Miami Open: Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter produce moving retorts to reach second round | Tennis News


Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter advance in straight sets to reach the second round of the Miami Open on Wednesday with Heather Watson hoping to make it a treble later today.

Last updated: 03/24/21 21:19 pm

Britain’s Cameron Norrie came back from the brink of defeat to beat Yoshihito Nishioka

Cameron Norrie produced a spectacular comeback to defeat Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the Miami Open, while Katie Boulter upset Kristyna Pliskova.

Britain’s No 2 Norrie fought in the deciding set to defeat Japan’s Nishioka 6-1 3-6 7-5, while Boulter beat Czech Pliskova 4-6 6-3 6-3.

Heather Watson hopes to pull off a hat-trick for British players in Miami when she takes on Serbian Nina Stojanović later Wednesday.

Norrie faces tough test against Grigor Dimitrov in round two

Norrie faces tough test against Grigor Dimitrov in round two

Norrie had gone through the first set, recovering from the loss of the first service game to beat Nishioka three times.

However, world No.66 Nishioka rallied in the second set with Norrie guilty of unforced errors after losing his serve at 2-2 and again to lead 5-3.

Norrie, ranked 56th in the world, was soon against her in the decider as Nishioka broke twice to take a 5-1 lead and looked on her way to victory.

However, the 25-year-old then produced his own retaliation to tie the set at 5-5 with another break before clinching a sixth straight game, once again against Nishioka’s serve, advancing in two hours and 16. minutes.

Norrie will play ninth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the second round.

Katie Boulter produced a display composed to reserve her spot in the second round of the WTA tournament in Miami

Katie Boulter produced a display composed to reserve her spot in the second round of the WTA tournament in Miami

Boulter served 11 double faults against Pliskova, but she outscored her opponent in the deciding set to qualify for a meeting against Belgian world No.17 Elise Mertens.

Both women struggled to hold onto their service matches in the opening set, which the world No.78 ultimately closed.

Boulter, who came out in the first round at Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, started a retaliation to advance 4-1 with a break halfway through the second set and forced a decider.

The 24-year-old continued her momentum with an early break and held on to lead 3-1, before finally taking a fourth match point as Pliskova’s serve failed again after a series of double faults .

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