By Jake Davies

  • Heather Watson vs Beatriz Haddad Maia
MIAMI, USA – Heather Watson leads off the main draw action in Miami, where she faces Beatriz Haddad Maia once more after her loss in Acapulco to the Brazilian.

 

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Heather Watson vs Beatriz Haddad Maia H2H: Haddad Maia leads 1-0

After losing to the returning Victoria Azarenka in Indian Wells, Heather Watson will be looking to change her fortune in the tournament in Miami as she tries to win her first match since the Hobart International, which was two months ago. The Brit is on a five match losing streak in singles since losing that big semi-final to Elise Mertens in Tasmania, but will be extremely motivated by some of the stunning performances she’s put in in Miami over the years, which includes notable scalps over the likes of Lucie Safarova, Sloane Stephens and pushing two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber to the brink three years ago.

The draw has dealt Watson the same opponent that she played at the beginning of her singles tournament in Acapulco merely weeks ago, where she lost a disappointing match to Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, but would go on to win the Acapulco doubles title that week.

Watson will have learned a lot about that first match against Haddad Maia. There were lots of momentum shifts and Watson will feel that she really had a decent chance of winning that match had her match not been derailed by a niggling back injury, which required treatment. Now hopefully a fully fit Watson can get a slight bit of revenge and look beyond the first round and make a real impact on the main draw this year.

Prediction: Watson in 3 sets.

 

More Brits feature in the qualifying rounds in Miami

There are also two Brits playing out in the Men’s qualifying draw this week at the Miami Masters, with Liam Broady facing an old rival Filip Peliwo, who was Canada’s golden boy many years ago, winning the 2012 US Open juniors final, where he in fact beat Liam Broady in that final.

Cameron Norrie got a very good win against US star Stefan Kozlov in his open qualifying round by retirement and will now face 18-year-old Patrick Kypson for a place in the main draw.

Katie Boulter picked up an impressive win in her first round of qualifying as she overcame America’s Taylor Townsend in straight-sets, which will boost her confidence nicely as that was her first recorded win over a Top 100 player. She now will go up against Carol Zhao of Canada for a place in a WTA main draw.

 

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