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WTA Miami – Thursday, March 21, 2024 final results

Rybakina during the 2023 Miami Open final against Petra Kvitova.

No. 4 seed Elena Rybakina, who was unable to defend her Indian Wells title because of an untimely bout with gastro, is in the lineup and will kick off her Miami Open effort in the late stadium match.

She plays qualifier Clara Tauson, who was a top junior, a quick riser on the WTA Tour – only to be waylaid by injuries, mostly her back.

Indian Wells finalist Maria Sakkari is also out Thursday to try to do at least as well in Miami, if not even better.

Notably, Aryna Sabalenka’s opening match against good pal Paula Badosa is the one match in the bottom half of the draw that isn’t on the schedule Thursday.

(Miami is on EDT)

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Miami Open
Location: Miami, Fla.
Category: WTA Tour 1000
Surface: Outdoor Hard
Dates: March 19 – 31, 2024
Prize money: $8,770,480
Draws: S96 / D32

Thursday, March 21, 2024
Results
Singles, second round

Upsets

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) def. [13] Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) 61 46 63

Wang Xinyu (CHN) def. [16] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 63 62

[Q] Taylor Townsend (USA) def [25] Elise Mertens (BEL) 62 62

 

Injury retirements

[7] Zheng Qinwen (CHN) def. Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 46 63 10 retd

[24] Katie Boulter (GBR) def. [WC] Brenda Fruhvirtova (CZE) 76 (5) 10 retd

 

Tough battles

[4] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) def. [Q] Clara Tauson (DEN) 36 75 64

[11] Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) def Diane Parry (FRA) 36 61 64

[27] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) def. Peyton Stearns (USA) 75 36 64

[32] Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) def. [WC] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 57 75 64

 

Seeds advancing

[8] Maria Sakkari (GRE) def. Yuan Yue (CHN) 62 62

[9] Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) def. [Q] Laura Siegemund (GER) 76 (3) 64

[17] Madison Keys (USA) def. Diana Shnaider (RUS) 62 64

[22] Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) def. Wang Xiyu (CHN) 62 62

[28] Dayana Yastremska (UKR) def. [PR] Daria Saville (AUS) 75 75

 

Other results

[LL] Greet Minnen (BEL) def Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 75 61

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