2013 Sony Open Women’s Winners & Results
The 2013 version of the Sony Open Tennis tournament for women (also known as the Miami Masters) took place at the same time as the men’s event in Key Biscayne, Miami. It is classified as a Premier Mandatory event and this lofty status ensured that the world’s top female players were eager to get their hands on the huge winner’s check and benefit from the major ranking points on offer. Of the world’s top 32 players, only Samantha Stosur and Victoria Azarenka were missing from the tournament and both players withdrew due to injury. This shows just how important the Sony Open Tennis tournament is.
Last year’s champion, Agnieszka Radwanska, was seeded #4 while Serena Williams was seeded #1 and eager to prove that she deserved her rating as the world’s best player. Despite the amazing level of talent on display, the tournament went more or less as expected with 3 of the top 4 seeds making the semi-final. The only absentee was #2 Azarenka who, as we already mentioned, missed out due to injury.
#22 seed Jelena Jankovic was the big surprise as she fought her way to the semi-final only to be downed 6-2, 6-1 by last year’s runner-up, #3 seed Maria Sharapova. Aside from a tough 4th round encounter with Dominika Cibulkova, Serena Williams was making a statement as she crushed the opposition including a memorable 6-0, 6-3 win over Radwanska in the semi-final. After losing 4-6 in the first set in the final, Williams came storming back and saw out the match in fine style winning 6-3, 6-0 against her bewildered opponent and taking home $724,000.
Nadia Petrova won the 2012 event with Maria Kirilenko but teamed up with Katarina Srebotnik this time around. There was the potential for a huge surprise as two wildcard pairings made the semi-final and one of them, Laura Robson and Lisa Raymond shocked everyone by making the final after hammering #1 seeds Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 in the semis. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough left in the tank as they succumbed to Petrova and Kirilenko 6-1, 7-6. Clearly, Petrova enjoys the Key Biscayne court and should be marked down as a threat for any future hard court doubles tournament.
While it was close but no cigar yet again for Maria Sharapova at the Sony Open, it was yet another demonstration of power tennis from Serena Williams. After enduring a rocky spell some time back, she has roared into the #1 spot and is now the queen of the women’s tennis circuit once again.
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