By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina
- Defending champion: Johanna Konta
- British Interest: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Katie Boulter, Naomi Broady
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MIAMI, USA – After a run of early exits, can Johanna Konta tap into the form that took her to her first Premier Mandatory title?
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Although she largely looked back to her usual self in Indian Wells after taking some much needed time off to rest her injured foot from the start of the year, she looked flat and out of it when she was bundled out of the BNP Paribas Open by eventual champion Naomi Osaka, for the loss of just two games.
She has had pretty solid results for the last three years, making the semi-final in 2015, and two quarter-finals in a row. Her first seed could be Agnieszka Radwanska who has been steady but not outstanding so far this year. They are evenly split in their head to head, so Halep will have to be sharp.
She has a better record against Madison Keys who could face her in the fourth round with a potential quarter-final against Karolina Pliskova – whose game suits Halep down to the ground, both in match play AND practice, according to the Czech who ruefully admitted that Halep was a puzzle for her.
Despite achieving a lifetime goal of winning her maiden Grand Slam title, she came unstuck twice already since then to Indian Wells finalist Daria Kasatkina. Last year’s finalist of course lost to Britain’s Johanna Konta.
Her third round seed could be a tricky Anett Kontaveit – the pair have split wins but interestingly only on the grass. Fourth round, she could face the hard hitting Coco Vandeweghe, of whom she has the measure on the hard courts with a 2-1 head to head, her only loss coming on grass.
The seedings put her on a quarter-final collision with Venus Williams, although defending champion Konta is also in this bracket. The Dane beat Williams for the first time in eight attempts at Singapore, and Konta last year got her 2-0 head to head over Wozniacki on the hard courts of Melbourne and of course Miami.
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While it looked as though Muguruza had gotten over the injury issues that dogged the start of her year, with some good results in Doha (final) and Dubai (semi-final), she was bounced out of her opener by US qualifier Sachia Vickery and looked none to happy about the whole thing.
Fortune has smiled on her a little more as she advanced a round due to the sad withdrawal of another US star on the rise, Amanda Anisimova, who injured her foot and had to withdraw after winning her first round match.
Her third round seed could be the unpredictable Barbora Strycova, with Sloane Stephens as a potential fourth round opponent, and she will hope with a 3-0 record on her side to get Caroline Garcia as her predicted quarter-final opponent. In fact each time they have met it has been at that stage of a tournament.
The Ukrainian is ever consistent, although there is still much expected of her when it comes to making it to the last four of Slams. But she maintains her place at the top of the seedings with continued deep runs, at the big tour events.
She has shown she can win the big WTA titles, but when it goes awry for her she looks all but beat on court. She looks set for a show down with the reigning French champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals.
The Miami Open take place between 21 March to 1 April (BST -8 hours).
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