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Top Seed Karolina Pliskova Stunned By Lucky Loser In Indian Wells

More than half of the of the top 10 seeds in the women’s draw have failed to reach the fourth round this year.



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World No.3 Karolina Pliskova has crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open after falling in straight sets to Brazilian world No.115 Beatriz Haddad Maia.


Pliskova, who was the top seed in the tournament, fell 6-3, 7-5, to the underdog with both players struggling with the windy conditions in Indian Wells. It is only the second time the Czech has lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 this season after Anastasia Gasanova who beat her in Abu Dhabi back in January. In her latest match, Pliskova could only win 43% of her service points and produced 12 double faults which was partly due to the tricky conditions.

Maia, who has been ranked as high as 58th in the world, only managed to gain entry into the main draw with the help of a lucky loser place which became available. She reached one WTA final back in 2017 at the South Korean Open. More recently, she served a 10-month ban between 2019-2020 for a failed drugs test which was later linked to contaminated supplements she took.

“I’m very happy with my match today. It was a difficult day because it was windy and we certainly didn’t play at our best level of tennis. So it was a very emotional and mental game. Even when I lost my serve. I was trying to motivate myself and I think that worked today,” Maia told Tenis Brasil.
“We also studied her game a lot and this helped me to make great return games. The only point that leaves me unsatisfied is that I served a lot below what I’ve been training, but I’m very aware of what I need to improve,” she added.

The victory has sealed Maia’s return back inside the world’s top 100 for the first time since September 2019.

It means a lot to me to be back in the top 100. Not only for me, but also for my family, my friends, my team and everyone who has been with me during the difficult moments of my career.” She commented.

Awaiting the Brazilian in the next round will be Estonian 18th seed Anett Kontaveit who knocked out defending champion Bianca Andreescu in straight sets. Kontaveit recovered from a break down in both sets en route to her 7-6(5), 6-3, victory. It is the second time in her career she has reached the fourth round in Indian Wells after 2019.

“I didn’t play my best, and I didn’t feel my best. But I had to deal with what I had, and obviously it wasn’t enough.” Said Andreescu, who has failed to win back-to-back matches in eight out of her past nine tournaments played.
“The conditions were a bit tough, as well, with the wind and with the sun. Anett, I honestly don’t think she played her best tennis either, but she was the better player today.”

Out of the top 10 seeds in this year’s draw, only four players have managed to reach the last 16. Iga Swiatek, Barbora Krejcikova, Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber still have a shot at winning this year’s title.

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Dusan Lajovic upsets Andy Murray to reach the second round at the Miami Open



Dusan Lajovic upset two-time champion Andy Murray 6-4 7-5 in their first head-to-head match on the first day of the Miami Open to reach the second round at the Hard Rock Stadium. 


Lajovic won 72% of his second serve points and saved two of the three break points he faced. The Serbian player converted all three break points. 

Lajovic saved two break points in the fourth and sixth game before earning the first break of the match to love in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Lajovic held on his final two service games to win the first set 6-4. 

Lajovic earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead, when Murray hit his forehand long. Lajovic was not able to serve out the match at 5-4, as Murray broke back to draw level to 5-5. After missing two match points from 40-0, Lajovic closed out the match, when Murray his his forehand into the net after a long rally in the 12th game. Lajovic has now a 8-5 record this season. 

Lajovic had won just four of 16 hard court since the start of 2022. 

“When I did not close it out, I thought it’s happening again. Honestly that last game I was super right at 40-0 and he was able to put pressure on me. Luckily he shanked the last forehand, which he normally doesn’t do”, said Lajovic. 

Lajovic ended his Sunshine Double campaign with a 2-2 record in Indian Wells and Miami. 

Lajovic set up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. 

“I don’t like playing against guys like him. They try to provoke you and put you under pressure on your service games. I will try to stay mentally stable”, said Lajovic. 

Last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Brandon Nakashima edged past Oscar Otte 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in 88 minutes. 

Nakashima hit a series of winners to win the tie-break 7-3 with two mini-breaks before earning the only break of serve in the sixth game of the second set. The US player did not face a break point en route to taking the win in his first head-to-head match against Otte. 

Nakashima set up a second round match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who won their only previous head-to-head match in straight-set at the Adelaide International 2. 

Japan’s Taro Daniel reached the second round after his French opponent Arthur Rinderknech retired when he went down 1-4 in the first set. Daniel beat Matteo Berrettini en route to the third round at Indian Wells last week. JJ Wolf beat Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-3.

The first set started with a trade of breaks. Bublik earned his second break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Wolf broke straight back to draw level to 5-5, as Bublik was serving for the set. Wolf earned his third break in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. Wolf won the second set 6-3 with his only break in the fourth game. 

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Bianca Andreescu battles past Emma Raducanu in Miami

The Canadian won her first-round match against a tough British opponent.




Bianca Andreescu is into the second round of the Miami Open after beating Emma Raducanu 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in two hours and 33 minutes on Stadium Court.


The Toronto native hit 33 winners and served seven aces in a match that went the distance. Andreescu saved 11 out of the 12 break points she faced and broke her rival three times en route to victory.

“You never know what you are going to expect and I wanted to come in today playing my best,” the former US Open champion said afterwards. ” With what I had I think I did that and Emma played amazing. She is an incredible player”.

Andreescu opened the match by breaking the London native in the first game and that break of serve was enough for her to serve out the first set quite comfortably.

The second set stayed on serve until 4-3 when Raducanu had multiple breakpoints and managed to break the Canadian on her seventh opportunity. She then served out the set to send the match into a deciding third set where the Toronto native bounced back and at 3-2 broke Raducanu once again to take the lead.

Andreescu broke serve once again while the Brit was serving to stay in the match to secure the win. After the match in her post-match on-court interview, she was asked what made her so dangerous today.

“I didn’t let my negative emotions get the best of me and I stayed positive,” she replied. “I was very energetic and I never gave up and that really key for me today”.

The Canadian will next face the number seven seed Maria Sakkari in the second round.

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Iga Swiatek pulls out of the Miami Open due to a rib injury



Defending champion Iga Swiatek was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open ahead of the second round match due to a rib injury. 


Swiatek was expected to play against US player Claire Liu on Thursday after receiving a first-round bye. 

“You know that in and after Doha I was struggling with a strong infection. I was allowed to play, but a strong episode of tough cough led to a rib injury. We were trying to handle it and continue to play as long as it was safe for me. We were analyzing the data in the last days and my doctor prepared my diagnosis. Unfortunately, I am still feeling a lot of discomfort and pain and I can’t compete. It’s a truly call to not play in Miami, but health is the most important thing. I am grateful this is the first health issue in a long time and I was able in perfect shape for so long, but that’s sport. It happens sometimes, without our control. It’s time to accept it and get well as well as possible ”, said Swiatek. 

The injury bothered Swiatek during her semifinal match against eventual champion Elena Rybakina in Indian Wells. She revelead after her match against Rybakina that she had been struggling with a rib complaint following an infection. 

“I gave it all but Elena was a better player today. I am feeling discomfort and pain in my ribs and it was challenging for me to compete at my highest level. Now I just need to consult with my medical team and I will definitely use these next days to recover”, said Swiatek. 

She will also miss the Bille Jean King Cup Qualifier against Kazakhstan from 14-15 April in Astana. 

Last year Swiatek did not drop a set en route to winning the Miami Open. The Polish player became the fifth woman to complete the Sunshine Double of winning back-to-back titles in Indian Wells and Miami in the same season. Swiatek will be replaced by Austrian lucky loser Julia Grabher. 

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