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Happy Murray is well on road to recovery after his hip surgery

By Robert Jones

Andy Murray is confident he is making good progress in his battle to return to tennis following surgery on his hip.

The three-time Grand Slam champion has not played competitively since exiting Wimbledon at the quarter-final stage last July, and he has since lost his British No.1 ranking to Kyle Edmund.

However, Murray underwent surgery earlier this year and is targeting the beginning of the grass-court season in June to make his comeback.

He posted an image from his latest training session yesterday, the Scot writing on Instagram: "Chasing down another @aidymchugh error today during practice #progress #hip #unforced #youngpup".

Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka booked her place in the semi-finals of the Miami Open after edging Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-3.

The three-time champion got off to a strong start, breaking her opponent twice in the opening set, but the No.5 seed dug deep to take three games in a row and tie the set at 5-5.

From there, Pliskova gifted Azarenka a break after her fourth double fault and on her fifth set point, Azarenka converted for the early lead.

Pliskova's problems on her second serve continued in the second set and, despite back-and-forth breaks, Azarenka applied the pressure to seal the match in an hour and a half.

She said: "It wasn't easy. Karolina is a very good player. I felt like I had a very good lead and I let it go - she really stepped it up so I had to fight back."

She will now face US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who brushed aside Angelique Kerber in straight sets to advance to her first semi-final place since her victory in New York.

The American stunned the No.10 seed with a forceful forehand despite windy conditions, notching up 11 winners in the 23-minute first set, and going on to claim a 6-1 6-2 victory in just over one hour on court.

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