In windy, hot and humid conditions at the Miami Open on Saturday Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Andrea Petkovic all lost their third round matches to open up the draw which now offers some very interesting match ups. Venus Williams is also out, as she had to withdraw with a lovwer back injury, sending the American, Sloane Stephens, into the 4th round.
The 30th seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium had a great win against the tournament’s 7th seed, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. Flipkens came out with all guns blazing and raced to a 6-0 first set, but Kvitova fought back to take the second set 6-4 to force a decider. Yet again, Flipkens took all her chances, especially as Kvitova’s renowned serve misfired throughout the whole match (5 aces, 5 doubles) and finished off the Czech with a 6-1 set in an hour and a half on court. Her fourth round opponent will be Ajla Tomljanovic.
Andrea Petkovic is a former world number 9 and received a wild card, as did an up and coming teenager, Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia, ranked at 242. Tomljanovic had already beaten the 24th seed, Julia Goerges, in the second round and even though she started badly against Petkovic, dropping the first set to love, she picked up game and took the second set 6-4. Tomljanovic took a 3-0 lead in the third, but Petkovic fought to a tie breaker which the Croat raced through 7-1.
9th seed Caroline Wozniacki took to the court to play against another up and coming teenager, Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who is ranked at 73. Muguruza was not daunted by her higher ranked opponent and took the first set easily at 6-2. She dropped her level a little in the middle of the second set to let Wozniacki win five games in a row, but regrouped and still managed to pull off a straight sets upset by taking the set 6-4. She will play Na Li in the fourth round.