KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams’ early exit at the Miami Open cleared the way for two younger players to reach the final.
– Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the final of the ATP and WTA Miami Open on Thursday by defeating Swiss 19th seed Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3. The 30-year-old Russian, who captured the Miami crown a decade ago, denied Bacsinszky on 12-of-14 break point chances, including three in the final game. “I enjoyed the fight and I’m happy I’m still able to play against the best in the world,” Kuznetsova said.
Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic withstood back spasms throughout the second set to defeat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3 and reach the ATP and WTA Miami Open semi-finals. Djokovic, trying to match Andre Agassi’s record of six Miami titles with his third in a row, will play Belgian 15th seed David Goffin on Friday for a berth in Sunday’s final. “Due to windy conditions on the court, it was hard to find a good rhythm to serve,” Djokovic said.
– Reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber cruised into the ATP and WTA Miami Open semi-finals on Wednesday by dispatching US 22nd seed Madison Keys 6-3, 6-2. The German second seed will play a Thursday semi-final against two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, the former world number one from Belarus who defeated British 24th seed Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2. Azarenka is 6-1 lifetime against Kerber, but lost their most recent meeting in the Australian Open quarter-finals. “I know I have to play my best tennis against her,” Kerber said. “I will be ready. …
(Adds later match details, quotes) March 30 (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka withstood some early pressure from Britain’s Johanna Konta to continue her quest for a third Miami Open title with a 6-4 6-2 quarter-final victory on Wednesday. Azarenka, who 10 days ago beat Serena Williams to win the Indian Wells title in California, was too consistent for the 24th-seeded Konta in the end to keep alive her bid to capture the second half of the Sunshine Double. Konta, playing her first quarter-final of a WTA Premier event after making her first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open in January,… Read More