Serena, Murray eliminated from Miami Open

Miami (Florida), March 29 (IANS) World No.1 women’s player Serena Williams and male Scot star Andy Murray were both eliminated from the Miami Open tennis tournament.

Three-time defending champion Williams fell to Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded 15th, 7-6 (3), 1-6, 2-6 in the fourth round here on Monday and Murray was stunned by Bulgarian 26th seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (1), 4-6, 3-6 in the third round.

The 21-time Grand Slam winner Serena matched her earliest-ever exit from 2000 with a fourth-round departure.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Murray failed in his bid for a third Miami trophy and fourth final in five seasons.

Both players had error-prone matches, each making 55 unforced errors.

Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion who lost eight of 10 prior matches to Serena, next faces 30th-seeded compatriot Ekaterina Makarova, who pushed aside Ukraine’s 12th-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-4.

Also ousted were World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, upset by 20th-ranked Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, as well as Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza, who was defeated 6-7 (6), 6-7 (4) by 13th seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

In the quarter-finals, Bacsinszky will meet Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep, who eliminated 69th-ranked British wildcard Heather Watson 6-3, 6-4.

Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori cruised into the fourth round by routing Ukraine’s 27th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2 and faces Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut for a quarter-final spot.

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