By Christopher Menendez
Key Biscayne – Katie Swan, of Great Britain, recorded her career-best win against American Lauren Davis. Swan, who turned professional last month and three months shy of her 18th birthday, beat Davis who was ranked more than 400 places above her.
No. 1 seed Taylor Fritz beat Argentine Nicolas Kicker 6-4, 6-3 advancing to the second round of the men’s qualifiers. Christian Harrison, one of two Americans who received a wild card lost to American Tim Smyczek, 6-4, 6-2.
All eyes were on American Bjorn Fratangelo’s qualifier after his grueling third round match at Indian Wells against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. He beat his French opponent Edouard Roger-Vasselin in a three set match, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
American WTA player Samantha Crawford was victorious against Colombian Mariana Duque-Mariño, who is 30 spots ahead in rank.Top women’s seed Jelena Ostapenko lost to South Florida’s own Sachia Vickery in a high energy match, 5-7, 2-6.
No. 3 seed Estonian Anett Kontaveit lost to Greek Maria Sakkari, who is ranked 54 spots under her, 3-6, 1-6.
The evening of women’s qualifiers ended with former Grand Slam winner Francesca Schiavone advancing to the second round of after beating Xinyun Han of China.
The men’s and women’s qualifiers will continue on Tuesday at the Crandon Park Tennis Center, starting at 10:00 am.
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.
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