Monday at the Miami Open said goodbye to third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, fourth seed Garbine Muguruza, twelfth seed Elina Svitolina and others, but Svetlana Kuznetsova was in charge of the biggest upset, ending Serena Williams‘ bid for her ninth title at the prestigious tournament. The world number one’s 6-7(3) 6-1 6-2 loss in the fourth round is her first in Miami since 2012, as she had lifted the last three champion’s trophies in the city.
In a close first set, both players registered a break, but neither managed to take charge and the outcome had to be decided in a tiebreak, which Williams dominated by summoning her well-known aces that often save her in crucial moments. The French Open and US Open champion Kuznetsova went up a break early on, 3-1, and held on to that lead, sweeping the next three games to take the match to the decider in which she raced through the first three games, breaking Williams’ serve twice, and even though the American stopped her opponent’s momentum with a break of her own, the Russian hit back immediately and finished the job in two hours and two minutes. (photos: Jimmie48)