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Boulter advances, Evans stages comeback at Miami Open amid weather concerns

Posted : 22 March 2024


In the Miami Open's second round, British tennis player Katie Boulter advances to the third round as her 16-year-old opponent, Brenda Fruhvirtova, retires due to illness. Boulter, who has demonstrated a strong performance in 2024, was leading 7-6 (7-5) 1-0 when Fruhvirtova withdrew from the match. Despite initially leading with an early break, Fruhvirtova struggled in the sweltering Florida heat, prompting her to request medical attention twice during the game.


Expressing sympathy for her opponent's condition, Boulter acknowledged the bittersweet nature of her victory, emphasizing her desire for Fruhvirtova's swift recovery. Observing the fluctuating nature of Fruhvirtova's play during the match, Boulter noted the mental challenges inherent in competitive tennis, where physical and psychological resilience are equally crucial.


Meanwhile, in the men's singles event, British player Dan Evans stages an impressive comeback against Italy's Lorenzo Sonego. Despite a challenging start to the season, Evans demonstrated resilience by securing a hard-fought 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory over the world number 53. This win marks a significant achievement for Evans, who has faced adversity earlier in the year, winning only three out of nine matches.


Reflecting on his victory, Evans expressed his satisfaction, particularly considering the difficulties he has encountered in the current season. With this win, Evans sets up a second-round encounter with American 31st seed Christopher Eubanks, aiming to build on his recent success and continue his progress in the tournament.


Meanwhile, as other British players, including Andy Murray, Cameron Norrie, and Jack Draper, prepare for their second-round matches, inclement weather forecasts threaten to disrupt the event's schedule, adding another layer of uncertainty to the competition in Florida.


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