• Serena deals with Niculescu but Bouchard upset

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Serena Williams put aside her knee injury to begin her bid for an eighth Miami Open title with a 6-3 6-1 win over Romania's Monica Niculescu at Key Biscayne on Saturday but sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard was upset by German qualifier Tatjana Maria. Williams withdrew…

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  • 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open

    Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros - Serena Williams. Bellis, a 15-year-old American who made a big splash at last year's U.S. Open, advanced Friday to a potential third-round match against Williams by beating Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1. Williams'…

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  • Tennis - Triumphant return for Tsonga

    - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrated his return to tennis after a lingering arm injury by beating Tim Smyczek to reach the third round of the Miami Masters. Tsonga, who hadn't played since France's Davis Cup tie against Switzerland in November, defeated the American 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in a match postponed by…

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  • Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0 5-7 6-1. Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week's win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at Key Biscayne,…

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  • Williams sisters ready to lead US in Fed Cup tie against Italy

    Serena and Venus Williams plan to play for the US Fed Cup team in the World Group playoff tie next month against Italy, Serena said. Italy will host the best-of-five match tie on a clay court in Brindisi April 18-19. "We deserve to be back in," Serena Williams said Saturday as she opened her title…

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  • UPDATE 1-Tennis-Miami women's singles results

    March 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Women's Singles matches on Saturday Round 37-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat 31-Irina Begu (Romania) 6-2 4-6 6-2 Daria Gavrilova (Russia) beat Kurumi Nara (Japan) 6-0 7-6(5) 9-Andrea Petkovic (Germany) beat Kristina Mladenovic (France) 6-0 6-2…

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  • Nehwal storms into India Open finals

    India's Saina Nehwal stormed into the women's singles final at the India Open badminton tournament Saturday, defeating Japan's Yui Hashimoto in front of a capacity home crowd in New Delhi. Nehwal, currently ranked number two in the world, is virtually assured of the top spot when the updated…

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  • UPDATE 17-Tennis-Miami men's singles round 2 results

    March 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Saturday Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat 17-Tommy Robredo (Spain) 6-7(1) 6-3 7-5 Steve Darcis (Belgium) beat 30-Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) 6-4 6-7(2) 6-3 19-David Goffin (Belgium) beat Borna Coric (Croatia)…

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  • U.S. game will flourish after Serena - WTA leader

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes REUTERS - Just as American writer Mark Twain described premature reports about his death as "greatly exaggerated", doom and gloom about U.S. women's tennis is way off the mark, according to WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster. While some pundits question the future of the…

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  • Tennis - Efficient Murray marches into Miami third round

    - Andy Murray backed up a Davis Cup victory against Donald Young as he defeated the American 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to begin his campaign for a third title at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters. Murray, seeded third, has defeated Young in five of six meetings, including last month's Davis Cup first-round…

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  • Azarenka crushes Jankovic at Miami

    (Reuters) - Two times Miami Open winner Victoria Azarenka crushed Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-1 in the second round at Key Biscayne on Friday. The clash of two former world number ones was expected to be a close battle but Azarenka, winner in Miami in 2009 and 2011, wrapped up the first set in…

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  • Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open

    Serena Williams punctuated points Saturday with theatrics worthy of a Grand Slam final. In other words, Williams appeared to be 100 percent. Showing no lingering effects from a recent knee injury, the seven-time Key Biscayne champion won her opening match at the Miami Open on Saturday, beating…

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  • Tunis Open cancelled after terror attack

    Next month's Tunis Open tennis tournament has been cancelled in the wake of the recent terrorist attack in the Tunisian capital, the organisers announced on Friday. The Tunis Tennis Club said on its website it was an "ATP decision to cancel the 2015 Tunis Open with regard to the recent events at…

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  • Djokovic overcomes wobble to win Miami opener

    Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Miami Open repeat bids in constrasting style on Saturday, Djokovic battling past Martin Klizan as Williams cruised into the third round. Djokovic, the top seed who is looking for a fifth Miami Masters crown, had to work for his…

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  • UPDATE 10-Tennis-Miami women's singles round 2 results

    March 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Friday Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) beat 32-Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 6-2 4-6 6-2 5-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Irina Falconi (U.S.) 7-5 6-7(4) 6-3 27-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Julia Goerges (Germany)…

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  • Tennis - Nadal beats Almagro to open Miami campaign

    - Rafael Nadal, showing no signs of the ankle injury that gave him a scare this week, opened his Miami Masters campaign on Friday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Nicolas Almagro. The second-seeded Spaniard has never won the title on the hardcourts of Miami, where he is playing for the 11th time.

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  • Nishikori off to flying start, Tsonga wins on return

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Japan's Kei Nishikori made a confident start to his Miami Open bid on Saturday, beating Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-1 in 69 minutes in their second round meeting. Nishikori, the fourth seed at Key Biscayne, won 70 percent of his service points and converted five…

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  • Murray advances without worry against Young

    World number four Andy Murray had little trouble dealing with American Donald Young in his opening match at the Miami Open with a 6-4 6-2 victory on Friday. Murray, a two-time winner at Key Biscyane, broke left-hander Young four times as he wrapped up the win in 82 minutes. The Scot will face…

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