Miami Open WTA: Watson advances into second round

It was a relatively low-key day in Miami which saw wins for Heather Watson and Dominika Cibulkova.

Miami Open WTA: Watson advances into second round
British number two Watson spent just 48 minutes on court as she brushed aside Cetkovska (pic | Daily Mail)

Heather Watson put in a dominant display in her first round match against Petra Cetkovska. Winning 6-1 6-0, the Brit was on court for a mere 48 minutes as she moved into the next round. The British number two raced out of the block as she etched a 5-0 lead in no time at all before Cetkovska held for what would be her only game in the match as Watson went on to win the next seven games to set up a tie against 20th seed Sloane Stephens. In a head to head which has a surprising amount of matches considering the pairs age, Watson leads 4-2 having lost the last two match ups. Post match it was confirmed that Watson is now working with ex-coach Diego Veronelli after the latter confirmed on Twitter.

Cibulkova squeezes through 

Dominika Cibulkova in action (Source: ESPN)
Dominika Cibulkova in action (Source: ESPN)

Dominika Cibulkova survived a pulsating encounter against Johanna Larsson of Sweden. In a match lasting over two hours it was to be Larsson who would take the advantage early on winning the first set 6-4. However, not one to sit back, Cibulkova fought back in the second set as she won the second set 6-1. Not holding up the Slovak continued her momentum into the final set, saving numerous break points as she won the final set 6-2 as she moved into the next round.

Bouchard bows out

Eugenie Bouchard suffered a disappointing loss as she bowed out in three sets to doubles specialist Lucie Hradecka. Looking to continue her great start to this year the Canadian dropped the first set as Hradecka served out for 6-4 after Bouchard missed many opportunities throughout. Bouchard fought back to take the second set as it looked like she might go on to take the third as well. However Hradecka bounced back to take just her fourth win of the year winning 6-4 3-6 6-2.

Other Results

Julia Goerges def. Nao Hibino 7-6(8) 6-4

Alize Cornet def. Galina Voskoboeva 6-4 7-5

Vania King def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4 6-4

Irina Falconi def. Francesca Schiavone 7-5 6-1

Yanina Wickmayer def. Karin Knapp 6-2 6-1

Caroline Garcia def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 2-6 6-1 6-3

Carina Witthoeft def. Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2 4-6 6-1

Christina McHale def. Misaki Doi  6-2 4-6 7-5

Irina Begu def. Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-3

Kiki Bertens def. Saisai Zheng 6-3 6-2

Coco Vandeweghe def. Samantha Crawford 6-4 7-5

Elena Vesnina def. Jana Cepelova 7-5 6-3

Timea Babos def. Anna Tatishvili 7-6(2) 6-2

Magda Linette def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 6-7(7) 6-3

Kristyna Pliskova def. Paula Badosa Gibert 6-3 6-3

Naomi Osaka def. Pauline Parmentier 6-2 2-6 6-2

Monica Puig def. Catherine Bellis 4-6 6-3 6-2