Serena wins, will play Atherton’s Bellis next
Seven-time champion Serena Williams won her opening match for the Miami Open on Saturday, beating Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1 to put together still another-round complement Atherton teenager CiCi Bellis.
The match was the 1st for Williams since she withdrew prior to semifinals at Indian Wells the other day with a right knee injury. Bellis, 15, who had become the youngest woman to win a U.S. Open match since 1996 in August, defeated Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1 on Friday.
Also Saturday, Venus Williams beat Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (3) and definately will play No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki, who rallied to conquer Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
In males’s play, four-time champion Novak Djokovic wobbled badly in the second set but regrouped to beat Martin Klizan 6-0, 5-7, 6-1.
Swimming: In Iowa City, Iowa, Cal finished second to Texas, which ran away having its 11th NCAA men’s title.
Cal’s Ryan Murphy won the 200 backstroke in 1:36.77 for his second title on the meet.
Golf: Jimmy Walker opened a four-stroke lead over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth, shooting a 3-under 69 in the hometown Texas Open in San Antonio.
•Mirim Lee took the Kia Classic lead in Carlsbad (San Diego County) with a 6-under 66 that brought her to 16-under 200, while top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 67 to increase her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds.
•Kevin Sutherland birdied three from the final six holes for just a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Tom Lehman following second-round on the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Saucier.
Motor sports: IndyCar champion Perseverence will become the very first race of his reign from the pole, twice revealing the track record in qualifying from the temporary street circuit in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla.
Team Penske swept the superior four spots for Sunday’s race. Simon Pagenaud qualified second and was as well as Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya.
•Lewis Hamilton took the pole for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, while Mercedes’ run of nine straight front-row sweeps in Formula One ended as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified second.
•Joey Logano passed Matt Crafton entering the very first turn to begin a two-lap sprint for the finish and won an exciting NASCAR truck race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The Daytona 500 champion won the very first time in the series being the 26th driver to win in every three of NASCAR’s top series.
Figure skating: The medal drought for American singles skaters with the figure skating world championships grew longer in Shanghai.
Gracie Gold was fourth, Ashley Wagner fifth and San Jose’s Polina Edmunds eighth inside the women’s event. For the men, Jason Brown was fourth. It’s been nine years since an U.S> woman and six years since an U.S. man has won a medal.
Javier Fernandez took over as the first-ever Spanish men’s world champion, and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia won the women’s gold.