The cream is rising to the top at the Sony Ericsson Miami Open. Second seed Princess Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark withstood an early match challenge from Russian glamour girl Maria kirilenko, the 32 seed, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 to lead a bevy of highly seeded players into the round of 16.
A remarkable day of men’s tennis was capped late Friday night when American Andy Roddick steadied the ship in time to oust Russian Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-4. The 27-year old American only faced one break point and fired 12 aces to hold serve throughout the match. Roddick felt the Miami humidity was slowing the ball and adjustments were needed after the relatively fast conditions at Indian Wells.
The defending champion and number three seed, Andy Murray, was rudely ousted by American Mardy Fish on Saturday. Murray now joins number two seed, Novak Djokovic on the sidelines at the prestigious Sony Ericsson Miami Open.
Number one seed, Svetlana Kuznetsova, was up to the best Hungarian Agnes Szavay could play on Saturday and the top seed proved she was up to the task. The impressive 6-2, 6-3 win lifted Kuznetsova to the final 16 in the Sony Ericsson Miami Open.
Whatever Jalena Jankovic is eating, the former number one Serb should stick with the diet. There’s a little more bounce in her game and oodles of confidence to go along with her resurgent play. The 2010 Indian Wells Champion has brought her new attitude to Miami and the 7 seed is moving smoothly through the field.
Quietly and serenely Venus Williams is cruising through 2010. She continued her 11-match win streak Thursday in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami rolling smoothly through game Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-3 in an efficient 78 minutes.
After a disappointing performance at Indian Wells, the top three Belgian women look poised to make a move at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Yanina Wickmayer (12), Kim Clijsters (14) and Justine Henin cannot be happy after rusty outings last week.
The prelims and first round are over and it’s all work from here on at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Top seed Roger Federer, 2nd seed Novak Djokovic, 3rd Seed Andy Murray and 4th seed Rafa Nadal are poised to get started in the second round after first round play concluded on Wednesday.