Williams knocked out of Miami Open

Serena Williams

Serena Williams lost last week’s BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells to Victoria Azarenka

World number one and defending champion Serena Williams was knocked out in the fourth round of the Miami Open.

The 34-year-old American lost 6-7 (3-7) 6-1 6-2 to Russian 15th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova – her earliest exit from the tournament.

Williams, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, was attempting to win her ninth title in Miami.

Poland’s third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was beaten 2-6 6-4 6-2 by 19th seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

Earlier on Monday, British number two Heather Watson was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Romania’s Simona Halep.

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