By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova
- 2016 Champion: Victoria Azarenka
- British Interest: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady (Q), Katie Swan (Q)
- CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract
MIAMI, USA – Angelique Kerber returns to the World No. 1 spot, and chases the chance to stretch the gap with Serena Williams’ absence through injury.
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|WTA Miami $6,993,450||R3||25 Mar|
|G Muguruza  (ESP)||46 62 62||Zhang S  (CHN)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||64 62||S Cirstea (ROU)|
|L Safarova (CZE)||61 63||A Tomljanovic [WC] (CRO)|
|D Cibulkova  (SVK)||62 63||K Flipkens (BEL)|
|M Lucic-Baroni  (CRO)||60 63||A Radwanska  (POL)|
|B Mattek-Sands [WC] (USA)||46 60 63||A Pavlychenkova  (RUS)|
|B Strycova  (CZE)||62 64||J Cepelova [Q] (SVK)|
|Ka Pliskova  (CZE)||75 63||Y Putintseva  (KAZ)|
|WTA Miami||R2||24 Mar|
|T Townsend [Q] (USA)||63 62||R Vinci  (ITA)|
|A Kerber  (GER)||76(3) 62||Duan Y-Y (CHN)|
|S Rogers (USA)||64 57 60||D Kasatkina  (RUS)|
|J Goerges (GER)||64 76(5)||C Suarez Navarro  (ESP)|
|R Ozaki [Q] (JPN)||64 46 61||K Bertens  (NED)|
|V Williams  (USA)||64 63||B Haddad Maia [WC] (BRA)|
|P-M Tig [Q] (ROU)||76(4) 62||K Mladenovic  (FRA)|
|S Kuznetsova  (RUS)||62 62||M Minella (LUX)|
|S Halep  (ROU)||64 26 63||N Osaki (JPN)|
|A Kontaveit [Q] (EST)||67(1) 62 62||E Makarova  (RUS)|
|Peng S (CHN)||64 60||C Garcia  (FRA)|
|S Stosur  (AUS)||64 64||A Barty [WC] (AUS)|
|J Konta  (GBR)||62 67(5) 64||A Sasnovich [Q] (BLR)|
|P Parmentier (FRA)||67(1) 62 60||T Babos  (HUN)|
|L Arruabarrena (ESP)||36 64 63||I-C Begu  (ROU)|
|M Keys  (USA)||61 62||V Golubic (SUI)|
|G Muguruza  (ESP)||06 76(6) 64||C McHale (USA)|
|S Cirstea (ROU)||76(4) 36 63||A Sevastova  (LAT)|
|A Tomljanovic [WC] (CRO)||36 64 75||E Vesnina  (RUS)|
|B Strycova  (CZE)||46 63 76(3)||J Larsson (SWE)|
|WTA Miami||R2||23 Mar|
|Zhang S  (CHN)||46 64 75||S Errani (ITA)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||61 62||V Lepchenko [Q] (USA)|
|L Safarova (CZE)||62 62||D Gavrilova  (AUS)|
|K Flipkens (BEL)||76(4) 67(6) 62||A Konjuh  (CRO)|
|D Cibulkova  (SVK)||63 62||V Cepede Royg [Q] (PAR)|
|A Radwanska  (POL)||76(3) 61||Wang Q (CHN)|
|M Lucic-Baroni  (CRO)||62 26 76(2)||K Bondarenko (UKR)|
|A Pavlychenkova  (RUS)||67(3) 62 60||Y Shvedova (KAZ)|
|B Mattek-Sands [WC] (USA)||75 64||E Svitolina  (UKR)|
|J Cepelova [Q] (SVK)||62 36 61||C Vandeweghe  (USA)|
|Y Putintseva  (KAZ)||64 64||C Witthoeft (GER)|
|Ka Pliskova  (CZE)||61 63||M Brengle [Q] (USA)|
|WTA Miami||R1||22 Mar|
|V Cepede Royg [Q] (PAR)||62 64||M Doi (JPN)|
|Wang Q (CHN)||06 64 62||D Vekic [Q] (CRO)|
|Y Shvedova (KAZ)||46 64 76(3)||J Jankovic (SRB)|
|B Mattek-Sands [WC] (USA)||63 46 64||K Siniakova (CZE)|
|S Rogers (USA)||46 63 76(4)||M Erakovic [Q] (NZL)|
|J Goerges (GER)||75 63||A Riske (USA)|
|R Ozaki [Q] (JPN)||36 75 61||L Chirico (USA)|
|P-M Tig [Q] (ROU)||76(4) 61||H Watson (GBR)|
|T Townsend [Q] (USA)||26 62 63||A Anisimova [WC] (USA)|
|A Kontaveit [Q] (EST)||62 61||K Nara [Q] (JPN)|
|A Barty [WC] (AUS)||64 57 63||E Bouchard (CAN)|
|A Sasnovich [Q] (BLR)||64 16 64||A Cornet (FRA)|
|P Parmentier (FRA)||62 61||O Dodin (FRA)|
|C McHale (USA)||75 60||A Beck (GER)|
|S Cirstea (ROU)||62 64||M Puig (PUR)|
|V Lepchenko [Q] (USA)||63 63||L Davis (USA)|
|A Tomljanovic [WC] (CRO)||62 16 62||M Linette [LL] (POL)|
|L Safarova (CZE)||76(2) 64||Y Wickmayer (BEL)|
|J Cepelova [Q] (SVK)||62 64||A Petkovic (GER)|
|M Brengle [Q] (USA)||63 36 62||J Ostapenko (LAT)|
|WTA Miami||R1||21 Mar|
|Duan Y-Y (CHN)||76(6) 63||L Siegemund (GER)|
|B Haddad Maia [WC] (BRA)||32 RET||L Tsurenko (UKR)|
|M Minella (LUX)||76(4) 57 75||Kr Pliskova (CZE)|
|N Osaki (JPN)||62 63||K Kucova (SVK)|
|Peng S (CHN)||62 00 RET||D Kovinic (MNE)|
|L Arruabarrena (ESP)||75 61||N Vikhlyantseva [WC] (RUS)|
|V Golubic (SUI)||36 61 61||T Pironkova (BUL)|
|S Errani (ITA)||63 46 63||B Bencic (SUI)|
|K Flipkens (BEL)||36 63 75||J Brady (USA)|
|K Bondarenko (UKR)||64 75||P Badosa Gibert [WC] (ESP)|
|J Larsson (SWE)||63 61||M Niculescu (ROU)|
|C Witthoeft (GER)||63 63||N Gibbs [WC] (USA)|
Kerber returns to World No. 1 this week after Serena Williams pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami, It has been a rough ride for the German, who has at times struggled with the expectation after such an extraordinary year in 2016, picking up two Slam titles and reaching the Wimbledon final.
Her serve at times has looked quite fragile, but she seemed to have picked up the pace at the end of the Middle-Eastern swing with a run to the Dubai final, and she snapped a three-match losing streak in Indian Wells, although did lose out to eventual champion Elena Vesnina in the third round.
Here she is chasing semi-final points but could face a familiar foe in the third round in Daria Kasatkina. The Russian has beaten her twice this year. Lurking a a possible quarter-final opponent is Svetlana Kuznetsova – another opponent who boasts a leading head to head.
Pliskova had looked the most in-form of the top seeds heading into Indian Wells, although she made a meal of her opener against Monica Puig, but seemed to improve towards the end of the tournament, until she bowed out to Kuznetsova in the semi-finals.
She had a shocker of a tournament last year coming of a good spell in the desert last year. She was bounced out in the first round, so has virtually nothing to defend here.
Her biggest challenge might be to overturn a 0-7 head to head over No. 5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska who is looking for form herself, if they meet as scheduled in the quarter-finals.
While we are on the subject of looking for form, Halep’s season really has not got going as injuries have hampered her progress this year. She still is without back to back wins this year and made the quarter-finals last year in Miami so there is a fair bit at stake for her.
Her first challenge, going on head to heads may well be Samantha Stosur in the forth round. They have split their past eight encounters and in form, she would be a favourite to edge ahead but struggling as she is at the moment, she could also face a struggle at the quarter-final stages if Britain’s Johanna Konta is back on form and faces her. If it is Madison Keys, as per seeding, then she will have to put her faith in a solid head to head against the American.
Once more though, Halep is an early pick for our first high-seeded casualty.
Maybe more was expected of Cibulkova in Indian Wells. She battled and toiled through her matches, going the distance every time, and has just two rounds to her name from Miami last year. She is slated to meet Indian Wells champion Vesnina in the fourth round, They are pretty evenly matched so it will be interesting to see if Vesnina can bring an upset here with her new found confidence.
The BNP Paribas Open take place between 20 March – 2 April – (BST -8 hours).
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