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Tennis: Alexandra Dulgheru in quarterfinals at Miami

Romanian tennis player Alexandra Dulgheru (21) has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Masters tournament in Miami, a tournament with total prizes of USD 4.5 M, after defeating China’s Peng Shuai in the last-16 stage, score 6-3, 6-4. The game lasted almost one and a half hours. Dulgheru (top seed 26) played against Russia’s Maria Sharapova (top seed 16) on Tuesday night, after the closing of this edition. Sharapova, former winner of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, reached the quarterfinals after defeating Australia’s Samantha Stosur, score 6-4, 6-1. This was the first time when the Romanian player, winner of the WTA tournament in Warsaw in 2009 and 2010, played against the Russian champion. Romania’s Horia Tecau and Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt qualified for the semifinals of the Masters tournament in Miami after easily defeating Sweden’s Simon Aspelin and Austria’s Julian Knowle, score 6-2, 6-2. In the next round Tecau and Lindstedt (top seed 8) will play against local favourites Sam Querrey and John Isner.


NADAL EDGES CLOSER TO FEDERER, WOZNIAKI FALLS


World No. 1 Rafael Nadal continues to impress on serve at Crandon Park, defeating countryman Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3 in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open. In the process Nadal moved closer to a potential semi-final showdown with arch rival Roger Federer, according to atpworldtour.com. Nadal, the two-time Miami finalist, is yet to drop serve at the tournament and did not face a break point Monday against his fellow left-hander. “I served well for moments, much better than Indian Wells,” Nadal said after his win. “I think I played with the right rhythm. It’s always difficult to play against Feli, because it’s not comfortable. He plays slice, he plays aggressive, he has a fantastic serve… he doesn’t want to play long points.”


Nadal broke his friend in the seventh game of the match to go up 4-3 and ended the set with another break. The No. 1 seed capitalized on his lone break point opportunity in the second set, enough to seal the victory in 78 minutes. “I think I played a solid match in general. I played good shots, very good passing shots,” said Nadal. Two time Miami champion Roger Federer moved into the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open Monday afternoon, but was required to increase his level of play by an inspired Juan Monaco. Federer defeated the Argentine 7-6(4), 6-4 in one hour and 44 minutes to advance.


“It was tough playing against him. I thought he played well in the later stages of the first set and then also in the second,” Federer said at his post-match press conference. I was able to come through with a crucial first set, which allowed me to have a [come-from-behind] sort of feeling.”


In the women tournament Andrea Petkovic caused a major upset as she knocked top seed Caroline Wozniacki out in the third round of the WTA Sony Ericsson Open.


German Petkovic came out on top 7-5 3-6 6-3 in a gruelling contest in the Miami heat that lasted just under two-and-a-half hours.


The 23rd seed, a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open earlier this year, saved 12 of 17 break points to send the world number one packing.

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