World number one Simona Halep tumbled out of the Miami Open on Saturday, falling 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.
The third-round defeat comes a week after Romania’s Halep was toppled in the semi-finals at Indian Wells by Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who went on to win the title in the California desert.
Halep’s exit leaves the women’s field in the hardcourt tournament without its top two seeds, after second-seeded Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki lost to Monica Puig on Friday.
Despite the defeat, Halep is assured of retaining the number one spot when the rankings are updated at the end of the tournament.
Radwanska, the 2012 Miami champion, hadn’t posted back-to-back match victories since January.
She’ll face either 20th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia or former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus for a place in the quarter-finals.
Azarenka is unseeded this year as she vies to get her career on track after taking time off to have a baby.
He may have slumped to a shock second-round exit at Indian Wells following his return from elbow surgery, but before that, Novak Djokovic showed what a class act he is away from the spotlight of match action.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion invited Milan Tyson – the nine-year-old daughter of boxing great Mike – for a knock-up on court in the practice area in California.
Watch the clip below…
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) March 11, 2018
Here, we look at ten candidates who could finally win their first slam in 2018 and beyond.
2018 should finally be the year in which the Bulgarian wins his maiden major. Having triumphed at the ATP World Tour Finals last November, it seemed to be a breakthrough moment. The 26-year-old, who was nicknamed ‘Baby Fed’ in his formative years, is approaching his prime and has all the talent.
It’s perhaps the perennial question which has been directed at the Aussie ever since his fine win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014. Now, with a bit more maturity on his side, off-the-court issues behind him and an improvement in behaviour on it, the 22-year-old has a shot at Grand Slam glory given the ability he possesses.
The German has already grown into a big star and is widely tipped to take over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s mantle. Aged just 20, he rose to World No3 at the end of 2017 but still hasn’t quite yet cut it in majors yet. He exited the Australian Open at the third-round hurdle but has the game to beat anyone.
The fun-loving American has cemented his berth inside the ATP World Tour’s top 10 and with momentum and luck on his side, cannot be ruled out. His win in Paris last year was a huge deal and he’s generally a plucky performer. Big forehand makes him a threat, potentially at the US Open.
The Belgian earned victories over Nadal and Federer in London at the end of last season and he is a growing force on the circuit, with consistency from the baseline and new-found belief he can mix it with the best. Should have a run on his favoured clay at the French Open and definitely has enough to nick a major or two.
Technically one of the best player’s around, the Austrian seems to be mastering his schedule now and not over-playing, which will be crucial if he is to go deep at the Grand Slams. Has beaten the heralded big four on more than one occasion and expect him to have a go at Roland Garros, the tournament in which he reached the semi-finals last year.
The 31-year-old is experiencing an Indian Summer in a career which is only really blossoming now. With a powerful serve and big groundstrokes, he is especially a threat on the grass of Wimbledon and has the ability to play lights out tennis on fast surfaces. Run to US Open final last year evidence he can play on best stage.
No one expected the Brit to reach the semi-finals in Melbourne last month but he was rewarded for a strong off-season in which he tweaked his serve. The 23-year-old will have plenty of home support at Wimbledon and with doubts over Andy Murray’s long-term fitness, the crowd there could carry him far at SW19.
He may be the oldest player in this top 10 at 32 and while the Czech has been written-off by many, his displays at the Australian Open were strong and you still get an inkling that he may have one last run in him. Has enjoyed a stellar career but failure to win a slam is big red mark against his name.
A similar case to Anderson, the big-serving powerhouse has a chance at Wimbledon to do damage on grass and seems to be improving as the years go on. A player no one likes to see in their section, the 30-year-old is cool and calm under pressure when it counts.