Miami- The Miami Open is in full speed as we approach the men’s and women’s quarter-finals. Headlining the men’s is no.1 and five-time Miami Open champion Novak Djokovic, No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Headlining the women’s we have two Top 8 seeds No.2 Angelique Kerber and No.5 Simona Halep.
Former champion Azarenka (2009, 2011) beat Great Britain’s Johanna Konta, 6-4, 6-2. If Azarenka finishes a round better than Halep, Azarenka will return to the WTA’s Top 5. Azarenka is also in the running to being only the third player to win both Indian Wells and Miami in the same year.
David Goffin passes Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals, 3-6, 5-2, 6-1. Goffin reached the semifinals at the ATP Masters 1000 Indian wells. He will go on to compete in the semifinals against Berdych or Djokovic (tickets for their match at 9PM are still available).
The men’s doubles saw two french teams go head to head in a three-set match. Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin, 7-6(5), 6(5)-7, 7-10.
In women’s doubles, Timea Babos (HUN) and Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) beat Ukrainian duo Kateryna Bondarenko and Olga Savchuk, 6-2, 6-4.
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.