Azarenka withdraws from the Miami Open

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The Miami Open’s second seed, Victoria Azarenka, was due to play her first match on Friday after having had a bye in the first round, but even with the extra days to recover from her ankle injury, she was not able to take to the court. The 19 year old American, 81st ranked Lauren Davis, lost in the final round of the qualifiers and happily took Azarenka’s place in the draw as a lucky loser. She made the very best of her good fortune, as she took on another young American, Madison Keys, who is 18 years old and is ranked at 76. In a marathon match that lasted 2 hours and 43 minutes, Keys led 6-1 and 3-1, but let things get away from her and Davis took the second set 7-5. This fiercely fought match went to a tiebreaker in the third, with Keys leading 3-1 and having three match points, but Davis eventually took it 7-5 to move into the third round where she will meet Frenchwoman and 32nd seed Alize Cornet.

In another marathon, Cornet played against the 43rd ranked Brit, Laura Robson. This contest lasted over two and a half hours and was notable for its many double faults – Cornet 6, Robson 17. The first two sets were very close and went to 7-5 each before Cornet pulled away and took the decider 6-1.

Carla Suarez Navarro, the Spanish 20th seed, also worked hard for her victory against another American, Jamie Hampton, ranked at 68. In yet another hard fought three setter, Suarez Navarro rallied from 7-5 and 4-1 down to take the second set 7-5. The decider went to a breaker, which the Spaniard took 7-3 to move into the third round where she will meet 15th seed Roberta Vinci.

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