Errani beats Ivanovic to reach Miami QFs, Vinci also advances

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Italian 8th seed Sara Errani, the WTA’s leading match winner this season, had a first round bye and dropped only two games in her two matches leading up to her fourth round match against 12th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. The Italian started poorly and the Serb swept through the first set quickly, 6-1 in just twenty three minutes, but Errani turned the tables in the second set when she found her rhythm, to take a 5-1 lead. Ivanovic fought back but Errani managed to close out the set at 6-4. The decider was also closely fought even though the eventual score was 6-2 to Errani, who will take on Maria Sharapova in the quarters.

Another Italian made it into the quarters on Monday – 15th seed Roberta Vinci – also in three sets. She played the 32nd seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet., who took the first set 6-2. Vinci powered her way through the second set 6-4 to force a decider. That was when Cornet again began playing great tennis to build a 3-0 lead but the Italian managed to come back once again and take the set 6-4 to set up a quarter final meeting with Jelena Jankovic.

30th seed Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium is having a great run at this year’s Miami Open. She took out 7th seed Petra Kvitova in the third round and faced off against the wild card from Croatia, Ajla Tomljanovic, in the fourth. These two players went toe to toe to a tie breaker in the first set, with the Croat taking it 8-6 in eight minutes under the hour. The wily Flipkens used all her all court skills and great hands to come back and take the second set 6-4 and the third 6-3 for the win and to book her place in the quarters where she will play Agnieszka Radwanska.

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