Serena, Venus Miami Winners, Svitolina Upset; Kerber v Andreescu Sat.

by Staff | March 23rd, 2019, 11:58 am
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The sisters Serena and Venus Williams have combined to win their home event of Miami 11 times, and Friday they continued on their way to another.

Serena struggled in a poor second set but otherwise made it through against Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

“I’m not really thinking about my match too much today. I wasn’t really happy with my performance. I had to take a lot of time off the last week,” the 8-time champion Serena said.

“It’s definitely not easy at all, but I’m through it. That’s that. I just got to get my game back to where I know it can be.”

Venus was on against Carla Suarez Navarro who upset the 3-time Miami winner back in 2015. But after a tough start, Venus was too strong for the Spaniard in a 7-6(4), 6-1 victory.

Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu upped her win streak to nine besting the last person to beat her, Sofia Kenin, 6-3, 6-3.

Andreescu’s win sets up an Indian Wells final rematch tonight against Angelique Kerber.

“I try not to overthink about what happened last week,” the 18-year-old Canadian said. “I know I just won a really big tournament, now I’m here in Miami.

“The only pressure I think is the pressure I put on myself. If I go into every match playing my best — not playing my best but trying my best, because you can’t play your best every match — if you try [your] best every match, give 100 percent, that’s all that matters to me.”

Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki were also winners.

But a bunch of high profile seeds tumbled out. No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina was sent home by Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-4. The hot-handed Belinda Bencic fell to Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 7-5.

And Monica Niculescu upset the slumping Garbine Muguruza 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.

“I love it here, I like the new stadium, I like all the facilities that we have, so I’m so happy that we’re here,” Niculescu said. “Many Romanians, I had so much support and every ball they were cheering for me. I liked that I moved well, and I saw the court very good, and I could do amazing shots, so it was pretty good.”

On tap on a big Saturday, top seed Osaka returns to face Su-wei Hsieh, Petra Kvitova collides with Donna Vekic and there’s the Andreescu-Kerber clash.

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