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Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek lead the main draw at the Miami Open



The WTA Tour moves from California to Florida for the Miami Open, the second stop of the Sunshine Double. The top seeds of the tournament at the Hard Rock Stadium are Aryna Sabalenka and Iga Swiatek.


Twenty-seven of the top 30 players feature in the main draw. 

Sabalenka could meet Irina Camelia Begu or US wildcard Hailey Baptiste in the second round. If she gets through to the third round, she could meet 25th seed Daria Kasatkina, who will face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first round. 

Sabalenka could face either last year’s Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic or last year’s Miami semifinalist Elina Svitolina. Bencic and Svitolina will meet Marta Kostyuk and Aranxta Rus in the first round respectively. 

Sabalenka has won 10 WTA singles titles, including four at WTA 1000 level, but she is looking to reach her first final since she won the WTA 1000 Madrid title last May. 

The bottom section of the first quarter features two former world number 1 players Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep and last year’s US Open champion Emma Raducanu.

Halep could face Raducanu in the third round. The Romanian player is in good form and reached the semifinals at Indian Wells last week. 

Pliskova, who reached the final in Miami in 2019, is the favourite against either Camila Giorgi or Ajla Tomljanovic. 

Sabalenka could be on a collision course for a quarter final against Halep. 

Number 3 seed Annett Kontaveit leads the second quarter of the draw. The Estonian player has won five titles in Cluj Napoca, Moscow, Ostrava, Cleveland, St. Petersburg and has a record of 43-8 last August. She will take on either Ann Li or Mayar Sherif. 

Kontaveit could face a tough match against this year’s Australian Open quarter finalist Alizé Cornet. 

Kontaveit is projected to face Ons Jabeur for the third time this season in a potential semifinal. They are 3-3 in their six head-to-head matches. 

The winner of a possible match between last year’s US Open semifinalist Leylah Fernandez and Angelique Kerber awaits Sabalenka. Fernandez beat Kerber at the US Open last year. 

Naomi Osaka will play against Astra Sharma in the opening round. The winner of this match will face Kerber in the second round. 

Fernandez will face against the winner of the all-Czech match between Karolina Muchova and Tereza Martincova in the second round. 

This year’s Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins could meet Ons Jabeur in the Round of 16 in the bottom half of this quarter. Collins will open her campaign against either Caroline Garcia or Anna Bondar. 

Jabeur could take this year’s Australian Open quarter finalist Kaia Kanepi in the third round.                           

Last year’s Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa is on a collision course for a quarter final match against Maria Sakkari. It would be a re-match of their last week’s Indian Wells semifinal last Friday. 

Badosa starts her Miami Open campaign against either Laura Siegemund o a qualifier before a possible clash against Marketa Vondrousova. The winner of this match could face Victoria Azarenka in the Round of 16. Azarenka will have to beat either Elise Mertens or Jasmine Paolini. 

Azarenka has won the Miami Open title three times in 2009, 2011 and 2016 and is the most recent player to score the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami in 2016. 

Sakkari will face the winner of the first round match between Beatriz Haddad Maia and Nuria Parrizas Diaz. The Greek player is projected to face Madison Keys in the third round, but the US player will have to beat Sofia Kenin first in the second round. 

Sakkari in on a collision course for a possible Indian Wells quarter final clash against Elena Rybakina, who will have to come through a tough section match that features Jessica Pegula and Sloane Stephens. 

Garbine Muguruza will open her campaign against a qualifier before a potential second round match against Petra Kvitova in the third round. 

Kvitova has not lost to Muguruza since their first round match in 2015. 

Muguruza could face a Round of 16 match against 2018 Miami Open finalist Jelena Ostapenko, who will open her campaign against either Shelby Rogers or Amanda Anisimova. Rogers beat Ostapenko in Indian Wells last week. 

Iga Swiatek has won her past 11 matches by winning the first two WTA 1000 titles of the season in Indian Wells and Miami. 

Swiatek will play against either Viktorjia Golubic or a qualifier in the second round and could meet local favourite Coco Gauff in the Round of 16. 

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Hamad Medjedovic wins the Next Gen Finals title in Jeddah



Hamad Medjedovic came back from one set down to beat Arthur Fils 3-4 (6-8) 4-1 4-2 3-4 (9-11) 4-1 after 2 hours and 11 minutes at the Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. 


Medjedovic hit 38 winners to 21 unforced errors. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Medjedovic earned a mini-break to take a 3-2 lead and held two set points at 6-4, but he was not able to convert them. Fils won four consecutive points to win the tie-break 8-6. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game to win the second set 4-1. 

Medjedovic becomes the sixth Next Gen ATP Finals champion, joining top 10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. The 20-year-old Serbian player is the lowest-ranked champion in tournament history. 

Medjedovic started the third set with an early break in the first game. The Serbian player held on his serve to seal the set 4-2. 

Medjedovic recovered from squandering two match points at 6-4 in a thrilling tie-break of the fourth set at 5-6 and 7-8. Fils saved both chances on second serves and won four of the next five points to win the tie-break 11-9 forcing the match to a deciding set. 

to win the first five-set final in tournament history. The Serbian player won 88% and converted his third match point to clinch the biggest title of his career so far. 

Medjedovic earned a break in the second game of the fifth set. Fils earned himself a penalty point for a smash of his raquet and went down 0-3. Medjedovic held on his next service games and converted his third match point. 

“Two of us from Serbia. Djokovic won the big Masters, the real one, and I won the Next Gen. Obviously it’s a huge thing and I am happy to follow in his footsteps in some way. I can’t believe I have won this title. It’s going to give me a lot of confidence for 2024. Arthur is an amazing player. He is top 40 for a reason”, said Medjedovic. 

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Elena Rybakina headlines a strong line-up in Adelaide



Elena Rybakina, Zheng Qinwen, Carolina Garcia and Angelique Kerber will highlight the Adelaide International, a WTA 500 tournament.


Rybakina reached the final at the Adelaide International on her tournament debut in 2022, losing to now retired Ashleigh Barty. Rybakina went on to win her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon later last year. The Kazakh player finished runner-up to Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open final in 2023. 

Zheng won her first WTA 500 title in Zhengzhou and reached the final in Zhuhai, ending the 2023 season at a career-high of world number 15. 

Angelique Kerber will make her come-back to the WTA Tour at the United Cup before playing her first WTA draw in Adelaide. Kerber gave birth to her daughter Liana last February. The German player won titles at the 2016 Australian Open and in Sydney 2018 and reached in Sydney 2014 and in Brisbane 2018. 

Kerber is one of the three former number 1 players, who are making her come-back on the WTA Tour after giving birth to their children. 

Caroline Wozniacki lost to eventual champion Coco Gauff in the Round of 16 at the US Open in her third tournament back. 

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is planning to make her return next January after giving back to her child Shai last July. 

“It’s definitely way more tournaments than I used to play. So I think some people will be happy with that. I realized that I don’t know how the beginning of the year is going to go for me. I don’t know the level of player and I think I have to ease into it. At the very least, I will set myself up for a very good end of the year”, said Osaka.

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Arthur Fils beats Luca Van Assche in all-French semifinal at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah



World number 36 Arthur Fils beat his friend Luca Van Assche 2-4 4-1 4-3 (7-1) 4-3 (8-6) in an all-French clash after 1 hour and 37 minutes to reach the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah. 


Van Assche, who was born in Belgium but moved to Belgium when he was three years old, broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set to 15. Van Assche won 12 of the last 14 points. 

Fils hit a couple of big forehands to earn three break points at 2-1 15-40. Van Assche saved one break point with a volley, but Fils converted his second chance to open up a 3-1 lead, as Van Assche netted a backhand. Fils served out with a hold at 15 to level the match at one set apiece. 

The first five games of the third set went on serve. Van Assche led 2-3 30-40 on Fils’serve to earn two set points. 

Fils saved them before racing out to a 5-0 lead. Van Assche won his first point with a forehand. Fils earned five set points and closed it out when Van Assche netted a backhand. 

Fils won 22 consecutive points on his first serve until 2-1 in the fourth set. Van Assche faced a match point at 2-3, but Van Assche saved it to force another tie-break. Fils opened up a 4-1 with a mini-break. Van Assche won three points to 4-4 before saving two match points at 4-6 and 5-6. Fils hit a forehand to earn a fourth match point and converted it when Van Assche sent a backhand over the baseline. 

Van Assche beat Fils in the boys’ singles final at 2021 Roland Garros. Fils won his first title in Lyon last May. 

“I played every point trying everything with my forehand, moving very good. I was very happy with the tie-break. Today was a tough match against a great friend. We have known each other since we were nine, so it was a little bit tough and I am happy with the win. I came onto the court with the mindset that I can win. The first set was tough, he was playing very good and defending so well, running very fast. I kept my focus and I am really happy with the win”, said Fils. 

Fils set up a final clash against Hamad Medjedovic, who advanced to the championships match, when Dominic Stricker was forced to withdraw in the second set due to a back injury in the semifinal. 

Medjedovic was leading 4-3 (7-5) 2-1 when Stricker walked to the net and ended the match. 

Medjedovic hit 12 winners to 3 unforced errors. The Serbian player won three matches in the round-robin group. 

Medjedovic won 93% of his first serve points in the first set. Stricker did not drop a point on his first serve. Medjedovic earned his only mini-break to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Medjedovic earned an early break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead before Stricker retired from the match. 

Medjedovic reached two semifinals in Gstaad and Astana. He is coached by Viktor Troicki. Stricker advanced to the semifinals at the 2022 Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

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