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Mar 22, 2014

Tennis-Venus through to third round, Li handed walkover

MIAMI, March 21 (Reuters) – Before Serena Williams planted her flag at the Sony Open it was sister Venus who ruled over the Miami hardcourts and the older of the tennis siblings signalled on Friday she was ready to reclaim the throne with a 6-3 6-3 win over Anna Schmiedlova.

World number one Serena’s resume includes six Miami titles but before her reign began with a first victory in 2002 it was big sister Venus who was the Queen of South beach having hoisted the trophy three times (2001, 1999, 1998).

Mar 22, 2014

Swiss maestro Federer, Djokovic dominate in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – After a year’s absence, fifth seeded Roger Federer celebrated his return to the Miami hardcourts with a clinical 6-4 7-6(4) second round win over towering Ivo Karlovic on Friday.

World number two Novak Djokovic, a three-time winner in Miami, launched his bid for a fourth title in impressive fashion, dispatching Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3.

Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Swiss maestro Federer, Djokovic dominate in Miami

MIAMI, March 21 (Reuters) – After a year’s absence, fifth seeded Roger Federer celebrated his return to the Miami hardcourts with a clinical 6-4 7-6(4) second round win over towering Ivo Karlovic on Friday.

World number two Novak Djokovic, a three-time winner in Miami, launched his bid for a fourth title in impressive fashion, dispatching Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3.

Mar 21, 2014

Swiss maestro Federer dominates in Miami return

MIAMI (Reuters) – After a year’s absence, fifth seeded Roger Federer celebrated his return to the Miami hardcourts with a clinical 6-4 7-6(4) second round win over towering Ivo Karlovic on Friday.

A two-time winner at Crandon Park, Federer did not visit Miami last year, taking an extended layoff before starting his season. But he looked quite at home, needing just 74 minutes to slay the 6-foot, 11-inch (2.11m) Croatian in a slugfest that featured just one break of serve.

Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Swiss maestro Federer dominates in Miami return

MIAMI, March 21 (Reuters) – After a year’s absence, fifth seeded Roger Federer celebrated his return to the Miami hardcourts with a clinical 6-4 7-6(4) second round win over towering Ivo Karlovic on Friday.

A two-time winner at Crandon Park, Federer did not visit Miami last year, taking an extended layoff before starting his season. But he looked quite at home, needing just 74 minutes to slay the 6-foot, 11-inch (2.11m) Croatian in a slugfest that featured just one break of serve.

Mar 21, 2014

Nieminen beats Tomic in record 28 minutes

MIAMI (Reuters) – Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen claimed the fastest ever ATP Tour win on Thursday by crushing Australian Bernard Tomic 6-0 6-1 in 28 minutes and 20 seconds to advance to the second round of the Sony Open.

World number 74 Tomic had not played since retiring injured against Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open first round in January and won just 13 points in the shortest match since the Tour began keeping official records in 1991.

Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Nieminen beats Tomic in record 28 minutes

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen claimed the fastest ever ATP Tour win on Thursday by crushing Australian Bernard Tomic 6-0 6-1 in 28 minutes and 20 seconds to advance to the second round of the Sony Open.

World number 74 Tomic had not played since retiring injured against Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open first round in January and won just 13 points in the shortest match since the Tour began keeping official records in 1991.

Mar 21, 2014

Williams shrugs off slow start to win Miami opener

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday.

Fourth seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who lost to Williams in last year’s final, turned in a steady opening effort after a shock third round exit at Indian Wells last week, brushing past Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-4.

Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Williams shrugs off slow start to win Miami opener

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday.

Fourth seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who lost to Williams in last year’s final, turned in a steady opening effort after a shock third round exit at Indian Wells last week, brushing past Japan’s Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-4.

Mar 21, 2014

Williams shrugs off slow start to speed into third round

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6(9-7) 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday,

A six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, Williams’ second round meeting with the 59th-ranked Shvedova was expected to be little more than a tuneup for the 17-time grand slam winner but for a brief moment the match delivered some unexpected suspense.