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 a matter of executing the plan, and I was able to do that great today.
“Today, I did a flawless job, a really beautiful performance. I’m proud of myself.”
The loss leaves no former finalists on the bottom half of the draw. Favorites remaining including Caroline Wozniacki who was a late winner over Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-2. Due to rain, the match didn’t start until nearly midnight.
“I just slept in really late today and had a few naps,” Wozniacki said, explaining her preparation for the late start. “I just saved all my energy for tonight.”
The Dane now meets Garbine Muguruza tomorrow in the fourth round. The Spaniard had to come from a set down to beat Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
“It was another tight match, and I think she played very well,” Muguruza said. “I remember that match we played in Doha, and it was like today basically.
“I think I played well, as well. That first set was just a few points of difference honestly. And then in the second set, I came stronger. I said, ‘Look, if yesterday I could come back, I can today as well.'”
Karolina Pliskova was also a winner beating Yulia Putinseva 7-5, 6-3. Dominika Cibulkova advanced over Kirsten Flipkens.
Today, world No. 1 Angelique Kerber returns to face American Shelby Rogers. Simon Halep takes on Anna Kontaviet and lone remaining former champion Venus Williams meets Patricia Maria Tig.
And former finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova meets American qualifier Taylor Townsend.
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