Kerber reaches fourth round in Miami, Keys falls
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[March 27, 2017]
(Reuters) - Top seed Angelique
Kerber advanced to the fourth round at the Miami Open on Sunday but
eighth seed Madison Keys was sent packing.
On a day when Simona Halep, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams
also won their third round matches, Kerber did not have it all her
own way against 61st-ranked American Shelby Rogers.
The German, however, proved too strong, breaking five times for a
6-4 7-5 win on the main stadium hardcourt at Crandon Park.
"It's always good to have close sets, especially when you win them
at the end. They give you confidence that you can go out in your
next match knowing you can win close matches because you've just
done it a day ago,” Kerber told reporters.
“You win the match, you're always happy about your performance.
Keys, in her second event since returning from wrist surgery, was
the only seed to lose on Sunday, falling to 72nd-ranked Spaniard
Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 7-5.
Third seed Halep took less than an hour to polish off qualifier
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3 6-0 with an aggressive performance
that left the Romanian very pleased.
"I think I played my best match of the year," Halep told the WTA. "I
was confident, and knew what I had to do ... everything went pretty
well for me tonight.
“I felt good when I came to site and was sure that it was going to
come together because I work every day. At one point, it has to
"I felt the best that I have this year. I can move without pain or
anything and I'm confident, which is the most important thing."
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Angelique Kerber of Germany hits a forehand against Shelby Rogers of
the United States (not pictured) on day six of the 2017 Miami Open
at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA
Russian seventh seed Kuznetsova, the runner-up last
year, stayed on track for another tilt at the championship when she
beat American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4 6-2.
A week after losing the Indian Wells final to compatriot Elena
Vesnina, Kuznetsova’s stronger second serve proved the difference as
she was broken just once while breaking her opponent four times.
The next challenge for 2006 champion Kuznetsova will be 11th seed
Venus Williams, a three-time Miami champion, who was far too good
for Romanian qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-3 6-0.
British 10th seed Johanna Konta and Australian 14th seed Sam Stosur
also won their third round matches, Stosur earning a date with
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Gene
Cherry / Ian Ransom)
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