Final Day – Miami Predictions
Stephens d. Ostapenko in two sets – Preview
Day 10 – Miami Predictions
Azarenka d. Stephens in three sets
Ostapenko d. Collins in two tightttt sets
Day 9 – Miami Predictions (I haven’t watched any matches from Miami live this week so I’m not in the best position to predict these!)
Svitolina d. Ostapenko in three sets
Williams d. Collins in two sets
Day 8 – Miami Predictions
Kerber d. Stephens in three sets
Azarenka d. Ka.Pliskova in three sets
Day 7 – Miami Predictions
Muguruza d. Stephens in three sets – Preview
Konta d. V.Williams in two sets – While Venus is a legend, recovering from an almost three hour match and to play the next day can be a tough task for her. Konta also seems to be finding back her groove in Miami and has been crushing her two opponents here so far quietly. She has also always done well in this match-up, where the series is tied at 3 wins apiece.
Kvitova d. Ostapenko in two sets – Kvitova crushed the Latvian 6-0 6-2 in their previous meeting; while this one should probably be a closer affair, Kvitova adores the pace coming at her and night conditions will definitely suit her better. Still straight sets, and in Kvitova’s favour.
Azarenka d. Radwanska in three sets – Preview
Ka.Pliskova d. Diyas in two sets – Pliskova has not been playing her best at all but is still gritting through her matches and winning them. Diyas will give her a tough challenge but I’m not sure if she can handle all that power from Pliskova.
Kerber d. Y.Wang in two sets – Y.Wang is having a breakthrough tournament but I don’t see her causing any problems for a solid, Kerber.
Svitolina d. Barty in three sets – I can’t believe this match is on Court 1! Both players did really well in their previous matches so I’m a bit stuck with this one. I’ll still go for the safer pick in Svitolina, who leads the head to head 3-0.
Collins d. Puig in three sets – I wonder who the crowd will be cheering for…? I’m going for the solid Collins but Peak Puig will take this anytime.
Day 6 – Miami Predictions
Konta d. Mertens in three sets – Hmm, I’ll go for Konta since she looked promising in a small WTA highlight video against Flipkens. Mertens hasn’t really been in good form since reaching the Australian Open semifinals.
V.Williams d. Bertens in two sets – Venus looked fatigued in her Miami opener but I would expect her to be too strong for Bertens.
Kvitova d. Kenin in two sets – Playing in the night session will definitely help Kvitova with her asthma problems and I expect her to be too strong for her young opponent. Though Kenin can bring a lot of balls back with her defensive skills, I doubt she has the ability to disturb Kvitova if she is in a good mood.
Haddad Maia d. Ostapenko in three sets – I’m going for the upset here; Haddad Maia is a very consistent player and can get under the skin of Ostapenko when the latter makes a couple of mistakes. The conditions in Miami will suit a counter-puncher and the Brazilian came close to beating her in the Seoul final before.
Sakkari d. Puig in three sets – Puig is coming off a stunning victory over Wozniacki, and after that one I doubt she has much more left in the tank to compete against a defensive player like Sakkari who will bring many balls back. The topspin forehand of Sakkari is a weapon that many hard-hitters have problems returning, and I expect Puig to be the same as well.
Svitolina d. Gavrilova in two sets – Svitolina leads the head to head 4-2, and has won their past three meetings. Svitolina was impressive against Osaka in her first round encounter, finding a perfect balance between defense and offense. Meanwhile Gavrilova has been labouring through her past few matches on the WTA – confidence is low on her side and her serve has been a mess of late, committing a ton of double faults as well.
Martic d. Barty in two sets – Barty has failed to bring the form she had last year while Martic is a very in-form player, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open and the quaretrfinals in Indian Wells. The Miami conditions are well suited to Martic’s liking and I wouldn’t be surprised if there would be an upset here.
Collins d. Vekic in two sets – Collins is just firing on all cylinders right now and as a more defensively minded player, I expect her to cause a lot of problems for a usually erratic Vekic.
Day 5 – Miami Predictions
Halep d. Radwanska in three sets – Preview
Kerber d. Pavlyuchenkova in two sets
Muguruza d. McHale in two sets
Hsieh d. Ka.Pliskova in three sets
Sevastova d. Azarenka in three sets – Preview
Stephens d. Niculescu in three sets
Diyas d. Witthoeft in two sets
Riske d. Y.Wang in two sets
Day 4 – Miami Predictions
Svitolina d. Osaka in three sets
V.Williams d. Vikhlyantseva in two sets
Wozniacki d. Puig in two sets
Sabalenka d. Kvitova in three sets
Konta d. Flipkens in two sets
Babos d. Ostapenko in three sets
Collins d. Vandeweghe in three sets
Mladenovic d. Martic in three sets
Vekic d. Vesnina in two sets
Mertens d. Pera in two sets
Gavrilova d. Petkovic in three sets
Kasatkina d. Kenin in two sets
Barty d. Liu in two sets
Zhang d. Haddad Maia in two sets
Kontaveit d. Sakkari in three sets
Bertens d. Lepchenko in two sets
Day 3 – Miami Predictions
Kerber d. Larsson in two sets – Kerber hasn’t dropped a set to Larsson in two previous meetings. Larsson does not have many weapons to deal with Kerber, and I expect Kerber to be too solid.
Halep d. Dodin in two sets – Interesting to see Dodin in the second round as she retired in her qualifying match, only to be awarded with a lucky loser position, and then went on to beat Cepede Royg in her first round! Halep is definitely the way more consistent player and the conditions in Miami are perfect for the Romanian to execute her counter-punching game.
Stephens d. Tomljanovic in two sets – This could be completely wrong but my instinct is that Stephens will step up her game in this one and produce a peak performance. Stephens has been getting a couple of invaluable wins in the past few weeks and I believe she will come back from her slumber sooner or later.
Azarenka d. Keys in two sets – Keys has had some moments of brilliance this year but her last two defeats, especially to Danielle Collins in Indian Wells has been disappointing. I wouldn’t expect her to thrive on these slow courts, plus Azarenka was on fire against CiCi Bellis in the first round. I’ll go for the upset.
Ka.Pliskova d. Makarova in three sets – Makarova has not dropped a set against Pliskova in their three previous meetings, but these matches were all before Pliskova made her breakthrough to the tour. While both have had very inconsistent starts to the year, I think Pliskova’s bigger serve could earn her some valuable points in this match.
Garcia d. Riske in three sets – Riske has had a tough start to the year but it is nice to see her getting some wins in qualifying this week. Having played three matches here already I think Riske will get a head start in this match, but Garcia’s aggressive game could be too much for her in the end.
Radwanska d. Van Uytvanck in three sets – Radwanska has had a tough start to the year but she has won their past two meetings and has always done well in Miami. Van Uytvanck can trouble Radwanska with her kick serve and bigger groundstrokes, but Radwanska should be a tad more solid from the baseline.
Diyas d. Kuznetsova in two sets – Kuznetsova should definitely do way better in her second match of her comeback but Diyas has weapons and should be a little more consistent.
Sasnovich d. Pavlyuchenkova in two sets – Pavlyuchenkova is on a five-match losing streak and has never done well on the slow Miami courts – in fact, in nine previous occasions here, Pavlyuchenkova has never made it past the third round. Sasnovich may lack in power when compared to Pavs, but has way more consistency than her.
Hsieh d. Cirstea in two sets – Hsieh has been fantastic to start the year and has a ton of variety to upset Cirstea’s rhythm. Hsieh also won their previous meeting in straight sets.
Strycova d. McHale in two sets – In completed matches on the WTA main draw, McHale has lost her last seven matches. Strycova’s solid game should bring her through this one.
Goerges d. Witthoeft in three sets – Goerges’ game has never suited the Miami courts and in eight previous appearances, she has never been past the third round stage. Witthoeft has had a decent start to the year and stands a chance in this one but in the important moments I’m not sure Witthoeft is able to maintain her consistency. Goerges in three tight sets.
Cornet d. Sevastova in three sets – These two players’ last meeting was in 2011! Both have similar games but are equally inconsistent; I wonder if Cornet’s extra match in Miami will allow her to get suited to the conditions faster.
Niculescu d. Rybarikova in three sets – The hipster match of the day! Niculescu has been dealing with an arm injury of late, but leads the head to head 5-3. Rybarikova’s form has been largely lacklustre since her breakthrough performance in Wimbledon last year.
Suarez Navarro d. Y.Wang in two sets – A solid performance from Suarez Navarro should be able to get her through this one.
Day 2 – Miami Predictions (sorry for no write-ups!)
Azarenka d. Bellis in three sets – Preview
S.Williams d. Osaka in three sets – Preview
Puig d. Stosur in three sets
Cornet d. Mattek-Sands in two sets
Bacsinszky d. Makarova in three sets
Vekic d. Giorgi in two sets
Riske d. Linette in three sets
Cepede Royg d. Dodin in two sets
Martic d. Davis in two sets
Diyas d. Brady in three sets
Begu d. Collins in three sets
Sabalenka d. Brengle in two sets – Preview
Vondrousova d. Y.Wang in two sets
Vikhlyantseva d. Peterson in three sets
Petkovic d. Hercog in two sets
Witthoeft d. Maria in three sets
Niculescu d. Putintseva in two sets
Hsieh d. Boulter in two sets
Golubic d. Lepchenko in two sets
Kenin d. Voegele in three sets
Day 1 – Miami Predictions
Kanepi d. McHale in three sets
Haddad Maia d. Watson in two sets
Wang d. Anisimova in three sets
Arruabarrena d. Pera in two sets
Tsurenko d. Tomljanovic in two sets
Sasnovich d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets
Liu d. Osuigwe in two sets
Sakkari d. Krunic in three sets
Siniakova d. Larsson in three sets
Bondarenko d. Van Uytvanck in two sets
Babos d. Barthel in three sets
Flipkens d. Buzarnescu in three sets