Del Potro, Puig and Venus in the Miami tournament
Argentine tennis player Juan Martin del Potro celebrates a point won by Japanese Kei Nishikori at the Miami tournament on March 25, 2018
The Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, the Puerto Rican Monica Puig and the American Venus Williams were at the height of true champions to hold their respective meetings this Sunday at the Miami tennis tournament.
Del Potro, fifth favorite, was too much against the Japanese Kei Nishikori, who ran with a double 6-2 in the third round.
In an hour and 14 minutes, the Argentine took passage for the round of 16, where he will be measured by Serbian Filip Krajinovic (N.22), who beat the Frenchman Benoit Paire with a double 6-3.
“It was good to start the match well, I always went from less to more, Nishikori is a very good player and although almost always I have done well against him, he is a caring player”, said Del Potro.
“Delpo” added that “the important thing is to be healthy, I did not have much wear today, I had an easy match, tomorrow it could be something else”.
Del Potro, who comes from winning at Acapulco and Indian Wells (first Masters 1000 of the year), increased his advantage over the Asian on the personal top with a 6-2 balance.
The “Torre de Tandil” is two steps away from equaling his best performance in the Capital of the Sun event, when he reached the semifinals in 2009 and lost to Andy Murray.
Previously, the Puerto Rican Puig continued to show her excellent form in the female branch, Premier Category (WTA), by submitting to the Greek Maria Sakkari.
In one hour and 45 minutes, Puig, Olympic champion of Rio 2016, had his opponent with partial 6-3, 7-5.
“I really did not want to have reached three (sets), I really felt very confident after the first two games, I hope everything goes well,” Puig said of victories over veterans Samantha Stosur and Danish Caroline Wozniacki. .
In eighth, the Puerto Rican will face the American Danielle Collins, who entered the qualy and beat the Croatian Donna Vekic by 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Puig, who is looking for the third title of his career in the Capital of the Sun, already surpassed his best performance in the contest. Previously she had yielded twice in the second round (2014 and 2016, since last year she went in the first one against the Romanian Sorana Cirstea).
The Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia (N.64) and the Argentine Diego Schuartzman did not run with luck in the day.
Latvian tennis player Jelena Ostapenko rests between two games of the match against Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia at the Miami tournament on March 25, 2018
Haddad said goodbye in the third round when he fell to Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, sixth favorite.
The Brazilian gave the match to Ostapenko in straight sets of 6-2, 7-6 (7/2). Ostapenko’s next opponent in the second round will be the Czech Petra Kvitova, ninth favorite, who beat the American Sofia Kenin 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Ostapenko, who went up at the top against the Brazilian 2-0, looking for the third title of his career in Miami, where twice has not passed the first round.
For his part, the Argentine Schwartzman did not do very well as the first game he won easy Chilean Nicolás Jerry 6-3, 6-1 and yielded to the Canadian Milos Raoic (N.20).
Raonic beat the albiceleste by 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 and in eighth will go against the French Jeromy Chardy, who surprised the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, third seed, to beat him with a double 6-4.
– Venus is still inspired –
In the ladies also, the older of the Williams continued inspired and firm to take the ticket to eighth to beat the Dutch Kiki Bertens.
Venus recovered to an adverse first set to beat the European team in three tight sets with markers of 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.
Williams will clash in the next heat against the defending champion, the British Johanna Konta, eleventh seed and against whom she is looking for a rematch, since she was overtaken last year by the Englishwoman in the semifinals.
Venus holds three titles in the Capital of the Sun (1998, 1999 and 2001) with a record of 77 wins and only nine defeats.
The oldest of the Williams is looking for her 50th career title.
Previously, Konta had beaten Belgian Elise Martens with easy 6-2, 6-1 in just one hour and six minutes.