Miami Open: Shelby Rogers wins 1R American battle against Amanda Anisimova

Daria Saville, Marta Kostyuk, Kaia Kanepi and Anna Bondar also reached the 2R

by Abbey Johnson
Miami Open: Shelby Rogers wins 1R American battle against Amanda Anisimova

The first-round American derby between Amanda Anisimova and Shelby Rogers at the Miami Open went the latter’s way on Tuesday. Rogers came from a set down to claim a set 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 win in 85 minutes. The opening set saw both players trade breaks twice before Anisimova converted a third break that eventually saw her take the set.

However, the latter two sets saw Rogers bounce back into the match quite dominantly. Rogers didn’t face any break point in the second set and broke Anisimova’s serve twice to win the set and bring the match to parity.

In the deciding set, both players faced just one break point but Rogers saved the break point she faced while converting the one on her compatriot’s serve to pocket the win. In the second round, Rogers will play 10th seed Jelena Ostapenko.

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Ekaterina Alexandrova defeated Jasmine Paolini in their first-round match. Alexandrova won 6-1, 6-2 in 61 minutes. Alexandrova won 72% of her first-serve points and 76% of her second-serve points to Paolini’s 43% and 40% respectively.

For a place in the third round, Alexandrova will now clash against 12th seed Victoria Azarenka. Daria Saville beat Green Minnen to advance to the second round. The Australian won 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and three minutes. In the second round, Saville will take on 23rd seed Simona Halep.

Meanwhile, Marta Kostyuk won against Minnen’s fiancée, Alison Van Uytvanck in their first-round clash. The Ukrainian needed an hour and 56 minutes to post a comeback win over the Belgian, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Kostyuk will play 22nd seed Belinda Bencic next.

A couple of round-of-128 matches at the Miami Open also ended in retirements. Kaia Kanepi advanced to the second round after her opponent, Maryna Zanevska retired after losing the first set 6-2. In the second round, Kanepi will play 32nd seed Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Likewise, Anna Bondar reached the round-of-64 after her first-round opponent, Caroline Garcia retired in the match because of an injury to her right foot. Bondar had won the opening set 7-5 at the time. In the second round, Bondar will play ninth seed, Danielle Collins.

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