Mattek-Sands exits Miami
Key Biscayne, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - American Bethanie Mattek-Sands was sent packing on Day 1 at the $5.4 million Sony Open tennis event.
Ukrainian Elina Svitolina outlasted the 29-year-old Minnesota native in 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 fashion on the hardcourts at Crandon Park.
Meanwhile, Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova handled Kazakhstan's Galina Voskoboeva 6-2, 7-5 and promising Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia topped Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3, 7-5.
Also advancing Tuesday was Japan's Kurumi Nara, who is rewarded with a second- round match against last year's Miami runner-up, Maria Sharapova.
The top seeds at this two-week tournament are six-time champion and two-time runner-up Serena Williams, Li Na, 2012 winner Agnieszka Radwanska, and the five-time runner-up Sharapova, who lost to Williams in last year's marquee finale. Sharapova has lost in the last three finals here.
The 2014 winner of this lucrative event will collect $787,000.
03/18 15:52:52 ET