Miami USA , 30 March 2023 | Tennis Australia

Ellen Perez has continued her impressive progress at the Miami Open, with the Australian combining with American partner Nicole Melichar-Martinez to reach the women’s doubles semifinals.

Perez and Melichar-Martinez, the No.8 seeds at the WTA 1000 tournament, defeated Chinese Taipei’s Latisha Chan and Hao-Ching Chang 3-6 7-5 [10-2] to reach the final four.

The Australian-US duo required 91 minutes to record their come-from-behind win.

It continues a pleasing period of momentum for the Sydneysider, who is competing in Miami for only the second time and had never previously won a match at the tournament.

Perez and Melichar-Martinez saved a match point to reach the quarterfinal stage.

Fellow Australian Storm Hunter, competing alongside Belgium’s Elise Mertens, also has the chance the reach the semifinals.

The pair led  No.2 seeded Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula 3-1 in the quarterfinals before the match was delayed by rain.

Aussies in action – Miami

Women’s doubles, second round
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)
/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) d  Latisha Chan (TPE)/Hao-Ching Chan (TPE)

Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
[6] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) v [2] Coco Gauff (USA)/Jessica Pegula (USA)

Women’s doubles, semifinals
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v TBC

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