Updates from the 2014 Sony Open in Miami (Sunday-Tuesday)


Here are results from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as well as what is slated for today:

Sunday

Women

  • Perhaps the most interesting match result was Caroline Wozniacki defeating Sloane Stephens in the manner that she did. 6-1;6-0. Shocking really. I was expecting a tough battle resulting in a close Sloane victory, but that was far from the case. She was in her home territory but dropped to 6-4 on the season.
  • 2,3, and 10 seeds Na, Radwanska and Cibulkova all advanced in straight sets.
  • 29th seeded Venus Williams also won, albeit barely, in her match against the Australian Casey Dellacqua. The final score was 6-4;5-7;6-4. It was good to see Venus pull out the victory, but the close result shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise. Though she is a relatively unheralded player, Dellacqua took Venus to a second set tie-break in the 2010 Australian Open, when Venus was a far better player than she is now.

Men

  • Jo-Willy ended up prevailing over Marcos Baghdatis in a wild 3 set match. He ended up winning 4-6; 7-6(8-6); 7-5. Definitely a gritty victory for Tsonga against a crafty veteran player.
  • Ferrer, Murray and Federer all advanced easily in straights.
  • “Little Fed”, Grigor Dimitrov lost 6-7, 5-7 to Kei Nishikori. Obviously a tough match. I plan on doing a write-up on Dimitrov in the future. I think it could be argued that he has the most potential of any young player on tour.

Monday

Women

  • Na, Radwanska, Cibulkova and Wozniacki all advanced again. Cibulkova defeated Venus in 3 sets, with Venus winning the second set 7-5 after losing 6-1 in the first. She was vanquished 6-3 in the third.
  • Sharapova, Kvitova and Kerber all won in three set matches.
  • Sharapova lost the first set but won the next two against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
  • Kvitova beat the famous Ana Ivanovic with a double bagel in sets 2 and 3 despite losing the first set 6-3. Needless to say, that is a bit of a weird score.
  • Kerber beat Makarova in an up and down match 6-4;1-6; 6-3.
  • Serena Williams won in an easy fashion, beating fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3;6-1. Serena looked very strong.

Men

  • 1st seeded Nadal and 3rd seeded Wawrinka won their matches in straights. While Nadal only lost one game against the Uzbeki Istomin, Wawrinka won a tight one 7-5;6-4.
  • The day went by “the chalk” as all players with the higher seed earned passage to the next round. The list included: Berdych, Becker, Isner, Raonic, Fognini and Dolgopolov. Dolgopolov had the toughest match, winning 7-5 in a third set tiebreak.

Tuesday

Women

  • Maria Sharapova defeated Petra Kvitova 7-5; 6-1 and Serena Williams beat Kerber 6-2; 6-2. Serena has been playing some of her best tennis in recent history this tournament.

Men

This was, perhaps, one of the best days of tennis in a long time. Marquee match-ups across the board. I wish I could’ve attended.

  • The Ukrainian Dolgopolov upset Stan Wawrinka in three sets, winning the third 6-1. As mentioned in an article earlier, it seems as if Dolgopolov is playing some of his most motivated tennis ever and is successfully riding the wave of emotion and keeping the momentum going. His decisive victory over Stan definitely looks good on his resume.
  • Milos Raonic beat Benjamin Becker 6-3; 6-4. Although Raonic was seeded 12th to Becker’s 8th, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it was an upset.
  • Tomas Berdych defeated John Isner 6-3; 7-5. More of the same for Isner. He has a tough time against a player with a consistent serve and a good return game, particularly veterans who don’t get down on themselves if they don’t have success early against him.
  • Kei Nishikori eliminated David Ferrer in one of the closest matches possible. He won 7-6 (9-7); 3-6; 7-6 (11-9). Wow. I feel a bit bad for Ferrer, who actually won more game than Nishikori and lost in tight tiebreaks..but I am also impressed with Nishikori to earn a victory in this manner against one of the toughest players on tour.
  • Nadal, Federer and Djokovic all won in straight sets. Nadal and Federer both had an easy time Fognini and Gasquet, but Djokovic beat Tommy Robredo in a fairly well contested 6-3; 7-5 victory.
  • Maybe the biggest surprise outside of the Dolgopolov upset was the way Murray dispatched Tsonga. 6-4; 6-1. The Frenchman played terribly in the second set.

Wednesday Matches

  • Radwanska and Cibulkova are currently battling it out early in the third set. Radwanska won the first set 6-3 and lost the second 7-5.
  • Li Na vs. Wozniacki is also on the docket. I’d be shocked if Na lost, but, on the other hand, Wozniacki has been playing very well in Miami.
  • Andy Murray is to face Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori is going up against Roger Federer. I’d expect Djokovic and Federer to advance obviously…but for some reason, if I had to pick an upset, I’d take Nishikori instead of Murray to win. Nishikori is coming off of two very tough matches, but is only 24 and has the legs to bounce back quick. He is having a great year, with one tournament victory and a sparkling overall record. One of the few blemishes is a loss to Nadal at the Australian, but it took everything it could out of Nadal. The final score of that match was 7-6 (7-3); 7-5; 6-5 (ret).

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