Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Kleybanova wins opening match in Miami
Alisa Kleybanova, who has been off the tour for ten months getting treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, made a triumphant return to the tour today in Miami. She defeated her first round opponent, Johanna Larsson 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. For Kleybanova, a wild card, to be in Miami at all was a victory; for her to win her opening round match had to have been a great moment for both her and the crowd. In the second round, the former top-20 player will get countrywoman Maria Kirilenko.
Also of note today was the victory of another wild card--Heather Watson. Watson was down 0-5 in the third set, and saved two match points against Sorana Cirstea. Watson defeated Cirstea 6-3, 3-6, 7-6. The British player has been dealing with an ankle injury she sustained last fall, but says that she has fully recovered.