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2008 Sony Ericcson Open (Miami)

Serena faces tough draw in Key Biscayne event

By CHARLES ELMORE
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 24, 2008
KEY BISCAYNE Based on the draw revealed Monday, defending champion Serena Williams could clash with No. 1 Justine Henin in the Sony Ericsson Open quarterfinals and with sister Venus in the semifinals.
No. 5 Maria Sharapova will not play to rest an injured shoulder, but will make appearances for sponsors.






"We lost Sharapova, but the interesting thing is that you've the Williams sisters and Henin in the same half," tournament chairman Butch Buchholz said. "That part of the draw is very, very strong."
Main-draw play begins Wednesday at the world's largest tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams.
On the men's side, No. 6 Andy Roddick could meet No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, although Roddick can take heart from an upset of Federer by former Boca Prep chum Mardy Fish in the Indian Wells semifinals last week.
The placement of seeded players is done by random drawing of lots, and No. 2 Ana Ivanovic caught a break. She won't have to play Henin, the top seed, or the Williams sisters to reach the final, but she might have to face former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport in her quarter of the draw.
Serena Williams, in contrast, would have to tangle with fierce foes well before the final. Williams, who is seeded eighth at Key Biscayne, rallied for a stirring comeback to beat Henin in three sets in last year's Key Biscayne championship.
Williams had to pull out a third-set tiebreaker 7-4 to get past her sister in the semifinals earlier this month in Bangalore, India.

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Re: 2008 Sony Ericcson Open (Miami)

Williams sisters set for Key Biscayne meeting
by JP Lonergan, 24 March 2008




The Williams sisters Serena and Venus could meet in the semi-finals of The Sony Ericsson Open, following Monday’s draw.

Defending champion Serena could also meet world number one Justine Henin in the quarter-finals of the Key Biscayne event, in which another big name Maria Sharapova will not be taking part because of a nagging shoulder injury.

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Marion Bartoli could both stand in the way of Venus’ chances of meeting her sister in the last four, while Ana Ivanovic will be the favourite to make the final from the other side of the draw.

Anna Chakvetadze, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Amelie Mauresmo, Daniela Hantuchova and the recently returned Limdsay Davenport are all potential opponents for Ivanovic along the way.

In the men’s draw, sixth seed Andy Roddick could be set for a quarter-final meeting with world number one and defending champion Roger Federer. Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Robredo and Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are all on the same side of the draw.

Andy Murray, one of Federer’s more recent conquerors, could potentially meet the Swiss in the semi-final, with Nikolay Davydenko and David Ferrer in the same boat.

Murray begins the competition against the winner of Mario Ancic and Gilles Simon.
Number two seed Rafael Nadal and Australian Open champ Novak Djokovic are on the other side of the draw, along with the likes of David Nalbandian, Richard Gasquet, Tomas Berdych, Guillermo Canas, Fernando Gonzalez and James Blake.

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Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal ask WWJD? Play tennis on water of course

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Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams try out a new surface during a Sony Ericsson Open tennis preview event on the swimming pool of the Hotel Gansevoort in Miami South Beach.

Not all sports translate well into (or onto) water.

Polo seems to have worked (once they got rid of the horses). Not sure if this will take off. See more images below.
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Tricky paths await top seeds at Miami ATP-WTA showdown

Mar 25, 2008
MIAMI (AFP) — World number ones Roger Federer and Justine Henin could have a tricky time at the WTA and ATP Masters Series event that begins here on Wednesday thanks to their draws.
Swiss star Federer jumps back onto the court after an upset semi-final loss to American Mardy Fish last weekend at Indian Wells, California.
Federer, seeking his first title of 2008, has a first-round bye and will then face France's Gael Monfils or US wild card John Isner, whose serve power tested Federer in a 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 third-round victory on his way to last year's US Open crown.
Federer could meet Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round of the 3.7 million-dollar hardcourt event, American Andy Roddick or France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals and Russian Nikolay Davydenko in the semi-finals.
Following Federer on the seed list are reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who beat Fish in Sunday's Indian Wells final.
Nadal faces either Argentina's Sergio Roitman or a qualifier in his round two opener. Djokovic would meet a qualifier or Argentina's Agustin Calleri.
Next among the seeds are Davydenko, Spain's David Ferrer, Roddick at sixth, Argentina's David Nalbandian and France's Richard Gasquet.
On the women's side, Henin returns after nearly one month off since losing a Dubai quarter-final to Italy's Francesca Schianove. Henin has already taken titles this year in Sydney and Belgium and is 12-2 on the season.
Henin has a bye into a second-round matchup with either Angelique Kerber of Germany or Uzbekhistan's Akgul Amanmuradova.
Defending Miami champion Serena Williams and reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, who skipped last week's event at Indian Wells, are back in action and could meet each other in the semi-finals.
Sixth seed Venus opens in round two against either fellow American Jill Craybas or Poland's Maria Domachowska while eight-seeded Serena would meet Czech Klara Zakopalova or Romanian Edina Gallovits in her second-round debut.
Henin and Serena could meet in the quarter-finals in a rematch of last year's Miami final, in which Williams rallied to defeat Henin 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 for her 28th career crown. Serena also won a title this year at Bangalore.
Possibly awaiting in the semi-finals would be Venus Williams or Russian third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, the runner-up in last weekend's WTA event at Indian Wells.
Serbian world number two Ana Ivanovic, who lost to Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final, won her sixth career title by defeating Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3 in the Indian Wells final.
Sharapova dropped out of this event, citing fatigue.
Venus Williams won Miami titles in 1998, 1999 and 2001 but was ousted by Sharapova in the third round here last year.
Ivanovic opens in round two against France's Emilie Loit or Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual with American Lindsay Davenport a possible third-round foe. She could meet Slovakian seventh seed Daniela Hantuchova in the quarter-finals.
Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic will open against a qualifier or Swede Sofia Arvidsson while Russian fifth seed Anna Chakvetadze, her possible quarter-final foe, opens with either France's Alize Cornet or Austrian Tamira Paszek.

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Serena clobbers tennis foe
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Serena Williams began her title defence at the $3.45 million Sony Ericsson Open with a dominating performance in Miami.
The eighth-seeded American needed just 54 minutes to claim a 6-1, 6-2 win over unseeded Romanian Edina Gallovits in second-round action Friday.
One of 32 players to receive a first-round bye, Williams improved to 42-5 all-time in this event, including a win over world No. 1 Justine Henin in last year's championship match.
The 26-year-old also won three consecutive Miami titles from 2002 to '04 and was a runner-up to older sister Venus Williams in 1999.
The former world No. 1 and eight-time Grand Slam champion never faced a break against Gallovits and won 23 of 25 (92 per cent) first-serve points.
Her third-round foe will be No. 27 Flavia Pennetta, a 6-4, 6-2 winner against Anastasia Rodionova.
Henin, who is back to make another run at the title, opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Angelique Kerber of Germany.
Second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Jan-Yung Chan, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.
Unseeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark had the biggest upset of the day, eliminating ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, 6-3, 6-1.
Unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina followed suit with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 upset win over No. 15 Agnes Szavay of Hungary.
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Tennis: Erakovic succumbs in straight sets to Venus

5:00AM Monday March 31, 2008



Venus Williams of the U.S. reaches for a return during her match against Marina Erakovic of New Zealand at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida. Photo / Reuters.

New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic was outclassed by American Venus Williams in straights to exit in the third round of the US$3.7 million ($4.7 million) Sony Ericsson WTA tournament in Florida this morning (NZ time).
Wildcard entrant Erakovic went down 2-6 1-6 to the six-time Grand Slam winner, struggling to match the power of one of the hardest hitters in the women's game.
The 20-year-old Aucklander lost her opening two service games to find herself on the back foot although she did manage to break the second service game of world No 7 Williams to trail 1-2 early in the first set.
Losing serve again straight away in a game that featured several deuces appeared to break the spirit of Erakovic, who lost eight of the next nine games.
The second set of the one hour eight minute match lasted just 23min as Williams raced out to a 5-0 lead.
Erakovic struggled with her serve, and Williams was brutal with her returns, winning 13 of 19 points on the New Zealander's second serve.




Erakovic's comparatively tiny bank balance will at least benefit to the tune of US$20,400.
Her excellent 2008 season continued at this tournament with a straight sets first round defeat of German world No 70 Martina Mueller and a 2-1 defeat of Dutch world No 34 Michaelle Krajicek.
The performance has guaranteed her a berth in the French Open in May, the first New Zealand woman to contest a Grand Slam since Bulgarian-born Pavlina Nola in 2002.
This month Erakovic's ranking climbed to a high of 98 when she reached the semifinals of the WTA event at Memphis, losing to former world No 1 Lindsay Davenport of the United States.
That was the Aucklander's second semifinal appearance of the year, having gone on a dream run at her home tournament in January.
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Davenport shocks Ivanovic in Miami tennis as Henin cruises
March 31, 2008 - 3:39PM
Former world number one Lindsay Davenport defeated Serbian second seed Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the WTA and ATP Masters Series hardcourt tournament here Sunday.
World number one Justine Henin of Belgium, third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and defending champion Serena Williams also advanced to the round of 16 at the 7.54 million-dollar event with straight-set triumphs.
On the men's side, world number two Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to his first title of the season, defeating Germany's Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-4 to reach the fourth round.
While not as efficient as his second-round victory over German qualifier Benjamin Becker, in which he committed just four unforced errors, Nadal shrugged off a rain delay to complete his second straight match without facing a break point.
"Well, it was not the best day because I was playing unbelievable in the beginning, playing very well, hitting very well the ball, and playing almost perfect match," he said.
"When I come back to the court the ball was a little bigger and slower, and it was a little bit more difficult for me," he said.
Next up for Nadal is France's Paul-Henri Mathieu, who ousted Carlos Moya of Spain 7-6 (7/1), 7-5.
Nadal is playing in his 12th tournament since his last title at Stuttgart in July.
Ninth-seeded American James Blake stayed on course for a possible quarter-final clash with Nadal with a 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 victory over Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.
Davenport, 31, denied Ivanovic, 20, a chance at back-to-back triumphs after her victory a week ago in the Indian Wells final.
Instead Ivanovic followed Indian Wells men's finalists Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish out of the tournament.
"I was playing really well. I felt really confident out there," Davenport said. "Obviously she's had a great year so far. But it's very tough to play Indian Wells and Miami back to back, doing well in Indian Wells," Davenport added. "You can see on the men's side with Fish and Djokovic. I was trying to take advantage of that.
"You never know what your opponent will bring, but I could tell she was maybe a little fatigued, and I tried to take advantage of that."
Henin advanced to the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Italy's Sara Errani.
Henin, who has won two titles in four tournaments this year, will next face Russian Elena Vesnina, who outlasted American Ashley Harkleroad 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 after three hours and seven minutes.
This is Henin's return after nearly one month off since losing a Dubai quarter-final to Italy's Francesca Schianove. Henin has already taken titles this year in Sydney and Belgium and is 14-2 on the season.
Also advancing to the round of 16 was Kuznetsova, who rallied to defeat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 1-6, 7-5, 6-0. Kuznetsova, the 2006 winner here and runner-up at Indian Wells, saved a match point down 5-3 in the second set.
Defending champion Serena Williams, the eighth seed, shrugged off a slow start to defeat Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-disrupted match.
Williams needed 2 hours, 12 minutes to polish off Pennetta, largely because of a stream of unforced errors.
"I just think I had a bad day today," she said. "Every time I went to connect it was like I didn't have my contact point."
Serena's elder sister Venus, the sixth seed, also reached the fourth round, beating New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-1.

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Henin, Venus, Serena advance in Miami; Ivanovic falls


Miami, FL (Sports Network) - World number one Justine Henin of Belgium and American star Venus Williams advanced to the fourth round of the $3.77 million Sony Ericsson Open.
Henin blitzed Italy's Sara Errani, 6-2, 6-1, while Williams routed New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-1 on Day 5 at Crandon Park.
Henin, who already has two titles to her credit this year, will move on to face Russian Elena Vesnina, who edged American Ashley Harkleroad 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a three-hour marathon.
World No. 2 and second-seeded Ana Ivanovic wasn't nearly as sharp, falling to Lindsay Davenport in stunning fashion, 6-4, 6-2.
The No. 32 seed, Davenport needed just 76 minutes to finish off Ivanovic in the first career meeting between the two stars. With the win, Davenport improved to 17-3 this year and has already won championships at Auckland and Memphis.
Davenport, who is playing at Key Biscayne for the first time since 2003, next will face 13th-seeded Russian Dinara Safina, a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 winner over Sybille Bammer of Austria.
In other action, third-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova rallied to dispose of Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.
Kuznetsova, who also needed three sets in her first round match to get past Jan-Yung Chan, won the final 10 games against Azarenka to advance. She will next face No. 16 Shahar Peer of Israel, a 6-0, 6-2 winner over Michelle Larcherde Brito of Portugal.
Serbian Jelena Jankovic, the fourth seed, also bested Czech Lucie Safarova, 6-2, 6-1.
Venus, the sixth seed, has laid claim to three titles here between 1998 and 2001, and next will face Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
Wozniacki, the No. 22 seed, earned a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik on Sunday.
Four-time champion and eighth-seeded Serena Williams had a tougher time than her older sister, overcoming 60 unforced errors and a 3-0 deficit in the second set to best No. 27 Flavia Pennetta, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-2.
Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, a No. 7 at this tournament, fell to Japan's Ai Sugiyama, who rallied for a 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-5 win. No. 11 seed Patty Schnyder, meanwhile, was upended by Kaia Kanepi, 6-0, 6-1, while 24th-seeded Amelie Mauresmo fell to Jie Zheng, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Tenth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva lived to see another day with a 6-0, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 victory over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova. Vera Zvonareva, the 19th seed, also advanced with an easy 6-1, 6-4 win against Russian compatriot Alisa Kleybanova. The 2008 Miami champion will collect $590,000.

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Venus Williams beats teen to reach Key Biscayne quarter-finals



By: Steven Wine, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Venus Williams became the first player to reach the quarter-finals at the Sony Ericsson Open by beating 17-year-old Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Monday.
Williams is a three-time champion, but her most recent Key Biscayne title came in 2001.
A superior serve and return helped Williams defeat Wozniacki, a Dane who has won 14 matches this year to climb to a career-best 43rd in the rankings. Williams lost only six points on her first serve and repeatedly slammed Wozniacki's serve for winners.
Williams, seeded sixth, finished with 23 winners and only 18 errors. The veteran American is 10-4 this year and trying for her first 2008 title.
Top-ranked Justine Henin of Belgium and Americans Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport were among those scheduled to play fourth-round matches later Monday.
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Williams wins into Miami quarters

Posted : Mon, 31 Mar 2008 18:41:07 GMTAuthor : DPA US Sports News | Home Miami - After winning two matches in less than 24 hours at the Miami Masters, three-time champion Venus Williams believes she can put her tennis back into orbit. "If I'm playing on cloud nine, I'm trying to get to cloud 10 and actually cloud 11," joked the American sixth seed after dispatching Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to earn a quarter-final place on Monday.
"I definitely feel like I'm playing well. I just have to keep playing well."
The experienced Williams took 74 minute, earning six breaks of serve to take victory over the 43rd-ranked promise.
Williams will line up in the last eight against the winner from third seed and 2006 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Israeli Shahar Peer.
In men's play as the event begins its wrap-up week, fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko survived a first-set fright before defeating Italian Simone Bolelli 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-1.

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Williams Sisters Advance at Key Biscayne

By STEVEN WINE – 3 days ago
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Volleys came at Serena Williams in a flurry. She sprinted to her right to chase one down, then to her left, then right, then left, finally hitting a backhand winner to end the frantic exchange.
Williams always seems to rise to the challenge at the Sony Ericsson Open, where she has won four titles and is back in the quarterfinals. She beat Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 Monday and will next play top-ranked Justine Henin.
The No. 8-seeded Williams looked sloppy in a third-round victory, when she committed 60 unforced errors, but she pared that total to 24 against Kanepi. It was clear Williams meant business: She screamed "C'mon!" when she hit an ace, then shrieked when she a sloppy shot, and both times she could be heard in the top row of the stadium.
No. 6 Venus Williams joined her sister in the quarterfinals by beating 17-year-old Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3. No. 1 Roger Federer reached the fourth round on the men's side.
But Lindsay Davenport hit a bump in her career comeback when she lost to Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4.
It was a flat followup to Davenport's win Sunday over No. 2-ranked Ana Ivanovic. That upset victory was the biggest for Davenport since she returned to the women's tour last summer after becoming a mother.
"That's the thing with tennis," Davenport said. "Every day you start over. But hopefully more positives than negatives come from this tournament."
Against Safina, Davenport totaled 34 unforced errors, including six double faults. She hit only 20 winners to 31 for Safina, seeded 13th.
"She did everything better than I did," Davenport said. "I came up against a player today that was real intense and real eager to win."
Federer, still seeking his first tournament title this year, advanced to the fourth round when Robin Soderling retired because of illness trailing 6-4, 3-0. Soderling lost the last five games and the final 10 points.
"You're sort of happy you got through to the next round," Federer said. "You're not happy for your opponent, because it's never a way you want to win a match, but you've got to push him to give up."
A superior serve and return helped Venus Williams defeat Wozniacki, a Dane who has won 14 matches this year to climb to a career-best 43rd in the rankings. Williams lost only six points on her first serve and repeatedly slammed Wozniacki's serve for winners.
"I played some good tennis and aggressive when I needed to, and a lot of really good service games," Williams said.
Williams finished with 23 winners and only 18 errors. She's 10-4 this year and trying for her first 2008 title.
Williams is a three-time Key Biscayne champion, but her most recent title in the event came in 2001.
"I definitely feel like I'm playing well," she said. "I'm always trying to take it to another level, regardless. If I'm playing on cloud nine, I'm trying to get to cloud 10, and actually cloud 11."
Henin hit eight aces, held every service game and beat Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-2. No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated No. 16 Shahar Peer 7-6 (4), 6-3. No. 4 Jelena Jankovic, who overcame five match points in the second round, swept Zheng Jie 6-4, 7-5.
In men's play, No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko beat Simone Bolelli 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1.

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Federer advances while Henin books tennis rematch with Serena

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MIAMI (AFP) — World number ones Roger Federer and Justine Henin advanced with ease here Monday at a 7.54 million-dollar ATP and WTA hardcourt event, Henin in straight sets and Federer on an injury retirement.
Swiss superstar Federer was leading Robin Soderling 6-4, 3-0 when the ill Swedish player retired, advancing the world number one into the round of 16.
"There is a big difference between not playing at all and playing a set and a half. I prefer today," Federer said. "I get the feel of the tournament playing a match and I'm able to handle the conditions."
Federer, upset by American Mardy Fish at the Indian Wells semi-finals in his most recent prior event, will next face Argentina's Jose Acasuso, who eliminated Israel's Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-4.
Belgium's Henin beat Russia's Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-2 in a fourth-round match to book a quarter-final date with defending champion Serena Williams of the United States in a rematch of last year's final.
Williams, the eighth seed, beat Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 to give herself another date against Henin. Williams rallied to defeat Henin 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 for her 28th career crown.
Henin, who won titles at Sydney and Belgium in four starts this year, fired eight aces to overcome six double faults in her victory. She is in her first event since a Dubai quarter-final ouster.
Possibly awaiting the Williams-Henin winner in the semi-finals would be Venus Williams or Russian third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, the runner-up at Indian Wells.
Kuznetsova, the 2006 winner here, defeated Israeli 16th seed Shahar Peer 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, while the elder Williams sister, seeded sixth, beat Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3.
Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic eliminated China's Zheng Jie 6-4, 7-5 to advance into a quarter-finals date with Russian 10th seed Elena Dementieva, who ousted Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 6-2.
Also reaching the final eight was Russian Dinara Safina, who ended the run of US tennis mum Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 6-4. She will next face Russian Vera Zvonareva, who beat Japan's Ai Sugiyama, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-0.
In other matches on the men's side, Russian fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko reached the round of 16 by defeating Italy's Simone Bolelli 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-1 and will next face Croatian wild card Mario Ancic or Argentina's Juan Monaco.
Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was eliminated by fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-3 in another third-round match.
Benneteau, ranked 72nd, will next face US sixth seed Andy Roddick, who beat Czech qualifier Ivo Minar 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

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S. Williams Win Brings Another Henin Rematch


Tuesday, April 1, 2008; E02

Serena Williams always seems to rise to the challenge at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., where she has won four titles and is back in the quarterfinals.
She beat Kaia Kanepi, 6-3, 6-3, yesterday and will next play top-ranked Justine Henin today.
The No. 8-seeded Williams looked sloppy in a third-round win, making 60 unforced errors, but she pared that total to 24 against Kanepi. Williams has lost her past three meetings with Henin, all last year, at the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
"We definitely bring out some of the best tennis in each other," Williams said. "And she tends to play really well against me."
It's a rematch of last year's Key Biscayne final, which Henin lost after Williams erased two championship points.
Today's winner could meet Venus Williams in the semifinals. The three-time champion, seeded sixth, advanced by beating 17-year-old Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-3. Henin defeated Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-2.
Also advancing were No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 4 Jelena Jankovic. Kuznetsova defeated No. 16 Shahar Peer, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, and Jankovic swept Zheng Jie, 6-4, 7-5. Kuznetsova plays Venus Williams tonight.
But Lindsay Davenport lost, 6-3, 6-4, to Dinara Safina.
No. 1 Roger Federer, seeking his first tournament title this year, and newly engaged Andy Roddick reached the fourth round on the men's side. Federer advanced when Robin Soderling retired because of illness trailing 6-4, 3-0.
Roddick, seeded sixth, beat qualifier Ivo Minar, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, then confirmed he became engaged to swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker in early March.
"I think I lost half my fan base today," Roddick quipped.

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Re: 2008 Sony Ericcson Open (Miami)

Serena-Henin matchup to top star-studded day

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008
KEY BISCAYNE — Give No. 1 Justine Henin credit. She converted a wrenching loss to Serena Williams in the Sony Ericsson Open final last year into the confidence to beat her rival in three straight majors.
"It's a very good memory from last year, even if I had match points and I lost the match," Henin said. "It was a day that I understood that I could win against Serena and that I could do it in Grand Slams three times in the same year."


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But if you have to choose, award Serena the edge in today's Key Biscayne quarterfinal because of home-court advantage. The issue is not so much crowd support but match conditions.
Monday's fourth-round matches offered a hint of how South Florida's swirling stew of wind, heat and humidity can blot Henin's concentration, particularly on her serve. She double-faulted four times in one game, and six times in the second set. You wouldn't notice that from the match score in Henin's 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded Elena Vesnina. But on home turf, Serena should be able to exploit anything close to that mini-slump.
"The wind was quite strong today, and I lost my intensity and my concentration," Henin said. "In the second set a little bit, especially in that game that I did my four double-faults. But I had really the sun in the eyes there and it was quite windy at that time of the match."
Serena, who breezed by Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3, said she has not played particularly well against Henin lately and looks forward to a renewal of their rivalry. They have drawn even, 6-6, in career meetings.
"We have a great rivalry," Serena said. "I mean, we definitely bring out some of the best tennis in each other, and she tends to play really well against me."
She stopped short of calling Henin her most vexing rival, saying sister Venus, a possible semifinal foe, remains "the toughest opponent for me out there."
The Henin-Serena 1 p.m. quarterfinal match today highlights a star-studded schedule all around. In fact, tournament officials are calling it the strongest slate they can recall in a single day of the tournament's history spanning nearly a quarter-century.
Former tournament champions Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova square off at 7 p.m. No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal are both in action in the afternoon. At night, No. 6 Andy Roddick plays for a chance to meet Federer in the quarters.
"It is a special day," said tournament founder and Chairman Butch Buchholz, turning to referee Alan Mills. "I can't remember any time in the 24 years that you've had a day quite like that."
Mills said, "No, we haven't. The women's singles have sort of panned out to be the right four names."
Beating one Williams sister is tough enough on hard courts. Beating them both in the same tournament, as Henin managed to do at the U.S. Open last fall, is a rare achievement.
But the biggest challenge of all might be to do it in South Florida, just down the road from the Williams' home in Palm Beach Gardens. The sisters have won seven of the past 10 women's titles in Key Biscayne.
"They're obviously great players and great athletes, but you know, being from South Florida, I think that really helps with the conditions," said former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport.
Davenport, a Californian who has missed the previous five tournaments in Key Biscayne because of injuries and the birth of her son, did not adapt so well herself Monday.
The wind affected her serve, and a crowded feeling on Court 1 bothered her, too. No. 13 seed Dinara Safina took advantage, defeating the No. 32-seeded Davenport 6-3, 6-4. That ended her celebrated comeback-mom run a day after she upset No. 2 Ana Ivanovic.
The sisters look around and ask: What tough conditions?
"I mean, it's just starting to get warm," said Venus, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Caroline Wozniacki on Monday.
"It hasn't been windy like it normally is. We've been pretty lucky with the rain so far. I guess anything can happen with the weather here, but I live in Florida, so I'm used to it, I guess."

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Serena Williams dominates Justine Henin at Sony Ericsson Open

By Charles Bricker
Sun-Sentinel.com
2:55 PM EDT, April 1, 2008
KEY BISCAYNE

It was one of Serena Williams' finest performances and Justine Henin's worst in six years.

Stroking brilliantly and looking as trim as she has been since perhaps her late teen years, Williams dominated Henin 6-2, 6-0 to reach the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open Tuesday afternoon and began the wait to see if her sister, Venus, would be her next opponent.

Venus Williams was to play No. 3 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova later in the day.

Henin looked lost from the first game on. Williams broke in the second game and forced Henin to work very hard just to get back to 3-1. After that, Williams was in full command as she threw up a wide variety of shots, including a couple of effective lobs.

Henin's usually reliable backhand, her set-up shot, was never a weapon. She hit second serve returns into the net and blasted backhands long throughout the match.

It was the fifth time in a year the rivals had played with Williams returning a favor in this match. Henin had won the opening set of last year's Sony Ericsson final by 6-0 before Williams came back to win the title. Henin then beat Williams three times last year in Grand Slams.

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