The Miami Open is already in the second round, while some third round matches are already set in the WTA competition. So far, there were no big surprises or upsets in Florida, but the main seeds are coming to play in the second stage, so the tournament really starts out today.
This year, the prize money is the same as it was at Indian Wells, which makes the tournament one of the richest in the world. Even though the ATP event lacks two heavy names (Nadal and Del Potro), in the WTA competition we have all the top players in the official draw.
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Friday, March 22, 2019
Kei Nishikori was defeated by Dusan Lajovic in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 3-6) while the Indian Wells winner Dominic Thiem was sent out by Hubert Hurkacz (6-4, 6-4). It looks like Thiem could not make a good transition from one tournament to the other. These two were the biggest (and only) upsets in the men’s competition.
In the WTA event, things were a little more complicated, with more top seeds being eliminated. First of all, last year’s finalist Jelena Ostapenko was defeated by Marketa Vondrousova. Another favourite at the title, Elina Svitolina, was sent home by Yafan Wang, while Aryna Sabalenka fell to Ajla Tomljanovic. Garbine Muguruza, who was among the top seeds, was finally defeated by Monica Niculescu. Even more surprising was the upset caused by Putintseva, who managed to win against one of the most in-form players, Belinda Bencic. So, after the second round, we have five top seeds out of competition.
Miami Open 2019 Preview
From the highlights of the first round, the most dramatic match was between Irina Begu and Bianca Andreescu, the surprise winner of the Indian Wells. The two players first met two weeks ago in California, and Begu was very close to defeat the future winner of the tournament. History repeated yesterday in Miami, when Begu had a set and 5-1 lead in the second. Amazingly, Andreescu managed to come back to 5-5 and then won the tiebreak, making it even. The Canadian then won the decisive set with 6-2. Otherwise, as I said above, there were no surprises in any of the competitions (masculine and feminine).
In the ATP tournament, players who have serious points to defend in Miami are John Isner (last year’s winner) and Alexander Zverev (finalist). Unfortunately for them, none showed that they would be in the form required for such an objective. The favourite remains Novak Djokovic, to whom Florida seems like the place to be – the Serbian won six titles in Miami. The second favourite would be Roger Federer, a player who is still at the top of professional tennis at almost 38 years old. On paper, Zverev starts with the second chance, but the German is totally out of shape. Novak will play in the second round against Bernard Tomic in a match that should be an easy one for Djokovic.
Zverev will start tomorrow against David Ferrer, along with Roger Federer, who will play against Radu Albot. It is worth mentioning the return of Grigor Dimitrov, who will not have a very easy match against Feliciano Lopez. Even more, it is very possible to have a Federer-Wawrinka re-match, like the one from Indian Wells, also in round three.
In the WTA tournament, Naomi Osaka needs as many points as possible to maintain her #1 position in the rankings. As Osaka is an unpredictable player, we can expect anything, but it’s hard to believe that the Japanese will have problems with Yanina Wickmayer, her opponent from the second round. Simona Halep has a new official coach, Daniel Dobre, with whom the Romanian has worked in the past. It remains to be seen if Halep’s game improves after Dobre’s arrival as a coach. Simona has performed so far without a coach and the results have not been brilliant.
All eyes are now on the new sensation in the WTA circuit, Bianca Andreescu. As I said above, the Canadian has struggled hard to reach the second round, saving match points and proving great mental stability for such a young player. In round two, Andreescu will play against Sofia Kenin, then in round three she might play again with Angelique Kerber, another re-match, this time of the Indian Wells’ final.