Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Somdev, Sania win in Miami
India's top ranked players Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza both won their first round matches on Wednesday at the prestigious Sony Ericsson Open in Miami - one of the biggest tennis events outside of the 4 Grand Slams.
Devvarman continued his run of good form with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Italy's Potito Starace, who is ranked no. 47 in the world. The win sets up an intriguing second round clash against Candaian youngster Milos Raonic, who has been the tour's breakout star this year.
Meanwhile, Sania defeated Spain's Arantxa Parra, ranked 62 in the world, 6-2, 6-4 to set up a second round clash against Russian Maria Kirilenko, the no. 24 seed. The result will earn Sania 80 WTA ranking points and will see her move into the upper 90's in the rankings from her current position of no. 99