WTA Miami Final Preview: Serena Williams v Carla Suarez Navarro

Carla Suarez NavarroThe Miami Open final features a familar face in Serena Williams who has battled through to her tenth final in Miami.  Her opponent, Carla Suarez Navarro, is in uncharted territory as she will play her first ever Premier Mandatory final.  2015 has been a stunning year for Carla… have you had enough of all the stats yet? I’ll just keep relaying them as they get better and better each day! Suarez Navarro is now 21-6 for the year and has won more three set matches in 2015 compared to the whole of 2014.  By virtue of her recent run, the Spaniard will break into the world’s top ten on Monday, which is a stunning achievement.  On Thursday, she defeated Andrea Petkovic in the semi-finals, 6-3 6-3, which was her second top 10 win of the tournament and fourth top 10 win of the year.

Carla faces an almighty challenge in the final against Serena, the queen of the Miami Open.  Serena has come through two challenging matches, beating Sabine Lisicki in the quarter-finals, 7-6(4) 1-6 6-3 and Simona Halep in the semi-finals, 6-2 4-6 7-5.  You can read my full match recap of the Serena-Simona match HERE.  It was a superb contest and Serena raised her level when it really mattered at the end as she overcame a stern fightback from Halep.  There were concerns pre-tournament about Serena’s knee, but she hasn’t looked troubled at all.

Serena leads Carla in the head-to-head 4-0; Carla hasn’t won more than three games in any of the eight sets they have played.  On paper, this doesn’t look promising for a competitive final.  Carla is playing the best tennis of her life and more importantly, she has gained confidence and momentum after some wins against quality opponents this year.  Serena was pumped up for the match against Halep and there could be a let-down and perhaps, a case of underestimating the Spaniard when it comes to the match-up… I’m clutching at straws a little.  I’ll be rooting for Carla in this one and I hope she can pull something out of the bag.  Serena for the win though…

Prediction: S.Williams d. Suarez Navarro in 2 sets

Photo in this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

14 thoughts on “WTA Miami Final Preview: Serena Williams v Carla Suarez Navarro

  1. CSN became the fourth spanish player to break into top 10 and she is playing so beautifully and improved a lot.I thought Muguruza will cross her this year seeing her last year exponential growth but CSN’s perseverance and dedication amazes me and Mugu has to work so much hard just having talent never works. I would love to see her taking this one like James has mentioned in his preview but Serena is such a tough nut to crack for any of the newbie sensations.I wish she takes a set dominating haevily and gives a tough fight to her.Heart goes for CSN but mind says Serena.

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      • Thanks James, i love the way you write these previews, you cover every major details and there’s very less left for others to highlight except to put there predictions.One of the best website i have come across for WTA insights.

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  2. Serena is going to play this match with the trophy on her table already. I love Carla, but if Serena comes pumped after last night’s semi, Carla stands no chance. It’s either 2 straight sets or at worst, 3 setter with one tight for Carla if Serena decides to take a nap.

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  3. Oh and sorry about the mens final. I know you arent fans of Murray v Djokovic matches. I think Novak’s match against Isner is his best of the year so far- really outstanding stuff, and I thought he was running out of gas. If he wins tomorrow then his #1 ranking will be pretty secure until later in the year, unless he has some injury/illness breaks.

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    • It’s been a pretty great year for Novak not that i’m surprised in anyway. But yeah, the thought of another Murray v Djokovic final zzzzzzzzz. I’ll still give it a go and hope that Murray can keep it mildly competitive.

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    • Frankly speaking, I am bored with Novak in the final already. I am hoping Murray can win this one to boost his mojo. Novak’s games are usually very physical like Nadal. He is done once he injures his knee or wrist. For now, he will take advantage of FedDal declination.

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      • I disagree. 2011 Novak Djokovic was a physical player like Nadal, but Becker has put a real sense of urgency in his game. Djokovic’s serving against Isner and Ferrer was out of this world, especially that second serve. And he’s much happier to take the first strike instead of engaging in a rally. That’s why Murray can’t really win against him unless Novak has a baddd day. He’s never been as great a defender and now he’s the one whose being attacked and dictated.

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  4. CSN is a not fashionable icon like Maria, Ana or Caro but I do think she is a worthy contender to Serena. People might remember she lost 6-0 x 2 to Serena in 2013 USO and already assumed she would get the similar treatment in Miami. Overall I think she is a better player and will be a future slam contender in the post Serena’s era. TBH, I dare not bet against Serena in this match but I think it will be a good match (The “new” Henin vs Serena) and why not?

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