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Mar 29, 2014

Williams beats Li to claim seventh Miami title

MIAMI (Reuters) – Proving there is no place like home, world number one Serena Williams swept past China’s Li Na 7-5 6-1 in the final of the Sony Open on Saturday, collecting a record seventh win on the Miami hardcourts.

Williams, who lives an hour’s drive from the Tennis Center at Crandon Park and considers the tournament her home event, treated the second ranked Li like an unwelcome guest, needing just two hours on a steamy center court to collect her 59th career title, the $787,000 winner’s purse pushing her career earnings over $55 million.

Mar 29, 2014

Tennis-Williams beats Li to claim seventh Miami title

MIAMI, March 29 (Reuters) – Proving there is no place like home, world number one Serena Williams swept past China’s Li Na 7-5 6-1 in the final of the Sony Open on Saturday, collecting a record seventh win on the Miami hardcourts.

Williams, who lives an hour’s drive from the Tennis Center at Crandon Park and considers the tournament her home event, treated the second ranked Li like an unwelcome guest, needing just two hours on a steamy centre court to collect her 59th career title, the $787,000 winner’s purse pushing her career earnings over $55 million.

Mar 29, 2014

Miami left devastated by Djokovic, Nadal walkovers

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Sony Open, one of tennis’s most prestigious events, was left devastated when both men’s semi-finals ended in walkovers on Friday sending world number one Rafa Nadal and number two Novak Djokovic through to the final without hitting a ball.

Three-time champion Djokovic was first gifted a spot in Sunday’s final when Japan’s Kei Nishikori withdrew with a groin injury.

Mar 28, 2014

Berdych, Nishikori withdrawals shake up Miami Masters

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal and number two Novak Djokovic advanced to the final of the Sony Open in shocking fashion, receiving walkovers after their opponents pulled out of the tournament within hours of each other on Friday.

Djokovic was first gifted a spot in Sunday’s final when Japan’s Kei Nishikori withdrew with a groin injury.

Mar 28, 2014

Nishikori pulls out of Miami semi with groin injury

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number two Novak Djokovic received a walkover into the final of Sony Open on Friday after Japan’s Kei Nishikori withdrew with a groin injury.

Nishikori, seeded 20th, had reached the last four after registering a pair of spectacular three-set upsets, defeating Spain’s David Ferrer in the fourth round followed by a quarter-final win over Swiss 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer.

Mar 28, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori pulls out of Miami semi with groin injury

MIAMI, March 28 (Reuters) – World number two Novak Djokovic received a walkover into the final of Sony Open on Friday after Japan’s Kei Nishikori withdrew with a groin injury.

Nishikori, seeded 20th, had reached the last four after registering a pair of spectacular three-set upsets, defeating Spain’s David Ferrer in the fourth round followed by a quarter-final win over Swiss 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer.

Mar 28, 2014

Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown

MIAMI (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Li Na swept past familiar foes at the Sony Open on Thursday, setting up an exciting showdown for the Miami hardcourt crown between the world’s top ranked players.

World number one Williams continued her utter domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-4 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded Russian, while second-ranked Li won a rematch of her Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 2-6 6-3 to maintain her perfect record against the Slovakian.

Mar 28, 2014

Tennis-Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown

MIAMI, March 27 (Reuters) – Serena Williams and Li Na swept past familiar foes at the Sony Open on Thursday, setting up an exciting showdown for the Miami hardcourt crown between the world’s top ranked players.

World number one Williams continued her utter domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-4 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded Russian, while second-ranked Li won a rematch of her Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 2-6 6-3 to maintain her perfect record against the Slovakian.

Mar 28, 2014

Tennis-Nadal out slugs Raonic to reach Miami semis

MIAMI, March 27 (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal took another step towards a first Miami title by out-slugging big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 6-2 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.

Nadal, a three-time runner-up on the Miami hardcourts, will play seventh seed Tomas Berdych for a place in Sunday’s final after the Czech eased into the last four with 6-4 7-6 (3) win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Mar 28, 2014

Nadal out slugs Raonic to reach Miami semis

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal took another step towards a first Miami title by out-slugging big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 6-2 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.

Nadal, a three-time runner-up on the Miami hardcourts, will play seventh seed Tomas Berdych for a place in Sunday’s final after the Czech eased into the last four with 6-4 7-6 (3) win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.