Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Top seed Serena Williams booked a spot in the fourth round of the $5.4 million Sony Open with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Caroline Garcia Saturday at Crandon Park.
Williams, who won the event six times, will take on the winner of the showdown between Coco Vandeweghe and Samantha Stosur, which will be played later Saturday.
Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic improved to 5-0 lifetime against Flavia Pennetta via a 6-4, 6-3 win in their third-round clash.
“Flavia has been playing some really good tennis lately. She’s really on top of her form,” Ivanovic said. “I expected a tough match today, and I’m really happy the way I played, especially at the end of the first set and in the beginning of the second set.”
Next for Ivanovic is No. 8 Petra Kvitova, who beat Croatian qualifier Donna Vekic, 6-3, 6-4. Kvitova served up 10 aces and won 74 percent of first serve points and an impressive 73 percent of second serve points.
Ivanovic leads Kvitova in their head-to-head, 4-2, though Kvitova has won two of the last three.
Fifth seed Angelique Kerber came out blazing en route to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tsvetana Pironkova. She will next face No.23 seed Ekaterina Makarova, who defeated No. 9 Sara Errani in two hours and 26 minutes, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
On the men’s side, Stanislas Wawrinka bounced back from last week’s BNP Paribas Open fourth round exit with a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the second round.
Wawrinka, who wrapped up the victory in 88 minutes, will next play Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who ousted No. 25 Marin Cilic, 6-2, 7-6(5).
Seventh seed Tomas Berdych fought back from a 3-5 deficit in the first set to beat Stephane Robert, 7-6(5), 6-1 in 76 minutes. He will play No. 26 seed Gilles Simon or Joao Sousa in the third round.
Roberto Bautista Agut knocked out No. 19 Jerzy Janowicz, 6-4, 6-1, in 71 minutes. Bautista Agut will now play No. 14 seed Fabio Fognini or qualifier Lukas Lacko in the third round.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeated No. 23 Gael Monfils 6-2, 7-5 in a rain-interrupted clash for a place in the third round.