Saturday, 25 March 2017

Muguruza great escape

Not a good day for a number of the fancied players in the Miami Open.  
Grigor Dimitrov, Marin Cilic, Lucas Pouille, Pablo Carreno Busta, Steve Johnson, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Pablo Cuevas all lost their second round matches after first round byes did them no favours.
Kei Nishikori, Rafa Nadal and Milos Raonic survived the carnage as the three highest ranked male players on court this day.

Despite losing Johnson, the US is still well represented in the third round with Jack Sock only needing six games before the retirement of Nishioka and the ousting of seeded players by Donald Young and Jared Donaldson.
Sam Querrey and John Isner are expected to join them tomorrow, although qualifier Frances Tiafoe may find it harder given his opponent is Roger Federer.

Elena Vesnina did finally fall to Ajla Tomljanovic, though it took three games longer than Ajla would have wanted, and a rain delay on match point.
The Garbine Muguruza comeback against Christina McHale was not the best tennis ever seen in Miami but it was compulsory viewing.  Resuming their delayed match, McHale held serve easily to lead 6-0 4-2.

Unable to produce her power game consistently, and still committing too many unforced errors, Muguruza relied on her reserves of determination to force herself back into contention, playing more conservatively, but still willing to attack if it was appropriate.

A second set tie break turned the match, Muguruza saving a match point en route to levelling things at a set all, 8-6 in the breaker.
McHale broke early in the decider, but Muguruza finished the better, completing a 0-6 7-6 6-4 victory.

Angie Kerber and Simona Halep both won, as did Svetlana Kuznetsova, Johanna Konta, Madison Keys and Venus Williams.

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