The American Serena Williams, the Colombian Alejandro Falla, the Argentine Juan Mónaco and the Spaniards David Ferrer and Carla Suárez brightened up the party on the afternoon of the Miami Open, Masters 1000 for the ATP and Premier in the WTA.
Serena, world number one and top seed, overwhelmed Romania’s Monica Niculescu with easy scores of 6-3, 6-1 in a second-round match that was suspended on Friday because of rain.
The youngest of the Williams, who will face her compatriot Catherine Bellis in third, took good advantage of her opponent’s 31 unforced errors, in addition to beating her with 69 winning points to her rival’s 50.
The number one and defending champion is looking for her eighth crown in Miami, since last year she won her seventh title in this event ((2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014), leaving behind her compatriot Andre Agassi , who had achieved six crowns in his career.
Previously, Colombian Falla continued his good run at the Masters 1000 by beating 20th-seeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the second round in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
Falla will face Frenchman Simon Gilles in the next phase, who previously beat Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-0.
In six appearances in the Miami tournament, Falla equals his performance for the third time, having reached that instance in 2007 and 2013.
On the other hand, Monaco gave a joy to the Argentine fans in the Capital del Sol by defeating the Latvian Ernests Gulbis and advancing to the third round as well.
Monaco overwhelmed the European, fourteenth seeded in the event, with easy runs of 6-2, 6-4 and will face the Spanish Guillermo García-López in the next instance.
The Argentine thus continued his dominance over Gulbis now with a historic balance of 4-2.
The River Plate native returned to Miami for the twelfth time and is still far from his best performance.
In Miami, Monaco reached the semifinals in 2010, where he fell to Serbian Novak Djokovic, first seed and defending champion of the tournament.