Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Miami Wins for Djokovic and Radwanska

Clay season is upon us and will be with us for the next few months leading up to the French Open in June. This past weekend in Miami though was the last major-ish hardcourt tournament before said clay season and it was... interesting. Both Indian Wells champions Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka failed to reach the semifinals snapping their opening season streaks. Other notable players who didn't reach that far include both Williams sisters, Kim Clijsters, and Juan Martin Del Potro. Last year's losing finalist Rafael Nadal technically reached the last four, but with an injured knee, was forced to withdraw.

But hey who cares about these losers am I right? I'm joking of course since those are some of my favorite players. But their relatively early exits did make the Miami Masters less fun for me to watch. Granted, tennis is still tennis, but with no one to really root for, it just doesn't have the same appeal. With that said only hearty congratulations for the eventual champions Novak Djokovic and Agnieszka Radwanska who had to face tough opponents in Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova to take the title. For world no. 1 Djokovic, it was his second title of the year and his first since winning the Australian Open. It was also Radwanska's second title of the year and her first WTA Premier Mandatory title thereby making it the biggest win of her career. She impressively did it without dropping a set.

In doubles, Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova beat Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 10-4 in the third set while 7th seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek upset 2nd seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor for the men's title. Bring on the red dirt...

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