Former champ Azarenka wins 1st match at new Miami Open site

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 21, 2019 08:05 AM
Former champ Azarenka wins 1st match at new Miami Open site
FILE - This is a Saturday, April 2, 2016 file photo of Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, as she returns to Svetlana Kuznetsova during the women's singles final match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, FILE)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Victoria Azarenka won the first match on the stadium court at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

The unseeded Azarenka is a three-time Miami Open champion.

After a one-day delay because of rain, the tournament started Wednesday at the Miami Dolphins' complex. The 13,800-seat stadium was mostly empty for the opening match, but bigger crowds are expected when seeded players begin taking the court. They have first-round byes.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the first stadium match.

"Standing here in this stadium right now, you see the magnitude, what kind of an arena this is," Federer said. "I think it's a big, massive moment in our sport."

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