Wozniacki battles through in Miami

Thu, 24 Mar 22:18:00 2011

Caroline Wozniacki held off a late fightback from Bethanie Mattek-Sands to book her place in the second round of WTA Miami.

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The world number one - fresh from picking up her second tournament trophy of the season in Indian Wells last week - claimed a comfortable first set 6-2, before appearing to put one foot in the third round with a 5-3 lead in the second.

However, American Mattek-Sands launched a stirring fightback before being eventually dispatched 7-5 in the second set.

Wozniacki will face Daniela Hantuchova in the third round, after the Russian ousted another US hopeful, Melanie Oudin, 7-5 6-3.

Australian Open finalist Li Na of China was upset by Swede Johanna Larsson 7-5 6-7 7-6 while fellow top 10 seed Shahar Peer of Israel was ousted by Spain's Anabel Medina 6-2 6-2.

Fourth-seed Sam Stosur enjoyed a comfortable outing against Zheng Jie, thrashing the former world number 15 6-2 6-1 in just 58 minutes.

The Australian won nine straight games from 2-2 in the opening set, and rarely looked threatened as she booked a third round meeting with Lucie Safarova - who beat Patty Schnyder 6-2 6-4 in their second round match.

"I played quite well. I don't think I hit the ball out of this world fantastic, but I did what I had to do," Stosur said.

"Against a player like Zheng, you want to be able to do that from start to finish. She competes hard for every single point."

"Lucie is a good player who can pretty much beat anyone on her day," Stosur said of her next opponent, Safarova. "I haven't played a lefty for a while. That's something I'll have to adjust to, especially on the return. Hopefully I'll have a good match."

There were no problems for Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, who beat Simona Halep 6-0 6-4, while her compatriot Maria Sharapova coasted through 6-3 6-2 against Petra Martic of Croatia.

Sixth-seed Jelena Jankovic also advanced - with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Monica Niculescu - but 10th-seed Shahar Peer and 13th-seed Flavia Pennetta crashed out against Anabel Medina Garrigues and Iveta Benesova respectively.

Yanina Wickmayer, seeded 23, also went out of the tournament, the Belgian losing a three-setter 6-2 5-7 6-4 to Russia's Elena Vesnina.

And 18th seed Nadia Petrova was forced to retire from her match with Sabine Lisicki of Germany with the Russian trailing 4-6 6-3 3-1.


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