The Round of 16 for the Miami Open 2017 is filling up fast for both the men’s and women’s draws. The action on Sunday featured many big names of the Tennis world as well as some hometown heroes continuing their fight for the title.
Miami Open 2017 is one of the bigger non-Grand Slam events of the year. The action on Sunday saw many top seeds struggling as the competition got tougher.
Kei Nishikori def. Fernando Verdasco
No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori defeated No. 25 Fernando Verdasco. However, the 27-year-old tennis ace from Japan had a tough time against the Spaniard. The first couple of sets in the match went to a tiebreak with each man taking one, thus setting up a decisive third set.
But, in the third set, Nishikori was ever dominant and the Japanese star won 6-1. Kei won’t be facing any other top 30 until the semifinals.
Jared Donaldson def. Milos Raonic
The first top seed elimination came without a match being played. No. 3 seed Milos Raonic was forced out because of a hamstring injury.
“It got progressively worse after my first round. After practicing yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk,” Raonic said, as reported by ATPWorldTour.com.
Rafael Nadal def. Philipp Kohlschreiber
No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal made life difficult for himself as he dropped the first set 6-0 against No. 26 Philipp Kohlschreiber. However, things turned out well for the Spaniard as he won 12 of the next 17 games to win the match.
In his 1,000th match, it's an unlikely milestone: 14th time in Rafael Nadal's career that he's been fed a bagel.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 26, 2017
Kohlschreiber was able to earn three breaks on three chances in the first half. However, the German was unable to take any such opportunities for the rest of the match.
Meanwhile, the rest of the day saw No. 13 Jack Sock defeat Jiri Vesely in front of his home crowd. However, Sock had six double-faults to his name compared to only three aces.
Vesely managed to force a tiebreak in the second set. But, he failed to capitalize, allowing the American to win the match with ease. Fabio Fognni and Donaldo Young progressed as well despite tough challenges from Jeremy Chardy and Benoit Paire respectively.
Angelique Kerber def. Shelby Rogers
The women’s draw on Sunday saw the top seeds not having any trouble to progress. No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber felt a little pressure from Shelby Rogers. The top seed was able to improve her accuracy on the serve. Her return game was excellent as well.
— WTA (@WTA) March 26, 2017
Venus Williams def. Patricia Maria Tig
Venus Williams had seven double-faults in her match against Patricia Maria Tig. However, the No. 11 seed still managed to dominate the Romanian 6-3, 6-0.
— WTA (@WTA) March 26, 2017
Simona Halep vs. Anett Kontaveit
No. 3 seed Simona Halep cruised to victory against Anett Kontaveit. The tennis ace from Romania defeated the Estonian by going 18-of-21 on first serve points to win 6-3, 6-0.
Miami Open 2017 Results – Sunday, March 26
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