Serena dumped out of Miami Open

Mar 22, 2018, 01:19
Serena dumped out of Miami Open

But it does provide an additional element of intrigue to a tournament that already looks fascinating with almost all of the biggest names in the game ready and waiting to compete for the crown.

Simona Halep, the current WTA No 1, believes that Williams should have been granted top seeding.

A return to action at the Australian Open with a modified serving action resulted in a fourth round defeat while a limp exit at Indian Wells last week only heightened doubts that the 30-year-old would ever add to his total of 12 Grand Slams. "The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused". Indeed, she should have been given more protection by the tour.

Williams ironically has stake in the Miami Dolphins. Even if she returns to her previous role, Caroline Wozniacki in accounts and Angelique Kerber in sales have done a whole year of work in her absence. Third seeded Muguruza has struggled for consistency so far, losing early in Melbourne and Indian Wells.

Osaka, 20, showed some understandable nerves but was able to stay in the game and when she broke in the seventh game, it was the flawless chance for the Japanese player to take control.

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The match ended on an ugly unforced error by Williams, who hit a wide open forehand long to send Osaka into the second round, where she will face world No.4 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. But she's capable of putting a big run together in Miami.

Konta, the 11th seed, will open her campaign in Florida in the second round against the victor of the meeting between Kirsten Flipkens and Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Williams had an especially hard time after giving birth in an emergency C-section, with her past issues with blood clots resurfacing because having surgery meant she was not taking her usual anticoagulant.

The former World No 1 has been beset with an elbow injury that sidelined him for six months after he was forced to retire at the quarter-finals of Wimbledon previous year. But, on this night against Venus she didn't quite play like the best player in the world. The Briton won the biggest title of her career in Florida last season during a purple patch that also saw her reach the last four at Wimbledon, her home Slam.

"For entertainment reasons, it's very important to have Serena Williams in the draw, but I don't think it's important to have her in the seeding positions at the moment", Minella said. "I'm very grateful I was able to play her and it is better still that I was able to win".

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The Miami Open will be Serena Williams' second competitive tournament since pregnancy. The two aren't dissimilar players.

After constructing a jaw-dropping career, Serena has grown accustomed to the reverence of her fellow players.

"She's going to be speeding back to the seedings and winning tournaments sooner rather than later", Venus predicted.

Williams vowed to assist the development of the tournament in the modernised location and has a lofty ambition to match her competitive nature on the court.

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