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Kerber proves too strong, Keys sent packing in Miami

- TENNIS

MIAMI: Top seed Angelique Kerber advanced to the fourth round at the Miami Open yesterday 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, Kerber 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,” Kerber said.

“You win the match, you’re always happy about your performanc­e.

Keys was the only seed to lose yesterday, falling to 72nd-ranked Spaniard Lara Arruabarre­na 7-5 7-5. Third seed Halep took less than an hour to polish off qualifier Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3 6-0.

Russian seventh seed Kuznetsova, 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, Kuznetsova’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 Kuznetsova will be 11th seed Venus Williams, 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, Stosur earning a date with Halep. – Reuters

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