Preview of the Miami Open
"I, Want to Rock and Roll all night! And party every day!" That my friends are what I thought about when the Miami Open announced it was moving to the Hard Rock Stadium as a venue. I was not surprised that they moved the venue, to be honest. The change was lead by James Blake and Serena Williams who broke ground around the stadium not too long ago. Now, with some of the first rounds in the books, let's take a closer look at the early round match-ups!
The Wildcard Matchups Gauff is 15 and has already signed a million dollar contract just last year with New Balance. Caty McNally won her first WTA event not too long ago at the age of 17. Both of them won the US Open junior doubles title together in 2018 and now face each other in their first WTA Premier Mandatory tournament. Speaking of successful juniors, Whitney Osuigwe is facing off against Osaka. No, not Naomi. Mari Osaka her older sister. Did anyone else know that Naomi had an older sister? Sorry, Mari.
David Ferrer, his last year on tour, will be taking on American veteran Sam Querrey in the first round. Ferrer still has a fire under his ass and is always looking for a fight. This might be an upset in the making. Young American, Chris Eubanks is taking on another promising talent, Dzumhur from Bosnia. Fun fact, Dzumhur upset Tsitsipas in Rotterdam in the first round earlier this year. The last wildcard in the men's draw to look at for is Chun Hsin Tseng from Chinese Taipei. Tseng has been on the map for a while now as one of the top juniors in the world who trains out of the Mouratoglou Academy in France. He won the junior French Open title and has had a ranking of number one in the world.
Swiss Matchup in the 3rd Federer and Wawrinka are set up to play against each other AGAIN in the third round of the Miami Open. If they fulfill their potential, they would play against each other in back to back weeks. I don't know why tournaments do this to us... I know that it all depends on ranking and their prior performances BUT technically Federer should be the fifth overall seed at this tournament seeing as Thiem passed him in the rankings this week.
Predictions for Miami Open
Winner - Svitolina
Dark Horse - Sabalenka
Bust - Kasatkina
Winner - Federer
Dark Horse - Jarry
Bust - Goffin