Sony Open First Round
Chardy Ousts Monaco, Mannarino Upsets Davydenko in Miami Opener
Dellacqua Leads Women's First Round Winners
March 18 2014 ITS Staff Miami, Florida – France’s Jeremy Chardy posted a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5) thriller over former top-tenner Argentine Juan Monaco Wednesday in Miami.
The opening win earns Chardy the right to play three-time Sony Open champion Novak Djokovic in the second round. The Frenchman, who currently resides in Liege, Belgium, served 22 aces in the two hour and 39 minute match.
Another Frenchman Adrian Mannarino also advances to the second round after ousting former Miami champion (2008) Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 7-5. Mannarino will face No.11th-seed compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Miami Men's Singles First Round Wednesday Mar 19
Marinko Matesovic beat Alejandro Falla 1-6 6-4 7-6(6)
Marcos Baghdatis beat Santiago Giraldo 1-6 6-2 7-5
Dominic Thiem beat Lukas Rosol 7-6(6) 6-4
Ivo Karlovic beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6(3) 7-6(5)
Radek Stepanek beat Daniel Brands 6-3 6-0
Ivan Dodig beat Andrey Golubev 4-6 6-1 6-4
Julien Benneteau beat Kyle Edmund 6-7(2) 6-3 6-2
Alejandro Gonzalez beat Malek Jaziri 7-6(9) 6-1
Jeremy Chardy beat Juan Monaco 7-5 3-6 7-6(5)
Teymuraz Gabashvili beat Marcel Granollers 6-4 6-3
Thiemo de Bakker beat Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-2
Albert Montanes beat Michal Przysiezny 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3
Matthew Ebden beat Lukasz Kubot 4-6 6-4 6-4
Adrian Mannarino beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-4 7-5
Jiri Vesely beat Filippo Volandri 6-4 7-6(1)
Miami Women's Singles First Round Wednesday Mar 19
Andrea Petkovic beat Maria Teresa Torro 6-3 6-4
Yvonne Meusburger beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-3 6-0
Ajla Tomljanovic beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-6(4) 6-4
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova beat Monica Niculescu 6-3 6-4
Christina Mchale beat Zheng Jie 6-4 6-2
Nadia Petrova beat Urszula Radwanska 7-5 1-6 6-4
Coco Vandeweghe beat Marina Erakovic 6-4 7-6(6)
Donna Vekic beat Kimiko Date-Krumm 7-6(2) 6-2
Olga Govortsova beat Shahar Peer 2-6 6-0 6-3
Virginie Razzano beat Heather Watson 6-4 6-0
Kiki Bertens beat Victoria Duval 7-6(5) 6-1
Paula Ormaechea beat Katarzyna Piter 7-6(0) 6-1
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner beat Karin Knapp 3-6 6-1 6-4
Lauren Davis beat Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-3
Rebecca Peterson beat Mona Barthel 6-4 4-2 ret.
Peng Shuai beat Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-0
Vania King beat Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0 6-0
Dellacqua Leads First Round Winners in Miami
wtatennis.com: March 18 2014 Miami, Florida - The Sony Open Tennis kicked off on Tuesday, with Indian Wells standout Casey Dellacqua and recent WTA champions Tsvetana Pironkova and Kurumi Nara among the winners.
Dellacqua, who reached the biggest quarterfinal of her career last week at the BNP Paribas Open, a Premier Mandatory event just like this one, held all eight of her service games - and fought off all four break points she faced during the match - to get past Stefanie Voegele in straight sets, 63 62.
This year has been quite the revival for Dellacqua, who went into the Australian season ranked No.142 and, after just two and a half months, is now at No.56. And with no WTA main draw match wins to defend for six months - she didn't get one last year until Tokyo in September - she could be well on her way to her best ever ranking, having originally set her career-high ranking of No.39 back in 2008.
Pironkova and Nara, who won their maiden WTA titles earlier this year at the Premier-level event in Sydney and the International-level event in Rio de Janeiro, respectively, won through in straight sets as well. Pironkova held off a late surge to beat Galina Voskoboeva, letting a 5-3 lead slip in the second set but eventually prevailing, 62 75, while Nara outlasted Annika Beck in a tight two-setter, 76(2) 64. Read more
Sony Open Women's Singles First Round Tuesday Mar 18
Chanelle Scheepers beat Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-3 6-0
Varvara Lepchenko beat Yanina Wickmayer 7-5 6-1
Monica Puig beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 7-6(7)
Casey Dellacqua beat Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-2
Romina Oprandi beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4 6-2
Kurumi Nara beat Annika Beck 7-6(2) 6-4
Caroline Garcia beat Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3 7-5
Elina Svitolina beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 3-6 6-3