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Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final

MIAMI, March 27 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4 6-3 win on Thursday to reach her ninth Sony Open final.

The rematch of last year’s final produced the same result as Williams, a six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, ran her winning streak against Sharapova to 15 matches, a stunning run that stretches back to 2004.

Mar 27, 2014

Nishikori stuns Federer to reach Miami semis

MIAMI (Reuters) – A tireless Kei Nishikori shocked 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Wednesday to claim his second top five scalp in two days and reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.

After knocking off fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on Tuesday, the 21st ranked Japanese was forced to go the distance again, surviving a two-hour centre court battle with Federer.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Nishikori stuns Federer to reach Miami semis

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – A tireless Kei Nishikori shocked 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Wednesday to claim his second top five scalp in two days and reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open.

After knocking off fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on Tuesday, the 21st ranked Japanese was forced to go the distance again, surviving a two-hour centre court battle with Federer.

Mar 27, 2014

Li sets up Australian Open rematch with Cibulkova

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number two Li Na powered her way past 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5 and into the semi-finals of the Sony Open on Wednesday, setting up another rematch of the Australian Open final against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

Li did not play a match until the third round after receiving a first round bye and second round walkover but has since been in sizzling form, reaching the last four without dropping a set.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Li sets up Australian Open rematch with Cibulkova

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – World number two Li Na powered her way past 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5 and into the semi-finals of the Sony Open on Wednesday, setting up another rematch of the Australian Open final against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova.

Li did not play a match until the third round after receiving a first round bye and second round walkover but has since been in sizzling form, reaching the last four without dropping a set.

Mar 27, 2014

Murray exits with back on mend and coach search on the go

MIAMI (Reuters) – With the end of his Miami title defense, Andy Murray will head to Europe next week with his back on the mend and his search for a new coach ongoing.

It has been a challenging start to the season for the Briton, who continues to recover from off-season back surgery while taking applications for a new coach following his sudden split with Ivan Lendl.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Murray exits with back on mend and coach search on the go

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – With the end of his Miami title defence, Andy Murray will head to Europe next week with his back on the mend and his search for a new coach ongoing.

It has been a challenging start to the season for the Briton, who continues to recover from off-season back surgery while taking applications for a new coach following his sudden split with Ivan Lendl.

Mar 26, 2014

Djokovic ends Murray’s reign to reach Miami semis

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number two Novak Djokovic ended Andy Murray’s reign as Sony Open champion on Wednesday easing past the sixth seeded Briton 7-5 6-3 to advance to the Miami semi-finals.

For Djokovic, a three-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, the victory was a small measure of revenge as the rivals clashed for the first time since Murray beat the Serb in last year’s Wimbledon final.

Mar 26, 2014

Tennis-Djokovic ends Murray’s reign to reach Miami semis

MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) – World number two Novak Djokovic ended Andy Murray’s reign as Sony Open champion on Wednesday easing past the sixth seeded Briton 7-5 6-3 to advance to the Miami semi-finals.

For Djokovic, a three-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, the victory was a small measure of revenge as the rivals clashed for the first time since Murray beat the Serb in last year’s Wimbledon final.

Mar 26, 2014

Cibulkova reaches Miami semis, cracks world top 10

MIAMI (Reuters) – Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova fought of three match points to claim a 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 upset win over third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at a windswept Crandon Park on Wednesday to reach the Sony Open semis.

With both players struggling in cool, blustery conditions, the 10th seeded Cibulkova reached the final four for the first time in eight visits to Miami despite being broken 10 times, committing 51 unforced errors and eight double faults.