Shvedova beats Schiavone in Miami, will play Serena next

by: AP March 18, 2014

AP

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP)—Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan defeated 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday to advance to a second-round match against top-seeded Serena Williams at the Sony Open.

Williams, who will open defense of her title against the 59th-ranked Shvedova on Thursday, has won all three matches they've played.

Williams did drop a set to Shvedova in their 2012 Wimbledon fourth round meeting.

American Varvara Lepchenko defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, but fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands fell to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, who lives in Miami, defeated Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-6 (7).

More Stories

Garbine Muguruza to undergo MRI after suffering left Achilles injury

The Spaniard, who retired in Dubai, doesn't think that the injury is too serious. 

Wozniacki: New hitting partner Sascha Bajin is also my assistant coach

Bajin will assist Piotr Wozniacki, Caroline's father and coach. 

Mardy Fish not at all surprised by Federer and Nadal's resurgence

“I was surprised it took them this long, to be honest,” the retired American said.