By: Christopher Menendez
Miami- Venus Williams faced Elena Vesnina this afternoon in the Miami Open main stadium. Venus, a three-time champion of the tournament (1998, 1999, and 2001) is the oldest player in the main draw. She lost to Vesnina, 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-2. Venus commented: “I give her credit for playing so well and hope she can keep that energy up.”
Belinda Bencic retired during her first set with Kristyna Pliskova. Pliskova advances to the third round of women’s singles. Madison Keys, No. 22 seed of the Miami Open, beats Kirsten Flipkens, (6-4, 6-2).
Vasek Pospisil of Canada went after his first win against No. 33 seed Portuguese No. 1 Joao Sousa. Sousa was victorious and beat Pospisil, 6-7(1), 7-6(5), 6-2.
The first round of men’s doubles saw a victory from Mirnyi and Huey over American team Butorac and Lipsky, 7-5, 6-3.
Get your tickets for the coveted Rafael Nadal match tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, at 11 AM.
Kyle Edmund first round victory paired him with ATP No. 1 Djokovic in the second round. Edmund lost to Djokovic, 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic is on his way to claiming his 5th title at the Miami Open. Djokovic has claimed three titles in 2016 thus far!
A walkover for Berdych from Rajeev Ram (USA) advances him to the men’s third round of singles.
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2016 Miami Open will be played March 21-April 3 at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG. The Miami Open is one of nine ATP Masters 1000 Series events on the ATP calendar, a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. The tournament is widely regarded as the most glamorous on the ATP and WTA calendars because of its exotic Miami location, thriving nightlife, five-star hotels and restaurants, beautiful weather and beaches, and its celebrity appeal. For ticket information, call +1.305.442.3367 or visit www.miamiopen.com.
Itau is the largest Latin America privately owned bank, with approximately 95,000 employees and operations in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Itaú’s relationship with sport goes back to the 1970s, when Itaú first sponsored the Itaú Tennis Cup in Brazil in 1970. Itaú has been a sponsor of the Miami Open for the last six years, and also sponsors the Rio Open, the only combined ATP/WTA event in South America. Itaú also supports the Brazilian Women’s Tennis Circuit, only female professional tournament in South America, certified by the Brazilian Tennis Confederation (CBT) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as the Tennis Institute Training Center, responsible for the development of young, new talent.
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion and media operating in more than 25 countries around the world. IMG’s businesses include Events & Media, College, Golf, Tennis, Performance and IMG Academy, Fashion, Models, Clients, Licensing, Joint Ventures, and creative management agency Art + Commerce. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, the world’s leading entertainment and media agency. Together, the companies offer an unparalleled client roster; strategic partnerships with sponsors and brands; and marquee assets across sports, entertainment, events, music and fashion.