Lucie Safarova meets another player in the Miami Open that she’ll be meeting for the eighth time, Caroline Wozniacki, in the quarterfinals.
(12) Caroline Wozniacki (No.14) vs Lucie Safarova (No.36)
Overview: Caroline Wozniacki has already won 21 matches this season. It is amazing how many match wins she has garnered, having only won this amount of matches in 2016 at the US Open. The Dane has now reached the quarterfinals in every WTA tournament she has entered so far in 2017. She first made back-to-back quarterfinals in Auckland and Sydney, then a disappointing, quick loss to Johanna Konta in the Australian Open. Since then she has been in imperious form, first clinching the ‘Middle East final double’, with final appearances in Doha (i. Karolina Pliskova) and Dubai (i. Elina Svitolina). Just in last week’s Indian Wells, she cruised into the quarterfinals but lost to Kristina Mladenovic there. In Miami, she first cruised past Varvara Lepchenko with the loss of three games, then blitzed past Sorana Cirstea in a late night match. A high-quality encounter against Garbine Muguruza was to unfold yesterday, but unfortunately the Spaniard had to retire after losing an exciting first set.
Lucie Safarova is another player who is doing fantastic in 2017 but did poorly in 2016. Last year, she struggled, managing a negative 15-16 losing record. But this year Safarova has already gotten 16 wins, including a semifinal appearance and Taipei City and a final in Budapest, losing to Timea Babos there. She has yet to drop a set this week and it’s the first time Safarova has reached the Miami quarters in 12 appearances.
Head to head: The two have met each other seven times. Wozniacki leads the rivalry 4-3, while she leads it on hard courts too, 3-2.
Thoughts: The previous matches between them have been extremely tight, and it should be the case again today. Miami is a slow surface, and Safarova will need to play very well if she is to hit through Wozniacki. However the Dane has been too solid and consistent this year, and the win should likely go to her even if it goes to three sets.
Prediction: Wozniacki to beat Safarova in three