Miami Open Day 7 Preview: The Men’s and Women’s Match of the Day - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

Focus

Miami Open Day 7 Preview: The Men’s and Women’s Match of the Day

Sunday will see Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, Simona Halep, and both defending singles champions take to the court.

Published

on

Daria Kasatkina (photo by Chryslène Caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

On Saturday, the tournament lost many top players, including both Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. Serena withdrew due to a knee injury, while Osaka was upset by Su-Wei Hsieh. On the men’s side, Roger Federer survived a scare from Radu Albot, and was likely to face Stan Wawrinka in the next round. But Stan didn’t make it that far, as he was upset by Filip Krajinovic despite having a big lead in the third set tiebreak. And then David Ferrer, who will retire later this Spring, shocked the second seed, Sascha Zverev. There’s been so many upsets on the American hard courts this month, will that trend continue today?

 

Daria Kasatkina (14) vs. Venus Williams

Embed from Getty Images
The 21-year-old Russian holds a 2-1 record over Venus, winning both of their previous hard court matches. Venus’ only victory came at Wimbledon in 2016, where she prevailed 10-8 in the third. All three of their meetings have gone the distance – their contrast of styles makes for grueling, compelling matches. After a breakout year that saw her enter the top 10 for the first time, Kasatkina has been struggling mightily in 2019. She’s just 3-6 on the year, and her three wins are over players ranked well outside the top 100. Venus on the other hand has been competing very well of late, with six wins over the past three weeks alone. Those wins include her big upset of Petra Kvitova in Indian Wells, and her defeat of Carla Suarez Navarro just two days ago. Venus feels extremely comfortable playing in Miami, with a career tally of 66 wins at this tournament. Based on that history, as well as recent form, Venus is the favorite here.

Hubert Hurkacz vs. Felix Auger Aliassime

Embed from Getty Images
This third round match is between two of the ATP’s hottest players in 2019. Both are young, rising stars on the brink of breaking into the top 50 in the world. Hurkacz is coming off a quarterfinal run last week in Indian Wells, where he defeated three top 30 seeds: Kei Nishikori, Denis Shapovalov, and Lucas Pouille. And on Friday in Miami, the 21-year-old from Poland upset Indian Wells Champion Dominic Thiem in straight sets. His playing style has been compared by many to that of Andy Murray’s. On the other side of the net will be an 18-year-old Canadian who is also playing with a lot of confidence. Auger Aliassime made the final last month in Rio de Janeiro, then upset Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells. He had to come through qualifying to get into this event, and already has four wins this week including those qualifying rounds. Felix has easy power, and is extremely quick around the court. These two have never met before, so I’m curious to see how the first of what will likely be many future encounters will play out. The winner may be the more physically and emotionally fresh player on this day, I’m just not sure who that will be. Auger Aliassime has already played 11 sets of tennis this week, while Hurkacz is coming off the biggest win of his career. This should be a good one.

Other notable matches on Day 7

Embed from Getty Images

  • Six-Time Miami Champion Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Federico Delbonis, who only has seven Miami Open match wins in his career
  • Simona Halep (2) vs. Polona Hercog (LL). Hercog won the only time they’ve ever played, at a 100K event nearly 10 years ago on clay
  • 2018 Miami Champion Sloane Stephens (4) vs. Tatjana Maria. Stephens would lose almost 20% of her ranking points with a loss today
  • 2018 Miami Champion John Isner (7) vs. Albert Ranos Vinolas. Isner would fall out of the top 10 with a loss today

Focus

Kiki Bertens Believes In Stability And Trust Ahead Of 2020 Season

Kiki Bertens looks for stability in hope of grand slam success in 2020.

Published

on

Kiki Bertens (@rogerscup - Twitter)

Kiki Bertens believes stability and trust is the key to success ahead of the 2020 season despite a time of change for the Dutchwoman. 

 

A time of change is approaching for Kiki Bertens as she recently just got married to her physical trainer Remko De Rijke.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5iU5w9hTgf/

It’s not only off the court, change is approaching for the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist as her and coach Raemon Sluiter parted ways during the off-season.

After the split it would have been easy for Bertens to make a radical change to her coaching team but that is not her style as she has promoted Elise Tamaela to a main coaching role.

Even through a time of change, Bertens believes stability is crucial to success, “It takes me a while to be able to trust someone,” she admitted to Dutch website De Telegraaf. 

“And I don’t want to spend that time on something like that. We’re going to continue in the same way for next year. The results were not as expected in the Grand Slams but I had other good weeks. It’s really not that I felt different playing in the Slams than in other weeks in which I could win titles.”

Although the formula to winning a grand slam has yet to be solved, the world number nine has achieved great consistency having won 55 matches in 2019, which also included the biggest title of her career in Madrid.

A new era await for Bertens with her new coach and plenty of praise was given to Elise Tamaela ahead of the new season, “For me the most important thing is that that person knows a lot about tennis. I have to be able to fully trust her,” Bertens said.

“To be able to laugh with that person, eat with her. I prefer to keep the equipment to the minimum possible and be able to feel comfortable in terms of confidence. Sometimes more people in the team only bring more opinions. And that style is not mine.”

This simplistic formula has worked for Bertens in the past and as the 2020 season approaches, she’s not looking to change it.

However will inexperience lead to the same results at grand slams, with the level of the Women’s game rising, Bertens may find that breaking the boundaries of stability is needed.

The former world number four will start her march towards more glory in Brisbane on the 6th of January.

Continue Reading

Focus

Caroline Wozniacki Announces Retirement After Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open in January.

Published

on

Caroline Wozniacki (@WeAreTennis - Twitter)

Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open as a new chapter in her life approaches. 

 

The Dane won 30 WTA singles titles in her career and spent 71 weeks as world number one although a grand slam had haunted her for most of her career.

However that changed in 2018 after an epic win over Simona Halep sealed a dream come true as she won her first grand slam at the Australian Open.

Since winning her maiden slam though, it has been an uphill struggle on the court for Wozniacki as she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Some days the former world number one and on some days, it is a constant battle for her to even wake up in the morning.

Now with other priorities taking over having been married to former NBA player David Lee since June and already studying Business at Harvard, Wozniacki today took the decision to retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

https://twitter.com/MPTenisPodcast/status/1202972268831367168

In a statement on Instagram, Woznaicki told her followers that she had accomplished everything she wanted to and looks forward to the future, “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.

“Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.

“This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!

“Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!”

Although this retirement may have been coming, not many people would have predicted it would come at the scene of her grand slam breakthrough.

Now in the last stretch of her career, the Dane will want to finish on a high as she looks to celebrate a career that has lasted nearly 15 years.

 

Continue Reading

Focus

Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Venus Williams are the stand-out names in Adelaide

Published

on

Four top 10 players Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and former Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will grab the headlines at the Adelaide International from 12 to 18 January 2020.

 

A total of seven Grand Slam champions and five former world number one players will take part in the Adelaide WTA tourament.

This year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty leads a star-studded line-up, which includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and seven other members of the top 20.

The Main Draw also features Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins, World Number 30 Quang Wang. World Number 12 and this Rome WTA Premier finalist Johanna Konta will play her first tournament since the US Open following a knee injury.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been announced as the Top 20 wildcard.

“It is always exciting to play at a new tournament in front of new fans. I have had so many memorable times times in Australia over the years and I am looking forward to discovering Adelaide and all it has to offer”, said Venus Williams.

The men’s line-up includes 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Alex De Minaur, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev.

“The full list of players is a real who’s who of tennis, from Australia’s favourite Ashleigh Barty to the iconic Venus Williams, right through to the young talent of Alex De Minaur and the experienced campaigner Novak Djokovic in the men’s field”, said South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending