By Justin Ross
Along with the third day of women’s singles, Thursday marked the start of doubles at the Miami Open. The draw was headlined by action on the court and action in the skies, as rain suspended or canceled several evening matches.
The upset of the day was highlighted by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who defeated world No. 10 Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-4.
Here are some key results worth noting:
What could top the win for Mattek-Sands? It came on her birthday.
American Madison Brengle was defeated by world No. 3 Karolina Pliskova.
World No. 4 Dominika Cibulkova and World No. 8 Agnieszka Radwanska took care of action in their openers. Radwanska won the Miami Open in 2012.
World No. 36 Lucie Safarova defeated world No. 26 Daria Gavrilova.
Gavrilova was also defeated in doubles play by a team featuring Indian Wells runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova.
American Coco Vandeweghe was upset by Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova in three sets.
Caroline Wozniacki defeated American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko. Wozniacki is now 6-1 in head-to-head play.
Among the suspended or canceled matches was a contest between Indian Wells winner Elena Vesnina, who was down in the third set to Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 5-3.
Another involved American Christina McHale, who held a 6-0, 3-2 lead over world No. 6 Garbine Muguruza.
Today’s action will feature world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, Indian Wells runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova and American Venus Williams.
The full schedule can be seen here: https://www.miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play
Results and live scoring can be seen here: https://www.miamiopen.com/live-scoring-2017
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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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