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Mar 21, 2014

Tennis-Williams shrugs off slow start to speed into third round

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,

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.

Mar 20, 2014

Battling Hewitt scraps way to milestone 600th career win

MIAMI (Reuters) – Lleyton Hewitt’s 600th win looked very much like every other of his ATP Tour career as the Australian battler scraped his way past Robin Haase 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the first round of the Sony Open on Thursday.

In a testament to his tenacity, Hewitt became just the third active player to achieve the milestone, joining an elite group that includes two of the all-time greats, Roger Federer (937) and Rafa Nadal (674).

Mar 20, 2014

Tennis-Battling Hewitt scraps way to milestone 600th career win

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – Lleyton Hewitt’s 600th win looked very much like every other of his ATP Tour career as the Australian battler scraped his way past Robin Haase 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the first round of the Sony Open on Thursday.

In a testament to his tenacity, Hewitt became just the third active player to achieve the milestone, joining an elite group that includes two of the all-time greats, Roger Federer (937) and Rafa Nadal (674).

Mar 20, 2014

Like Murray, Djokovic to go it alone in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) – Andy Murray will not be the only top seed at the Sony Open without a trusted coach by his side as Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that Boris Becker will miss Miami to undergo double hip surgery.

“He has surgery of both hips today and tomorrow, so that’s unfortunate. He couldn’t come, he was supposed to come here,” Djokovic said during a pre-tournament news conference.

Mar 20, 2014

Tennis-Like Murray, Djokovic to go it alone in Miami

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – Andy Murray will not be the only top seed at the Sony Open without a trusted coach by his side as Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that Boris Becker will miss Miami to undergo double hip surgery.

“He has surgery of both hips today and tomorrow, so that’s unfortunate. He couldn’t come, he was supposed to come here,” Djokovic said during a pre-tournament news conference.

Mar 20, 2014

Murray says chewed over split with Lendl over dinner

MIAMI (Reuters) – Andy Murray will try to defend his Sony Open title without coach Ivan Lendl in his corner starting on Friday after the two abruptly ended their two-year partnership in a Miami restaurant.

Murray, who will face Australian Matthew Ebden after receiving a first-round bye, offered few clues as to why he and Lendl had split when addressing a news conference on Thursday, although he reiterated that it had been a mutual decision.

Mar 20, 2014

Tennis-Murray says chewed over split with Lendl over dinner

MIAMI, March 20 (Reuters) – Andy Murray will try to defend his Sony Open title without coach Ivan Lendl in his corner starting on Friday after the two abruptly ended their two-year partnership in a Miami restaurant.

Murray, who will face Australian Matthew Ebden after receiving a first-round bye, offered few clues as to why he and Lendl had split when addressing a news conference on Thursday, although he reiterated that it had been a mutual decision.

Mar 20, 2014

Petkovic dances way into Miami second round

MIAMI (Reuters) – Andrea Petkovic has not had much reason to dance this season but the effervescent German flashed some of her moves after advancing to the second round of the Sony Open on Wednesday with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain’s Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

Ranked in the top 10 at the end of 2011 with two titles on her resume and regarded as one of the WTA Tour’s rising stars, Petkovic had plenty of reason and occasions to kick up her heels.

Mar 20, 2014

Tennis-Petkovic dances way into Miami second round

MIAMI, March 19 (Reuters) – Andrea Petkovic has not had much reason to dance this season but the effervescent German flashed some of her moves after advancing to the second round of the Sony Open on Wednesday with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain’s Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.

Ranked in the top 10 at the end of 2011 with two titles on her resume and regarded as one of the WTA Tour’s rising stars, Petkovic had plenty of reason and occasions to kick up her heels.

Mar 20, 2014

Former top-10s get moment in Miami spotlight

MIAMI (Reuters) – With the top seeds on the sidelines waiting to join the action at the Sony Open, past champions and former-top ranked players took center stage in Miami on Wednesday looking to conjure up some old magic.

For a brief moment it must have felt like old times for 2008 champion Nikolay Davydenko as he strolled out onto center court under a bright morning sun to kick off the day’s action.