One of professional tennis’ premiere events is undergoing a name change. The Sony Open is now The Miami Open.
South Florida was simply sizzling with celebrities as they attended all kinds of events from tennis matches to music smashes and birthday bashes.
Novak Djokovic won his fourth Key Biscayne title, while Rafael Nadal failed again trying for his first.
Martina Hingis won her first doubles title in seven years when she and Sabine Lisicki defeated Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 Sunday at the Sony Open.
Serena Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title Saturday when she overcame a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open.
Getting around Miami over the weekend will be a tedious adventure for thousands of drivers.
No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point Friday.
Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final when Kei Nishikori withdrew less than two hours before their semifinal Friday.
At this point, if Maria Sharapova is matched up with Serena Williams at a tournament, bet on Serena. Williams beat Sharapova for the 15th consecutive time Thursday, rallying in both sets to win in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the Sony Open semifinals.
Novak Djokovic benefited from an erroneous call and claimed he didn’t realize he had broken the rules. When Andy Murray walked to the net and challenged him about it, Djokovic responded with a shrug and a sheepish smile.