Miami Masters 2014 order of play: Thursday, March 20

Serena Williams begins her defence of the Miami Masters on Thursday. (credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The 2014 Miami Masters continues on Thursday with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber featuring in their second round matches along with the remaining men's first round encounters. 

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Top seeded Williams begins her defence of the Sony Open Miami Masters title with an encounter against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at Key Biscayne, Florida.

She had a bye in the first round, and has won this tournament six times in the past, and will also start off as a clear favourite to win the title but her form this season so far has been a tad up and down by her own lofty standards. 

Unseeded Kazakh Shvedova got past Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-2 in the first round to set up this daunting meeting with Williams. The American has a 3-0 advantage in head to head against Shvedova.

Fourth seed Maria Sharapova commences her campaign against Kurumi Nara of Japan. Sharapova, who made an unceremonious exit from the BNP Paribas Open in the third round, would be looking to get back to winning ways with this match. Incidentally, Sharapova has lost three consecutive Miami Open finals from 2011 to 2013. 

Unseeded Nara got past Annika Beck of Germany 7-6, 6-4 in the first round. The duo have never met in a competitive setup before, however the odds are on the Russian to win this match.

Unseeded Shuai Peng of China will take on fifth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber needs to bounce back from her dismal showing at Indian Wells where she was ousted in the second round by Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, and before that in Dubai where she was shown the exit by Ana Ivanovic in the first round. 

Peng got the better of Karolina Pliskova in the first round 7-6, 6-0. In their sole meeting before today, Peng defeated Kerber 6-2, 6-0 in the first round at Zurich in 2007.

In another second round encounter, unseeded Paula Ormaechea of Argentina faces the might of the eighth seeded Petra Kvitova today. The 24-year-old Czech was ousted in the fourth round at Indian Wells by Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-2 and would be looking to have a better showing this time around. 

The Argentine Ormaechea got past Qualifier Katarzyna Piter 7-6, 6-1 in the first round and this is the first time the two will meet in a competitive match.

In the first round of the men’s draw, Robin Haase plays against Lleyton Hewitt, Edouard Roger-Vasselin meets Igor Sijsling and Denis Istomin takes on Nicolas Mahut.     

Here’s the 2014 Miami Masters Order of Play for Thursday, March 20:

Starting at 11.00 am
Shuai Peng (CHN) v [5] Angelique Kerber (GER)
Federico Delbonis (ARG) v [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA)
Robin Haase (NED) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Not Before 5.00 pm
[1] Serena Williams (USA) v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
Not Before 7.30 pm
[4] Maria Sharapova (RUS) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)
Not Before 9.00 pm
Sam Querrey (USA) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)
Starting at 11.00 am
[WC] Guido Pella (ARG) v [Q] Jack Sock (USA)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) v Igor Sijsling (NED)
Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v [8] Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) v Donald Young (USA)
Not Before 5.00 pm
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) v [Q] Steve Johnson (USA)
Starting at 11.00 am
Denis Istomin (UZB) v Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
[12] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Lauren Davis (USA)
Bradley Klahn (USA) v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[9] Sara Errani (ITA) v [Q] Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT)
Not Before 5.00 pm
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) v Joao Sousa (POR)
Starting at 11.00 am
[Q] Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) v Stephane Robert (FRA)
[Q] Kiki Bertens (NED) v [16] Samantha Stosur (AUS)
[Q] Olga Govortsova (BLR) v [20] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
Andre Begemann (GER) / Florian Mayer (GER) v [5] David Marrero (ESP) / Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Eric Butorac (USA) / Raven Klaasen (RSA) v [4] Leander Paes (IND) / Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Starting at 11.00 am
[Q] Aljaz Bedene (SLO) v [Q] Jimmy Wang (TPE)
Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
Vania King (USA) v [26] Lucie Safarova (CZE)
Starting at 11.00 am
[25] Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL)
[28] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v [Q] Donna Vekic (CRO)
Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
[19] Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) v [Q] Virginie Razzano (FRA)
Starting at 11.00 am
Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) v [WC] Karen Khachanov (RUS)
[Q] Lukas Lacko (SVK) v Kenny De Schepper (FRA)
[WC] Nadia Petrova (RUS) v [14] Sabine Lisicki (GER)
[21] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v [Q] Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
Starting at 11.00 am
[WC] Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v [23] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) v Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) / Chanelle Scheepers (RSA)
Caroline Garcia (FRA) v [27] Klara Zakopalova (CZE)
Starting at 12.00 noon
[7] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) / Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Julia Goerges (GER) / Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Not Before 5.00 pm
Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) v [5] Cara Black (ZIM) / Sania Mirza (IND)

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