Unseeded elena vesnina upsets venus williams at miami open – sun sentinel

What: Miami Open presented by Itau is a concurrently held Masters 1000 ATP tournament and WTA Premier mandatory tournament that has a combined purse of nearly $12 million for the men and women in 96-player singles draw as well as 32-player doubles draw.

When: Through April 3

Where: Tennis Center… (Harvey Fialkov)

“What else can you do except try to stay focused on the task at hand,” Williams said. “It was definitely a physical match. (Vesnina) played amazing tennis. All credit to her today.”

After expending most of her energy during the comeback, Williams’ gas tank finally hit empty. Vesnina dominated the final set, raising her arms in relief as the last point was scored.

Federer withdraws

The Roger Federer comeback will have to wait at least two weeks.

Federer, the world’s No. 3 player, withdrew from the Miami Open Friday due to a stomach virus. He was supposed to play Juan Martin del Potro in the second round at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Federer’s next opportunity for a return is April 10 at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.

“I am very sorry that I have to pull out of the Miami Open with a stomach virus,” Federer said. “I feel bad for the tournament and the fans as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice. I have not felt great for a few days and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours. I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami but I am in no condition to play. I tried warming up this morning but it was clear that I could not compete.”

Federer, 34, was set to make his debut since undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus on his left knee in February. It was the first surgery of his career, which includes a record 17 Grand Slam titles. His absence meant tennis’ Big Four — Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — will not compete together in the Miami Open for a third straight year. At least one of them has missed the tournament since 2012.

“Sorry for him, sorry for the tournament, for the fans and for everybody,” Nadal said. “It’s obvious that a tournament with Roger is always better, so it’s good that it’s a stomach problem and at the same time it is not the knee, so it’s not a big deal.”

Federer was replaced by lucky loser Horacio Zeballos, who defeated del Potro 6-4, 6-4.

Nadal endorses Miami

Nadal is among those who don’t want to see the tournament leave Key Biscayne. Because of a facilities issue, the event may be finding a new home in the near future.

Orlando, Dubai and Beijing are among the potential destinations should it move. Key Biscayne has hosted the tournament since the 1987.

“Miami is an amazing city and is unbelievable for us to be here in Miami, to play here in Miami,” said Nadal, who is from Spain. “For the Latin people, Spanish people, we feel close because [of the] very big community of Latinos here. So in my opinion, it will be not good if the tournament moves from here.”

Fritz fades against Ferrer

Through one set, American qualifier Taylor Fritz gave eighth-seeded David Ferrer all he could handle. Then fatigue became a factor.

After falling 7-6 (6), Fritz lost 6-1 in the second set for an early exit. In February, Fritz, 18, became the youngest American to reach an ATP final since Michael Chang when he lost in the Memphis Open.

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