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Ryan Harrison progresses in Australian Open Qualifying, but six other seeds fall



Harrison is looking to make the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time since losing in the first round of 2014 to Gael Monfils ( Image via http://www.apiainternational.com.au)

American Ryan Harrison may not have won a match in qualifying at the Australian Open in 2015, but the nineteenth seed will have the chance to qualify in 2016 after making the final round. He defeated Denys Molchanov 6-3, 6-1. Despite Harrison’s success, a number of seeds fell out of contention on Friday.


The biggest surprise was the loss of fourth seed Alejandro Falla. Falla, who came close to beating Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon 2010, lost to Niels Desein 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. The Colombian was only the highest seed to fall as five others joined him. Jan-Lennard Struff (5) had the misfortune to be drawn against wily veteran Radek Stapanek in the second-round, and the Czech defeated the tall German 6-4, 6-4. Go Soeda (8) followed, as the Japanese took his leave following a defeat to Alexander Kudryavtsev, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Radu Albot (10) completed the loss of five top ten seeds, as he lost to James McGee of Ireland 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The losses of seeds did not stop at the top ten however. Konstantin Kravchuk (18) found Yan Bai too difficult to defeat, as the Chinese scored a massive win against the Russian, winning 2-6, 6-4, 8-6 in two hours and eleven minutes. Thomas Fabbiano (26) of Italy was another victim of a Chinese shock, as Di Wu won through instead 6-1, 6-4.

Despite Ryan Harrison’s progression, the United States did see some disappointment, after seeing all their players progress from Thursday’s Men’s Qualifiying Second Round, two departed today. The biggest shock was the loss of young talent Frances Tiafoe, who was surprised by German Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-2. Tatsumo Ito (13) also ended the hopes of Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-2.

Other results:

Daniel Brands (30) defs. Maxime Janvier 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (11) defs. Jordi Samper-Montana 6-3, 6-2.

Saketh Myneni defs. Lorenzo Giustino 6-1, 7-6.

Alejandro Gonzalez (24) defs. Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Adrian Menendez-Maceiras defs. Oliver Anderson 6-4, 6-2.

Mirza Basic (22) defs. Marius Copil 6-3, 7-6.

Aleksandr Nedovyesov defs. Aldin Setkic 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

Marco Trungelliti defs. Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-4.

Pierre-Hugues Herbet defs. Marco Chiudinelli 7-6, 6-4.







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Elena Rybakina beats Jessica Pegula to reach the Miami Open final



World number 7 Elena Rybakina beat world number 3 Jessica Pegula 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to reach her second consecutive final at the Miami Open. The Kazakh player moves one win of becoming the fifth player to win back-to-back titles in Indian Wells and Miami completing the Sunshine Double. 


Rybakina leads the WTA Tour in match wins in 2023 with a record of 21 wins to just 3 defeats. 

Rybakina needed three sets in her first two matches of the tournament and saved a match point against Paula Badosa before beating Elise Mertens, Martina Trevisan and Jessica Pegula in straight sets. 

Pegula broke Rybakina three times and served for the first set twice at 5-4 and 6-5. Rybakina won the final five points from 2-3 down to clinch the tie-break 7-3 improving her perfect record in tie-breaks to 7-0 this season. 

After a second rain delay Pegula rallied from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. The US player earned a break before consolidating it with a hold of serve for 3-0. Rybakina won four consecutive games from 2-4 down to seal the win after 1 hour and 51 minutes. 

“Jessica played really well some moments. It’s not easy to play against her because she keeps the ball really low, and it’s difficult. I was playing today better when I was down. I was doing everything correct”, said Rybakina. 

Rybakina is the first player to serve 10 aces or more in five matches in the same tornament since Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2016. 

Rybakina will face the winner of the second semifinal between Petra Kvitova and Sorana Cristea. 

Kvitova beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4 3-6 6-3 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Miami Open for the first time in her career. 

Kvitova earned an early break and close out the first set with an ace on her third set point. Alexandrova hit a backhand crosscourt return to break serve for 4-2 in the sixth game of the second set and held on her serve to draw the match level at one set apiece. 

Kvitova saved a break point to hold serve for 4-3 in the third set. The Czech player hit a crosscourt forehand to earn a break for 5-3 and converted her second match point in the next game to seal the win. 

“I am glad that my serve helped me in important moments, especially in the third set. The chance for the break came. I took it, and it was very emotional in the end. I am very happy that I found a way to win it”, said Kvitova. 

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Carlos Alcaraz continues his quest for the Sunshine Double with a win against Taylor Fritz in Miami



Carlos Alcaraz beat Taylor Fritz 6-4 6-2 to reach his second consecutive semifinal at the Miami Open. Alcaraz continues his quest for the Sunshine Double, a sweep of Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami in the same year. Alcaraz converted three of his five break points. Both players ended the match with 20 winners, but Alcaraz made 13 unforced errors to Fritz’s 28. 


Alcaraz earned an immediate break in the opening game. Fritz brought up two break points in the second game, but Alcaaraz saved them with half-volleys  to hold on his serve. The Spanish player started the second set with an early break in the first game of the opening set and won the final three games including a break in the seventh game to seal the second set 6-2 after 1 hour and 18 minutes. 

“A little bit of nerves at the beginning of the match. It was new for me, playing against him. I knew that I had to play my game, the way that I was playing the previous matches, a high level for me. Of course I am very happy with the way I started the match, with no mistakes and with a lot of power. It was a key for me to break his serve at the beginning and then play the game”, said Alcaraz. 

Alcaraz has improved his seasonal record to 18 wins to 1 defeats. The Spaniard set up a blockbuster semifinal match against Sinner in a re-match of this year’s Indian Wells semifinal. Alcaraz leads 3-2 in his five head-to-head matches and beat his Italian rival in Indian Wells. Sinner defeated Alcaraz twice last year at Wimbledon and in the Umag final. 

If Karen Khachanov beats Danil Medvedev in the other semifinal, he will overtake Fritz at world number 10 in the ATP Ranking. 

Fritz holds a record of 13 wins to 3 defeats this season. He won the Delray Beach title and reached the quarter final in Indian Wells. 

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Danil Medvedev sets up all-Russian semifinal against Karen Khachanov in Miami



Danil Medvedev edged US qualifier Christopher Eubanks 6-3 7-5 in a rain disrupted match to reach the semifinals at the Miami Open for the first time. 


Medvedev has reached the semifinals at a fifth consecutive ATP tournament after winning three consecutive titles in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai and reaching the final in Indian Wells. Medvedev has won 22 of his past 23 matches. 

Medvedev saved break points in the fourth game. The match was delayed by rain for half an hour. As the match resumed Medvedev reeled off the next four games to close out the first set 6-3.

Medvedev broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Eubanks broke straight back for 3-4. Medvedev broke again in the 12th game as Eubanks mishit a return on the third match point. 

“I did not play my best tennis before the rain delay. The rain helped go out and have more energy. It helped me and I only played better and better, apart from one bad game on my serve, but it happens”, said Medvedev. 

Medvedev set up a semifinal clash against his compatrion Karen Khachanov, who edged past Francisco Cerundolo 6-3 6-2. Khachanov reached his first ATP Masters semifinal since 2019. 

Cerundolo earned the first break of the match in the fifth game of the first set, but Medvedev broke straight back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Khachanov broke for the second time in the eighth game to close out the first set 6-3. 

Khachanov broke twice in the first and fifth games to win the second set 6-2. Cerundolo won just four of 18 points and made 22 unforced errors. Khachanov hit 22 winners to Cerundolo’s 19.

Cerundolo entered this match with a 8-1 record at the Miami Open after reaching the semifinal in last year’s edition. 

Khachanov has moved up to 11th in the ATP Live Ranking and will return to the top 10 if he wins the title. He reached the semifinal at the Australian Open last September. 

“At the end of the day it was a question of finding rhythm. At the beginning, it was pretty windy and I could not where the wind was coming through. I then started to hit through the ball more and I felt better and better. After I broke him back I felt I was on a good rise and felt that I could not miss. That is good feeling to have during a match”, said Khachanov. 

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