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Mar 28, 2015 3:58 PM

Tsonga makes successful 2015 debut with win at Miami Open

The Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made a successful 2015 debut Saturday by beating American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at the Miami Open.

Tsonga, seeded No. 11, was playing for the first time since France's loss to Switzerland in the Davis Cup final in November. He sat out the start of this year with a right arm injury.

A three-time Key Biscayne quarterfinalist, Tsonga had 11 aces and lost only nine points on his first serve as he advanced to the third round. All seeded players received a first-round bye.

"I didn't expect to play my best tennis today," Tsonga said. "But it's normal when you didn't play a couple of months. I hope it's going to be better and better."

American John Isner beat 17-year-old wild card Andrey Rublev of Russia, 6-3, 6-4. Rublev is the world's No. 1-ranked junior.

Eugenie Bouchard was upset in her opening match by qualifier Tatjana Maria 6-0, 7-6 (4). Bouchard, seeded No. 6, won less than half her service points, had five double-faults and was broken five times.

The Canadian, a Wimbledon finalist last year, is only 6-4 this year. Her career record at Key Biscayne fell to 1-3.

Maria, a German ranked 113th, beat a top 10 player for the first time since 2010.

In the opening stadium match, No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki rallied to beat Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. No. 8 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 11 Sara Errani and No. 13 Angelique Kerber also moved into the third round.

On the men's side, No. 4 Kei Nishikori defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-1. American Jack Sock eliminated No. 21 Fabio Fognini 7-6 (4), 6-1. No. 14 Ernests Gulbis lost to Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-4.


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