Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Defeats Andy Murray

Maria Sharapova fell to Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's final on Saturday. Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray on Sunday to win his second straight title.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Beats Andy Murray For Second Straight Title

Novak Djokovic wins again. On Sunday, the top-ranked tennis player in the world defended his title at the Sony Ericsson Open, beating Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (5).

Murray is the only player on tour who has beaten Djokovic twice since he became the top-ranked player in the world, but he was never terribly close to upending the World No. 1 on Sunday. Djokovic never lost his serve and only faced one break point all match.

Murray forced a tiebreak in the second set, but Djokovic was able to hold on for the straight set win.

Djokovic won the event last season and in 2007. On Sunday, he improved to 90-8 since the start of the 2011 and he's keeping the momentum heading into the clay season. Bring on the French Open, the only Grand Slam that Djokovic has never won.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Takes On Andy Murray In Men's Final

The Sony Ericsson Open concludes on Sunday with two events, though with all due respect to the competitors in what could be a great women's doubles final, all eyes will be on one of the events. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has advanced to the final, and he'll take on No. 4 seed Andy Murray for the title at the Miami Masters.

Djokovic has gone through all of his matches in straight sets to get to the final. Andy Murray has been more tested -- he required three sets to get by Janko Tipsarevic -- but he's also had two of his opponents withdraw. One of those opponents was Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from the semifinal due to an injury.

The women's doubles final is between No. 5 Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova and No. 6 Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci. Play starts at 1:00 p.m. ET on the stadium court in Miami.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Maria Sharapova Defeated By Agnieszka Radwańska In Women's Final

No. 5 ranked Agnieszka Radwanska captured the biggest win of her career on Saturday, defeating Maria Sharapova 7-5, 6-4 to win the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. It was her ninth WTA title, and her fifth WTA Premier title in the past eight months, but this was by far the most important win of her career. She had long been considered a solid player but was placed on a second-tier, consistently beating the lower-ranked players.

The win solidifies Radwanska's climb up the rankings, defeating Caroline Wozniacki earlier this year when she was No. 1 in the world and now beating Sharapova, who she had lost to six straight times. Sharapova is now 0-4 in the Sony Ericsson Finals, and Radwanska quickly took care of her in straight sets at Key Biscayne. Sharapova lost serve in the final game of each set and Radwanska took advantage. She outplayed Sharapova all afternoon but it was still an important mental hill to climb. This signature win now puts her in the mix among the top women's players in the world heading to the next major this summer at Roland Garros.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Women's Singles, Men's Doubles Finals Take Place Saturday

No. 5 ranked Agnieszka Radwańska has a chance to win the biggest title of her career on Saturday at the Sony Ericsson Open, but she will be the significant underdog against No. 2 Maria Sharapova. Radwańska might be in the slightly better form, however. She has won once on tour so far this year while Sharapova is yet to win a tournament in 2012.

Radwańska found herself drawn in the half of the tournament with No. 1-ranked Victoria Azarenka, who has beaten her three times this year, but Marion Bartoli upset Azarenka to get to the semifinals and save Radwańska -- who beat Bartoli in straight sets -- from having to face the player that has been her main nemesis this season. Sharapova had a much tougher time in her semifinal. She dropped the opening set before coming from behind to defeat Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

After the women's singles final, the men's doubles final takes place. No. 7 Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, who upset the Bryan brothers in the semifinals, take on No. 2 Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi.

Play begins on the stadium court at 12:30 p.m. ET in Miami.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Advances To Finals By Defeating Juan Monaco In Straight Sets

On Friday, the final match was set in the men's singles tournament were held in Miami at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. Rafael Nadal withdrew from his quarterfinal match with Andy Murray due to a knee injury, giving Murray a berth into the final. The other semifinal was bumped to the evening match, as No. 1 men's player in the world Novak Djokovic took on No. 21 Juan Monaco.

Monaco was a surprising entrant into the semifinals, upsetting Mardy Fish to earn the right to face Djokovic. His underdog story came to an ignominious end, however, as he was defeated in straight sets by Djokovic, 6-0, 7-6 (5).

After being shut out entirely in the first set, Monaco made things interesting by drawing level with the defending champ at 5-5 in the second set, then going up 6-5 before the game ended in a fierce and lengthy tiebreak. Djokovic ultimately proved too much for the Argentinian and picked up the win to advance.

Djokovic will face Murray in the final match of the tournament Sunday.

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Rafael Nadal Injury: Spaniard Withdraws From Sony Ericsson Open With Knee Pain

Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled Friday semifinal against Andy Murray due to a knee injury, according to a press release sent out from the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. Nadal commented on the injury after the news broke, saying that he was simply not ready to compete.

"I waited until today in the morning. I did a lot of treatment yesterday," said Nadal. "But I am not ready to compete today. I am very sorry for the fans. I'm very sorry for the tournament. I'm very sorry for everybody who was ready to watch the match on television... I cannot go on court and lie to everybody."

Murray will automatically advance to the finals in Key Biscayne as a result of Nadal's withdrawal. While that's good news for the Scot, it unfortunately robs fans of what could have been an epic match between the World's No. 2 and No. 4 ranked players.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Andy Murray Vs. Rafael Nadal Headlines Friday's Action

The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open in moves into its 11th day of action on Friday in Miami. After a flurry of developments through the week, there are just four matches taking place on Friday.

In addition to a pair of doubles matches, the men's single semifinals will take place. The first match will pit No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic against No. 21 Juan Monaco of Argentina. Monaco upset Mardy Fish in straight sets in the quarterfinals on Thursday to advance. He'll try to prevent Djokovic from reaching the final and defending his title at the event. This match will begin around 3 p.m. ET.

On the other side of the bracket is a true marquee matchup, as No. 2 Rafael Nadal takes on No. 4 Andy Murray. This will be the 19th meeting between the two men. Nadal has a spectacular 13-5 record over Murray in their past meetings. The match will start at 7 p.m. ET.

Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Tops David Ferrer, Moves To Semifinals

Novak Djokovic isn't off to the blistering start he enjoyed in 2011, but the world's top men's tennis player is still in fine form. He defeated David Ferrer in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open to stay on the road to his 30th career ATP title.

Djokovic earned the victory in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), but he had to work for it after converting just 56 percent of his first serves. However he did win 16 points on Ferrer's second serve, broke the Spaniard four times, and won 77 points to Ferrer's 57.

Djokovic moves on to face Argentinian Juan Monaco in the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open. Monaco earned his spot in the semis by upsetting Mardy Fish in an earlier quarterfinal.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Juan Monaco Upsets Mardy Fish In Quarterfinals

Like most major tennis tournaments of recent vintage, the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open was scarce on Americans in the men's singles draw. And, also like most major tennis tournaments of recent vintage, the Sony Ericsson Open will be without an American man in the semifinals, thanks to No. 8 Mardy Fish's quarterfinal loss to Argentina's 21st-seeded Juan Monaco.

Monaco dusted Fish in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, and was especially devastating in the first set. He posted a staggering 96 percent mark on his first serve, winning 73 percent of those points, and won the only second-serve point of the set; it's no surprise that he broke the American twice.

Monaco will move on to meet the winner of Thursday night's match between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 5 David Ferrer.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Maria Sharapova Defeats Caroline Wozniacki, Advances To Finals

Maria Sharapova downed former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the women's singles finals at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open. It was an entertaining match to say the least, with both players trading turns looking absolutely dominant.

Sharapova was all over the place in the first set. She broke Wozniacki on her first two opportunities to take a 3-0 lead in the set. Then she fell apart, committing 22 unforced errors as Wozniacki went 6-1 the rest of the way to take a one set lead. In the second set, Sharapova again took a 3-0 lead, but this time was able to keep her composure, scoring on 77 percent of her first serves. In the third, Sharapova went up 5-2 but Wozniacki came back to win the next two games. Sharapova secured match point after serving an apparent double fault at 40-30 that was correctly overturned by the umpire.

Sharapova, the world No. 2, will face the winner between No. 7 Marion Bartoli from France and No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland later in the day. The championship match will take place this Saturday.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 12 Update: Venus Williams Loses In Quarterfinals

After three straight matches that lasted three sets, American Venus Williams finally got to play a straight set match.

This one, though, didn't go in her favor.

The 30-year-old tennis star was knocked out from the Sony Ericsson Open on Day 12 when she lost to world No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska. The final score was 6-4, 6-1.

The older Williams sister was ousted from the tournament just a day after her sister was dropped from the tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla.

The previous three matches had taken a toll on Williams. Reports say she looked weary and her serve, as the AP wrote, "lacked its usual velocity."

However, Williams did make it into the quarterfinals of the first match she played in since the 2011 U.S. Open, during which she withdrew with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Williamss' weariness shone through in her stats. She committed 28 unforced errors and won only four of 25 second service points.

From the AP:

Williams is ranked No. 134 and projected to climb next week back into the top 90.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 11 Preview: The Wild Card American Against The World No. 5

Venus Williams was once No. 5 in the world.

Actually, she once sat atop the world rankings three separate times. She has 21 Grand Slam titles to her name -- and a wildcard tag in Key Biscayne.

To find the 30-year-old American star in the rankings, you'll have to click to page 2 on the WTA's list.

On Day 11 at the Sony Ericsson Open, the world No. 134 will face No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Radwanska is going deep into tournaments, reaching the quarterfinals at the recent Indian Wells and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (where she lost to Victoria Azarenka). Williams is playing in her first tournament since the 2011 U.S. Open.

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will play for her 27th straight victory when she takes on Marion Bartoli of France.

On the men's side, No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic will face No. 4 Andy Murray, while No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes on No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

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2012 Sony Ericsson Open Day 10 Results: Americans Andy Roddick And Serena Williams Gone From Key Biscayne

Well, it wasn't a great day for all of the Americans.

After upsetting Roger Federer last night, No. 31 seed Andy Roddick couldn't keep the buzz around his game.

The 30-year-old Roddick lost on Day 10 to No. 21 seed Juan Monaco in straight sets, 7-5, 6-0. The match lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

Long rallies in the first set wore Roddick down. From the AP:

"I just didn't have it physically," Roddick said. "I got to about 4-all, and I was - you know, I'm out of shape. That's it."

Then there's Serena Williams. She fought her way to a 6-4, 6-4 match against No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki, but the match didn't go in Williams' favor.

"I made her run," Wozniacki said.

While the powerhouse American hit 34 winners, she also made 36 unforced errors. Wozniacki's numbers were both in the low teens.

"I probably played about 20 percent," Williams said. "I just made a tremendous amount of errors. There's no reason for that. I'm older and I shouldn't do that. There's no excuse. I've just got to stop that. It's silly."

American Mardy Fish did have a good day. He battled three sets to defeat No. 12 seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 in two hours and 35 minutes. Fish hit 16 aces and Almagro hit 14, but Fish walked away winning an outrageous 96 percent of his first service points.

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal, No. 4 seed Andy Murray and No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all advanced in the ATP bracket. No. 2 Maria Sharapova joined Wozniacki with victories in the WTA bracket.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Mardy Fish Advances To Quarters

American Mardy Fish advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday with a fourth-round win over Nicolas Almagro. Fish defeated the Spaniard, 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, to move on and potentially face fellow American Andy Roddick.

Fish joins Rafael Nadal and Janko Tipsarevic, who also reached the quarters on Tuesday. Nadal defeated Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 6-4, in a match in which he won five straight games to advance in convincing fashion. Rafa has been a runner-up twice at the Sony Ericsson, but is still looking for his first title in the event. Tipsarevic took care of Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

On the women's side, Maria Sharapova quickly advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Li Na. The match took less than 70 minutes as Sharapova broke the defending French Open champion seven times. She will face either Serena Williams or Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals.

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VIDEO: Andy Roddick Defeats Roger Federer At Sony Ericsson Open 2012

On Monday at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, tennis fans were treated to a marquee matchup in the third round of the tournament when Roger Federer took on Andy Roddick. Three sets later, Roddick stunned everyone -- not least of which his opponent -- when he defeated the No. 3-ranked men's tennis player in the world, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4.

Roddick, while still a name player with talent and cachet, has been on the slide in the past couple of years, currently ranked No. 34 and having developed a bit of a reputation as a player who is unable to close. His defeat of Federer was only the third time he's defeated the all-time great in their 24 meetings. The win is a big statement that Roddick isn't finished yet and a huge momentum boost heading into the final rounds of the tournament.

See the highlights from Roddick's big win below.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 9 Preview: Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic In Action

The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open continues play on Tuesday in Miami. The tournament has already seen thrilling performances by Venus and Serena Williams and the continued dominance of No. 1 women's player Victoria Azarenka.

Tuesday marks Day 9 of the event. The day's action will feature the fourth round of men's singles play, as well as the women's singles quarterfinals. Maria Sharapova will join the Williams sisters and Azarenka as the notable names remaining in the competition. If Azarenka succeeds in defending her title at the event, it will mark her 29th straight win to begin the year.

The men's fourth round matches will not be lacking at all in star power. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will all be in competition as they hope to advance to the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

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2012 Sony Ericsson Open Day 8 Results: Victoria Azarenka Can't Be Stopped — Or Can She?

Victoria Azarenka came scarily close to being dropped in Key Biscayne.

The world No. 1 lost an opening set 6-1 to world No. 16 Dominika Cibulkova.

Azarenka served seven double faults and won just 40 percent of her second service points. She only saved 43 percent of her break points, but luckily for her, Cibulkova only saved 22 percent of her break points.

In the end, Azarenka squeaked into the quarterfinal round with a 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 victory.

The past 25 wins weren't all the biggest challenge for the young Bulgarian, but No. 26 is one she will surely remember.

The match took two hours and 49 minutes. Azarenka will face No. 7 seed Marion Bartoli of France in the next round.

No. 8 seed Li Na also pulled through in a three-set match to advance to the quarterfinals. The Chinese tennis star beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, in two hours and one minute. Both players had five double faults and Lisicki was the only one to tally an ace.

Nole. Nole. Nole. 60 Minutes fame one night, winning another match the next. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won in straight sets against his longtime pal and countryman Viktor Troicki.

From the Miami Herald:

"It's interesting having a childhood friend who became No. 1 in the world," Troicki said of Djokovic, nicknamed Nole. "From the time he was young he had a goal to be the best, and everything he did was to achieve it. But, honestly, he hasn't changed. He is the same person, always friendly, always making jokes."

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2012 Sony Ericsson Open: Andy Roddick Defeats Roger Federer For Just Third Time In His Career

Before there was Federer-Nadal, there was Roddick-Federer. Roddick has won only one Grand Slam title, the 2003 U.S. Open, but has reached the final four other times — thrice in Wimbledon 2004, 2005 and 2009, and once in Flushing Meadows in 2006 — losing to Federer each time. There's not much of a rivalry in terms of wins and losses, but the two have met time and time again in high-pressure situations, enough that every time they face off is filled with drama, even though Federer is the world's No. 3 player and Roddick is No. 34.

In fact, before Monday night in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick had beaten Federer only twice in their long careers. That all changed in Miami as Roddick took this one, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-4. Roddick had taken a massive tumble in the rankings with subpar performance as he struggles with losing a few steps with age — he turns 30 in August this year — but he played like a spring chicken in this one, including an ace and a powerful winning serve in the final game to close this one out.

The key for Roddick was clinching the first set by way of tiebreaker. He was able to coast through the second set while forcing Federer to expend energy trying to tie the match up. Roddick then seemed to be the slightly fresher man. His serve had vintage zip and Federer couldn't break him. When Roddick broke Federer early in the third set, it seemed inevitable considering how effective he had been when the ball was in his hands.

In the grand scheme of things, this means very little for Roger Federer. This is a big tournament, almost every top player is in Miami for it, but he'll still be the world's No. 3 player when he wakes up at the end of it. This could provide Roddick with all-important momentum as he tries for one last run of relevance this year before he hits the dreaded 3-0.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 8: Serena Williams' Serve Is Back, Maria Sharapova Advances

In a rematch of the 2011 U.S. Open final, Serena Williams prevailed at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Williams advanced to the quarterfinal round after she beat Australia's Sam Stosur 7-5, 6-3. Stosur saved two match points down 2-5 in the second and forced Williams to serve for the match. Down Love-40, Williams came back and won her service game to win the match.

Older sister Venus also won her last match when she won in three sets on Day 7.

As for the younger Williams, she was propelled into the next round with 20 aces. Williams will face the winner of No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 23 Yanina Wickmayer.

The furthest Williams has reached in the 2012 is the quarterfinal round at Brisbane. She withdrew prior to that match due to an ankle injury. (Williams made the fourth round at the Australian Open and then didn't play at all in February.)

The first to reach the quarterfinals was World No. 2 Maria Sharapova. She had her fair share of trouble on the court against countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova. In two hours and 13 minutes, Sharapova won 6-4, 7-6 (3).

On the men's side of the tournament American and world No. 8 Mardy Fish advanced, a day after American and world No. 10 John Isner was defeated by world No. 19 Florian Mayer. Fish beat Kevin Anderson of Russia, 6-4, 6-3.

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2012 Sony Ericsson Open Results Day 7: John Isner Gone From Key Biscayne

If he had won, John Isner would likely have been the top American in the world.

He would have likely pushed aside world No. 8 Mardy Fish. But the world No. 10 just couldn't get past No. 19 seed Florian Mayer.

A lethargic-like Isner, who had a bye the opening round and then topped Nikolay Davydenko in three sets, lost to the German in the third round of the Sony Ericsson, 6-4, 6-2. The first set took just around 40 minutes. The second set took about 26 minutes.

Just last week, Isner defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. A week later, he dropped a match in straight sets to the world No. 19.

This was the first meeting between the two opponents. Mayer won 88 percent of his first service points while Isner won only 65 percent of his. He also was broken three times.

Mayer will meet No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round.

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2012 Sony Ericsson Open Results Day 7: Fatigued Venus Williams Pulls Out Three-Set Thriller

After nearly three hours of tennis, Venus Williams couldn't even hit a souvenir ball into the stands.

The American had played her second match in less than 48 hours in her first tournament since August 2011 when she withdrew.

The 30-year-old tennis star had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that caused fatigue and it was visible after Williams' three-set match on Sunday.

The wildcard American entry beat Canadian wildcard entry Aleksandra Wozniak 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Williams saved 56 percent of break points and Wozniak saved 53 percent, but when the score was 5-4 in her favor in the final set, she hit a forehand in the net on matchpoint.

Both players served five doubles. Wozniak hit three aces. Williams hit two -- one was on the final point of the match. A 119-miles per hour service winner. That's how the American closed her third WTA singles match of 2012.

From the AP:

"I just kept coming back," Williams said. "I tried not to let anything discourage me."

On the men's side, No. 2 seeded Rafael Nadal and No. 4 seeded Andy Murray both advanced. Nadal won in straight sets, losing only four games and Murray advanced after his opponent withdrew with a sprained right ankle.

The only upset of the day came for No. 7 seeded Tomas Berdych. He was ousted by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

The streak continued for women's No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka. She won her 25th straight match Sunday, dropping only two games in the process when she beat Heather Watson of Great Britain in one hour and 19 minutes.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka, Venus Williams In 4th Round Play

The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open enters its sixth day of play on Sunday in Miami. The competition is already full of surprises, as Venus Williams made a strong return to action on Saturday and upset the No. 3-ranked women's singles player in the world, Petra Kvitova. She'll be back in action in the fourth round on Sunday, facing fellow wild card Aleksandra Wozniak. The No. 1 women's player, Victoria Azarenka, will face wild card Heather Watson in the fourth round.

Rafael Nadal will also be in action on Sunday, facing Radek Stepanek. John Isner will be taking on Florian Mayer in the fourth round after defeating Nikolay Davydenko on Saturday. Andy Murray will have a fourth-round match as well, as he goes up against Milos Raonic.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Serena Williams Advances, David Ferrer Takes Out Bernard Tomic

Serena Williams continues to roll at the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, defeating No. 21 Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the tournament. Williams is coming off two months rest due to a left ankle injury. Vinci is the highest-ranked opponent Williams has defeated this year.

Williams dominated on the serve, firing eight aces at her Italian opponent. She showed great patience on the return as well, winning 50 percent of her first and 72 percent of her second returns. Through two matches, Williams has yet to drop a set.

On the men's side, No. 5 David Ferrer defeated Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 to move on to the Round of 32. Ferrer looked much more comfortable on his serve, converting 63 percent of his first serves, and 56 percent of his second serves into points.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 5 Results: Venus Williams Unseeds Petra Kvitova

Can you say comeback?

Come on, say it.

Come ... back.

That's what so many Americans wanted. An American female to come back to the women's tennis tour.

And that's what Venus Williams gave to them on Friday night when she upset the Sony Ericsson No. 3-seed Petra Kvitova in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

This is the 31-year-old American's first tournament since she withdrew from the U.S. Open in 2011 with a disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.

Williams is a former world No. 1 and a seven-time Grand Slam winner. Her absence from the sport slid her to No. 134. On Friday, she defeated the current No. 3 best player on the women's circuit. The match lasted two hours and 18 minutes.

Williams has won it all in Key Biscayne three times. If she continues to improve her ranking, as she hopes, she will try to qualify for the summer Olympics in London.

For now, Americans can enjoy an American comeback kid, even if she is no longer a kid.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 5 Results: Victoria Azarenka's Streak Continues, Andy Murray Wins Opener

Victoria Azarenka's win streak continued, but she doesn't really care.

She knows she won Friday. The world No. 1 WTA player beat Michaella Krajicek, 6-3, 7-5.

But what is this? Win No. 22? No. 23?

From the AP:

"I'm not really thinking about numbers, the streaks, whatever," Azarenka said. "It's your job to count; mine is to play tennis."

For those counting, it's No. 24. Her streak is the best since 1997 when Martina Hingis went 37-0.

The victory took her one hour and 42 minutes.

Several seeds were knocked from the tournament today. Ninth-seed Vera Zvonareva was upset by wild card Garbine Muguruza Blanco of Spain, 6-4, 6-3. However, No. 15 seed Ana Ivanovic held on to a tight match against American Vania King, 6-4, 7-5.

On the men's side Andy Murray won his opening round match when he defeated Alejandro Falla, 6-2. 6-3.

The No. 4 seed is now 15-3 in 2012. A champion of the Key Biscayne tournament in 2009, Murray has returned from an early defeat at Indian Wells two weeks ago. Unlike last year, he didn't repeat losing his first-round match at both Indian Wells and Key Biscayne.

No. 10-seed and American John Isner also advanced, but he took a bit of a longer route. Isner had a slow start and dropped the first set before fighting to a three-set victory, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 6-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, No. 13 Gilles Simon, No. 18 Alexandr Dolgopolov and No. 22 Jurgen Melzer all advanced in the ATP action.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 5 Preview: Americans John Isner And Venus Williams Headline

American John Isner is making headlines.

After making last week's final in Indian Wells, Isner is now officially in the ranks of the top 10 for the first time in his young ATP career.

The Georgia Bulldog is playing in his first match since his loss to Roger Federer last Friday against Nikolay Davydenko.

Davydenko is coming off a three-set victory over Isner's countryman James Blake. Davydenko beat Blake 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to draw a second-round match against 6-foot-9 Isner. The 26-year-old American is 14-5 this season.

Then there's Venus Williams. She's also making headlines for her big smiles and big game returning to the women's tournament. Williams will be playing in her second match since August on Friday. She will face tournament No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova. Williams is a wild card entry.

The last time the two WTA power house players faced each other was in 2008 in Memphis. Kvitova won that match in three sets. Much has changed since then. Kvitova ranked No. 44 in 2008. Williams was No. 6.

As of March 19, 2012, Kvitova ranked No. 3 and, following an illness that caused her fatigue and joint pain, Williams has dropped to No. 134.

Regardless, both Americans should bring some top tennis to Day 5 at the Sony Ericsson.

For Friday's full schedule, visit the tournament's official site.

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2012 Sony Ericsson Open Day 4 Results: Sam Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki And Maria Sharapova All Victors

Good day for the women's seeds in Miami.

No. 6 Sam Stosur, No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Maria Sharapova all won their matches.

Stosur defeated qualifier Valeria Savinykh of Russia, 6-4, 6-0 in one hour and one minute. Stosur slammed six aces and won 86 percent of her first service points.

Wozniacki also won her match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-0. Wozniacki's match lastest one hour and 35 minutes. She served only one ace but saved 67 percent of break point opportunities.

Sharapova had the longest match of the three seeds when she went three sets with Shahar Peer 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The match lasted just shy of two hours and 25 minutes. While Sharapova hit six aces, she hit double digits in the double faults column with 11. She also gave Peer 13 break points opportunities. Sharapova did save 10 of those opportunities, though.

On the men's side, American qualifier Ryan Harrison won in straight sets, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4. He hit 11 aces in his two hour and 22 minute victory against Potito Starace of Italy.

Aussie teenager Bernad Tomic also advanced in the Sony Ericsson Open. He won in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-3.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 4 Results: Serena Williams Wins First Match Since January

This is Serena Williams' tournament to win.

At least, that's what they're saying. The American star is a favorite of this year's Sony Ericsson Open.

The 30-year-old right hander has reached the finals in Miami seven times, winning the event five times (2002-2004, 2007, 2008).

A 13-time Grand Slam champion, Williams played in the 2012 Australian Open while trying to recover from an injury. (She had a 2011 season plagued with them). She lost in the fourth round Down Under in straight sets.

Williams returned to the court Thursday and beat wild card entry Shuai Zhang of China in one hour and 20 minutes. The final score was 6-2, 6-3.

If she continues to win, Williams is on path to meet 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur in the fourth round and Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.

Belgian Kim Clijsters also advanced on Thursday, beating 14 seed Julia Goerges of Germany, 6-2, 7-5.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Day 4 Pairings And Match Times

The Sony Ericsson Open resumes on Thursday with its busiest day yet. The first round of men's singles wrapped up on Wednesday while the second round of women's singles began. Both the men's and women's doubles competitions also get started on Thursday at the Miami Masters.

Serena Williams plays in one of the early session matches at the 13,300-seat stadium court. Maria Sharapova also plays in the early sessions on that court, along with Rafael Nadal, who will be playing doubles on Thursday. American men Sam Querrey and Donald Young are both in action on Thursday evening.

STADIUM

Starting at 11 a.m.

Ryan Harrison vs. Potito Starace
Shuai Zhang vs. No. 10 Serena Williams
Shahar Peer vs. No. 2 Maria Sharapova
Martin Cilic/Ivo Karlovic vs. Marcel Granollers/Rafael Nadal

Starting at 7:30 p.m.

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki
Sam Querrey vs. Matthew Ebden

GRANDSTAND

Starting at 11 a.m.

No. 13 Jelena Jankovic vs. Mona Barthel
No. 14 Julia Goerges vs. Kim Clijsters
Leonardo Mayer vs. Marcos Baghdatis
No. 6 Samantha Stosur vs. Valeria Savinykh

Not before 5:00 p.m.

David Goffin vs. Donald Young

COURT 1

Starting at 11 a.m.

Igor Kunitsyn vs. Jesse Levine
Iveta Benesova vs. No. 26 Svetlana Kuznetsova
Sergiy Stakovsky vs. Bernard Tomic
No. 8 Li Na vs. Melinda Czink

Not before 5 p.m.

No. 29 Petra Cetkovska vs. Christina McHale

COURT 2

Starting at 11 a.m.

Sofia Arvidsson vs. No. 12 Sabine Lisicki
Chanelle Scheepers vs. No. 25 Anabel Medina Garrigues
Sergei Bubka vs. Ernests Gulbis
Bjorn Phau vs. Carlos Berlocq
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Rajeev Ram

COURT 3

Starting at 11 a.m.

Albert Ramos vs. Simone Bolelli
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe vs. Flavio Cipolla
Ekaterina Makarova vs. No. 19 Anastasia Pavlychenkova
Alex Bogomolov Jr. vs. Gilles Muller

COURT 6

Starting at 11 a.m.

Lukasz Kubot vs. Ivo Karlovic
Bejamin Becker vs. Oliver Rochus
Alexandr Dolgopolov/Xavier Malisse vs. No. 3 Michael Llodra/Nenad Zimonjic
Yen-Hsun Lu vs. Jarkko Nieminen
Daniele Bracciali/Juan Sabastian Cabal vs. No. 8 Frantisek Cermak/Filip Polasek

COURT 7

Starting at 11 a.m.

No. 21 Roberta Vinci vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
Marina Erakovic vs. No. 23 Yanina Wickmayer
No. 17 Shuai Peng vs. Stephanie Foretz Gacon

Not before 3:30 p.m.

No. 30 Sara Errani vs. Sloane Stephens
Alla Kurdryavtseva/Alexandra Panova vs. Andreja Klepac/Alicja Rosolska

COURT 8

Starting at 11 a.m.

No. 8 Daniela Hantuchova/Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Irina-Camelia Begu/Nina Bratchikova
Eva Birnerova/Klaudia Jans-Ignacik vs. No. 4 Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka

Not before 1 p.m.

Nicolas Mahut/Gilles Simon vs. Kevin Anderson/Milos Raonic
Frank Dancevic vs. Jeremy Chardy
Oliver Marach/Alexander Peya vs/ Nicolas Almagro/Thomaz Bellucci

For more final scores and information about the tournament, please visit the official 2012 Sony Ericsson Open website.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 3 Results: Venus Williams Returns And Wins

205 days.

That's how long it's been since Venus Williams last played a complete singles match.

That was August 29, 2011, when she beat Vesna Dolonts of Russia 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round of the U.S. Open.

Williams pulled out just minutes before her second-round match against Sabine Lisicki due to an illness later identified as Sjorgen's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes joint pain and fatigue.

Williams started the 2012 season by pulling out of Auckland, the Australian Open and Kuala Lumpur all due to illness.

On Wednesday, she ended her 205-day drought when she completed her first singles match since that first round in August.

The American star won 6-0, 6-3 against Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan. The match lasted one hour and 17 minutes.

From CNN:

"It's easy to say, 'I've done enough' -- or it would be easy to go on a permanent vacation. But I need to look back and know that I gave everything," Williams said. "I know I still have so much more. Before I was sick I was on top of the world in singles and doubles. So that's my goal, to return to that."

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012 Day 3 Results: Kim Clijsters Returns From Ankle Injury In Miami

Kim Clijsters's last victory was a toppling of then-world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

She lost the next round to current world No.1 Victoria Azarenka.

Two months later, Azarenka is still undefeated, and Clijsters is back to playing matches after being sidelined with nagging ankle injuries.

The 28-year-old Belgian mother won Wednesday in a first round match in Miami.

She beat Jarmila Gajdosova 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

The unseeded Clijsters will face No. 14 seed Julia Goerges of Germany in the second round.

Clijsters is a two-time champion of the Florida tournament.

As long as she doesn't sustain any further injuries, the four-time Grand Slam champion will play out the rest of the year.

From Yahoo!:

Kim Clijsters: My calendar is set and I'm going to finish the whole season, whether it's playing at the US Open or if I make it back to the top 10 or top 8 and being a part of the championships, we'll see where it ends. I'm going to play it by ear and then I'll see how I feel and how I'm doing and how my body feels. For now, everything is set for the Olympics and then we'll see afterwards.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Nikolay Davydenko And Kim Clijsters Advance On Day 3

Day 3 of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open is underway, with first round men's and women's singles matches ongoing. The tournament's biggest names have drawn byes for the first round of the tournament. In the meantime, slightly smaller fish are jockeying to stay alive. Among the winners were Kim Clijsters (4-6, 6-1, 6-0) over Jarmila Gajdosova and Nikolay Davydenko (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) over American James Blake.

Here are a few more results from Wednesday's action so far:

Men's Singles - First Round

G Dimitrov (BUL) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-2 6-2
R Haase (NED) d [WC] M Matosevic (AUS) 6-3 6-4
A Falla (COL) d D Istomin (UZB) 6-1 2-1 Retired
F Gil (POR) d T Bellucci (BRA) 6-3 6-4
T Haas (GER) d Guillaum Rufin (FRA) 6-4 6-4
Luka Rosol (CZE) d Michael Llondra (FRA) 6-4 7-6(8)
Santiago Giraldo (COL) d Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-3 6-2

Women's Singles - First Round
K Clijsters (BEL) d J Gajdosova (AUS) 4-6 6-1 6-0
I Benesova (CZE) d E Vesnina (RUS) 7-6(5) 6-1
S Arvidsson (SWE) d G Dulko (ARG) 6-4 7-5
Stephanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-4 6-1
Shahar Peer (ISR) d Alize Cornet (FRA) 6-4 6-2

For more final scores and information about the tournament, please visit the official 2012 Sony Ericsson Open website. You can check out the tournament draw here.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Day 3 Pairings And Match Times

The third day of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open will take place on Wednesday in Miami. The first round of doubles and men's singles competition will begin today, while the first round of the women's competition enters its second day.

Monday and Tuesday determined the final entrants into the competition. The players are now set to vie for the title. While many of the larger names in the tournament have byes, there will still be plenty of action on Wednesday as the field narrows. The two biggest names in action on Wednesday will be Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams.

Here are the full draws and match times for Wednesday's competition. All times are Eastern. Live streaming of the event will begin on Saturday.

STADIUM

Starting at 11 a.m.

Jarmila Gajdosova (Australia) vs. Kim Clijsters (Belgium)
Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) vs. James Blake (USA)
[WC] Venus Williams (USA) vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan)
David Nalbandian (Argentina) vs. Steve Darcis (Belgium)

Starting at 7:30 p.m.

Nicolas Mahut (France) vs. [WC] Fernando González (Chile)
Galina Voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) vs. Christina McHale (USA)

GRANDSTAND

Starting at 11 a.m.

Gisela Dulko (Argentina) vs. Sofia Arvidsson (Sweden)
Ryan Sweeting (USA) vs. Lukas Lacko (Slovakia)
Qualifier vs. Tommy Haas (Germany)
Vania King (USA) vs. Laura Pous-Tió (Spain)
Qualifier vs. Polona Hercog (Slovenia)

COURT 1

Starting at 11 a.m.

Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) vs. Frederico Gil (Portugal)
Shahar Peer (Israel) vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Xavier Malisse (Belgium)
Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) vs. Qualifier
Anastasiya Yakimova (Belarus) vs. Ksenia Pervak (Kazakhstan)

COURT 2

Starting at 11 a.m.

Robin Haase (Netherlands) vs. [WC] Marinko Matosevic (Australia)
Pablo Andújar (Spain) vs. Santiago Giraldo (Colombia)
Qualifier vs. [WC] Denis Kudla (USA)
[WC] Aleksandra Wozniak (Canada) vs. Eleni Daniilidou (Greece)
Ayumi Morita (Japan) vs. [WC] Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain)

COURT 3

Starting at 11 a.m.

Alejandro Falla (Colombia) vs. Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan)
[WC] Olivia Rogowska (Australia) vs. Qualifier
Pauline Parmentier (France) vs. Qualifier

COURT 6

Starting at 3 p.m.

Dudi Sela (Israel) vs. Qualifier
Philipp Petzschner (Germany) vs. Ivan Dodig (Croatia)

COURT 7

Starting at 11 a.m.

Grigor Domitrov (Bulgaria) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan)
Michael Llodra (France) vs. Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic)
Alberta Brianti (Italy) vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Andreas Seppi (Italy)

COURT 8

Starting at 11 a.m.

Elena Vesnina (Russia) vs. Iveta Benesova (Czech Republic)
Qualifier vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic)
Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Michaella Kraijcek (Netherlands)
Qualifier vs. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (Spain)

For more final scores and information about the tournament, please visit the official 2012 Sony Ericsson Open website.

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2012 Sony Ericsson Open Results: Women's Singles Gets Underway

The first round of the women's singles tournament in the Sony Ericsson Open kicked off Tuesday, while men's qualifying wrapped up. No seeds were in action, but there were some recognizable names to avid tennis fans, such as China's Jie Zheng, who advanced, and Jelena Dokic, who was dropped. Here are the rest of the results from Tuesday's action.

Women's Singles - First Round
[WC] H Watson (GBR) d S Cirstea (ROU) 6-3 3-6 7-6(4)
J Zheng (CHN) d L Hradecka (CZE) 6-1 6-4
A Tatishvili (GEO) d T Paszek (AUT) 6-4 4-3 Retired
[WC] A Kleybanova (RUS) d J Larsson (SWE) 2-6 6-3 6-2
S Halep (ROU) d C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3
L Dominguez Lino (ESP) d [WC] B Jovanovski (SRB) 6-3 6-3
T Pironkova (BUL) d P Martic (CRO) 6-3 6-2
[WC] S Zhang (CHN) d E Baltacha (GBR) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2
M Erakovic (NZL) d M Johansson (FRA) 4-6 6-4 6-4
M Barthel (GER) d G Arn (HUN) 6-1 6-0
E Makarova (RUS) d J Dokic (AUS) 6-1 7-5

Men's Qualifying Singles - Second Round
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J Ward (GBR) 6-3 6-3
A Veic (CRO) d T Kamke (GER) 6-4 6-2
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d B Reynolds (USA) 7-6(1) 6-4
R Ram (USA) d M Bachinger (GER) 6-2 6-4
D Goffin (BEL) d B Paire (FRA) 6-2 6-2
R Bautista-Agut (ESP) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 5-7 6-4 7-5
S Bolelli (ITA) d F Serra (FRA) 7-6(2) 7-5
B Phau (GER) d M Russell (USA) 3-6 6-1 6-2
A Clement (FRA) d P Capdeville (CHI) 7-5 6-1
G Rufin (FRA) d F Bagnis (ARG) 6-0 6-1
F Dancevic (CAN) d Y Sugita (JPN) 4-6 6-3 6-1
[WC] S Bubka (UKR) d [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) 6-3 3-1 Retired

Women's Qualifying Singles - Second Round
K Bondarenko (UKR) d M Lucic (CRO) 4-6 6-2 6-4
A Cornet (FRA) d S Hsieh (TPE) 6-3 5-7 6-4
V Dushevina (RUS) d Y Chan (TPE) 6-3 6-3
V Savinykh (RUS) d V Lepchenko (USA) 6-3 6-2
U Radwanska (POL) d A Hlavackova (CZE) 4-6 7-5 6-1
S Foretz Gacon (FRA) d A Rezai (FRA) 6-4 6-3
S Stephens (USA) d S Mirza (IND) 6-2 6-4
J Hampton (USA) d M Minella (LUX) 6-3 6-2
M Doi (JPN) d A Rus (NED) 7-6(4) 6-2
[WC] M Keys (USA) d A Rodionova (AUS) 2-6 6-1 6-4
E Birnerova (CZE) d [WC] A Pivovarova (RUS) 6-4 6-3
M Czink (HUN) d L Robson (GBR) 7-6(4) 6-2

For more final scores and information about the tournament, please visit the official 2012 Sony Ericsson Open website.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Edouard Roger-Vasselin Wins Qualifier

The second day of play in the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open got underway on Tuesday in Miami, Fla. Edouard Roger-Vasselin played in his qualifier against James Ward and won out in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

There have been plenty of finals matches for qualifiers in both men's and women's singles competition, so please see below for results of which players have now made the cut into the tournament proper.

Men's Qualifying Singles -- Final Round
Eduoard Roger-Vasselin (France) def. James Ward (Great Britain) 6-3, 6-3
Antonio Veic (Croatia) def. Tobias Kamke (Germany) 6-4, 6-2
David Goffin (Belgium) def. Benoit Paire (France) 6-2, 6-2
Guillaume Rufin (France) def. Facundo Bagnis (Argentina) 6-0, 6-1
[WC] Sergei Bubka (Ukraine) def. [WC] Marco Chiudinelli (Switzerland) 6-3, 3-1 (retired)

Women's Main Draw Singles -- First Round
[WC] Heather Watson (Great Britain) def. Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) def. Petra Martic (Croatia) 6-3, 6-2

Women's Qualifying Singles -- Final Round
Alizé Cornet (FRA) def. Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Jamie Hampton (USA) def. Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) 6-3, 6-2
[WC] Madison Keys (USA) def. Anastasia Rodionova (Austria) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Eva Birnerova (Czech Republic) def. [WC] Anastasia Pivovarova (Russia) 6-4, 6-3

For more final scores and information about the tournament, please visit the official 2012 Sony Ericsson Open website.

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Schedule, Draws And More

The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open gets started on March 20 at 10 a.m. and features the likes of Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Su-Wei Hsieh, and Kateryna Bondarenko.

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