Miami Gardens, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer knew he had things going his way at the Miami Open when he hit three shots off his frame during a wild 17-stroke exchange and still won the point because Filip Krajinovic dumped a half volley into the net.
Krajinovic quickly grabbed the ball and flipped it over the net as if continuing the rally, which drew cheers from the crowd and a smile from Federer.
"We're not robots," Federer said. "I like when players show emotion like Filip did in that instant. It was a weird, strange, ridiculous point that I got very lucky to win somehow."
A little lucky and really good, Federer won 7-5, 6-3 Monday to reach the fourth round. He improved to 14-2 this year, signaling he's a threat to win his fourth Miami title.
He'll next play No. 13 Daniil Medvedev, who won a battle of dominating serves against 6-foot-11 qualifier Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (0). There were no service breaks but plenty of aces — 19 by Medvedev and 22 by Opelka.
Among those departing in the women's fourth round were Venus Williams and Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu. Williams lost to No. 2-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3, and Andreescu retired with a right shoulder injury while trailing Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 2-0.
Andreescu, who is tied for the WTA lead with 20 match victories this year, said she felt pain and tightness in the shoulder.
"I've played so many matches," the 18-year-old Canadian said. "I guess it's just my body's way of telling me it has had enough. The doctor said it's nothing too serious, but the pain is there."
Andreescu said she will skip the tournament next week in Charleston, South Carolina, but plans to play the Fed Cup on April 20-21.
She called a medical timeout after the first set to receive treatment, and received similar treatment during her third-round victory over Angelique Kerber, who afterward told Andreescu she was the "biggest drama queen ever."
Andreescu defeated Kerber in the Indian Wells final on March 17 for her first career title. The injury ended Andreescu's bid to become the fourth woman to win Indian Wells and Miami back to back.
"I'm pretty upset," she said. "But I really can't complain, with what I've achieved."
Halep and Kontaveit were joined in the quarterfinals by Petra Kvitova, who faced only one break point and beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is ranked a career-high No. 2 and will rise to No. 1 if she wins the title. No. 1 Naomi Osaka lost in the third round.
Kvitova's match was interrupted by rain for more than 90 minutes, and she took advantage.
"I had a quick nap, which was really helpful," she said.
Federer was only slightly delayed on his way to victory. Serving in the final game, he smacked aces on the first three points, and then hit another ace that skipped off the line to seal the victory — or so it was ruled.
While awaiting a replay review, Federer and Krajinovic walked to the net and discussed the call.
"He thought it was in," Federer said. "I'm thinking, 'Why did he think that?' It was quite clearly out."
Federer was correct, and when the call was overturned, he gave Krajinovic a wave as if to say, "See you in a minute." He needed only one more serve to complete the victory.
Dhaka, Mar 25 (UNB) – Finals of both the men’s and women’s competitions of the MA Hamid Independence Day Handball Tournament will be held on Tuesday at the Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will meet Police Handball Club in the men’s final at 2pm while BJMC play Bangladesh Ansar in women’s final at 3:30pm.
Women International Master and country’s celebrated chess player Rani Hamid, wife of late MA Hamid, will be the chief guest at the closing function after the finals and later she will distribute the trophies.
In Monday’s matches, Quantum Foundation beat Bangladesh Ansar by 34-32 goals in the men’s competition while Police Handball Club defeated Quantum Foundation by 18-12 goals in the women’s competition.
Dhaka, March 24 (UNB) – An exhibition cricket match between Youth and Sports Ministry Eleven and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven will be held on Tuesday (March 26) marking the Independence Day.
The T20 cricket match between will kick off at 11am at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Dhaka, Mar 24 (UNB) – Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Police Handball Club earned their 2nd consecutive victories in the MA Hamid Independence Day Handball (Men’s & Women’s) Tournament beating their rivals at Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali Handball Stadium here on Sunday.
The BGB men’s team, which made a flying start outplaying Quantum Foundation 36-20 goals in the opening match on Saturday, beat Bangladesh Ansar by 40-20 goals in their 2nd match after leading the first half by 17-9 goals.
In the day’s other men’s match, Police Handball Club piled up the 2nd successive win defeating all-losers Quantum Foundation by 34-29 goals (first half 17-14) after beating Bangladesh Ansar by 25-20 goals in the first match, also on Saturday.
In the women’s group, BJMC and Bangladesh Ansar maintained their all-win record beating their rivals on the 2nd day at the same venue.
BJMC beat Police Handball Club by 27-13 goals (first half 17-5) while Bangladesh Ansar crushed Quantum Foundation by 46-6 goals (first half 22-2).
In the day’s other women’s competition, Police Handball Club beat Jamalpur Sports Academy by 24-19 goals (first half 10-8).
Earlier on Saturday, BJMC outplayed Quantum Foundation by 48-10 goals (first half 28-5) and Bangladesh Ansar defeated Jamalpur Sports Academy by 33-15 goals (first half 15-10).
Miami Gardens, Mar 24 (AP/UNB) — The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power.
Serena Williams withdrew Saturday, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Osaka's departure matched the earliest ever in the tournament by a top-seeded woman and jeopardized her No. 1 ranking, depending on results next week.
"I feel like I've dealt with the stress of people asking me do I have pressure because I have the No. 1 next to my name," Osaka said. "I thought I was doing fine with that, but I guess I'm not."
Roger Federer briefly seemed headed for the exit but instead advanced to the third round by rallying past qualifier Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
"Radu put me through the ringer," Federer said.
No. 2-seeded Alexander Zverev double-faulted 12 times and lost to wild card David Ferrer, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Williams' withdrawal was unexpected because she showed no signs of injury a day earlier while winning her opening match against Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. Williams didn't mention any health issues during a news conference after the match, and the WTA had no information regarding when she was hurt.
Williams' victory Friday was her first at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins' home and the Miami Open's new center court. The tournament moved this year from Key Biscayne, where Williams won eight titles.
"I am disappointed to withdraw," she said in a statement. "It was an amazing experience to play at Hard Rock Stadium this year, and I would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event. I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami."
Federer, a three-time champion, lost serve only once — in the first game — but was on the ropes until he swept the final three games, to the relief of an enthusiastic stadium crowd.
"It was a great atmosphere," Federer said. "It was electric. I think that's why I played so well at the end."
While attendance in the stadium continued to be spotty, outer courts were jammed, and the day session drew a tournament record 32,831 spectators.
Seeded losers on the men's side included No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 21 Diego Schwartzman, No. 26 Guido Pella, No. 30 Stan Wawrinka and No. 31 Steve Johnson. In a game of inches, the 5-foot-6 Schwartzman lost to 6-foot-11 Reilly Opelka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Williams was next scheduled to play No. 18-seeded Qiang Wang, who advanced to the fourth round.
Also reaching the women's round of 16 was the 33-year-old Hsieh, who turned pro in 2001 but has achieved the two biggest victories of her career in the past nine months. Her only other win over a No. 1 player came against Simona Halep at Wimbledon last year.
With two-handed groundstrokes from both sides, Hsieh was the steadier player from the baseline against Osaka. When Hsieh closed out match point with a forehand volley winner, she began to cry as the crowd applauded her performance.
Osaka smiled when reminded it was the first time in 64 matches she lost after winning the first set.
"I know — it's depressing," she said. "I was thinking about it right after I lost."
Osaka, 21, has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments. Williams, 37, still hasn't won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom. She has played only eight matches this year.
Williams' stay at the Miami Open was also brief last year, when she lost in the first round to Osaka. Friday's match was Williams' first since she retired from Indian Wells two weeks ago because of a viral illness.