Sela sent packing in Miami; Azarenka withdraws

Sela was outplayed by Serb star Janko Tipsaveric; on the women's side, Azarenka bows out with ankle injury.

By
March 24, 2013 01:37
2 minute read.
Dudi Sela

dudi sela370. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Dudi Sela’s run in the Sony Open in Miami came to a grinding halt on Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 loss at the hands of world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic.

After falling to No. 127 in the world last week, his lowest ranking in almost two years, Sela came through two rounds of qualification in Florida and defeated Australian Marinko Matosevic (51) to advance to the second round of the prestigious tournament.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


However, he was outplayed by Tipsarevic on Friday, succumbing after one hour and 14 minutes. The Serb improved to 3-0 in his career against Sela, who hasn’t progressed past a second round of an ATP Tour tournament since last July.

In other action, Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova both survived unscathed but the Sony Open lost two other Grand Slam champions on Friday when Victoria Azarenka and Juan Martin Del Potro exited the Miami tournament.

Azarenka withdrew from her opening match because of an ankle injury she suffered playing at Indian Wells last week.

“I’m very disappointed ... But I have to take my health into consideration,” said Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in January but has struggled with injuries since. “I tried everything I could but couldn’t make it. It’s an unfortunate part of our job.”

Azarenka’s withdrawal proved an unexpected bonus for American teenager Lauren Davis, who failed to qualify for the tournament.



She was given a ‘lucky loser’ pass into the event when Azarenka pulled out then saved three match points in defeating Madison Keys 6-1, 5-7, 7-6.

Former US Open champion Del Potro, suffered a surprise 7-6 ,6-1 loss to Germany’s Tobias Kamke.

The towering Argentine had two set points in the opening set but lost his way just a week after making the men’s final at Indian Wells.

“He didn’t play obviously his best tennis,” said Kamke. “But still I think I did a good job and pretty satisfied with that.”

There were no other major casualties amongst the top seeds, with Djokovic and Sharapova both winning in straight sets. Sharapova romped to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard while Djokovic cruised to a 6- 1, 6-0 victory over Lukas Rosol.

Only Spain’s David Ferrer, the men’s third seed, had an easier time. He won in a walkover when Dmitry Tursunov pulled out.

In early action on Saturday, No. 2 seed Andy Murray beat Australia’s Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-1.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are both missing from the field in Miami, with the Spaniard pulling out of the tournament after last week’s triumph at Indian Wells, while Federer decided to take an extended break before the start to the clay-court season.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov

By ALLON SINAI