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KEY BISCAYNE---Maria Sharapova was happy to
play an 11 am match yesterday, especially when her
work day was already done by the time a mid-after-
noon shower interrupted play.
"It s nice to see all the players coming back in the
locker room, and I m like, I ll see you later, " she
Sharapova started early but didn t start well. She
won only five points in the first four games before
settling down to reach the quarterfinals at the Sony
Open by beating Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Top-ranked Serena Williams had an easier time
and eliminated fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe
6-3, 6-1. Williams could meet Sharapova in Thurs-
day s semifinals.
But Sharapova has been flirting with an early exit.
She endured her second consecutive ragged three-
setter, and found herself trailing 4-0 after only 15
"I usually like playing the first match, but I didn t
start off the way I wanted to," she said. "Nothing
Seeded No 4, Sharapova seemed thrown off by
the lack of pace from Flipkens, a tour veteran who
hits floating backhands and sometimes slices her
forehand as well.
"She s a different type of opponent," Sharapova
said. "There are not too many girls that hit a slice
backhand 90 per cent of the time in the rallies. But
I know what to expect from her game. It shouldn t
be that much of a surprise."
Sharapova finished with 36 unforced errors and
only 13 winners. She also double-faulted 10 times.
But she won---and was ready to leave Crandon
Park before most matches had even begun. With the
rest of the day free, what was on the schedule for
one of the world s most celebrated athletes?
At the top of her to-do list for the rest of the week
is winning her first Key Biscayne title. Sharapova
has been the runner-up five times, including each
of the past three years, but she downplays any frus-
tration regarding her many near-misses.
Williams seems to be gaining momentum as the
tournament unfolds, as usual. She overcame sloppy
patches in her first two matches and committed only
one unforced error in the second set against Van-
Williams next plays No 5-seeded Angelique Kerber,
who beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
In men s third-round play, No 12 Milos Raonic
defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2. (AP)
MIAMI---David Beckham s architects and
advisers have recommended the Port of
Miami as the stadium site for the Major
League Soccer expansion team that will
be owned by the former England cap-
The plan announced yesterday would
have an open-air stadium with views of
the bay and the downtown skyline. The
capacity could be as low as 21,000 or as
high as 35,000.
More than 30 sites were evaluated for
the stadium. In addition to the recom-
mended site, Marlins Park, Florida Inter-
national University and a site near the city s
airport remain under consideration for the
There is no year set for the team to start
John Alschuler, chairman of the con-
sulting firm HR&A, said the earliest the
new stadium could be ready was 2018. If
the team starts play earlier, it would have
to play in a temporary home, such as Mar-
lins Park or FIU.
Alschuler said a stadium at the Port of
Miami would be built without the use of
taxpayer money and that fans could drive
there by using the Port of Miami tunnel
and seeking limited parking spaces.
Beckham s group envisions perhaps as
many as 4,000 fans per game making a
"seven-or eight-minute walk" across the
bridge from where the Miami Heat plays
its NBA home games at AmericanAirlines
"The March to the Match is a soccer
tradition common in Europe and in certain
parts of the United States," Alschuler said.
"They hang out in bars and march to the
To ease traffic and parking concerns,
the proposed MLS team has said it would
not schedule home games on the same
nights the Heat plays. (AP)
Beckham's architects recommend Port of Miami site
advances to Key
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, waves after defeating
Kirsten Flipkens, of Belgium, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, at the
Sony Open tennis tournament, yesterday in Key
Biscayne, Florida. AP PHOTO
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