Miami Open: Patricia Tig defeats Mladenovic, Halep and Cirstea qualify to third round

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Romanian tennis player Patricia Tig (95th WTA) succeeded a stunning victory against Kristina Mladenovic (18th WTA) 7-6 (4), 6-2 at Miami Open and reached the third round of the tournament. Let’s recall that Mladenovic recently defeated Simona Halep at Indian Wells in the third round.

Tig came from behind (4-3) in the first set to level the score at 5-5 and won the first set in tie-break 7-4. In the second set Patricia Tig led the game up to 3-1, then 5-2 and finally 6-2.

Also on Friday Sorana Cirstea qualified to the third round after defeating Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia – 19th seeded) 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.

Simona Halep defeated Naomi Osaka (Japan) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. “It’s really important that I could win this match today,” Halep said, after the match, referencing her struggles with a knee injury to begin 2017, wtatennis.com informs. “I think it was very, very difficult to play against her in the first match here at the tournament, but I’m really happy. I had no pain, I stayed there two hours, fighting, running all over the place… so it’s great.”

“I didn’t expect her to play that good in the wind. She’s hitting the balls pretty hard and she adjusted well today. Her game is strong and she likes…to hit, and the wind was moving the ball a lot. From my side, I didn’t have pretty good timing to hit. She did very well,” Halep also said.

The Romanian advances to play the winner of the match between No. 32 seed Ekaterina Makarova and Anett Kontaveit.

The fourth Romanian player, Irina Begu, was defeated by Lara Arruabarrena 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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