First round play began on Tuesday at the Sony Open in Miami, often referred to as the 5th Grand Slam, as the last of the qualifying matches were being wrapped up. All thirty two seeds have a bye into the second round, but there were some really good games for the fans to watch.
One of the longest and hard fought was the match between the top Japanese player, Ayumi Morita, who is ranked at 50 and the top British player, Heather Watson, who is ranked at 39. These two battled for two and three quarter hours after Watson had led 6-1 4-1, but Morita was not ready to go home so early in the tournament and eventually won 1-6 7-5 -6-4. Her next opponent will be 31st seed Yanina Wickmayer.
Another tough three setter was played between the 62nd ranked New Zealander Marina Erakovic and the Roumanian Irina-Camelia Begu, ranked at 53. Begu led 6-1 4-4 before the Kiwi took four straight games to take the second sent and lead 2-0, but Begu fought hard to get the win with a 6-4 third set. She will next meet 25th seed Vivara Lepchenko.
Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, ranked at 38, played against 74th ranked Ukrainian, Lesia Tsurenko. Although Su-Wei won in straight sets, she had to come back from 2-4 down in the first set to take it 6-4 and the second set went to a monster tie breaker which she took 15-13 after almost two hours on court. Her next opponent is 4th seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
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