That’s a wrap for Miami: Serena wins eighth Miami title, thrashes Suarez Navarro in the final

Serena WilliamsOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.  I think we all had a feeling that this could happen, but I was clinging on to the hope that this would be a competitive final.  After four holds of serve, Serena Williams completely ran away with the final, winning the last ten games of the match to prevail against Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-2 6-0.  This was Serena’s eighth Miami title and she is yet to lose a WTA match in 2015, stretching her winning streak to 17 matches (excluding Fed Cup).  The match started with some promise; Carla looked nervous, but she played a couple of solid service games, particularly at 1-2 where she produced her best shot of the match with a clincial pass.  However, that’s when Serena took it up a notch.  She was majestic on serve and started to create openings on Carla’s serve…

In the second set, the Spaniard won just five points.  She was hitting down the middle and just couldn’t do anything to stop the effortless rhythm of Serena; the world number one played a fine match but seriously, was not tested.  Serena finished with stats of 27 winners to 16 unforced errors, while Suarez Navarro had just 3 winners to a whopping 21 unforced errors.  These are not normal stats for Carla, which shows how the nerves and a formidable opponent affected her game.

That’s it for Indian Wells and Miami! I was losing interest halfway during Miami, but there were some good matches towards the end.  The big talking point from this tournament was *that* Serena-Simona match.  In terms of quality though, the fourth rounder between Sloane Stephens and Belinda Bencic was my favourite match of the week.  Sometimes I get a bee in my bonnet about a particular match and it’s certainly that one! I saw a couple of tweets suggesting Serena-Simona was the match of the year so far, which I couldn’t disagree more with! Entertaining yes but, in my opinion, the quality didn’t come close to the Australian Open final…

I’m so grateful for all the comments this week.  It’s great to see a few new names cropping up, but also the regular commenters sticking around… you know who you are and thank you.  I feel like I need a break after these four weeks, but there’s no way i’m missing out on Charleston for a second straight year! The main draw is released soon and there will be a full preview up on Moo’s Tennis Blog tomorrow.  A couple of my favourite tournaments are coming up soon so i’m going to keep powering through.  After Charleston, i’ll be switching back to the ATP tour for the Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo and then back to the WTA for Stuttgart.

Thanks again for all your support and I hope you’ve enjoyed the previews from Indian Wells and Miami.  If you enjoy watching me get things wrong (and occasionally right!) you can check out my predictions archive HERE to see how i’m getting on this year.  In my daily predictions, I correctly predicted all of the fourth round WTA matches, which I have NEVER done before! I’m also on social media and you can follow the official Moo’s Tennis Blog Facebook page HERE and the Twitter page HERE.  I’ve got lots planned for the next couple of months so I do hope you’ll stick around and pleaseeee spread the word 🙂

Photo in this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

16 thoughts on “That’s a wrap for Miami: Serena wins eighth Miami title, thrashes Suarez Navarro in the final

  1. Who was the people who voted for Carla? You guys knew that was wishful thinking . I agree the AO final was better than the semi in Miami.

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  2. I wished for a far better final.Thats what Serena does when she is on full song.Not only she wins she just butchers the opponent confidence very badly.Tough luck for CSN but she can feel pride to play one of the supreme player and all time great in a final.

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    • Carla was just happy to be there, but I wish I see more fight in her. Sharapova better start playing well because Halep can become no 2 before French Open . Azaranka needs to step up and play smaller tournaments. Why isn’t she in Charleston ?

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  3. Was at the Miami Open all week, so many great matches. I agree that Belinda vs. Sloane was a fantastic match but in my opinion the best of the tournament was Angelique Kerber vs. Heather Watson. The atmosphere was fantastic for an outside court and both players fought so hard over the two days. Wish it would have been on a Show Court so you all could have seen

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  4. Serena is almost garanteed her #1 ranking until the US Open now. Halep has more ranking points to defend than Williams, and Simona still trails Serena by over 2000 points.

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    • Rome, Wimbledon , French and the whole Asian swing. 7000 points Serena missed out on. If Serena goes deep in Rome, Madrid and French they can’t catch her.

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      • She won Rome. Do you mean Madrid? I know she’s intending on playing both events this year, but obviously Paris is the top priority. This could well be her last real opportunity for a calender Grand Slam.

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      • I felt really good about her winning RG last year, but this year I’m a little doubtful. Her footwork these last 12 months has been a real weakness in her game and you can’t afford sloppy footwork at this Slam.
        I think that this one could be Halep’s. I’d fancy Muguruza, Svitolina or Garcia to make a big run of it. And you can never count out Sharapova, Ivanovic and Kuznetsova. One of those (or Serena) is my pick for the winner.

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