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WTA Miami - Venus stuns Kvitova in three sets

631   //    24 Mar 2012, 09:37 IST

Former world no. 1 Venus Williams showed guts and determination to upset Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Friday night and move into the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami – her first event since last year’s US Open.

Venus won 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to avenge her only loss to Kvitova four years ago. Venus is playing her first event since being diagnosed with Sjorgen’s Syndrome – an incurable disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

In other matches, world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka remained unbeaten this year, going 24-0 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Michaella Krajicek. 5th seed Agniesxka Radwanska and 7th seed Mariona Bartoli also joined her there.

In upsets, ninth seed Vera Zvonareva was upset by teenager Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco – red hot German Angelique Kerber lost to China’s Jie Zheng and 12th seed Francesca Schiavone was taken out by Ksenia Pervak.

Russian Alisa Kleybanova’s return from cancer ended in the second round after a marathon 2 hour 20 minute loss to Maria Kirilenko 7-6, 6-3.


Singles – Second Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Michaella Krajicek (NED) 63 75
(WC) Venus Williams (USA) d. (3) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 46 60
(5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Madison Keys (USA) 61 61
(7) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 57 62 61
(WC) Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco (ESP) d. (9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 64 63
Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) d. (11) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 46 75
(15) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Vania King (USA) 64 75
(16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 75 61
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (18) Angelique Kerber (GER) 76(4) 61
(20) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 67(4) 62 76(4)
(22) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (WC) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 76(1) 63
(24) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 64 26 60
(WC) Heather Watson (GBR) d. (27) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 61
(WC) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. (28) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 46 63 64
Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. (31) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 75 63
Simona Halep (ROU) d. (32) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 63 62

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