By: Christopher Menendez
Andy Murray vs. Denis Istomin 6-3, 7-5. The World no.2 Andy Murray beat Denis Istomin 3-6, 5-7. Murray will be pleased to advance after a day dominated by high-profile exits and withdrawals. Nadal’s exit was the most notable, after retiring in the third set against Damir Dzumhur.
Serena Williams continues to reign the WTA after overcoming Zarina Diyas 7-5, 6-3. Defending champion Williams has won the title the last three years in a row and has won it a total of 8 times. The win comes as a milestone to Williams who now owns 750 career match wins across all levels.
The 12th seed Elina Svitolina played 23rd seed Caroline Wozniacki and won in a three-set match, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(1). Last year, Svitolina advanced to the fourth round, but lost to Venus Williams.
Sam Querrey (USA) lost his match against Adrian Mannarino due to a point penalty. Sam exited the Miami Open with a surprising point violation when facing match point against Adrian Mannarino.
Timea Bacsinzky beats Ivanovic in two straight match wins, 7-5, 6-4. Thus far, Bacsinzky has beat Eugenie Bouchard and Margarita Gasparyan.
Two Americans went head to head in the men’s singles today. Tim Smyzcek beat his old roommate and fellow practice partner John Isner 2-6, 6-2, 6-7(5).
Jo- Wilfred Tsonga beat Santiago Giraldo in a two set win, 6-3, 6-1. Eyes have been on Tsonga after he made it to the quarter-finals at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells where he lost to World no. 1 Djokovic.
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.