Williams wins as Sony Open locked down by bomb scare

Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:38pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - Defending champion Serena Williams closed in on a seventh Sony Open title with a 6-2 6-2 quarter-final demolition of German Angelique Kerber on Tuesday, a win that came as the Crandon Park tennis facility was locked down due to a bomb scare.

Williams' win sets up a semi-final rematch of last year's final against Maria Sharapova, a five-time runner-up on the Miami hardcourts, who advanced with an equally impressive 7-5 6-1 win over eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova.

While Williams was shutting down fifth seed Kerber, Miami Dade police were locking down the sprawling tennis complex after a suspicious package was found at the main entrance.

Four lane traffic was halted in both directions in front of the complex while spectators were prevented from entering or leaving the facility.

"Yeah, there was a bomb threat and a lockdown but that's all I know about it. Scary," said Williams.

Sharapova and Williams, who have both achieved a career grand slam and held the number one ranking, were expected to develop into one of the great rivalries in women's tennis.

But it has not quite worked out that way with Williams dominating the series, winning 15-of-17 career meetings including the last 14.

The pair have clashed three times in Miami, Williams winning all three.   Continued...

 
Mar 25, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Serena Williams hits a forehand against Angelique Kerber (not pictured) on day nine of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center. Williams won 6-2, 6-2. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports