Miami Open Tennis 2019 : The 2019 Miami Open presented by Itaú is an upcoming professional men and women’s tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts It will be the 35th tournament. It’s a familiar sight to have a top player’s sister in the draw of the Miami Open,Three-time tournament champion Venus Williams won her opening match Thursday at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3.
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The Williams sisters have hoisted the Miami trophy 11 times between them and all those victories were celebrated at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.But this year the tournament has moved to the suburbs and Hard Rock Stadium is Osaka country with Naomi and Mari growing up three miles away and learning to play tennis almost in the shadow of the Hard Rock home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, who are part-owned by the Williams sisters.
Naomi will be joined in the draw by her 338th-ranked sibling who needed a wildcard to get a place in the tournament.“It is a bit weird that I have to give her advice and she is my older sister,” Naomi told reporters on Wednesday. “But she has been doing like newbie mistakes.
“Yesterday it rained out all day but she came here at 11 o’clock and her match was the fourth on.“I mean, like, what are you doing? Stuff like that I have to talk to her about.”
The 21-year-old U.S.-based Japanese player has taken the tennis world by storm, winning the last two Grand Slams and amassing $10.8 million in prize money while Mari, one year older, tries to claw her way up the rankings with $58,000 in career earnings.
While Naomi now holds sway over her older sister, that was not always the case.“Up until I was 15 she was 6-0ing me, it was ridiculous,” the Australian and U.S. Open champion said. “In the win-loss record she is up by a million or something.”
Naomi gets a first-round bye while Mari starts her campaign on Thursday against another wildcard in American Whitney Osuigwe.On opposite sides of the draw, the only way the sisters could meet in Miami would be in an all-Osaka final.
Even if Mari’s stay ends up being short, however, Naomi is enjoying having her sister by her side.“It’s nice because you can give each other advice especially if you have played the opponent,” Naomi said. “I really enjoy having her around, most of the time we don’t play the same tournaments.
“For me I don’t really talk to that many people and she is sort of the nicer one in this relationship.”Mari Osaka’s focus will be getting past the first round and advancing any further would be considered a wild success but Naomi will have loftier objectives.
“I actually drove past this (stadium) a lot when I was a kid,” she said. “I grew up watching all these great players winning it so just to come from being a kid in the audience to being the one holding the trophy would mean a lot.”
While the focus for some sports fans was spread across the country Thursday for the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the tennis world looked toward Miami Gardens, Florida, for the Miami Open.
The top stars on the men’s side have yet to take the court at Hard Rock Stadium, with the first round wrapping up.The women’s singles draw offered a few recognizable names. Third-seeded Petra Kvitova was set to face off with Maria Sakkari, and Venus Williams met Dalila Jakupovic. No. 17-seed Madison Keys, who reached the quarterfinals in 2016, opened against Samantha Stosur.
Here’s a look at Thursday’s results and a brief overview of the action.
In her last tournament, Bianca Andreescu upset Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber en route to a title at the BNP Paribas Open. On Thursday, the 18-year-old Canadian had her hands full with Irina-Camelia Begu.
Andreescu dropped the first set to Begu and needed a tiebreaker to level the match in the second. Begu was serving for the match up 5-2 and had a match up at 40-30, yet Andreescu survived.She broke Begu again in the first game of the third set, which allowed her to build a 3-1 lead. Another break in the seventh game all but locked up the victory.
The gulf between the two players closed a bit in the second set, and Sakkari broke Kvitova in the second game. Kvitova immediately returned the favor, stunting Sakkari’s momentum in the process. The 23-year-old Greek dropped her serve in the fifth game as well, giving Kvitova the opening she needed to see through the win.
Williams and Jakupovic didn’t exactly put on a masterclass in serving in the first set of what proved to be a straight-set victory for Williams. In the opening frame, the two dropped serve seven times in 12 games.Falling behind a set to Williams appeared to deflate Jakupovic a bit. She failed to capitalize on two break-point opportunities and fell behind 1-5.
Jakupovic started slowly clawing her way back before Williams jumped ahead 40-0 in the ninth game. Jakupovic brought it back to deuce, but her comeback attempt ultimately came up short.It’s a familiar sight to have a top player’s sister in the draw of the Miami Open, where this year Venus and Serena Williams are both competing for a 17th time.
But this tournament is the first time at a WTA-level event that top-ranked Naomi Osaka was joined in the singles main draw by her older sister, Mari.
Everyone else in women’s tennis is ranked below Naomi Osaka right now, including Mari, 22, who is ranked 338th, and normally plays lower-level events.
She received a wild card for this tournament and played her first WTA main draw match on Thursday against another wild card, 205th-ranked Whitney Osuigwe. Osaka acquitted herself well in a 6-2, 6-4 loss.Serena and Venus Williams usually get top billing at the Miami Open but this year there is another sister act vying for the spotlight with world number one Naomi Osaka showing older sibling Mari the ropes.