matches was held over to today. Among them, Christina Mchale led Garbine Muguruza 6-0, 3-2 and Indian Wells champion Elena Vesnina was down to Nick Kyrgios’s girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 5-3.

Today in second round, world No. 1 Angelique Kerber clashes with Duan Ying-Ying.

“No, I think the pressure is not there anymore, I think it’s more like motivation for going out there and playing again my tennis,” Kerber said the No. 1 ranking. “I know the situation already and it’s more going out, playing tough again and having my feeling back.

“Of course, nobody has nothing to lose against me. But, it’s actually a good challenge for me. It’s a completely new challenge, but I think that I’m ready for that.”

Three-time tournament champion Venus Williams meets Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Simona Halep also takes on big-hitting Naomi Osaka.

“It’s not easy. Last year I also had problems with my nose and ears,” Halep said of her injury issues. “This time was an injury and it was really tough to accept because I’d never been in this situation, where I had to take five weeks off completely. It wasn’t easy, but I had to accept that everyone struggles with injuries sometimes. I’m just trying to get back soon, but slowly.”

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