Miami Masters: Maria books semis date with Serena
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams will have a rematch of their 2013 final in the ATP and WTA Miami Masters semifinals on Thursday after both advanced in formidable style on Tuesday.Updated: Mar 27, 2014 00:26 IST
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams will have a rematch of their 2013 final in the ATP and WTA Miami Masters semifinals on Thursday after both advanced in formidable style on Tuesday.
Sharapova, who has not beaten the world number one American since 2004 and has lost 14 consecutive matches in the rivalry, regained her big-match confidence after twice being pushed to three sets by defeating Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1.
Top seed Williams pounded German fifth seed Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2, taking 62 minutes and ending with seven aces and four breaks of serve in windy conditions.
Fourth seed Sharapova's 90-minute victory over the Kvitova, a fellow Wimbledon champion, was a relief for five-time Miami finalist Sharapova, who had faced huge battle in her previous two victories.
Murray to take on Djokovic
Defending champion Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will meet for the first time since last year's Wimbledon final after advancing with ease into quarterfinals. Wimbledon winner Murray dispatched Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-1 while second seed Djokovic gave away a second-set point in a sporting gesture to Tommy Robredo during a 6-3, 7-5 triumph.
First Published: Mar 27, 2014 00:23 IST