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Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep won at the 2018 Miami Open Masters on Thursday. Karolina Pliskova and Agnieszka Radwanska were also among the winners in the women’s bracket in Florida.
The ATP draw featured Denis Shapovalov sending Viktor Troicki packing, while Leonardo Mayer beat American Donald Young.
Here are the results from Thursday’s early matches in the men’s bracket, per the ATP official website:
- Denis Shapovalov bt. Viktor Troicki: 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6)
- Leonardo Mayer vs. Donald Young: 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
- Guillermo Garcia-Lopez bt. Tennys Sandgren: 7-6(3), 7-6(6)
- Steve Johnson vs. Victor Estrella Burgos: 6-3, 6-3
- Yoshihito Nishioka bt. (Q) Alex de Minaur: 6-2, 6-4
- Daniil Medvedev bt. Stefanos Tsitsipas: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
- Evgeny Donskoy vs. Aljaz Bedene: 7-5, 6-4
- Dusan Lajovic bt. Horacio Zeballos: 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
- (WC) Nicola Kuhn vs. (Q) Darian King: 7-6(4), 6-4
- (Q) Yuki Bhambri vs. (LL) Mirza Basic: 7-5, 6-3
- Nikoloz Basilashvili bt. Thomas Fabbiano: 1-6, 6-2, 7-5
Here are the scores from Thursday’s early matches in the women’s bracket:
- (10) Angelique Kerber vs. Johanna Larsson: 6-2, 6-2
- (1) Simona Halep vs. (LL) Oceane Dodin: 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
- (5) Karolina Pliskova bt. Ekaterina Makaraova: 7-5, 7-5
- (30) Agnieszka Radwanska bt. Alison Van Uytvanck: 6-3, 7-6(4)
- (23) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bt. Aliaksandra Sasnovich: 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
- Christina Mchale vs. (25) Barbora Strycova: 6-1, 6-4
- Carina Witthoeft bt. (12) Julia Goerges: 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4
- (20) Anastasija Sevastova bt. Alize Cornet: 7-5, 6-4
- (Q) Monica Niculescu bt. (17) Magdalena Rybarikova: 6-3, 6-3
- Monica Puig bt. Samanthan Stosur: 6-3, 6-4
- Donna Vekic bt. Camila Giorgi: 6-0, 7-5
Kerber had too much for Johanna Larsson, with the Swede failing to force a break of serve over two sets. By contrast, Kerber used an impressive range of shots to earn some vital breaks, with the forehand giving Larsson particular problems.
The world No. 10 sauntered through, as did Radwanska, who earned a straight-sets win over Alison Van Uytvanck. Radwanska saved crucial break points during the first set to assume control before surviving a tense tiebreak in the second.
A third-round meeting with Halep is Radwanska’s dubious reward for progressing.
Halep struggled more in what proved to be a tough match against Oceane Dodin. The latter produced some marvellous shots, including this one relayed by the WTA official Twitter account, to leave the top seed reeling in the opening set:
Dodin standing her ground well against Halep! She’s one game away from taking the first set in their round two encounter at the #MiamiOpen https://t.co/UlMqsrstHv
Dodin soon took the first set on serve to make an upset a genuine possibility.
Halep broke early in the second, but Dodin returned the favour:
Dodin has the power! 💪 She breaks Halep again in the second set of their round two tie at the @MiamiOpen https://t.co/k9W4jugPgD
However, Halep served out the set for a comprehensive 6-3 win.
Halep was trailing 2-3 in the third but back on serve. She seemed primed to take a decisive lead, but Dodin continually forced breaks to stay in front.
It was 5-4 in favour of Dodin when Halep secured a rare hold to stay in the match. Next, it was Halep who earned a break point courtesy of a tremendous forehand.
Serving for the match, the world No. 1 wasn’t going to be denied. Halep had survived but not without an almighty scare from the player ranked 46.
The statistics showed how close things had been on court, per WTA Insider:
WTA Insider @WTA_insider
Final Stats: Halep d. Dodin. #MiamiOpen https://t.co/AcLYOnPXwx
Elsewhere, former world No. 1 Pliskova comfortably beat Ekaterina Makarova, having never won a single set in three previous matches against the Russian, per David Kane of the WTA official website.
Things in the men’s bracket began with Shapovalov and Troicki playing out a marathon match the Canadian eventually took after three sets. The final two sets required tiebreakers to separate the players, with Shapovalov edging the last one.
Overall, he had hammered Troicki with a relentless and powerful service game that yielded seven aces. Shapovalov also protected his serve admirably, saving 11 of 14 break points.
Still just 18, Shapovalov made the most of his Miami Open debut and is a talent to watch as the tournament progresses.
Another teenage talent who won was Nicola Kuhn, who joined another illustrious player representing Spain in the annals of tennis history, per ATP Media Info:
ATP Media Info @ATPMediaInfo
Two days after 18th birthday, @NicolaKuhn1 earns 1st @ATPWorldTour win over Darian King 76(4) 64. Kuhn is youngest Spaniard to win a match since 17-year-old @RafaelNadal defeated 17-year-old @RichardGasquet1 in 2004 Estoril 2R. #NextGenATP
Mayer also needed three sets to get by Young, with the latter taking the first. Argentinian Mayer broke serve four times and was always in control once the second set got underway.
One of the other notable winners from the early session was Evgeny Donskoy. The Russian was too good for Aljaz Bedene over two sets.
Redemption was the reward for Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who eradicated some bad memories at this tournament with a straight-sets win over Alex De Minaur.
Nishioka’s career suffered a setback in Miami a year ago, but he is back on track now:
ATP Media Info @ATPMediaInfo
22-year-old @YoshihitoTennis returns to scene of his torn left ACL and defeats #NextGenATP player Alex de Minaur 62 64. Nishioka suffered season-ending knee injury on 24 March 2017 at @MiamiOpen. He meets @TomasBerdych in 2R on 1-year anniversary Saturday.
Friday’s action will see Novak Djokovic in action in the men’s bracket, while Naomi Osaka, conqueror of Serena Williams, will meet Elina Svitolina in the WTA draw.