Miami Open: Aryna Sabalenka, Anett Kontaveit beat hasty retreats; Naomi Osaka wins



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Miami Open: Aryna Sabalenka, Anett Kontaveit beat hasty retreats; Naomi Osaka wins

Upsets rocked play on Thursday at the Miami Open. The slew of upsets also included the top seed, Aryna Sabalenka, third seed, Anett Kontaveit and sixth seed, Karolina Pliskova all lost their respective openers. In the last match of the day, Irina-Camelia Begu ousted Sabalenka, the world no.

3 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes in their second-round clash. The Romanian had just eight winners to Sabalenka’s 26 but also had just seven unforced errors to the higher-ranked player’s 34.

Begu saved all six break points she faced while converting two of the four break points, she had on Sabalenka’s serve. For a place in the fourth round, Begu will take on Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Sasnovich also posted an upset of her own, defeating 25th seed Daria Kasatkina, 7-6(5), 6-4 in their round-of-64 meeting.

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Ann Li beat world no. 5 Kontaveit, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 in an hour and 51 minutes. Li saved 10 of the 12 break points she faced while converting five of the six break-point chances she had on Kontaveit’s serve.

In the third round, the American will clash against fellow countrywoman, Alison Riske. Riske upset 31st seed Alize Cornet in their second-round match, 6-2, 6-2. Anna Kalinskaya beat Pliskova, 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 35 minutes.

Kalinskaya won 70% of her first-serve points to the Czech’s 64% and 52% of her second-serve points to the latter’s 31%. Kalinskaya will play lucky loser, Lucia Bronzetti in the third round. The Italian beat Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele, 6-2, 6-1 in the all-lucky loser second-round derby.

Katerina Siniakova beat the 2021 US Open champion and 11th seed Emma Raducanu in their second-round match. The Czech came from a set down, and breaks down across the second and third sets to win, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 55 minutes.

Siniakova will play Heather Watson for a spot in the fourth round. The Briton caused an upset over 15th seed Elina Svitolina, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) in two hours and 38 minutes. Karolina Muchova advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over 2021 US Open finalist, Leylah Fernandez.

The Czech will play Naomi Osaka next. The Japanese advanced to the round-of-32 after winning a derby of former world no. 1’s against the 13th-seeded Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 6-3 in 60 minutes.