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Tennis: Nadal rips Hewitt, Serena and Sharapova survive

World number one Rafael Nadal hammered former number one Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-3 Saturday to reach the third round at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters hardcourt tournament. The top-seeded Spaniard and his veteran Australian opponent took to the court two and a half hours late due to long matches that preceeded them. But Nadal, who received a first-round bye, ripped through the opening set in 27 minutes and eventually dispatched double Grand Slam winner Hewitt in 66 minutes.

Tennis: Serena, Sharapova tested but triumphant

Six-time winner Serena Williams survived a first-set scare before overcoming Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 Thursday to power into the third round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters. The top-seeded defending champion will next face France's Caroline Garcia after dispatching her Kazak rival in one hour, 45 minutes. "The first set was really tough. She can make you play. She was hitting the ball well," Williams said. "I had to relax and try to keep my intensity and just try to get the win."

Tennis: Serena, Sharapova tested but triumphant

Six-time winner Serena Williams survived a first-set scare before overcoming Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 Thursday to power into the third round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters. The top-seeded defending champion will next face France's Caroline Garcia after dispatching her Kazak rival in one hour, 45 minutes. "The first set was really tough. She can make you play. She was hitting the ball well," Williams said. "I had to relax and try to keep my intensity and just try to get the win."

Injured Azarenka withdraws from Miami

(Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka announced on Thursday she is withdrawing from next week's Sony Open in Miami because of a foot injury. The Belarussian has been plagued by a problem with her left foot for the past month but played through the pain. Now, however, she says she needs to take a break to get it healed. "I love playing in the U.S. and my results in the past were also great. But it's now been over a year that it seems bad luck has been following me," she said in a statement released by the Women's Tennis Association.

Djokovic eases into fourth round at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Normal service resumed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Tuesday when Novak Djokovic safely booked his place in the fourth round. The Serbian had a little hiccup when he dropped the second set of his match with Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez but was otherwise untroubled in winning 6-1 3-6 6-1. "I thought I played really well from the start," said Djokovic, a two-time champion at Indian Wells.

Defending champs Nadal and Sharapova eliminated at Indian Wells

Los Angeles, Mar 11 (EFE).- Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov eliminated defending champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. "When you are pushed to the limit, these things happen. You can lose. I lost today. Congratulations (to Dolgopolov). He played better than me. That's it. Life continues," Nadal said in his post-match press conference on Monday night. Nadal had not lost in the California desert since 2004, when he made his debut at Indian Wells.

Defending champs Nadal and Sharapova eliminated at Indian Wells

Los Angeles, Mar 11 (EFE).- Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov eliminated defending champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. "When you are pushed to the limit, these things happen. You can lose. I lost today. Congratulations (to Dolgopolov). He played better than me. That's it. Life continues," Nadal said in his post-match press conference on Monday night. Nadal had not lost in the California desert since 2004, when he made his debut at Indian Wells.

Tennis: WTA lukewarm over new tennis league

The Women's Tennis Association offered only lukewarm support for the new International Premier Tennis League on Tuesday, with some details still sketchy even after the player draft. Melissa Pine, the WTA's Asia-Pacific vice-president and tournament director of this year's WTA Championships in Singapore, also raised concerns over possible player burn-out related to the new "exhibition" event.

Nadal and Sharapova beaten at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova were both knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday after stunning upsets at one of the world's biggest tournaments outside the four grand slams. Nadal was sent packing by Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fell to Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3 4-6 7-5 as last year's men's and women's singles champions both crashed out.

Tennis: Giorgi stuns Sharapova at Indian Wells

Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi stunned defending champion and fourth seed Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 on Monday to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. In a match in which both players struggled to hold serve, the 79th-ranked Giorgi needed two hours and 36 minutes to notch her third career win against a top-10 player. The 22-year-old Italian next faces fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 winner over Australian Samantha Stosur. bb/gph
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