Australia’s Daria Saville has continued her hot form, capitalising on Simona Halep’s late injury withdrawal to win through to the round of 32 at the Miami Open as many big names tumbled.
Former world No.1 Halep (thigh) withdrew before facing Saville in a second-round match on Thursday.
Instead Saville got to face the lucky loser from qualifying, world No.91 Harmony Tan, and won 6-4 6-2.
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Continuing her comeback after two injury-riddled seasons, Saville has now won nine of her last 11 matches as she prepares to face Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova, who ousted US Open champion Emma Raducanu 3-6 6-4 7-5.
The Miami Open draw is opening up after a day when 11 seeded women were knocked out.
The stunning series of results were headlined by Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu defeating top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 6-4 6-4. Begu had lost 17 of her last 18 matches against top-10 players beforeThursday.
Also gone: No. 3 seed Anett Kontaveit. She lost to Ann Li, a 21-year-old American who got her first win over a top-10 opponent – a 6-0 3-6 6-4 triumph.
Naomi Osaka beat German 13th seed Angelique Kerber 6-2 6-3 in a one-sided clash of two former world No.1s.
The victory was four-time grand slam champion Osaka’s first against Kerber since the 2017 US Open and denied her opponent a fifth consecutive win in their head-to-head series, which the German now leads 4-2.
The rest of the ousted women’s seeds: No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 11 Raducanu, No. 15 Elina Svitolina, No. 18 Leylah Fernandez, No. 19 Tamara Zidansek, No. 25 Daria Kasatkina, No. 31 Alize Cornet and No. 32 Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Pliskova – in just her second match after missing about four months with a broken arm – lost 6-3 6-3 to qualifier Anna Kalinskaya.
Svitolina, who had a number of fans wearing pro-Ukraine shirts watching her match in tribute to her homeland, lost to Britain’s Heather Watson 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4).
“I really feel for Elina,” Watson said. “I can see she’s not her normal self. … She must just have so much on her mind. I think it’s amazing that she’s out here still competing.”
Fernandez – a U.S. Open finalist last year – lost to Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 6-4 7-6 (7-3).
Vera Zvonareva topped Zidansek, 6-3 6-2. Cornet lost to Alison Riske of the U.S. 6-2 6-2. Kasatkina fell to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and Sorribes Tormo was ousted by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 3-6 7-5 6-0.
with The AP