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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.

Mar 27, 2014

Berdych downs Dolgopolov to reach Miami semis

MIAMI (Reuters) – Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych eased into the semi-finals of the Sony Open for the third time on Thursday, taming Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Berdych quietly worked his way into the last four without dropping a set in Miami, where he awaits the winner Thursday’s later match between world number one Rafa Nadal and big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic.

Mar 27, 2014

Tennis-Berdych downs Dolgopolov to reach Miami semis

MIAMI, March 27 (Reuters) – Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych eased into the semi-finals of the Sony Open for the third time on Thursday, taming Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Berdych quietly worked his way into the last four without dropping a set in Miami, where he awaits the winner Thursday’s later match between world number one Rafa Nadal and big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic.

Mar 27, 2014

Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final

MIAMI (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

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.