Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wild cards win Miami doubles title

Wild cards Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki won the Sony Open today when they defeated 2nd seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 in the final. Hingis and Lisicki had already beaten Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova, then Cara Black and Sania Mirza. Wow. After last season, Hingis sounded so discouraged, I didn't expect her to come back this year. She did, though, and was playing with Flavia Pennetta up until the Miami tournament. Her partnership with Lisicki is new, and one can presume that they'll play together again.

I'm in Charleston and exhausted after a day of travel, which included a bumpy flight from Atlanta. One interesting thing happened, however: I was seated in the Atlanta boarding lounge next to a sports massage therapist who travels all over the country treating athletes.

Vicky Duval lost her second qualifying match today; she was beaten by Kiki Bertens. Top seed Zarina Diyas went out, too, to Grace Min. Belinda Bencic made it through qualifying, and will play Maria Kirilenko in the first round.

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