Venus sets up quar­ter-fi­nal clash with An­gelique in Mi­ami

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI: Venus Wil­liams had ev­ery rea­son to smile on Mon­day as she de­feated Svet­lana Kuznetsova 63 7-6 (4) to ad­vance to the quar­ter-fi­nals at the Mi­ami Open.

Venus, who will next play An­gelique Ker­ber af­ter the top seed cruised by Japanese qual­i­fier Risa Ozaki 6-2 6-2, is a three-time cham­pion in Mi­ami and first played in the tour­na­ment as a 16year-old.

“I was still in braces, it’s been a long time,” she said in a post­match in­ter­view.

The 36-year-old de­liv­ered ex­quis­ite shot-mak­ing dur­ing a rally on match point to elim­i­nate the twice ma­jor cham­pion Svet­lana .

Her next op­po­nent An­gelique was barely tested in her 62minute match, feast­ing off her op­po­nents’ serve, while se­cond seed Karolina Pliskova also reached the quar­ter-fi­nals as she beat 15th-seeded Czech com­pa­triot Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-4.

Karolina cruised through the first set in 22 min­utes and looked ready to wrap up a quick vic­tory when she went ahead 5-2 in the se­cond but Barbora found life late in the match break­ing Karolina then hold­ing at love. Karolina re­cov­ered to take the fi­nal game.

French Open cham­pion Gar­bine Mugu­ruza re­tired from her match with Caro­line Woz­ni­acki af­ter drop­ping the first set. The sixth seed took a med­i­cal time­out af­ter drop­ping the first set 7-6(1) to Caro­line and de­cided she was un­able to con­tinue.

“I started nor­mal, and then like at 3-3 or some­thing like this I started to feel headache, pain in my stom­ach,” Gar­bine said. “And then it kind of went more and more dur­ing the match.

“When I was get­ting to the 5-4, some­thing like this, I started to feel a lit­tle bit dizzy. I think it was the heat? The heat af­fected me sud­denly like that.”

Caro­line has now ad­vanced to her sixth quar­ter-fi­nal in seven 2017 events.

In other women’s matches, third seed Si­mona Halep over­came Aus­tralian Sa­man­tha Sto­sur 4-6 7-5 6-2, and for­mer Czech world num­ber five Lu­cie Sa­farova beat Slo­vakian fourth seed Do­minika Cibulkova 7-6(5) 6-1 to reach the last eight.

For un­seeded Lu­cie, who is on the come­back trail from a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion that ham­pered her for parts of the past two sea­sons, the win marked her first top-10 vic­tory since 2015. Reuters

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