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Mar 28, 2015

Tennis-Nishikori off to flying start, Tsonga wins on return

MIAMI, March 28 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori made a confident start to his Miami Open bid on Saturday, beating Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-1 in 69 minutes in their second round meeting.

Nishikori, the fourth seed at Key Biscayne, won 70 percent of his service points and converted five of his 16 break point chances.

Mar 28, 2015

Serena deals with Niculescu but Bouchard upset

MIAMI (Reuters) – Serena Williams put aside her knee injury to begin her bid for an eighth Miami Open title with a 6-3 6-1 win over Romania’s Monica Niculescu at Key Biscayne on Saturday but sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard was upset by German qualifier Tatjana Maria.

Williams withdrew from her semi-final at Indian Wells last week with the knee injury and said upon arriving in Miami that this tournament would involve ‘managing pain’. But the 19-times Grand Slam winner was too much for Niculescu, ranked 70th in the world.

Mar 28, 2015

Tennis-Serena deals with Niculescu but Bouchard upset

MIAMI, March 28 (Reuters) – Serena Williams put aside her knee injury to begin her bid for an eighth Miami Open title with a 6-3 6-1 win over Romania’s Monica Niculescu at Key Biscayne on Saturday but sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard was upset by German qualifier Tatjana Maria.

Williams withdrew from her semi-final at Indian Wells last week with the knee injury and said upon arriving in Miami that this tournament would involve ‘managing pain’. But the 19-times Grand Slam winner was too much for Niculescu, ranked 70th in the world.

Mar 27, 2015

Soccer-Haber header gives Canada 1-0 win over Guatemala

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, March 27 (Reuters) – A 16th minute header from Marcus Haber gave Canada a 1-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly match at Lockhart Stadium on Friday.

Canada begin their World Cup qualification campaign in June against the winner of the preliminary qualifying game between Dominica and the British Virgin Islands.

Mar 27, 2015

Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday.

Sharapova trailed 3-0 in the second set but battled back to 4-3 down before her serve was broken again by the 21-year-old who broke into the top-100 this week.

Mar 27, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday.

Sharapova trailed 3-0 in the second set but battled back to 4-3 down before her serve was broken again by the 21-year-old who broke into the top-100 this week.

Mar 27, 2015

Del Potro refuses to be downhearted after comeback loss

MIAMI (Reuters) – Argentine Juan Martin del Potro’s latest comeback from injury ended in defeat to Canadian Vasek Pospisil at the Miami Open on Thursday.

Del Potro, the former world number four and U.S. Open winner in 2009, has fallen to 616th in the world rankings after a wrist injury wrecked his 2014 season.

Mar 27, 2015

Tennis-Del Potro refuses to be downhearted after comeback loss

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – Argentine Juan Martin del Potro’s latest comeback from injury ended in defeat to Canadian Vasek Pospisil at the Miami Open on Thursday.

Del Potro, the former world number four and U.S. Open winner in 2009, has fallen to 616th in the world rankings after a wrist injury wrecked his 2014 season.

Mar 27, 2015

Venus and Wozniacki ease into third round in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Venus Williams eased into the third round of the Miami Open with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Poland’s Urszula Radwanska on Thursday while Caroline Wozniacki also progressed.

Williams has been away from competition for almost a month but she needed just 66 minutes to beat the younger sister of 2012 Miami winner Agnieszka Radwanska.

Mar 27, 2015

Tennis-Venus and Wozniacki ease into third round in Miami

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – Venus Williams eased into the third round of the Miami Open with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Poland’s Urszula Radwanska on Thursday while Caroline Wozniacki also progressed.

Williams has been away from competition for almost a month but she needed just 66 minutes to beat the younger sister of 2012 Miami winner Agnieszka Radwanska.

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