By Justin Ross
Wednesday marked the second day of women’s main play at the 2017 Miami Open. Here are some key takeaways:
Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold winner Monica Puig fell to Sorana Cirstea. Cirstea is now 2-0 in career play against Puig.
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won in her singles tournament debut.
In a showdown of young American stars, 15-year-old Ana Anisimova was defeated by countrywoman Taylor Townsend in three sets.
2016 Miami Open Doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Siniakova was ranked 121 slots higher than her opponent, and she also held a 1-0 record in head-to-head play.
American Madison Brengle won. She defeated Serena Williams at the ASB Classic in January.
Fellow American Christina McHale also won. Her match was the longest of the day at 3 hours. In the second round, she will face world No. 6 Garbine Muguruza. They are 1-1 in head-to-head play.
Ajla Tomljanovic will face Indian Wells winner Elena Vesnina in the second round. Tomljanovic is 1-0 in their lone showdown.
Women’s play continues today, and Doubles are set to begin. A number of quality players will take the courts, including American CoCo Vandeweghe, world No. 4 Dominika Cibulkova and world No. 2 Karolina Pliskova.
The full schedule can be seen here: https://www.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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