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Serena to meet Osaka in Miami Open

22 March, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Miami Open prepares for final year in Key Biscayne before move to Hard Rock Stadium

Some felt it was unfair the Miami Open allowed Williams, an eight-times champion at the tournament, to play Osaka in the first round.

Former US player and director of the Miami Open (where Williams - now ranked at number 491, after her Indian Wells performance - will play world number 22 Naomi Osaka on Wednesday) James Blake, has also voiced his disappointment with the rules as they stand.

Djokovic, who will play in the second round on Friday, underwent a "small medical intervention" following his defeat in Melbourne and has been seen in the build up here simulating a baseball pitch to ensure his right elbow stands up to the test.

"This kind of things shouldn't happen". But she has good memories of the event Miami, having won their three times early in her career and she also made it to the semifinals previous year. It's not as if she left because of an injury and lost her passion for the game. "She had a kid, which we should all be celebrating, so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded", Blake added.

"It's a kind of punishment, which is tough", Blake continued, per The Washington Post.

"I hope they revisit those talks although it will be too late for (Williams) unless she decides to have another child", he said.

Williams is an eight-time Miami Open victor, but she can't be seeded due to the fact that she's unranked. But this ranking doesn't apply to seeding. After the birth of her son, for instance, Victoria Azarenka returned to tennis last June, playing as a wild card in the Mallorca Open and using her protected ranking to play in Wimbledon.

KEY BISCAYNE FL- MARCH 19 L-R James Blake,Tournament Director Mark Sharpiro WME  IMG Co-President Stephen Ross Miami Dolphins owner and Serena Williams at a press conference prior ro the ground breaking at the future home of the Miami Open begining
James Blake has now moved beyond the court

They now have a system of what they call protected ranking, which allows an injured player to retain a rank averaged from the months immediately following their injury.

The WTA has, however, amended its rules in the past year so that players who are absent through pregnancy are "aligned" with those missing through long-term injury.

Special seedings were sometimes applied to players returning from long lay-offs but that rule has been scrapped by the WTA.

The WTA said indeed it would review the rule in time for 2019 and that it was "very supportive" of players who come back to the tour following pregnancy. She remains the most eminent figure in the sport and is unmistakably the most prominent drawing card around the world.

"To give birth is the best thing in the world". She made the semifinals in Indian Wells only to be overwhelmed by eventual champion Naomi Osaka.

Osaka underlined why she is being tipped as a future Grand Slam champion with some clean ball striking from the back of the court and accurate serving to comfortably close out the match in the second set and bring up a second-round meeting with fourth seed Elina Svitolina.

"This match should not be happening in a 3rd round", the Australian wrote on Twitter.



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