Thursday, April 1, 2010

Catching Up in Miami

Rafael Nadal will try to reach his first final in almost 11 months by going up against Andy Roddick in the Sony Ericsson Open semifinals. Both also made the semifinals in Indian Wells a week ago with Roddick making it all the way to the finals. Nadal is once again the last player of the Big Four to survive the tournament with Roger Federer losing to Tomas Berdych in the fourth round after having a match point in the third set tiebreaker. So no Fedal final still! Berdych will have to get through Fernando Verdasco today to get one of two remaining semifinal berths. Mikhail Youzhny and Robin Soderling will be contesting the other one later today.

The ladies are set for the semifinal matches. Venus Williams will face Marion Bartoli in one side while the other side is none other than a pair of newly un-retired Belgians. This will be the second match between Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin this year. Both made a remarkable return to tennis after a brief hiatus from the game with Clijsters winning the US Open last year and Henin reaching the Australian Open finals earlier this year. Both are now ranked in the Top 30 with both having NO POINTS to defend for most of the year.

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