Wozniacki returns to Miami after complaining about fans

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is back at the Miami Open after complaining last year about crowd behavior.

Wozniacki said she decided to return partly because the tournament moved from Key Biscayne to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium complex.

“It feels like a new tournament,” she said Friday after winning her opening match. “That was one of the reasons. The second reason was I need to play. I was like, it doesn’t matter what happened last year, I’m just going to go out there and do my best.”

Wozniacki had no complaints following her 6-4, 6-4 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. She said she’s pleased with steps the tournament took so fans can’t complain about misbehavior in the stands.

Last year, Wozniacki said she and her family were targets of verbal abuse and threats from the crowd during a match she lost to her friend Monica Puig.

“I thought it was important that I spoke up,” Wozniacki said. “Now I just feel like we’ve all moved on.”

Alcaraz loses to Goffin in 1st match as No. 1

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ASTANA, Kazakhstan — Carlos Alcaraz’s first match as the No. 1-ranked player ended with a straight-set loss to David Goffin at the Astana Open.

The 19-year-old Spaniard lost 7-5, 6-3 in his first tour match since winning the U.S. Open and capturing the No. 1 ranking.

“David was playing really, really well. To come back to competition is never easy,” Alcaraz said. “It’s really tough for me, for my confidence.”

Alcaraz came from 5-2 down to level the first set at 5-5, only to be broken again by his Belgian opponent.

“When you play against the World No. 1 on a big stage, big crowd, the fire inside gives you so much power to play your best tennis because you don’t have any choice,” Goffin said. “You have to fight and give your best and that was the case today.”

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev and No. 3-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas both avoided similar upsets. Medvedev beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-1 and Tsitsipas ousted Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3. 6-4.

Kasatkina knocks out Raducanu at Agel Open

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OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Fifth-seeded Daria Kasatkina defeated 2021 U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Agel Open.

Kasatkina was playing her first match since losing in the first round of the U.S. Open and will next face Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Sixth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland rallied to eliminate former top-five player Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-7 (7), 6-1, while Aliaksandra Sasnovich upset eighth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-2.

American qualifiers Alycia Parks and Catherine McNally both advanced. Parks upset Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 7-6 (3) and McNally eased past Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-2 at the indoor hardcourt event in the Czech eastern city of Ostrava.