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Mar 23, 2014

Tennis-Li finds Keys to victory, reaches fourth round in Miami

MIAMI, March 23 (Reuters) – Chinese world number two Li Na finally made her first appearance at the Sony Open on Sunday, taming American Madison Keys 7-6(3) 6-3 in an unsteady effort to reach the fourth round at Crandon Park.

Playing her first match of the tournament after receiving an opening round bye and a walkover when Alisa Kleybanova withdrew from their second round meeting with a viral illness, Li displayed some hints of rust, having to fight off three set points and an early break in the second before collecting the win.

Mar 23, 2014

Nadal shows Hewitt respect but no mercy in Miami rout

MIAMI (Reuters) – If there was ever a tennis match that was going to be a fight to death it would probably be between fiery Spaniard Rafa Nadal and the battling Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Perhaps more than any other players on the ATP Tour, Hewitt and Nadal have constructed careers around the relentless fighting spirit that has come to characterizes their game and on Saturday the two warriors stared across the net at each other in a second round clash at the Sony Open.

Mar 23, 2014

Nadal takes aim at elusive title, Wawrinka struggles through

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal launched his bid for one of the few titles to elude him by crushing Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Sony Open.

The Spaniard has won 62 titles, including 13 grand slams and 25 Masters series events, but a victory on the Miami hardcourts is not among them.

Mar 23, 2014

Tennis-Nadal shows Hewitt respect but no mercy in Miami rout

MIAMI, March 23 (Reuters) – If there was ever a tennis match that was going to be a fight to death it would probably be between fiery Spaniard Rafa Nadal and the battling Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Perhaps more than any other players on the ATP Tour, Hewitt and Nadal have constructed careers around the relentless fighting spirit that has come to characterises their game and on Saturday the two warriors stared across the net at each other in a second round clash at the Sony Open.

Mar 23, 2014

Tennis-Nadal takes aim at elusive title, Wawrinka struggles through

MIAMI, March 22 (Reuters) – World number one Rafa Nadal launched his bid for one of the few titles to elude him by crushing Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Sony Open.

The Spaniard has won 62 titles, including 13 grand slams and 25 Masters series events, but a victory on the Miami hardcourts is not among them.

Mar 22, 2014

Williams battles on at Sony Open in front of empty seats

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams battled her way into the fourth round of the Sony Open with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia on Saturday but the six-time champion hardly looked at home on the Miami hardcourts calling her effort unprofessional.

The game’s dominant player, Williams, who lives an hour drive away from the Crandon Park complex, has yet to put her stamp on her home tournament, advancing with a pair of labored wins over Yaroslava Shvedova and Garcia.

Mar 22, 2014

Tennis-Williams battles on at Sony Open in front of empty seats

MIAMI, March 22 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams battled her way into the fourth round of the Sony Open with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia on Saturday but the six-time champion hardly looked at home on the Miami hardcourts calling her effort unprofessional.

The game’s dominant player, Williams, who lives an hour drive away from the Crandon Park complex, has yet to put her stamp on her home tournament, advancing with a pair of laboured wins over Yaroslava Shvedova and Garcia.

Mar 22, 2014

Wawrinka survives bumpy start to Sony Open

MIAMI (Reuters) – Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka survived a rollercoaster start to his Sony Open campaign on Saturday, advancing to the third round with a bumpy 6-0 3-6 6-3 win over Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

The third seeded Swiss, playing just his second event since his milestone win in Melbourne, came out guns blazing blasting through the opening set in just 18 minutes but then made tough work of the remainder of his center court clash, needing nearly an hour and a half to finally tame the Spaniard.

Mar 22, 2014

Tennis-Wawrinka survives bumpy start to Sony Open

MIAMI, March 22 (Reuters) – Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka survived a rollercoaster start to his Sony Open campaign on Saturday, advancing to the third round with a bumpy 6-0 3-6 6-3 win over Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

The third seeded Swiss, playing just his second event since his milestone win in Melbourne, came out guns blazing blasting through the opening set in just 18 minutes but then made tough work of the remainder of his centre court clash, needing nearly an hour and a half to finally tame the Spaniard.

Mar 22, 2014

Federer, Djokovic dominate in Miami as Murray wobbles

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number two Novak Djokovic led a parade of champions that included Roger Federer and Andy Murray into the third round of the Sony Open on Friday.

The best of men’s and women’s tennis was on display at Crandon Park with the winners of over 30 grand slam singles titles all in centre court action.