09-09-2010, 07:09 AM
Cricketer Of The Year
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Moving the hole in the o-zone layer
Sony Ericsson Open II
PTA Masters Series 1000 - 3rd Round (Monday) - Miami, FL - Hard (Outdoors)
- While no CWLanders were in singles action, there were some surprisingly results on Monday's play. In a rematch of their third round clash in Indian Wells, World No. 3 Radek Špidlá reaffirmed his favouritism by avenging his California loss by beating Becker Haas in another hotly contested match 6-4, 7-5. Elsewhere, Indian Wells finalist Darcy Cowan followed the winner out of the draw as he was beaten 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 by Morgan Carter, while Jason Hall's conqueror Ivars Emsis was humbled in a dull serve-fest by 31st seed David Champion 7-6(7), 6-7(4), 7-5.
- Seeded players out: Antonio Bachunelli; Darcy Cowan; Ivan Genov; Becker Haas.
- Heath Davis is getting good match practice ahead of his fourth round appearance tomorrow as he and partner Jojo Mustard survived a tough three-set affair against Morton Blundell & Oneil Stewart. The West CWLanders had six different match points in the third set before they finally converted to secure a confident 6-4, 3-6, [12-10] win. It was a much sterner test than their dominant first round win, and holds them in good stead for a quarter final showdown with Henson/Henson or Machado/Rodrígues.
- Davis' fourth round opponent Tal Cohen continued his good form in Florida as he and Raz Teper ousted Rob Bowenburg & Jarkko Maxum. The Trans-CWLand team, who were so good in the first round, played unsophisticated tennis against the Israeli duo and were punished for key mistakes on big points. Cohen and Teper, whose form has blown hot and cold for nearly a year now, were calm and confident at the right moments as they took all four break point opportunities to seal a 6-2, 6-3 win.
- They play fourth seeds Jefferson Drake & Martti Korpinen who were taken to three sets for the second time - this time against Gai Kai & Lu Xun. The Chinese pair took the title in Sunrise, and the 6-2 scoreline in the second set suggested that they'd romp it home in the match tiebreaker. But after opening up a 4-1 lead, the Chinese duo were reeled in by the explosive forehands of Drake and some quick thinking from Korpinen at the net as the Easterners escaped with a 7-6(3), 2-6, [10-7] win.
- Seeded players out: None.