By Justin Ross
As the field narrows, the women’s draw at the 2017 Miami Open wrapped up its second round of play. Highlighting the day’s action were wins by Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Madison Keys.
The upset of the day came in doubles play when Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez defeated No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-1.
World No. 11 Johanna Konta, Britain, kicked off the day’s action with a win against France’s Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-0. In 2016, Konta reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, which was also her debut at the event.
In an afternoon showdown, Kerber beat American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5. Rogers was one of five American women to reach the third round, in addition to Taylor Townsend, Madison Keys, Venus Williams and Mattek-Sands, but just two of them will advance to the fourth round.
Mattek-Sands booked her ticket with a win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and so did Venus Williams, who defeated Romanian qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-3, 6-0.
Madison Keys was upset by Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 7-5, while Taylor Townsend was defeated by Indian Wells runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Kuznetsova also won in doubles play just hours later against a duo featuring American Raquel Atawo. In another doubles match, a Russian team with Indian Wells winner Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova secured a 6-0, 6-2 win.
In the evening session, world No. 5 Simona Halep defeated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-0.
Check out the full results here: http://miamiopen.com/live-scoring-2017
Check out the schedule of match play here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play
Tickets for the annual event start at $12 for youth and $15 for adults. A group rate of $7 is also available for 20 or more and grant access to all day session matches. Tickets are on sale now, for more information go to www.miamiopen.com or call the Miami Open ticket office at 305-442-3367.
The 2017 Miami Open is scheduled for March 20 – April 2 and will once again be the hottest ticket in town. With ticket packages starting at just $136 and individual sessions starting at $20 the Miami Open will be the place-to-be.
About the Miami Open presented by Itaú
The 2017 Miami Open will be played March 20-April 2 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.
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