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Gavrilova dumped out in Miami Open tennis

Australia's Daria Gavrilova has been dumped out of the Miami Open by Czech Lucie Safarova.
Australia’s Daria Gavrilova has been dumped out of the Miami Open by Czech Lucie Safarova.

Australia’s Daria Gavrilova has been knocked out of the Miami Open, crashing to a 6-2 6-2 second round defeat to Czech world No.36 Lucie Safarova on Thursday (Friday AEDT).

Safarova, the 2015 French Open runner-up, broke 23rd-seed Gavrilova five times while only dropping her serve once.

Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova, a finalist at last year’s US Open, had no trouble beating 86th-ranked Madison Brengle 6-1 6-3.

Slovakian fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova beat Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3 6-2 to set up a third-round clash with Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, who outlasted 29th-seeded Croatian Ana Konjuh 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (6-8) 6-2.

Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-0, 26th-seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeated Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7-2), China’s Zhang Shuai advanced past Italy’s Sara Errani 4-6 6-4 7-5 and Yulia Putintseva easd past Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 6-4 6-4.

Prominent players in second-round action later today include fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, sixth-seeded French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and 12th-seed Caroline Wozniacki.

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