Serena, Murray sent packing in Miami shockers

The world's top player and three-time defending champion Serena Williams and second-ranked Andy Murray both crashed after upsets at the Miami Open

Serena Williams had been out of the tournament for less than 20 minutes when she climbed into her white Mini Cooper with the checkerboard top and pulled away from the players' parking lot, fastening her seat belt as she drove. A hasty departure, for sure. Russian 15th-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova stunned 21-time Grand Slam champion Williams 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-2 in Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and American Tennis Players (ATP) matches, while world number two Andy Murray dropped a third-round match to Bulgarian 26th-seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 6-3. Williams and Murray each made 55 unforced errors, fading in the third set when it mattered most. "A lot of unforced errors crept in and he was a lot more solid than me," said Murray, who had 22 unforced errors in the third set alone. "I made many more mistakes than usual, especially in the third set."

Williams' struggles prompted questions about her fitness and movement, irking the 21-time Grand Slam champion. "I don't think it's appropriate to criticize my movement right now," Williams said. "I did the best I could. I can't win every match. These players come out and give their best. I have to give 300 percent every match."
Serena, Murray sent packing in Miami shockers
The 34-year-old American was seeking her ninth Miami crown but instead matched her earliest-ever exit from 2000 with a fourth-round departure. "It's obviously disappointing, but I have won here a lot, so it's OK," Williams said.

Also ousted were world number two Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, upset by 20th-ranked Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, as well as Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza, who fell 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4) to 13th seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray failed in his bid for a third Miami trophy and fourth final in five seasons. The 28-year-old Scotsman dominated the tie-breaker but fell behind 4-0 in the second set and stumbling after leading in the third, swatting a forehand long on match point to fall after two hours and 24 minutes. "It's not like I came out and played awful stuff the whole time," Murray said. "When you get your chances you have to put your foot down."

Williams, who said she was physically fine and not affected by the heat and humidity, arrived having lost back-to-back finals for the first time since 2004, falling to Germany's Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open and Belarus' Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells. "She struggled a little bit losing the final of the Australian Open, but she is still number one in the world," Kuznetsova said. "I don't see much to be depressed about."

Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion who lost eight of 10 prior matches to Williams, turned back time to when she won the 2006 Miami title.

"I'm really happy with my performance," Kuznetsova said. "I had to stay within my game and put a lot of balls back into the court and I did that really well today."

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