Archive for April, 2015

Martina and Sania Make it Two in a Row and Take Womens Doubles in Miami

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza played in their second tournament together as the number one seed in Womens Doubles.  They repeated their win over number two seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA with a 7-5, 6-1 win at Crandon Park.

Martina and Sania are starting to make a habit out of this.

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Serena Rocks In Miami Yet Again

I was concerned that Serena Williams would not be able to play at the Miami Open and defend her title there.  After all she did set a record for the most number of times that a woman had won in Miami with her seventh title.

Much to my pleasure Serena came into the Miami Open “guns a blazin'”.  She had a bye in the first round and then in rounds two, three and four she took out her opponents (Monica Niculescu, CiCi Bellis and Svetlana Kuznetsova) in straight sets in all three matches.  For matches it was Serena 6, opponents 0 and for games it was Serena 36, opponents 11.  Serena then beat Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 in the quarters and Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the semis.  That set up Serena to face Carla Suarez Navarro in the final.  CSN had barely gotten by Venus Williams in the quarters and had the daunting task of beating both Williams sisters in the same tournament – something that has rarely happened.  Only seven players have ever beaten Serena and Venus in the same tournament:

  • Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1998) (Tennis Hall Of Fame, 4 Grand Slam wins, Olympic Silver & Bronze medals, Highest Ranking: #1)
  • Steffi Graf (1999) (Tennis Hall of Fame,  22 Grand Slam wins, Olympic Gold and Silver medals, Highest Ranking: #1)
  • Martina Hingis (2001) (Tennis Hall of Fame, 5 Grand Slam Wins, Highest Ranking: #1)
  • Kim Clijsters (2002, 2009) (4 Grand Slam Wins, Highest Ranking: #1)
  • Lindsay Davenport (2004) (Tennis Hall of Fame, 3 Grand Slam Wins, Gold Olympic medal, Highest Ranking: #1)
  • Justin Henin (2007) (7 Grand Slam Wins, Gold Olympic medal, Highest Ranking: #1)
  • Jelena Jankovic (2010) (Highest Ranking: #1)

Notice that all of them have been ranked #1, all but one of them have multiple Grand Slam Singles titles and three of them are Olympic Gold medalists in Women’s Singles.  Obviously CSN had a rough road ahead based on the caliber of player required to down both Serena and Venus in the same tournament.

Serena only needed 56 minutes to absolutely throttle Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-0.  Serena broke CSN’s serve 5 times, got 61% of her first serves in and only dropped one point when she got her first serve in.  She won 61% of the points on CSN’s seve and won 80% of the points on her serve.

A totally dominating performance for Serena’s 8th title in Miami.

Now it’s on to the clay court season in preparation for the French Open.

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