The 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