The Croatian wild card, who led Russia's 13th-seeded Vesnina 5-3 in the third set on Thursday when a thunderstorm halted play, returned on Friday and cashed in on her third match point to secure a spot in the third round. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, whose opening match on Thursday was also interrupted, fared better than Vesnina after her night's sleep. The sixth-seeded Spaniard, who trailed 46th-ranked American Christina McHale 6-0 3-2 when play was suspended Thursday, escaped a match point in the tiebreak and emerged with an 0-6 7-6(6) 6-4 victory.
Heather Watson and Dominika Cibulkova have expressed their unhappiness after Maria Sharapova was handed a wild card paving the way for the return of the Russian tennis star after serving a 15-month ban for doping. The 29-year-old's ban will end effectively two days after the 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix kick-starts on 24 April. Sharapova's return to next month's tournament in Stuttgart was confirmed by the Women Tennis Association (WTA).
March 24 (Gracenote) - Results from the Miami Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Thursday Frances Tiafoe (U.S.) beat Konstantin Kravchuk (Russia) 7-5 5-7 6-1 Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) beat Gastao Elias (Portugal) 6-7(2) 6-2 7-5