Miami – 53 / 86 (62%)
WTA Miami Final Prediction for Sunday
Day 12 – 1/1
Konta d. Wozniacki in 3 sets – Preview
WTA Miami Final Poll for Saturday
WTA Miami SF Predictions for Thursday
Day 10 – 1/2
Pliskova d. Wozniacki in 3 sets – Preview
Konta d. V.Williams in 3 sets – Quick thoughts in Wednesday’s Set Points post
WTA Miami SF Polls for Thursday
WTA Miami QF Predictions for Wednesday
Day 9 – 1/2
Konta d. Halep in 3 sets – Preview
Kerber d. V.Williams in 3 sets – Thoughts in Tuesday’s Set Points recap, going on my first instinct but with little confidence!
WTA Miami QF Prediction for Tuesday
Day 8 – 1/1
Pliskova d. Lucic-Baroni in 3 sets – Just going on feelings with this one, MLB was sensational against Radwanska but I think Pliskova should be relatively fresh based on her passage through the draw and highly motivated to overturn their AO result.
WTA Miami QF Polls for Tuesday and Wednesday
WTA Miami R4 Predictions for Monday
Day 7 – 5/6
Kerber d. Ozaki in 2 sets – I think this could be a tricky match for Kerber because Ozaki is the type of player she can struggle with as she gets a lot of balls back. However, this will be a completely new occasion for the Japanese player so i’d take Kerber purely on experience at this stage of tournaments.
Kuznetsova d. V.Williams in 3 sets – This will be their tenth encounter on the tour with Sveta currently leading 5-4. The Russian player won their last match comfortably in Wuhan. Venus just keeps battling through these matches which is why i’ve given her at least a set here even though it feels like Kuznetsova is playing consistent enough to take it in two.
Konta d. Arruabarrena in 2 sets – Arruabarrena has been superb this week and while Keys is still finding her feet, it was a superb showing from the Spaniard who is at home on these courts. Konta looked back to her best against Parmentier with her serve looking great. Konta for the win.
Halep d. Stosur in 3 sets – First time Halep and Stosur have played since the French Open where Stosur prevailed in damp, heavy conditions. Both played great on Sunday, especially Stosur who took out an in-form Peng Shuai with some superb, aggressive tennis at the end. I’m leaning towards Halep though is looking rejuvenated and finding her form again.
Wozniacki d. Muguruza in 3 sets – Preview
Lucic-Baroni d. Mattek-Sands in 3 sets – Preview
Pliskova d. Strycova in 2 sets – I’ve predicted this match-up at least twice this year but the time I go against it in my Draw Challenge, it happens! The pair are tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head and Strycova has the quirks to her game that will challenge Pliskova, a little like Putintseva in the previous round. I was so impressed that Pliskova managed to win that in straights and her base level has been so good this year. Going again in straights with at least one tight set.
WTA Miami R4 Polls for Monday
WTA Miami R3 Predictions for Sunday – Top Half
Day 6 – 4/8
Rogers d. Kerber in 3 sets – I’m going to stand my wild Draw Challenge pick of Rogers to the quarters 😂. I’ve been impressed with the American this year and I felt she was due a deep run having shown promise this year with good starts in all her tournaments but losses in the second matches. This is the first time since Hobart that Rogers has won back-to-back matches. Kerber had a gutsy first round win over Duan, who had served for the first set. This win should have given her some confidence but I think it will take more than that to set Kerber on her way. Rogers has some weapons that can challenge Kerber and I think this will be a close one.
Goerges d. Ozaki in 3 sets – I feel like Goerges is rather quietly putting together a solid year with 12 wins so far including 4 wins over top 50 players. Ozaki is also having a good year – based on ranking, her three set victory over Bertens on Friday night/Saturday morning was the best of her career. Ozaki has won four matches in Miami and seems to be thriving in the slow, heavy conditions. I think this could be more challenging for Goerges than the ranking between them suggests.
V.Williams d. Tig in 2 sets – The draw has opened up on paper for Venus but Tig is, like Ozaki, having a superb week having come through qualifying. She also qualified for the main draw in Indian Wells. Still, i’d go for Venus to win in straights.
Kuznetsova d. Townsend in 2 sets – Kuznetsova put the Indian Wells final loss behind her with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory over Minella. I’m thrilled Townsend is doing better on the tour – not only was her win over Vinci the best one since the 2014 French Open when she beat Cornet, but it’s also the first time since that particular tournament that she has managed back-to-back wins on the tour level. Kuznetsova’s one of the most consistent players on tour right now and I think she can thrive on this court and in these conditions.
Halep d. Kontaveit in 3 sets – Kontaveit is having a superb year and I really, really enjoyed the first set of her match with Makarova on Friday night which featured some fabulous hitting. I was surprised to see she came back to win in three having lost the first set on a tiebreak from a promising position. Halep enjoyed arguably her best win of the year against Osaka and the smile at the end showed it. She *seems* to be moving past the knee injury and I think that win will give her so much more confidence and steady footing going forward. I’d give Kontaveit a set but I think Halep is on the way up.
Peng Shuai d. Stosur in 2 sets – Peng Shuai continued her stunning recent form, dropping just four games (!) against Caroline Garcia. She’s one of the most consistent players on the tour right now and if she stays healthy, she should deservedly grab a seeding for the French Open. Stosur edged Barty in the battle of the Aussies on Friday night. Peng Shuai beat Stosur in their last match in Taipei City, 6-4 6-4 but had lost their six prior matches to that. Peng Shuai is arguably in the form of her career and I think she’ll keep the wins rolling in this one.
Konta d. Parmentier in 2 sets – Konta had a real struggle to see off Sasnovich on Friday night. I was a little surprised to see it go three having watched Konta cruise through the end of the first set. Still, a win is a win. Parmentier has won seven tour level matches in the last month and won’t be an easy opponent. Two tight sets for me.
Keys d. Arruabarrena in 2 sets – I was mega impressed with Keys against Golubic and she’s one of the most exciting things about the WTA right now. Arruabarrena’s game is suited to the surface and conditions in Miami but I think Keys is looking strong and mentally sound.
WTA Miami R3 Predictions for Saturday – Bottom Half
Day 5 – 6/7
Muguruza d. Zhang Shuai in 3 sets – Both players saved a match point to reach this round so should be feeling a bit calmer here! Zhang Shuai won their last match in Doha, 7-5 in the third of set of a close battle.
Wozniacki d. Cirstea in 2 sets – Cirstea’s had some excellent wins over Wozniacki in the past. Based on Wozniacki’s recent form and growing confidence, i’d take the Dane in straight sets.
Cibulkova d. Flipkens in 2 sets – Cibulkova leads the head-to-head, 4-2 and has won all three of their encounters on hard courts. I’ve been impressed with Flipkens’s level through the past two tournaments; she did wobble when serving out the match against Konjuh, but showed character in the end to win in three. I wouldn’t be overly surprised if Flipkens got a set but I think Cibulkova will be the more mentally sound if this were to go the distance.
Lucic-Baroni d. Radwanska in 3 sets – After watching the first set of Radwanska’s straight set win over Wang Qiang, I think Lucic-Baroni has a real shot at another win. Radwanska’s lack of confidence through her recent form was evident as she nervously attempted to close out the first set against Wang Qiang. I’m not sure she will get away with it against MLB if the Croatian player can find the court more-often-than-not. The conditions are more testing for MLB in Miami compared to Melbourne but she knows what she has to do.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Mattek-Sands in 3 sets – Respect to BMS who has had a brilliant week and I unfairly wrote off in singles. The American won her last match against Pavs in Kuala Lumpur but it was more than four years ago. Pavs had an excellent win over Shvedova on Thursday, fighting back from a set down and then strolling through the decider with the bagel set. There are definitely positive signs from Pavs that she is putting together a more consistent slate of performances and I wouldn’t put it past her to make quarters here. BMS will be a handful but I think Pavs will get the job done.
Strycova d. Cepelova in 3 sets – Interesting match-up, this could be a fun watch. Their two previous matches both took place on the clay in Prague. Cepelova’s been playing great this week and I think Strycova’s win over Larsson was a monumental one following a disappointing month. Strycova for the win.
Pliskova d. Putintseva in 2 sets – Tempted to go for three sets but Pliskova in straights. Poots was clutch against Witthoeft, winning the games that mattered at the end of both sets to come home in straights. I think she has the type of game that can cause Pliskova some problems, but whether she can do it on a consistent basis and hold her own on serve remains the question.
WTA Miami R3 Polls – Bottom Half
WTA Miami R2 Predictions for Friday
Day 4 – 8/16
Kerber d. Duan in 2 sets – Duan has weapons but even with Kerber not finding her best form of late, I think she’ll be too consistent for the Chinese player.
Rogers d. Kasatkina in 3 sets – The court speed and conditions should favour Kasatkina, but i’m worried about her recent form, particularly against more powerful players. Rogers has been steadily picking up wins without making headway in draws. The American needed a third set tiebreak to get past Erakovic but has a shot here.
Suárez Navarro d. Goerges in 3 sets – A toss-up, the head-to-head is tied at 2-2. On recent form, Goerges has this in the bag but I have this feeling that CSN will improve on her two recent showings on the tour following time out to rest the shoulder. CSN has reached the final in Miami before so the conditions obviously favour her. These last two matches are 50/50 and i’m already convinced i’ve gone the wrong way on both haha!
Bertens d. Ozaki in 3 sets – Ozaki is building together a solid year and I remember from watching her that she’s a defensively-minded player so I can understand this run in Miami. Bertens has had some wild displays of late but I saw some positives in IW where she beat Bencic and barely lost to Bacsinszky in a three hour plus epic.
V.Williams d. Haddad Maia in 2 sets – To be honest, I don’t know a great deal about Haddad Maia. The Brazilian player won an ITF tournament before Miami so this could be an intriguing match. Venus had some physical issues in IW but she didn’t let that stop her reaching the quarter-finals.
Mladenovic d. Tig in 2 sets – Mladenovic won their only previous match in Wuhan in 2015, 6-1 6-4. As i’ve written before, Mladenovic can be prone to the very erratic display but i’d go for the win here.
Vinci d. Townsend in 2 sets – This should be a fun match between two players who play the game differently to most. I think Vinci’s consistency will prevail.
Kuznetsova d. Minella in 2 sets – Minella’s having a great year, the majority of her win over Kr. Pliskova was pretty painful to watch though! Like IW, Kuznetsova’s record is decent in Miami and she’s had a good, solid rest since Sunday’s final.
Halep d. Osaka in 3 sets – Preview
Makarova d. Kontaveit in 2 sets – Kontaveit has been in good form so far this year but I think this match-up goes into Makarova’s favour as she does everything a little bit more consistently and Kontaveit will give her pace to work with.
Peng Shuai d. Garcia in 2 sets – Garcia won their last match in Beijing at the end of 2016 in a third set tiebreak. Peng Shuai has been super consistent this year and her game seems to translate well on all surfaces. Peng’s consistency to win through.
Barty d. Stosur in 2 sets – Fascinating match! Both have very similar games. I’d take the in-form and confident, Barty for the win. I don’t think Barty played a great martch against Bouchard but still came through nicely in the third set. Unsurprisingly, this will be a first career match-up.
Konta d. Sasnovich in 2 sets – Sasnovich has already won 14 matches this year, perhaps not a straightforward match for Konta who is my champ for this week. I’d fancy an improvement from Indian Wells.
Babos d. Parmentier in 3 sets – Hmm a toss-up, Parmentier is having a good year up till now. Babos has won their two previous matches in straight sets. No strong feelings to either…
Begu d. Arruabarrena in 3 sets – This is a good surface for Arruabarrena who had snapped a six match losing streak with a solid win over Vikhlyantseva in the first round. However, the Spaniard lacks decisiveness for me in the crucial moments so i’m leaning towards a mostly out-of-form but still dangerous, Begu.
Keys d. Golubic in 2 sets – A first career match-up, Golubic played some good ball against Pironkova but just feeling that this is one of those matches, even early in her comeback this year, that Keys will be able to manage.
WTA Miami R2 Polls – Top Half
WTA Miami R2 Predictions for Thursday
Day 3 – 10/15
Muguruza d. McHale in 3 sets – McHale beat Muguruza the last time they played in Indian Wells in what was a listless display from the Spaniard. I sound like a broken record but Muguruza has been competing so much better in 2017. McHale had a battling, confidence-boosting win over Beck in the first round but i’d take Muguruza in this one, perhaps in three.
Zhang Shuai d. Errani in 2 sets – The slow, heavy conditions favour Errani who played a solid match against Bencic. Zhang Shuai should be able to generate pace and i’m intrigued to see if she is able to attack the Errani serve on a consistent basis.
Sevastova d. Cirstea in 3 sets – From Stadium to court 8 for Cirstea after she had a superb win over Puig on Wednesday night. On the fence with this one, both have good and bad spells this year.
Wozniacki d. Lepchenko in 2 sets – Lepchenko’s having a good week with an excellent win over Davis in the first round. Woz for the win.
Vesnina d. Tomljanovic in 2 sets – Vesnina’s had a few days off since IW so might be good to go. I would have had Bellis winning this one and while Tomljanovic presents threats, playing back-to-back matches on consecutive days will be a challenge for the Croatian player in her return from shoulder surgery.
Konjuh d. Flipkens in 3 sets – Flipkens has enjoyed two excellent first round wins in Indian Wells and Miami over Bellis and Brady respectively. I think Konjuh will have her hands full in this one but I do think she’ll have enough game to see off Flipkens.
Cibulkova d. Cepede Royg in 2 sets – A great first round win for Cepede Royg. Cibulkova for the win though.
Radwanska d. Wang Qiang in 3 sets – Wang Qiang is enjoying an excellent year and I remember that she hit an absolute stunner of a shot when she last played Radwanska in Beijing. Radwanska is vulnerable so a mild upset alert in this one. Radwanska to pull through.
Bondarenko d. Lucic-Baroni in 3 sets – Going for the “upset” in this one, both are so evenly matched with big, powerful games, capable of going on and off in a flash. Their two previous matches have gone the distance and i’d expect the same with this one. Bondarenko won in Sydney qualifying earlier this year, 3-6 6-3 6-3.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Shvedova in 3 sets – Pavs leads the head-to-head, 3-2. Shvedova will probably be calm after finally winning her first singles match of 2017 in a gutsy win over Jankovic. I feel like all these matches are close but i’m sticking with the seed again.
Svitolina d. Mattek-Sands in 2 sets – Fancy at least one tight set with BMS taking a set off Svitolina in their last two matches. Svitolina too solid though on these courts.
Strycova d. Larsson in 2 sets – A big match for Strycova who hasn’t won back-to-back matches since the Australian Open. Contemplated with three sets.
Cepelova d. Vandeweghe in 2 sets – Going for the upset with this one, Vandeweghe has the much bigger game but has been rather wild, both in her shots and temper of late and Cepelova has been building some decent momentum in Miami.
Putintseva d. Witthoeft in 3 sets – A coin toss, the pair played a crazy match at the US Open. Poots has simmered of late.
Ka. Pliskova d. Brengle in 2 sets – Brengle is already proving hard work to get past this week but i’d be surprised if she causes Pliskova problems.
WTA Miami R1 Predictions for Tuesday and Wednesday
Days 1 and 2 – 16 / 28
Duan d. Siegemund in 3 sets – A first career match-up, Duan’s had the better form during 2017 but has lost her last two matches on tour. Siegemund has won just one match this year. Duan is a huge hitter but has been slightly more restrained in recent matches i’ve watched her play. Going for Duan in a tight three setter.
Rogers d. Erakovic in 2 sets – Erakovic won their only previous match in style, 6-2 6-2 in Washington in 2014. Since then, Rogers has improved immensely and she has been very consistent, going 6-0 in openers at tournaments in 2017. I’ve gone for Rogers to have a deep run this week (wild pick, I know) but I feel she has been playing well and knocking on the door.
Goerges d. Riske in 3 sets – Another first time match-up, instinct is with Goerges on this one with the bigger game even though they’ve had quite similar years so far. Goerges has her off days but has been competing very well so far this year.
Chririco d. Ozaki in 3 sets – Ozaki is having a decent year and has qualified for the main draws of both Indian Wells and Miami. Chirico won her first match in IW and hasn’t quite found her rhythm this year. I would normally go for Chirico in 2 but I think it could become a struggle on these slow courts.
Tsurenko d. Haddad Maia in 2 sets – Tsurenko had a rough draw in Indian Wells getting Peng Shuai in the first round. Haddad Maia is a 20-year-old wildcard from Brazil and she actually won her last tournament, a $25k ITF in Clare where she beat the likes of Destanee Aiava, Freya Christie and Sara Tomic. Despite this, i’d still tip my hat to Tsurenko who has been in good form for the past six months with her best form coming on hard courts.
Watson d. Tig in 3 sets – Tig is actually the higher ranked player following Watson’s title points from Monterrey coming off. I was about to write it is one of those matches which Watson should win but may struggle – in fact, ranking would suggest she is the underdog! I’d still go for Watson to tough it out.
Townsend d. Anisimova in 2 sets – Fascinating match, Anisimova is playing her first WTA main draw at 15 years old. With that, brings a flash of unpredictability; however i’d take an improving, Townsend to come through.
Kr. Pliskova d. Minella in 3 sets – Minella leads the head-to-head, 2-0, but they haven’t played for over four years and Kr. Pliskova is setting off in 2017 like this could be her breakthrough year.
Osaka d. Kucova in 2 sets – Osaka won back-to-back matches for the first time this year in Indian Wells. She admitted to playing a poor match in a comprehensive loss to Madison Keys. Kucova is playing her first tournament since the Australian Open.
Kontaveit d. Nara in 2 sets – Across ITF and WTA, Kontaveit has racked up 12 wins and qualified for both IW and Miami main draws. Nara won back-to-back matches for the first time this year to qualify for Miami and while the slow conditions will suit her defensively minded game, I think Kontaveit has enough game to prevail.
Peng Shuai d. Kovinic in 2 sets – Peng Shuai only just won their only previous encounter in Tianjin at the end of 2016, 3-6 7-5 6-3. Since that match, Peng Shuai has won 22 matches and Kovinic just two. Going for the in-form player.
Barty d. Bouchard in 3 sets – Most intriguing match from the entire slate of first rounders. Barty hasn’t played singles for a few weeks but should arrive rejuvenated and with confidence after winning her first title in Kuala Lumpur. Bouchard has been up and down, but mostly the latter in recent weeks with two sub-par displays against Tomljanovic in Acapulco and Beck in Indian Wells. I really do like Barty’s resourceful game up against a hit-or-miss, Bouchard. It’s always hard to tell when Bouchard is going to find some form.
Cornet d. Sasnovich in 3 sets – A toss-up, Cornet is playing her first match since Fed Cup in well over a month. Tough to know how she will get on but I will give her the benefit of the doubt.
Parmentier d. Dodin in 2 sets – A repeat match-up from Indian Wells where Parmentier won, 6-2 6-4. Parmentier then pushed Kerber deep into a third set with an inspired display. Dodin is a huge hitter but is a streaky to say the least. Perhaps a little closer than their match in the desert with conditions a little more stable but i’d still take Parmentier.
Vikhylantseva d. Arruabarrena in 2 sets – Vikhylantseva showed great promise earlier in the year by qualifying for the Australian Open and reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. She has lost her last two matches in qualifying to players ranked outside of the world’s top 100 but I think she’s still settling down with a jump up to playing more tour events. Arruabarrena has lost her last six matches but all to decent opposition. A bit of a coin toss but a good chance for Vikhylantseva, who has a beautiful backhand, to make some inroads at another big tournament.
Golubic d. Pironkova in 3 sets – Pironkova has never done much of note during the IW-Miami double. The pair have combined for just five wins this year with only one for Golubic. I fancy the conditions though to suit Golubic’s game more than Pironkova.
McHale d. Beck in 3 sets – Never played before, I feel like McHale does everything a bit better and is more aggressive with her strokes. However, McHale is prone to the shocker result and that happened last tournament in Indian Wells when she won just one game against Rodina.
Bencic d. Errani in 2 sets – A battle of the former top 10ers, now both ranked outside of the world’s top 100. When they last met on tour in Brisbane, it was an all top 20 clash. Bencic leads the H2H, 2-0, and I think this is a match-up where she is in control. Bencic isn’t playing well but it’s all about matches and building confidence.
Puig d. Cirstea in 2 sets – I’m high on Puig in Miami, she was close to the upset win over Pliskova in Indian Wells and I think the court and conditions in Miami are ideal for her. Cirstea has been dealing with a wrist injury and ran out of steam in her three set loss to Niculescu in IW.
Davis d. Lepchenko in 2 sets – Davis has been so consistent this year and seems to be having a ball off-court. Davis for the win.
Bellis d. Tomljanovic in 2 sets – Great to see Tomljanovic in the draw again. Bellis had her opportunities to see off Flipkens in the first round in Indian Wells in what was a loss that she would likely have learnt a lot from.
Brady d. Flipkens in 3 sets – Interesting match between two players that have tons of variety. I’ve gone for Brady who was a tad unfortunate in her first round loss to Rogers in the first round of Indian Wells in what was a high quality match.
Doi d. Cepede Royg in 3 sets – Doi’s not having a great year, could see this going either way.
Wang Qiang d. Vekic in 3 sets – Two competent baseline hitters, a little more confidence in Wang Qiang’s current form and tactics.
K.Bondarenko d. Badosa Gibert in 2 sets – The 19-year-old, Badosa did make the third round of Miami back in 2015 but has lost her last six matches on tour since then. Bondarenko likes her three set battles and her last four matches (besides a retirement win over Muguruza in Dubai) have gone the distance. I’ll go for a straight setter here but wouldn’t be at all surprised if it went the distance.
Shvedova d. Jankovic in 3 sets – Most things point to a Jankovic win here… JJ leads the head-to-head, 4-1 and Shvedova is still winless in 2017 (0-5). In Shvedova’s favour, she has been getting closer and closer to the win with three of her last four matches going the distance and ending with a 6-4 loss. The H2H is also closer than it looks with four of their five matches going three sets. Jankovic looked extremely shaky in Indian Wells and wavered mentally, up match points against Venus.
Siniakova d. Mattek-Sands in 2 sets – I think Siniakova will be too good on the singles court for Mattek-Sands.
Niculescu d. Larsson in 3 sets – Could be a battle, Niculescu leads the head-to-head, 2-1 although all three matches were on clay.
Cepelova d. Petkovic in 3 sets – Petkovic leads the head-to-head, 2-0 with two straight set wins including the Charleston form. I’d actually go for Cepelova though who has won back-to-back matches for the first time this year and it sounds like (from the guest posts!) that she is playing well. Petkovic has been so up and down, while i’m rooting for her most times on a tennis court, i’m not convinced by her level which currently has many peaks and troughs.
Witthoeft d. Gibbs in 3 sets – Fancy the court to favour Gibbs more, but not convinced by her recent form. Witthoeft to edge a close match.
Brengle d. Ostapenko in 3 sets – Ostapenko leads the head-to-head, 2-0. However, I think the slow court will favour Brengle.
WTA Miami R1 Polls – Top Half
WTA Miami R1 Polls – Bottom Half
WTA Miami WWW Poll
WTA Miami Full Draw Predictions
*Will update this once qualifiers have been placed*
Export taken from Tennis Draw Challenge predictions