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Miami Open tennis live | Order of play for Miami Open 2017 day one on Tuesday 21 March

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 21 Mar 2017
  • Sara Errani vs Belinda Bencic and more first-round women's matches are scheduled on day 1 of the 2017 Miami Open
  • Full order of play and schedule for Tuesday 21 March at the Miami Open
  • Miami Open tennis is live from Miami until Sunday 2 April
Belinda Bencic (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Miami Open begins on Tuesday 21 March as first-round women’s matches, including Sara Errani vs Belinda Bencic, take place at Crandon Park while men’s and women’s qualifying continues.



The full order of play and schedule for day one at the 2017 Miami Open sees first-round women’s matches live from 10am local/2pm GMT while women’s and men’s qualifying matches continue on Tuesday 21 March.

With the top 32 seeds enjoying first-round byes and the big names still transitioning from Indian Wells to Miami, there aren’t any really top stars in action for the first couple of days at the Miami Open but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of intriguing action to watch.

The first round of women’s matches starts on Tuesday 21 March with 12 main-draw women’s matches on the order of play, highlighted by former French Open runner-up Sara Errani taking on Belinda Bencic – two women at opposite ends of their careers who are both trying to overcome temporary struggles. Both women have been ranked in the top 10 but the Italian veteran Errani and Swiss starlet Bencic have both plummeted in the rankings over the past year or so, largely due to injury, and neither has made a good start to 2017 – Bencic has won just two of the eight matches she’s played so far this season while Errani is an equally unimpressive 2-5. The winner of Tuesday’s first-round clash will face 30th seed Zhang Shuai in the second round.

Kristyna Pliskova, the twin sister of second seed Karolina Pliskova, starts her Miami Open campaign on Grandstand court against Mandy Minella. Pliskova has been rising in the rankings after capturing her first career title in Tashkent last year and certainly has the weapons, with her big serve and powerful groundstrokes, to rise further – a win over Luxembourg’s Minella could see the Czech set up a second-round clash with Indian Wells runner-up and 2016 Miami runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Rising star Naomi Osaka, who made the third round of all three Grand Slams she played in 2016 while still a teenager, takes on Kristina Kucova on Court 1 with the winner to face third seed Simona Halep in the second round, while former US Open semifinalist Peng Shuai – runner-up in Taipei City earlier this year, and making great strides on her comeback from a serious injury – is in action on the same court against the hard-hitting Danka Kovinic.

Men’s qualifying action includes the young American beanstalk Reilly Opelka and another rising young American star, Ernesto Escobedo, as well as Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny on Tuesday 21 March.

Play starts 10am local/2pm GMT on all courts unless otherwise stated

GRANDSTAND 
Play starts 12pm local/4pm GMT
WTA - M. Minella (LUX) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 
WTA - S. Errani (ITA) vs B. Bencic (SUI) 
WTA - K. Flipkens (BEL) vs J. Brady (USA) 
WTA - C. Witthoeft (GER) vs [WC] N. Gibbs (USA)

COURT 1 
ATP - Qualifying - D. King (BAR) vs R. Opelka (USA)
Not Before 11:00 am
WTA - Y. Duan (CHN) vs L. Siegemund (GER) 
WTA - K. Kucova (SVK) vs N. Osaka (JPN) 
WTA - J. Larsson (SWE) vs M. Niculescu (ROU) 
WTA - S. Peng (CHN) vs D. Kovinic (MNE)

COURT 2 
ATP - Qualifying - [7] R. Olivo (ARG) vs [13] E. Escobedo (USA) 
Not Before 11:00 am
WTA - L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs [WC] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 
WTA - V. Golubic (SUI) vs T. Pironkova (BUL) 
WTA - K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) 
WTA - [WC] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)

COURT 7 
WTA - Qualifying - F. Abanda (CAN) vs [20] M. Erakovic (NZL) 
WTA - Qualifying - [8] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [22] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 
WTA - Qualifying - [7] D. Vekic (CRO) vs A. Bogdan (ROU) or [17] T. Maria (GER) 
WTA - Qualifying - [4] E. Rodina (RUS) or L. Hradecka (CZE) vs A. Krunic (SRB) or [16] P. Tig (ROU)

COURT 8 
ATP - Qualifying - [11] L. Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] M. Kecmanovic (SRB) 
ATP - Qualifying - [9] J. Donaldson (USA) vs [20] S. Kozlov (USA) 
ATP - Qualifying - [4] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) or L. Rosol (CZE) vs [WC] C. Harrison (USA) 
ATP - Qualifying - [2] P. Herbert (FRA) or T. Kamke (GER) vs F. Gaio (ITA) or [14] A. Bedene (GBR)

COURT 9 
WTA - Qualifying - [2] M. Linette (POL) vs [23] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 
WTA - Qualifying - V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs [13] I. Falconi (USA) 
WTA - Qualifying - [6] K. Nara (JPN) vs F. Schiavone (ITA) 
WTA - Qualifying - [12] M. Barthel (GER) vs [WC] S. Zhuk (RUS) or [21] T. Townsend (USA)

COURT 10 
ATP - Qualifying - [3] M. Youzhny (RUS) vs B. Becker (GER) 
ATP - Qualifying - [6] R. Albot (MDA) vs [16] S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP - Qualifying - [8] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) or P. Gojowczyk (GER) vs [19] N. Gombos (SVK) 
ATP - Qualifying - [5] F. Tiafoe (USA) or T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs M. Bourgue (FRA) or [18] B. Fratangelo (USA)

COURT 5 
WTA - Qualifying - [9] M. Brengle (USA) vs [19] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 
WTA - Qualifying - A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs A. Kontaveit (EST) 
WTA - Qualifying - [WC] A. Potapova (RUS) vs [15] J. Cepelova (SVK) 
WTA - Qualifying - [10] R. Ozaki (JPN) or [WC] K. Swan (GBR) vs J. Fett (CRO) or [14] J. Boserup (USA)

COURT 6 
ATP - Qualifying - [10] N. Kicker (ARG) or A. Whittington (AUS) vs [15] D. Lajovic (SRB) 
ATP - Qualifying - T. Smyczek (USA) vs R. Bemelmans (BEL) or [21] J. Kovalik (SVK)



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