An­gelique ral­lies, Madison falls

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI: Top seed An­gelique Ker­ber ad­vanced to the fourth round at the Mi­ami Open on Sun­day but eighth seed Madison Keys was sent pack­ing.

On a day when Si­mona Halep, Svet­lana Kuznetsova and Venus Wil­liams also won their third round matches, An­gelique did not have it all her own way against 61st-ranked Amer­i­can Shelby Rogers.

The Ger­man, how­ever, proved too strong, break­ing five times for a 6-4, 7-5 win on the main sta­dium hard­court at Cran­don Park.

“It’s al­ways good to have close sets, es­pe­cially when you win them at the end.

“They give you con­fi­dence that you can go out in your next match know­ing you can win close matches be­cause you’ve just done it a day ago,” An­gelique told reporters.

Madison, in her sec­ond event since re­turn­ing from wrist surgery, was the only seed to lose on Sun­day, falling to 72ndranked Spa­niard Lara Ar­ru­abar­rena 7-5, 7-5.

Third seed Si­mona took less than an hour to pol­ish off qual­i­fier Anett Kon­taveit of Es­to­nia 6-3, 6-0 with an ag­gres­sive per­for­mance that left the Ro­ma­nian very pleased.

“I think I played my best match of the year,” Si­mona told the WTA.

“I was con­fi­dent, and knew what I had to do ... ev­ery­thing went pretty well for me tonight.”

Rus­sian sev­enth seed Svet­lana, the run­ner-up last year, stayed on track for an­other tilt at the cham­pi­onship when she beat Amer­i­can qual­i­fier Tay­lor Townsend 6-4, 6-2.

A week af­ter los­ing the In­dian Wells fi­nal to com­pa­triot Elena Ves­nina, Svet­lana’s stronger sec­ond serve proved the dif­fer­ence as she was bro­ken just once while break­ing her op­po­nent four times.

The next chal­lenge for 2006 cham­pion Svet­lana will be 11th seed Venus, a three-time Mi­ami cham­pion, who was far too good for Ro­ma­nian qual­i­fier Pa­tri­cia Maria Tig 6-3, 6-0.

Bri­tish 10th seed Jo­hanna Konta and Aus­tralian 14th seed Sam Sto­sur also won their third round matches, Sa­man­tha earn­ing a date with Si­mona. Reuters

An­gelique Ker­ber

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