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Miami Open kicks off week two with thrills, heartbreak, and high hopes

Miami Open kicks off week two with thrills, heartbreak, and high hopes

Miami Open entered its second week of action with plenty of surprises and a few to-be-expected outcomes. What happened? Let's take a closer look at what went down yesterday and what we can expect today.

The top seeds played yesterday with differing results. No. 1 men’s seed Carlos Alcaraz proceeded into the final 16 with a thrilling victory over the charismatic Gael Monfils, 6-2 6-4. On the other hand, Iga Swiatek, No.1 seed in the women’s draw, suffered heartbreak as she lost to No.14 seed, Ekaterina Alexandrova, 6-4 6-2.

American players had some mixed success yesterday. Even with the majority of the stadium urging her on, local favorite, Coco Gauff, failed to get the better of France’s Caroline Garcia, losing in three sets while Madison Keys also came up short against 2022 Wimbledon Champion, Elena Rybakina. That said, we have high hopes for Danielle Collins and Jessica Pegula who advanced to the quarterfinals — both winning in straight sets.

Above: Jessica Pegula. Photo credit: Miami Open/Hard Rock Stadium.

On the men's side of the draw, US players had a tough day. Ben Shelton went down to Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti, while Chris Eubanks lost to world No. 5, Alexander Zverev, both in straight sets. Sebastian Korda lost a three-set battle with Hubert Hurkacz.

In other action, The Miami Open Wheelchair Invitational is making its debut at the Miami Open. To kick things off, Miami Open Tournament Director James Blake welcomed 50-time major winner, Shingo Kunieda to media attendees. Play kicks off today on court 5 at 12pm.

Who's playing? Among the competitors are three of the top five Men’s Wheelchair Tennis players, including world No. 1 Alfie Hewitt, No.3 Gustavo Fernandez, No. 5 Gordon Reid and Shingo Kunieda himself. On the women’s side is world No.1 Diede de Groot, No. 8 and Florida resident Dana Matthewson, No. 10 Angelica Bernal, and No. 38 Maylee Phelps.

Above: Above: Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez is scheduled to play today in the inaugural Miami Open Wheelchair Invitational. Photo credit: Daniel Kopatsch.

To find out more, be sure to check out more highlights and quotes from top players during the Miami Open press conferences, courtesy of Florida Tennis contributor Adam Ross — visit our Florida Tennis Facebook page. 

Order of Play (Tues. 3/26)

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
ATP - Dominik Koepfer (Germany) vs [3] Daniil Medvedev 
Not Before 2:00 PM
WTA - [27] Victoria Azarenka vs Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)
Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP - [1] Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) vs [23] Lorenzo Musetti (Italy)
Not Before 7:00 PM
WTA - [8] Maria Sakkari (Greece) vs [4] Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan)
Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP - [4] Alexander Zverev (Germany) vs [15] Karen Khachanov 

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP - Tomas Machac (Czech Republic) vs Matteo Arnaldi (Italy) 
ATP - [7] Casper Ruud (Norway) vs [22] Nicolas Jarry (Chile) 
ATP - Christopher O'Connell (Australia) vs [2] Jannik Sinner (Italy) 
Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP - [11] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs [8] Hubert Hurkacz (Poland)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP - [9] Alex de Minaur (Australia) vs Fabian Marozsan (Hungary) 
WTA - [1] Sue-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) / Elise Mertens (Belgian) vs [ALT] Sofia Kenin (USA) / Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)

BUTCH BUCHHOLZ start 11:00 am
WTA - [WC] Ashlyn Krueger (USA) / Sloane Stephens (USA) vs Linda Noskova (Czech) / Xiyu Wang (China)
Not Before 12:30 PM
WTA - Asia Muhammad (USA) / Alycia Parks (USA) vs Anhelina Kalinina (Ukraine) / Dayana Yastremska (Ukraine)
WTA - Xinyu Wang (China) / Saisai Zheng (China) vs Ekaterina Alexandrova / Irina Khromacheva
Quarterfinals - ATP - [7] Kevin Krawietz (Germany) / Tim Puetz (Germany) vs [3] Rajeev Ram (USA) / Joe Salisbury (Great Britain)
Quarterfinals - ATP - [1] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Matthew Ebden (Australia) vs [Alt] John-Patrick Smith (Australia) / Sem Verbeek (Netherlands)
Second Round - after suitable rest - ATP - Marcelo Melo (Brazil) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs Christopher Eubanks (USA) / Ben Shelton (USA)

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
Dana Mathewson (USA) vs Angelica Bernal (Colombia)

Diede de Groot (Netherlands) vs Maylee Phelps (USA)
Shingo Kunieda (Japan) vs Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina)
Alfie Hewett (Great Britain) vs Gordon Reid (Great Britain)


Written by Florida Tennis' Editor and Publisher Matt Pressman. Source: Miami Open presented by Itaú. Top photo credit: Miami Open/Hard Rock Stadium.  

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