Coco Gauff reacts after profitable a degree in opposition to Rebecca Marino of Canada in the course of the Miami Open tennis match, Thursday, March 23, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Picture/Marta Lavandier)
Gauff obtained the higher of Marino in a 6-4, 6-3 win on Thursday to succeed in the third spherical in Miami, whereas Pegula breezed previous the problem of Sebov 6-3, 6-1
Sixth-seeded Coco Gauff opened her 2023 Miami Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Rebecca Marino on Thursday and superior to the third spherical the place she’s going to face Twenty seventh-seeded Anastasia Potapova.
After her victory, Gauff, coming off a quarterfinals look at Indian Wells, stated in a tv interview that it wasn’t her greatest outing, regardless of changing 5 of her 9 break factors.
“It was a shaky efficiency truthfully,” Gauff stated. “I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy match, even when I used to be up a break typically.”
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Gauff got here again from a breakdown twice within the second set to assert her second profession win versus Marino. Gauff defeated Marino within the first spherical at Roland Garros in 2022.
Gauff stated she was a bit nervous enjoying in her hometown — she’s a local of Delray Seaside, Florida, a small metropolis about 40 miles north of Exhausting Rock Stadium, the place the match is performed. Jimmy Butler of the Miami Warmth was amongst these in attendance Thursday.
“Jimmy Butler is right here so I used to be slightly bit nervous once I noticed him,” Gauff stated with fun in her post-match interview. “Taking part in house is one thing I stay up for, but it surely’s additionally slightly bit of additional strain as a result of everybody needs you to do effectively right here.”
Gauff’s doubles teammate, world No. 3 Jessica Pegula beat Katherine Sebov 6-3, 6-1 and superior to the third spherical. She’s going to face fellow American and No. 30 Danielle Collins subsequent. Collins defeated Viktoriya Tomova on Thursday.
Pegula made the Miami Open semifinals in 2022 and is among the many favourites to win the match this 12 months after No. 1-ranked and defending champion Iga Swiatek pulled out of the match due to a rib damage.
No. 21 Paula Badosa received 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2 in opposition to Laura Siegemund in a match that lasted two hours and 51 minutes. Badosa will face both Elena Rybakina, who defeated Badosa en path to the Indian Wells title, or Anna Kalinskaya.
Badosa hit with a ball child in the course of the match to remain heat after Siegemund known as for a medical timeout and left the court docket for therapy, which took practically quarter-hour.
In different motion, Elise Mertens eradicated No. 8 seed Daria Kasatkina 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to advance and face No. 29 Petra Martic subsequent; No. 23 Qinwen Zheng picked up a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Irina-Camelia Begu; and No. 13 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia defeated Tereza Martincová 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-0.
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