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V. Williams did not allow Kuznetsova to defend the final in Miami

Kuznetsova did not cope with Venus Williams

It rained in Miami for several days. This led to the fact that sometimes matches ended deep after midnight. However, on Monday, March 27, nothing bothered the tennis players. A rather large program of 16 matches was performed - all 1/8 finals for women and eight 1/16 matches for men. For the Russian audience, the most interesting was the duel between Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams. The girls met nine times, but all the matches, except one, took place in 2009 or earlier.

A slight preference could be given to the Russian woman, after all, she now plays excellent tennis, which she confirmed in Indian Wells ... In Miami, Kuznetsova also played confidently, although she did not have strong rivals before this stage. True, in the previous round with Taylor Townsend, Svetlana started slowly, but spent the second half of the meeting at a very high level.

Kuznetsova started quite passively with another American. She played well in the first game, but in general Venus was much more active. She went ahead, delivered strong blows from the back line, served well and naturally led 3: 0. Only when the score was 1: 4 did Kuznetsova succeed in the first blow right through, while Venus had eight winners by that time. Svetlana had a better ending of the set, but she didn’t succeed in catching the hold - 3: 6.

Before the start of the second game, her coach Carlos Martinez came out to Kuznetsova, who advised her to play Venus more with her left hand and hit wide so that Williams gets tired. The mentor's advice helped. The Russian woman really added, although not immediately. The first break was made by Venus, but then Svetlana won two games in a row. Finally, in her performance, blows went right through and active techniques. Kuznetsova tried to play wide in order to swing her opponent, but still there were too many mistakes.

In the middle of the game, it was not the most an interesting segment of the match, when both confidently took their serve. With the score 6: 5, Venus made a couple of mistakes and allowed her opponent to earn two set points. True, in both cases, Williams performed blows right through to the left. In general, her backhand in this meeting was just amazing! Tie-break should be awarded with the same epithet. It was on it that the girls laid out all their trump cards. It turned out to be very beautiful.

Svetlana first shot right through from the left just in a tie-break, she led 4: 1, but Williams added and took six points in a row. Almost all tie-breaks turned out to be very spectacular, and the final two contained about 50 strokes. True, an unpleasant episode occurred at the very end of the match. One of the fans shouted Come back to Moscow (obviously, it was about Svetlana). The stands whistled disapprovingly.

Miami Open. Miami, USA. ATP-1000. Hard (outdoor courts)
Roger Federer(Switzerland, 4) - Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina, 29) - 6: 3, 6: 4.
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic, 10) - Gilles Müller (Luxembourg, 24) - 6: 3, 6: 4.
Nick Kirios (Australia, 12) - Ivo Karlovic (Croatia, 17) - 6: 4, 6: 7, 7: 6.
Alexander Zverev (Germany, 16) - John Isner (USA, 18) - 6: 7, 7: 6, 7: 6.
David Goffin (Belgium, 8) - Diego Schwarzman (Argentina) - 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5.
Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland, 1 ) - Malek Zhaziri (Tunisia) - 6: 3, 6: 4.

Halep played the matchball

Williams prevailed with a score of 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 4) and won her first victory over a top 10 player in a year and a half! In the quarterfinals, Venus will meet with the first racket of the world Angelica Kerber, who confidently beat Risa Ozaki - 6: 2, 6: 2, but at the same time made 17 unforced mistakes. Let's note one more achievement: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeated Bethany Mattek-Sands 7: 5, 6: 4 and also became a quarterfinalist. For the first time in her career, the 35-year-old tennis player will become a top 25 player.

The battle between Garbinier Mugurusa and Caroline Wozniacki could have turned out to be interesting , but, unfortunately, already in the middle of the first set, the Spaniard felt bad. She reached the tie-break, but there she took only one ball. Then the doctors came to her, after consulting with whom the Spanish woman starred. In another women's match, a very difficult victory was won by Simona Halep, who met with Samantha Stosur. The Australian completely controlled the course of the match until the score was 6: 4, 5: 2, but then Halep grabbed, played a break, played a matchball and took the game 7: 5. In the third set Simona already held the threads of the game in her hands - 6: 2.

Miami Open. Miami, USA. WTA Premier. Hard (open courts)
Lucy Shafarzhova (Czech Republic) - Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia, 4) - 7: 6, 6: 1.
Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic, 2) - Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic, 15) - 6: 1, 6: 4.
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, 12) - Garbinier Mugurusa (Spain, 6) - 7: 6, refused.
Angelica Kerber (Germany, 1) - Risa Ozaki (Japan, Q) - 6: 2. 6: 2.
Simona Halep (Romania, 3) - Samantha Stosur (Australia, 14) - 4: 6, 7: 5, 6: 2.
Venus Williams (USA, 11) - Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia , 7) - 6: 3, 7: 6.

Federer beat del Potro

Of the men's matches, Roger Federer vs. Juan Martin del Potro stood out first of all. They played for the 21st time and Federer was leading 15-5. This season, the Swiss is doing brilliantly, but the Argentine has returned fully and also began to show high quality tennis. True, he did not succeed in opposing anything to Roger. There was a struggle within the sets, but Federer added at the right moments and won with a score of 6: 3, 6: 4. Great play on the left, good forehand, reliable serve and, as always, sophisticated actions at the net delighted the audience.

Isner lacked three match points
Immediately in four games it came to a score of 7: 5 or 7: 6 in the third installment. So, Alexander Zverev defeated John Isner in three tie-breaks, playing three match points! No less fascinatingThe game of Nik Kyrjos and Ivo Karlovich turned out to be quite solid. There were two tie-breaks, including the deciding game. Nick turned out to be stronger and made only two unforced errors from the game during the whole meeting (only four, taking into account two doubles). Borna Coric won eight decisive tie-breaks in a row, but this time lost to Adrian Mannarino. Finally, David Goffin won Diego Schwarzman 7: 5 in the third game.

On Tuesday, March 28, all the 1/8 finals for men and two quarterfinals for women will take place. Of the men's matches, we note the battle between Stan Wawrinka and Alexander Zverev. Nick Kiryos and David Goffin can also please the audience. As for the girls, Lucic-Baroni will meet with Plishkova, and Wozniacki with Shafarzhova.

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