Mur­ray out of Mi­ami Open with el­bow in­jury

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Sunday Herald - - 19.03.17 SPORT -

ANDY Mur­ray last night con­firmed his shock with­drawal from next week’s Mi­ami Open.

The world No 1 re­vealed he has been suf­fer­ing from an in­jury to his right el­bow, al­though he re­mains hope­ful of be­ing fit for the clay-court sea­son which gets un­der way in earnest in Monte Carlo in the mid­dle of next month.

While more should be known about the ex­tent of the in­jury in the next few days, the an­nounce­ment casts early doubt on Mur­ray’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in Great Bri­tain’s Davis Cup tie against France in Rouen.

The Mi­ami tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers an­nounced the Scot’s ab­sence from an event which he has won twice, in 2009 and 2013, yes­ter­day.

While he re­mains World No 1, the po­si­tion he claimed for the first time af­ter a stun­ning run of five con­sec­u­tive tour­na­ment wins at the end of the year, Mur­ray has made by his stan­dards a mixed start to 2017.

Af­ter a de­feat to Novak Djokovic in the Qatar Open fi­nal, there came an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic last-16 exit to Mis­cha Zverev at the Aus­tralian Open.

While that set­back ap­peared to be­hind the Scot when he took the ti­tle in Dubai, there was an­other sur­prise de­feat this week at In­dian Wells to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

The Scot may not be the only one of the world’s elite play­ers who is un­able to take his place in Florida.

French me­dia claimed yes­ter­day that his great ri­val Djokovic, who has taken the ti­tle for five of the last six years, in­clud­ing the last three edi­tions, had trav­elled from In­dian Wells to Monaco to have an ap­par­ently sim­i­lar is­sue with his right el­bow as­sessed by his doc­tor.

Mean­while, Svet­lana Kuznetsova rolled back the years to reach the fi­nal of the BNP Paribas Open in In­dian Wells for the first time in nine years.

The 31-year-old Rus­sian put in a su­perb dis­play to beat third seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2). Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam cham­pion and for­mer world No 2, is en­joy­ing a re­nais­sance.

She will meet com­pa­triot Elena Ves­nina, who takes her place in her first fi­nal at this level, af­ter beat­ing Kristina Mlade­n­ovic of France 6-3 6-4.

Roger Fed­erer faces Stan Wawrinka in the men’s fi­nal.

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