Miami | Radwanska drops Halep
Saturday was the day that both world number one’s departed form sunny Miami for, following Roger Federer’s shock departure in the men’s event, Simona Halep fell to the willy Polish veteran and former champion Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 6-2 6-3 after just 108-minutes.
I expected a tough match from Simona, so I’m just glad I could win a match like this Agnieszka Radwanska
It was a double blow for the organisers at 24-hours earlier, the world number two, Caroline Wozniacki, also departed but not before complaining that the crowds had threatened her family with death threats and had called her vile names and appealed for security to tighten up as they had done nothing on this occasion.
Meanwhile Radwanska, who had not claimed back-to-back wins since January, showed she was in good form during her match.
“I expected a tough match from Simona, so I’m just glad I could win a match like this,” the Pole said. “There were pretty tricky conditions and some weird shots, but I’m very, very happy with the way I played, especially at the end. And to beat the No.1 in the world, obviously.”
Next up for Radwanska is a clash against former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka after the Belarusian beat Anastasija Sevastova.3-6 6-4 6-1 while two-time Grand Slam title holder Angelique Kerber defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova comfortably 6-4 6-4.
“I know what to expect from her,” the German said after her win over the Russian. “I played against her three times last year, and I lost all three times. So now I was really trying to go for it and I was really motivated to play every single point, and I changed up a little bit my game from the last time I played her.
“I was just a little bit more aggressive, moving good and serving good. It was a tricky match, but in the end I’m through it in two sets. It’s a good feeling to be in the next round.”
China’s Wang Yafan awaits in the next round following her 4-6 6-3 7-6(4) over Alison Riske as did the US Open champion Sloane Stephens who advanced whilst leading 6-7(1) 6-3 4-0 when her opponent Monica Niculescu retired.
Also through is the Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza who dropped just three games agsints Christina McHale.