The seeds came out to play on Thursday in Miami with the top half of the draw. As I write this post they are dropping likes flies with Caroline Garcia and Julia Goerges both out today to Alison Riske and Carina Witthoeft respectively. I’m off to watch a bit more tennis! It’s been a busy end to the working week for me and I won’t be able to do much on the blog until Sunday. Read on for five stories from the Miami Open…
Ka Pliskova’s first win over Makarova
Karolina Pliskova did really well to win in straights and open her 2018 Miami campaign with a first ever win over Ekaterina Makarova, 7-5 7-5. Makarova had won their three previous encounters all in straight sets. I started watching at the end of the second set where Makarova hit back-to-back return winners en route to breaking at 4-4. Makarova was unable to serve out the set and Pliskova won the last three games in typically clutch fashion. Makarova faltered both times serving at *5-6.
Yay for Pavs!
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova snapped a five match losing streak and won her first match since the Australian Open, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-2 3-6 6-2. Pavs looked confident at the end and won the match with a virtual bagel. I was pleased Pavs prevailed for many reasons. I didn’t like Sasnovich’s tactics at the start of the third set (perhaps for longer periods of the match?) of standing in to return and then rapidly retreating as Pavs served. Pavs will play Angelique Kerber in the third round in what will be their 12th encounter on tour.
Halep survives Dodin scare
Simona Halep won her seventh three set match of the year, coming back from a break down to beat Oceane Dodin, 3-6 6-3 7-5. This was a WILD match! Halep was struggling with a neck injury and then went over on her ankle in the decider although didn’t seem too bothered by it. Dodin hit 16 double faults and a ton of unforced errors BUT she had some moments of absolute brilliance. Some of the rallies towards the end of the third set were tremendous. Halep was very committed and gritted her way to the win, managing to wear down Dodin after some gruelling points. Halep gets Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round for their first clash in over 18 months.
Osaka’s press conference
Naomi Osaka in press after her first round win over Serena. She’s great!
Get well soon, Ana
Ana Konjuh posted on social media on Wednesday that she has had another procedure on her elbow – I think that’s three now? Wishing Ana a very speedy recovery. I hope she’s fit and healthy for the grass court season!