Ulyana Shirokova, a 5-foot-9 freshman from Russia, and Dominika Paterova, who is 5-8 and from the Czech Republic, are helping boost the University of Miami Hurricanes as the NCAA tennis playoffs get set to begin at various sites on May 11.
The tennis courts at Norman and Jean Reach Park in Hialeah got a colorful facelift thanks to Kiik Create, a collaborative project by artists Maneoela and Gray, who are working with the USTA to promote public courts.
Hassan Whiteside vented about his lack of playing time for the Heat. The Miami Open played its last match at Key Biscayne. The Marlins split their opening series with the Cubs. A lot happened in South Florida sports this weekend.
John Isner beat Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4 to become the first American man to win the Miami Open since 2010. It was the final match before the tournament moves to Hard Rock Stadium in 2019.
Sloane Stephens, who often played at Key Biscayne as a child, improved her unblemished record in career finals to 6-0 by collecting her first career Miami Open title with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.
Danielle Collins, the 93rd-ranked two-time NCAA champion and graduate of the University of Virginia, pulled off a 6-2, 6-3 shocking upset of seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.
Miami Open Tournament Director James Blake provides a tour of the 2019 Miami Open site to media at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Tennis courts construction has also begun outside of the stadium.