Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open with straight-set victories in the third round.
The world number one Kerber recovered from a break down in both sets to dispatch Shelby Rogers 6-4 7-5. It was yet another unimpressive performance by the German, who had a 3-0 deficit in the opening of the match and then a 4-2 one in the second set.
In the first set Kerber won five games in a row to save herself and subsequently win the set, while in the second set she broke Rogers in the first game, but dropped serve in the second game and Rogers was the one leading midway through the set. Kerber faught back to level from 2-4 to 4-all and recorded a crucial break in the eleventh game to win the match and advance to the fourth round of the tournament.
The 61st-ranked Rogers was more aggressive, hitting 34 winners to Kerber’s 17, but the American also recorded way more unforced errors, 51 to Kerber’s 22.
Playing against Patricia Maria Tig, Venus Williams was the first player to drop serve in the match, going 1-2 down, but the Romanian qualifier followed the impressive break with a disastrous service game in which she committed multiple double faults, handing Williams a break back right away. The world number 95 Tig never recovered from that horrible game and won just one more game in the remainder of the match, with Williams winning 6-3 6-0. (photo: Jimmie48)