By Justin Ross
In an exciting first day of action, some of the best WTA and ATP competitors took the courts for Miami Open qualifying.
Women’s competition took an unexpected turn, as both the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds were defeated by unranked opponents, while the No. 2 seed narrowly survived a marathon match.
In an all-Belgian showdown, No. 1 Elise Mertens fell to Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6(5), 7-6(4). Then, No. 3 Nao Hibino of Japan was defeated by Francoise Abanda of Canada 7-5, 6-3.
The lone seed in the top three to win was No. 2 Magda Linette, who came away victorious after three sets.
One of the more interesting victories came from 15-year-old wildcard Anastasia Potapova, who defeated No. 5 Maria Sakkari 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(2). Sakkari was ranked 370 spots ahead of Potapova in WTA standings.
The men’s field yielded a surprise of its own when Tobias Kamke came back to defeat No. 2 seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
It also featured the day’s shortest match.
In just 32 minutes, No. 15 Dusan Lajovic defeated Grega Zemlja by means of retirement. Lajovic may be a qualifier, but he means business. To the surprise of many, he reached the round of 16 at Indian Wells, which shows he has the skill to succeed in Miami.
Qualifying rounds will continue tomorrow to determine the 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The main draw begins on Tuesday, March 21 as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday, March 22.
Check out the full results of qualifying here: http://miamiopen.com/2017-results.
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