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Miami Open seeds showcase mental toughness in spite of stormy weather

Miami Open seeds showcase mental toughness in spite of stormy weather

The Sunshine State saw some stormy weather yesterday. But the top seeds at the Miami Open endured. After nearly six hours of rain delays, play finally got underway around 5 pm across nine courts Friday.

The dry spell lasted just over two hours, in which time eight matches were completed. All five women’s seeds who finished matches Friday needed less than 90 minutes to secure straight sets wins, including No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka and No. 3 Coco Gauff.

Above: Coco Gauff. Photo credit: Miami Open presented by Itaú.

Delray Beach-based Gauff raced to a 6 -1 6 - 2 victory against Nadia Podoroska. Gauff said, "I was most pleased with just starting the match well 'cause when you come out and it's a long wait, you never know how you're going to start. But, yeah, then obviously those break points I saved, I think I saved one earlier in the match, a bunch at the end. Yeah, honestly it just felt, the match, fast. I'm glad I honestly finished before it rained.”

Meanwhile, Paula Badosa, beaten 6 - 4 6 - 2  by No. 2 seed Sabalenka, commented, "We're strong woman. She proved it. I proved it. We knew how to disconnect in that two hours, one hours and a half of match. She played really well. I played really well for where I'm coming from. I think it was quite decent. That all comes from because we know we've been through a lot in our lives, we're strong woman, and we know how to separate that in that moment.” 

Above: Aryna Sabalenka. Photo credit: Miami Open presented by Itaú.

There was an exception. One highly ranked seed was ousted yesterday. It occurred on the men’s side of the draw —only two matches were completed, headlined by 23-year-old Tomas Machac upsetting No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4. That said, in the only other's men's match played yesterday, the No. 14 seed  Ugo Humbert defeated Botic Van De Zandschulp (Netherlands) 6-4, 6-3.

What do the rain stoppages mean for today's lineup of matches? Seven singles matches that were suspended in progress as well as 18 singles matches that did not start will played on this Super Saturday. Those 25 matches are in addition to the 24 singles matches that were originally intended to be played on the tournament’s first Saturday, putting a whopping 45 total matches on Saturday’s schedule.

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 for more. 

Order of Play (Sat., 3/23)

STADIUM starts at 11:00 AM

[ATP] [Q] Thiago Seyboth Wild (Brazil) vs [12] Taylor Fritz (USA)

[ATP] NB 12:00 PM [Q] Andrea Vavassori (Italy) vs [2] Jannik Sinner (Italy) 2*-3 to finish

[WTA] Naomi Osaka (Japan) vs [15] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 
[WTA] [1] Iga Swiatek (Poland) vs Camila Giorgi (Italy) 

[ATP] NB 7:00 PM [1] Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) vs Roberto Carballes Baena (Spain)

[WTA] NB 8:30 PM [32] Anhelina Kalinina (Ukraine) vs [2] Aryna Sabalenka

GRANDSTAND starts at 11:00 AM

[WTA] Lin Zhu (China) vs [5] Jessica Pegula (USA) 

[ATP] NB 12:00 PM Denis Shapovalov (Canada) vs [10] Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) 2*-1 to finish 

[ATP] Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) vs [3] Daniil Medvedev 
[ATP] Alexander Shevchenko (Kazakhstan) vs [8] Hubert Hurkacz (Poland)

[ATP] [4] Alexander Zverev (Germany) vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada)

[WTA] NB 7:00 PM [WTA] [Q] Taylor Townsend vs [4] Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan)

BUTCH BUCHHOLZ starts at 11:00 AM

[WTA] [31] Leylah Fernandez (Canada) vs [Q] Emiliana Arango (Colombia) 

[ATP] NB 12:00 PM Andy Murray (Great Britain) vs [29] Tomas Martin Etcheverry (Argentina) 3-3* to finish

[WTA] Elina Avanesyan vs [6] Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) 
[WTA] [24] Katie Boulter (Great Britain) vs [11] Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil)

[ATP] [WC] Martin Landaluce (Spain) vs [16] Ben Shelton (USA)

[WTA] [1] Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) / Elise Mertens (Belgium) vs Cristina Busca (Spain) / Alexandra Panova

COURT 1 starts at 11:00 AM

[ATP] Christopher O'Connell (Australia) vs [21] Frances Tiafoe (USA) 

[WTA] NB 12:00 PM Sloane Stephens (USA) vs [19] Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 2*-5 to finish
[ATP] [7] Casper Ruud (Norway) vs Luca Van Assche (France) 

[ATP] Dan Evans (Great Britain) vs [31] Chris Eubanks (USA)

[ATP] Gael Monfils (France) vs [33] Jordan Thompson (Australia)

COURT 7 starts at 11:00 AM

[ATP] [13] Tommy Paul (USA) vs [WC] Martin Damm (USA) 

[WTA] NB 12:00 PM [10] Daria Kasatkina vs [Q] Claire Liu (USA) 2-0* to finish

[WTA] [7] Qinwen Zheng (China) vs [27] Victoria Azarenka

[WTA] Xinyu Wang (China) vs [17] Madison Keys (USA)

[WTA] Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) vs [LL] Greet Minnen (Belgium)

COURT 5 starts at 11:00 AM

[ATP] [25] Tallon Griekspoor (Netherlands) vs Alex Michelsen (USA) 

[ATP] NB 12:00 PM [17] Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan) vs Matteo Arnaldi (Italy) 0-0* to finish

[ATP] [28] Sebastian Korda (USA) vs [Q] Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain)

[ATP] [23] Lorenzo Musetti (Italy) vs Roman Safiullin

[ATP] [11] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs Alejandro Tabillo (Chile)

COURT 2 starts at 11:00 AM

[ATP] [22] Nicolas Jarry (Chile) vs Jack Draper (Great Britain) 

[WTA] NB 12:00 PM [23] Caroline Garcia (France) vs Viktoriya Tomova (Bulgaria) 3-0* to finish

[WTA] [8] Maria Sakkari (Greece) vs [28] Dayana Yastremska (Ukraine)

[WTA] [32] Anna Kalinskaya vs [9] Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia)

[ATP] Laslo Djere (Serbia) vs [15] Karen Khachanov

COURT 3 starts at 12:00 PM

[WTA] [12] Jasmine Paolini (Italy) vs [Q] Katie Volynets (USA) 6-7(8) 4*-5 to finish

[WTA] [30] Anastasia Potapova vs Danielle Collins (USA) 

[WTA] [Q] Maria Timofeeva vs [26] Linda Noskova (Czech Republic) 

[WTA] Anna Danilina (Kazakhstan) / Shuai Zhang (China) [8] Laura Siegemund (Germany) / Yifan Xu (China)

[WTA] [Oksana Kalashnikova (Georgia) / Monica Niculescu (Romania) vs [7] Demi Schuurs (Netherlands) / Luisa Stefani (Brazil)

COURT 6 starts at 11:00 AM

[ATP] Dominik Koepfer (Germany) vs [18] Sebastian Baez (Argentina) 

[ATP] [WC] Juncheng Shang (China) vs [27] Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (Spain) 

[ATP] [30] Cameron Norrie (Great Britain) vs Flavio Cobolli (Italy) 

[ATP] [20] Francisco Cerundolo (Argentina) vs Sebastian Ofner (Austria)

[ATP] Yannick Hanfmann vs [19] Adrian Mannarino (France)


Written by Florida Tennis' Editor and Publisher Matt Pressman. Source: Miami Open presented by ItaúPhoto credit (top photo): Miami Open presented by Itaú. 

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