Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek Dominate In Miami But Woes For Americans

Mar24,2024



Top seeds Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek recorded straight-set wins at the Miami Open on Saturday as the home country suffered back-to-back defeats. Spaniard Alcaraz was too much for his compatriot Roberto Carballes Baena as he won 6-2, 6-1 in 85 minutes. At the WTA event, Swiatek was even more impressive, defeating Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-1 as the rain-affected tournament was packed with big names, including matches postponed from Friday.

Alcaraz is looking to complete the “sunshine double” after his victory in Indian Wells last week and the two-time Grand Slam winner looks in great form.

The 20-year-old was on top from the start, powerful from the baseline but willing to reach the net as she hit 10 winners to one in the opening set.

He saved all three break points against his 64th-ranked opponent, who asked some difficult questions at times but generally got a strong response.

Alcaraz has now won 11 consecutive matches against the Spaniards but will face the winner of the match between France's Gael Monfils and Australian Jordan Thompson in the third round.

Reigning Australian Open champion Jannik Sinner of Italy, ranked third in the world, made a confident start to his bid with a 6-3, 6-4 win over compatriot and qualifier Andrea Vavassori in Miami.

Progress was also easy for defending champion Daniil Medvedev, who reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Hungary's Marton Fucsovics.

But it was a tough day for American men.

Taylor Fritz was defeated by Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seboth Wild in straight sets, eliminating three of the four top-ranked American men from the tournament.

Dressed in the bright yellow of Brazil, Seboth Wild, ranked 76 in the world, buoyed by the rousing support of his compatriots on Stadium Court, produced some impressive winners and some dazzling shots as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Planted. Fritz, seeded 12th.

“I played a really solid match today, I barely missed,” Seboth Wild said after his win.

Fritz's early departure came shortly after Francis Tiafoe's dismissal at the hands of another lower-order player, Australian Christopher O'Connell.

O'Connell prevailed over 21st-seeded Tiafoe 7–5, 7–6 (7/5) after play resumed after a three-hour rain delay.

Tommy Paul had to retire due to an ankle injury in the match against his fellow American, wild card Martin Damm. Paul had won the first set 6-4 and was trailing 2-1 when he conceded defeat in the second set.

Greek 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas also headed for the exit door at Hard Rock Stadium after being upset by 126th-ranked Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

Shapovalov, 24, snapped an eight-match losing streak against top 20 players by winning back-to-back games at a Masters 1000 event for the first time since Cincinnati in 2022.

Britain's Andy Murray, a two-time winner in Miami, reached the third round with a 7-6 (7/0) 6-3 win over Tomas Martin Echeverri.

Murray, who has said he will probably retire at the end of the year, celebrated with some enthusiasm after securing the win, his first against a top-50 opponent since August.

Swiatek Comfortable

Swiatek took just 67 minutes to defeat Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-1 and the Pole was pleased with her progress.

She said, “I was actually feeling quite confident and I just wanted to see how I would feel on the surface. It was all really comfortable, so I'm happy.”

Japan's Noami Osaka continued her impressive run with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) win over 17th-ranked Elina Svitolina. This contest was between two women, who have returned to the tour after giving birth to a child.

Sixth-seeded Ons Jabeur lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to 21-year-old Russian Elena Avanesyan, ranked 65th in the world.

The American woes continued in the women's side of the tournament as Sloane Stephens fell to Romanian Sorana Cristea, who won 6–2, 6–1.

However Jessica Pegula advanced to the third round when her opponent Zhu Lin had to retire due to illness after trailing 6–4, 4–1 in the second set.

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