Third round action wrapped up for the women at the Miami Open on Sunday with a huge first-time match-up set for Magic Monday where all eight fourth round matches are on the schedule. Only three of the top 16 seeds have made the fourth round from the bottom half but interestingly, all top five seeds are still in the tournament! Two previews for Monday are already up – click HERE for Radwanska v Bacsinszky and click HERE for S.Williams v Kuznetsova. Read on for Sunday’s Set Points…
Madison Keys produced a superb performance to earn her first top ten win of the year and a first victory over Roberta Vinci, 6-4 6-4. Keys overwhelmed Vinci who just couldn’t play her game. The Italian player hit just five winners throughout the match (which is very rare!) in contrast to the whopping 41 from Keys. The American player was just 2/14 on break points but the key stat was that she saved three break points at *4-3 *0-40 having just broken serve in the second set. Keys will play Irina-Camelia Begu in the fourth round.
Vinci prolonged things with the LOL shot of the day
And Vinci was popping up everywhere today on the Miami Open Twitter page!
Johanna Konta has come a long way… in the most enjoyable women’s match of the day, the Brit edged out Elena Vesnina in yet another third set tiebreak, 4-6 6-1 7-6(3). Konta had looked in control in the third set, up 3-1* 30-0*, but started to miss on her groundstrokes. Konta also looked to be grimacing a little, perhaps bothered by the hot and humid conditions. Credit to Vesnina who dug in and got the break back in the third set.
Konta produced a couple of crackers in the final set; I want to see a replay of her crashing on-the-run passing shot winner at the start of the third set… It was sooo good! She also showed terrific hands against one of the best doubles players on tour in one point when serving at *5-6. Konta showed tremendous resilience to force the tiebreak and then win it, seven points to three. Vesnina is SO MUCH BETTER than her current ranking and played a decent match. She did though have a horrible miss during the tiebreak that she will want to erase from her memory. Konta though, continues to impress…
Angelique Kerber was perhaps a touch fortunate to advance to the fourth round when her opponent, Kiki Bertens was forced to retire with a stomach virus. Bertens was playing some super tennis and rolled through the first set, 6-1. Kerber had a couple of angsty changeover chats with her coach, Torben Beltz. At the same time as Bertens, who had a medical timeout for her ailments, was struggling, Kerber began to find her game. The Australian Open champ produced a couple of awesome gets towards the end of the second set. As Kerber secured the 3-0 lead in the third set, Bertens pulled the plug.
Kerber will play Timea Babos in the fourth round after the world number 49 defeated Naomi Osaka, 7-5 6-0, to reach the last 16 of a Premier Mandatory tournament for the first time in her career. Babos had played a superb game to get the first break of the match at 3-2, but threw in a shocker trying to serve it out at *5-3. Osaka lost the set though with a nervy service game, playing with scoreboard pressure. Osaka lost her way from there and was frequently overwhelmed by Babos’s power.
Finally, the draw gods have been rewarded as Garbiñe Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka will play each other for the first time after both comfortably came through their third round matches; Azarenka defeated Magda Linette, 6-3 6-0, while Muguruza was on fire, dispatching the in-form, Nicole Gibbs, 6-1 6-0 in just 55 minutes. Can’t wait for Vika-Garbi… stunned it’s on Grandstand (!) but equally pleased that it’s not the night match so I can hopefully watch it 😀