The singles at the second Premier Mandatory tournament of the year concluded on Saturday in Miami with a Konta-Wozniacki final. Doubles is still to come on Sunday but my focus will now switch to Charleston. It was another exciting two weeks in Miami and this post brings together the highlights and best bits from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to memorable matches, shots and plenty more. All my previous Match Points tournament posts starting from 2016 can be found at the link HERE. Read on for the Match Points from Miami…
Johanna Konta won the biggest title of her career, beating Caroline Wozniacki in Saturday’s Miami final, 6-4 6-3. There were nerves and tension from both players but Konta did a good job at not dwelling on missed opportunities and remaining focused. She was a little bit better on serve and on the key points, clawing her way out of a *15-40 hole when serving for the first set at *5-4. Wozniacki, who didn’t have her best day, required a medical time-out in the second set for a foot/ankle complaint. Still, a super tournament for Wozniacki who is putting herself in these final positions… i’m sure one will go her way soon.
And for Konta, damn impressive. I still think she is undervalued and underrated in what she is doing on the court right now. I think the level she produced this tournament wasn’t quite what she achieved at Sydney and the Australian Open, but the mental toughness and focus was there, beating off quality opposition in the shape of Halep, V.Williams and Wozniacki. Hats off to Jo and she will be back in the top ten in next week’s rankings at number seven.
Super Stat (s)
A Lucic-Baroni special!
Firstly, her third round win over Agnieszka Radwanska was one of the best individual performances of the year so far. The first set was close to perfection.
And then in her quarter-final match against Karolina Pliskova, the pair were lethal on return with just one point won on second serve during the first set. Nine double faults didn’t help Mirjana!
Simona Halep recovered from a 4-6 2-5 deficit against Sam Stosur in the fourth round, saving a match point to advance to the quarter-finals, 4-6 7-5 6-2.
A shout out to the straight setters – it doesn’t have to go three sets to be a memorable match. Three matches that stood out for me this tournament were Karolina Pliskova vs. Yulia Putintseva (R3), Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Venus Williams (R4) and Caroline Wozniacki vs. Lucie Safarova (QF).
A final heads up for Sam Stosur vs. Peng Shuai (R3) which was also great!
Again, like picking a needle in a haystick but three points that stood out for me. Firstly, classed as a hot shot winner for Agnieszka Radwanska, but Wang Qiang contributed a lot to this wild point in the first set tiebreak of their second round match.
Drawing on one of the memorable matches from above, Yulia Putintseva produced some stirring tennis to save eight set points in the first set against Karolina Pliskova. Linked below is one of multiple terrific saves by Putintseva.
And a fun point between Simona Halep and Anett Kontaveit with a frantic Halep dash & winner after a net cord.
Another cracker from Kirsten Flipkens. The get from Jennifer Brady’s overhead is insane!
Wheels from Svetlana Kuznetsova, a sensational get!
Awesome volleying from Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
A big thanks to Jake S. for two guest posts on the blog at the start of the tournament. If anyone out there would like to write about their experiences of visiting a tournament for the blog then please get in touch!
Really enjoyed hearing more about Ajla Tomljanovic’s comeback to tennis following over a year out due to shoulder surgery.
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