Svitolina, Muguruza exit Miami Open

While most of the stars advanced at the Miami Open, Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza suffered second round losses.

Elina Svitolina

Ukrainian Elina Svitolina crashed out of the Miami Open after suffering a 2-6, 4-6 loss to Wang Yafan.   -  Getty Images

Elina Svitolina and Garbine Muguruza suffered surprise second-round losses at the Miami Open as most of the big names advanced on Friday.

Svitolina bowed out at the hands of Wang Yafan at the WTA Premier event, while Muguruza lost to Monica Niculescu.

But the majority of the big guns got the job done at what has been a rain-hit tournament. Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber were among the winners.

- SVITOLINA, MUGURUZA STUNNED -

The sixth seed, Svitolina was no match for Wang, suffering a 6-2, 6-4 defeat. The Ukrainian was one of 10 seeds to fall, with Muguruza also losing, going down to qualifier Niculescu 7-6 (7-0), 4-6, 6-2.

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They were the two biggest casualties, although the likes of Aryna Sabalenka, Belinda Bencic and last year's runner-up Jelena Ostapenko also departed.

- SERENA, OSAKA AVOID UPSET LOSSES -

Williams was a last-32 loser at Indian Wells, but the 23-time Grand Slam champion avoided an early exit in Miami. A record eight-time champion of the event, Williams eventually got past Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

World number one Osaka was also pushed to three sets before beating Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1.

- GOOD DAY FOR BIG GUNS -

Along with Williams and Osaka, the likes of Kerber, Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and Bianca Andreescu advanced.

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efending champion Stephens was comfortable in a 6-2, 6-3 thrashing of Ons Jabeur.

Venus, a three-time winner in Miami, was too good for Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 and Indian Wells champion Andreescu powered past Sofia Kenin 6-3, 6-3.

In a repeat of the Indian Wells final, Andreescu will meet Kerber, who got past qualifier Karolina Muchova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.