2019 Miami Open Predictions
Day 4 – Miami Selected Predictions
Osaka d. Wickmayer in two sets – Wickmayer’s first top ten opponent since US Open last year. Don’t see her being able to trouble Osaka.
S.Williams d. Peterson in two sets – Serena for the win, she likely should be alright after a retirement in Indian Wells.
Collins d. Osuigwe in two sets – Osuigwe has game, but Collins has been playing good tennis this year.
Suarez Navarro d. V.Williams in three sets – Venus leads the head to head 6–3, with Venus winning their last four encounters on the tour. Venus made it to the quarterfinals in Indian Wells and thus has looked physically gassed in her Miami opener, mostly rolling serves in and looking laboured in her opponent. Suarez Navarro has struggled in 2019 with a 5-6 win-loss record, and has largely struggled against hard-hitters this season, but she has caused Venus troubles in the past and can frustrate Williams with her stellar movement. Going for Carla to score a win in a tough battle here.
Stephens d. Jabeur in three sets – Jabeur won their only meeting, 6-3 6-2 in Moscow last year. Both players have really struggled to begin the season – Jabeur continues to be inconsistent from week to week with her flashy game, while Stephens just looks lackluster on the court at the moment. She’s defending championship points though and perhaps it’ll motivate her to play a little better in front of her home crowd. Expecting a messy match but Stephens’ physicality to come through eventually.
Sasnovich d. Wozniacki in three sets – As mentioned below, Sasnovich continues to be very inconsistent from week to week but she is capable of producing some stellar performances at times, and I feel it could come against Wozniacki who looks drained of confidence and has really retreated back to her defensive shell in her recent matches. Sasnovich has the power and variety to trouble the Dane and I think she could score an upset by ranking here.
Halep d. Townsend in two sets – Don’t see Halep struggling against the erratic Townsend.
Ka.Pliskova d. Martic in two sets – Martic actually leads the head to head 3-0 but they haven’t met since 2013. Ka.Pliskova should win this relatively comfortably, perhaps a tight two-setter.
Sabalenka d. Tomljanovic in two sets – These two just met in Indian Wells where Sabalenka came through, 6-3 4-6 6-0. Don’t know why but I expect Sabalenka to play much better here and come through in two sets.
Muguruza d. Niculescu in two sets – Muguruza won their only match-up 6-1 6-1 three years ago in Linz, but expecting a much tougher encounter here with the Spaniard struggling for confidence, and with that Niculescu is definitely one of the last players you’ll want to see on the other side of the court. Niculescu can definitely frustrate Muguruza with her lack of pace and variety, but I think ultimately Muguruza will come up trumps with her stronger firepower.
Svitolina d. Y.Wang in two sets – Wang Yafan kind of feels like the Asian version of a Svitolina in terms of game. Svitolina suffered a very disappointing loss to Andreescu in the semifinals but I think she’ll do well to bounce back here and get the win.
Anisimova d. Kontaveit in three sets – A first time meeting which sounds pretty exciting. Kontaveit has continued to blown hot and cold this season and I don’t think she’s high of confidence at the moment. Anisimova’s more consistent play from the baseline should eventually get her the win.
Kerber d. Muchova in two sets – Muchova’s a very exciting young player but I think Kerber’s more solid groundstrokes will get her the win.
Buzarnescu d. Cornet in three sets – Both players are struggling for form at the moment, especially Buzarnescu who is 1-9 at the moment. Cornet played really terribly in Indian Wells and Guadalajara, but a three-set win over Lapko over the course of two days will do her good. It means she’ll be a little fatigued though and she needs the energy to use her variety to hit through Buzarnescu. So long she manages to reign in the power and the emotions, I think Buzarnescu will get the win in a messy match.
Mertens d. Parmentier in two sets – Mertens should be way too solid and secure the victory.
Bencic d. Putintseva in three sets – The pair met at this year’s Australian Open in a crazy three-setter full of ups and downs, drama and antics. Bencic is playing so much better than she did then though I still feel Putintseva’s variety and antics could frustrate the Swiss. Ultimately, the Bencic train should likely continue on.
Tsurenko d. Doi in three sets – Both players are super inconsistent from week-to-week but Tsurenko is still the slightly more solid player. Tsurenko’s defensive skills to get her the win here.
Ostapenko d. Vondrousova in three sets – Another Indian Wells rematch where Vondrousova won 4-6 6-3 6-4. It’s a big week for Ostapenko who’s defending finalist points and could be primed for a huge dip in the rankings. Very much 50-50 for this one and it’s all on Ostapenko’s racket here. Ultimately going with the Latvian here.
Kasatkina d. Gauff in three sets – Kasatkina continues to be winless on the WTA tour and here’s a good opportunity to get a win against 15-year-old Gauff. Gauff scored her first WTA win on her debut with a three-set win over Caty McNally. This could be a real, real mess considering Kasatkina’s lack of confidence and Gauff’s lack of experience on the big courts. Closing my eyes and going with Kasatkina here… just.
Konta d. Q.Wang in three sets – Just an instinct an upset’s going to occur with Konta playing some good tennis at the moment and Wang is kind of still fresh off her comeback.
Hsieh d. Riske in three sets – Very surprised that Riske scored such a comfortable win over Kanepi. Probably the hipster match of the day and I think there will be tons of Long rallies in this one. Can’t explain why I’m going for Hsieh.
Kuzmova d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets – Pavlyuchenkova’s so much better in the underdog role and Kuzmova certainly can match Pavs for power. Kind of feel Kuzmova is primed for a big win (by rankings). Going for the upset.
Kenin d. Andreescu in three sets – Kenin was the last player to beat Andreescu – a very fun 6-4 3-6 7-5 battle in Acapulco. Andreescu scored a huge comeback win over Begu, but she’s obviously struggling physically and playing back-to-back days won’t help her. All winning streaks have to end and I think it’ll end at the hands of the strong-willed Kenin.
Sevastova d. Siniakova in three sets – Siniakova scored just her second main draw win of the season against Zheng but this is exactly the match-up she should struggle with with Sevastova’s tricky slices and variety. Both players can blow hot and cold though so this should be a messy match. Nevertheless, expecting the Latvian to come through.
Giorgi d. Maria in three sets – Both players are on the complete end of the spectrum in terms of game. Think Giorgi will win in a messy battle.
Day 3 – Miami Selected Predictions
V.Williams d. Jakupovic in two sets – Jakupovic showed that she has the groundstrokes and game to trouble elite players in Dubai, but also showed her inability to close out sets and matches. V.Williams to come through in a tight two-setter with her experience.
Kvitova d. Sakkari in two sets – Sakkari’s form has been pretty much in the doldrums this season and her game definitely isn’t matched up well to hard courts. I think she still can cause Kvitova problems with her defensive skills, especially if Kvitova is having an off day, but the No.1 player on the Race to Shenzhen should eventually get it done in straight sets with her relentless firepower.
Keys d. Stosur in three sets – Stosur leads the head to head 2-0, but they haven’t met since 2013. Keys has stuck to a very limited schedule this season and I’m not sure if it’s because she’s having injury issues or she’s trying to prevent the injuries from occurring again. Nevertheless, she’s lacking match play, while Stosur certainly has it, but is so erratic in her singles endeavours in 2019. Keys is neither the icon of consistency but I’m going for her lasting power and the home crowd to bring her to the victory.
Y.Wang d. Mladenovic in three sets – It feels like this match has been on the schedule for ages so I finally have time to write a detailed prediction for this one. Mladenovic continues to be playing marginally better than in 2018 and is kind of rumoured to be having a coaching partnership with Sascha Bajin?!?! She still can have those off days though and Wang Yafan is such a solid baseliner and defender that won’t give much away from the line. I think she’ll be too consistent for Mladenovic eventually.
Azarenka d. Garcia in three sets – Seems obvious considering their respective forms right now. Azarenka looked really good against Serena and Cibulkova, and a hard fought three-set victory over the latter will definitely give her a confidence boost. Garcia is playing terribly this year with a 5-6 win-loss record, including three straight losses against Jennifer Brady this season! I don’t see Garcia being able to find some form and thus, going for the form book in this one.
Zhang d. Martic in three sets – Martic’s strong baseline abilities and defensive skills could secure her the edge in the beginning, but going for Zhang’s determination and strong groundstrokes to come through.
Bertens d. Xiyu Wang in two sets – Xiyu Wang proved she has plenty to offer on the WTA tour, but Bertens should likely be too solid and difficult for Wang to break through.
Andreescu d. Begu in three sets – There will obviously be mental fatigue for Andreescu after an incredible run in Indian Wells, and just like at the California Desert her first round opponent will be Begu. Begu could frustrate Andreescu with her solid defensive skills, but I’ll back the latter to get past the Romanian with her adrenaline rush.
Konta d. Pegula in two sets – Pegula has game, but Konta should ultimately be too solid. Konta’s been playing some good tennis this season so far.
Vekic d. Sorribes Tormo in three sets – A classic aggressive-defensive match-up with the always attacking Vekic up against the moonballing Sorribes Tormo. Vekic has played some good tennis in 2019 but consistency always seems to be an issue for the Croatian. I think she will be very frustrated with Sorribes Tormo’s topspin, defence and relentless moonballs, but will ultimately come up trumps with her bigger experience and fighting spirit.
Osuigwe d. M.Osaka in three sets – Mari Osaka’s first match on the WTA circuit. She hasn’t played well this year on paper, so going for the young Osuigwe here.
Muchova d. Hibino in three sets – Muchova’s adjusted well to WTA main draw level and has played well this season. Going for her to outhit the usually solid Hibino.
Kanepi d. Riske in three sets – Very unfortunate for Riske to draw Kanepi. Kanepi can blow any player off the court and I don’t see Riske having the weapons to stop her if the Estonian’s having a good day. Kanepi came from qualies too so she should be adjusted to the conditions in Miami.
Golubic d. Sasnovich in three sets – Sasnovich leads the head to head 3-1. Sasnovich’s had a very interesting year with some good performances, especially in Brisbane, but has been on the receiving end of so many bagel sets so far. Golubic claimed the Indian Wells 125K title and looks to be on her comeback trail with a good qualifying run in Miami. Torn with this one because both can be very prone to inconsistency. Taking a risk and going with the lower-ranked player here.
Barty d. Yastremska in three sets – Yastremska continues to be one the most consistent up-and-comers on the tour. Barty can be prone to play more passively against hard-hitters but she’s played great this season, though a really tough loss to Svitolina in Indian Wells could deflate some of her early season confidence. Nonetheless, I’m going with Barty’s tricky slices and superior defensive skills to come through here.
Goerges d. Rybarikova in two sets – Super surprised that Rybarikova scored her first win of the season against Vikhlyantseva, and she’ll come up against another very similar player, though Goerges is obviously way more consistent from the ground than Vikhlyantseva.
Day 2 – Miami Predictions
Azarenka d. Cibulkova in two sets
Andreescu d. Begu in three sets
Zhang d. Martic in three sets
Flipkens d. Putintseva in three sets
Cornet d. Lapko in three sets
Van Uytvanck d. Jabeur in two sets
Vondrousova d. Strycova in two sets
Siniakova d. Zheng in three sets
Anisimova d. Petkovic in two sets
Puig d. Xiyu Wang in three sets
Rodina d. Stosur in three sets
Osuigwe d. M.Osaka in three sets
Gavrilova d. Kuzmova in three sets
Sakkari d. Danilovic in three sets
Tomljanovic d. Friedsam in two sets
Y.Wang d. Mladenovic in three sets
Yastremska d. Alexandrova in two sets
Sorribes Tormo d. Krunic in three sets
Vikhlyantseva d. Rybarikova in two sets
Parmentier d. Gasparyan in three sets