Giorgi hits 14 double faults at the Miami Open, holding on for victory
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Camila Giorgi hit 14 double faults, blew out a 5-0 lead in the final set and needed four match points before finally pulling out 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 7- 6 (4) win over Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the Miami Open on Tuesday.
The match lasted 3 hours and 32 minutes, tied for the longest on record WTA Tour this chapter. The players collected 30 aces – 19 by Kanepi, who also had seven double faults.
In the third set, Kanepi wasn’t moving well, and Giorgi raced to a big edge. But after losing just twice out of her 15 service matches, the Italian was broken twice in a row as she served to win 5-1, 5-3 in the third set.
Kanepi saved one match point at 5-3, another at 5-4 and another in the closing tiebreaker. Giorgi finally ended things on her next opportunity with a winning forehand across the court. Next up she will face 14th seed Victoria Azarenka, a three-time Miami champion and two-time Australian Open winner.
All seeded players in the hard-court tournament received a first-round bye. The women’s main draw matches began on Tuesday. Guys start wed.
It’s been a rough afternoon for Czech sisters Brenda and Linda Frohvetová. First Brenda, who will turn 16 on April 2, lost her first nine matches by losing 6-0, 7-5 to Wang Shiyu. Then Linda, 17, was knocked out with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 loss against qualifier Kathryn Sepov, who now meets No. 3 Jessica Pegula.
in another work, Rebecca Marino eliminated Yulia Putintseva 7-6(4) 6-2 to set up a second round match against 2022 French Open runner-up Coco Gauff; Irina-Camelia Begu trailed 2-0 in the first set and then 5-1 in the second before coming back in both sets to beat Alexandra Ayala 6-2 7-5. And Marta Kostyuk was a 6-3, 6-2 winner against Elisabetta Cocciaretto.
Claire Liu, the American 59th seed, advanced to her second round meeting against defending champion and top seed Ija Swiatek when Katerina Siniakova was stopped playing in the second set on Tuesday with a wrist injury.
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