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Laura Robson and Lisa Raymond lose Miami final

LAURA Robson could not add a second British success in Miami as she and partner Lisa Raymond were defeated in straight sets in Sony Open women’s doubles final.

While Andy Murray was victorious in the men’s singles competition, Robson and American Raymond were defeated 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) by Russia’s Nadia Petrova and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik.

The match was over inside an hour and ten minutes, with the victorious pair converting five from ten break points.

Nevertheless, singles world No 43 Robson can look back with satisfaction on reaching a first main tour doubles final that will see the Londoner’s ranking in that discipline more than half from its current 278.

Serena Williams lifted her sixth Sony Open title on Saturday after magnificently bouncing back to see off Maria Sharapova in the final. The world No 1 was edged out in a tight first set but lost three games thereafter as she stormed to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and her 11th straight win over the Russian.

The American has passed Steffi Graf’s number of titles in this competition, while Sharapova has now been defeated in every one of her five final appearances in Miami.

“She definitely pushed me,” Williams said.

“I thought she did a really good job but I felt good and it feels good to have (title) number six.”

Sharapova, who won at Indian Wells two weeks ago, reflected: “It’s obviously disappointing to end a really nice month like this, but Serena played a great match.

“I am sure we will be playing each other a few more times this year.”

 

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