WTA Diary: Friday, March 30, 2012
Published March 30, 2012 04:05
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She may have performed better against Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic, but for sheer guts and drama, the most memorable match of Venus Williams' comeback in Miami came against Aleksandra Wozniak. The two wildcards duked it out for nearly three hours, both saving match points, before Williams finally broke the Canadian's heart in a final set tie-break. And 24 hours later she did it all again to against Ivanovic.
Watch the best bits from Venus' marathon 46 64 76(5) win here.
All Good Things Must Come To An End
Two memorable winning streaks finally came to an end in Miami, with Marion Bartoli snapping Victoria Azarenka's 26-match run - the best start to a season since 1997 - and Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond finally tasting defeat against the rookie pairing of Julia Goerges and Samantha Stosur after 16 victories on the spin.
And after their surprise defeats both Vika and Lisa showed that they are just as classy in defeat as they are in victory:
And with this win over Vika, Marion joined a select group of nine active players to have posted three or more wins against reigning World No.1s. The Frenchwoman is also the only name on the list not to have made it into the Top 3 in the rankings.
Who Turned Out The Lights?
Agnieszka Radwanska has looked almost unstoppable in Miami, advancing to the final without dropping a set. In fact, the only thing that has been able to halt her progress is the Crandon Park floodlights, which unexpectedly went out midway through the second set of her semifinal against Bartoli. It takes more than a few electrical gremlins to fluster the unflappable Pole, though, and she polished off the two games following the 17-minute delay to wrap up a 64 62 win.
Miami has been full of great storylines: Venus' comeback, the end of Vika's streak and the emergence of the next generation of WTA stars. One youngster that certainly made the most of her spell in the spotlight was Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco, who, on her WTA main draw debut, defeated Vera Zvonareva and Flavia Pennetta during a fairytale run to the last 16.
Surprisingly, this is not the highlight of her fledgling career. What is? Find out in wtatennis.com's latest Getting To Know...
Get Well Soon
After missing Indian Wells with an ankle injury, Kim Clijsters will be spending some more time on the sidelines after tearing a hip muscle in Miami. The injury will keep the Belgian away from the WTA for around four weeks, and she has penciled in a return in early May for the Mutua Madrid Open.
Quote Of The Week
They may both be over 30 now, but neither Serena or Venus Williams are making plans to move out of their jointly owned Palm Beach Gardens mansion in Florida any time soon.
"Yeah, we probably should have moved out a long time ago," Serena said in Miami. "Honestly, it's ridiculous now, like we have kind of held each other back. Hey, we're in for the long run. That's like my husband. We're always laughing together. You know, I tell her everything, so it's fun."