The first set was very different to the one they played to open their match in Acapulco as Heather Watson and Beatriz Haddad Maia exchanged breaks in the ninth and tenth game before moving into a first set tiebreak. The Brazilian ended up cruising to the tiebreak, winning four points in a row and never really let go of the lead as Watson struggled to keep up with the intensity and quality of ball striking that Haddad Maia was producing in the 2nd set.
The difference in the two players was that Haddad Maia played the same aggressive brand of tennis from the first point to the last point, whereas Watson struggled to really come to terms with what style or what approach she needed to apply to get the win.
In the first set, Watson really found it hard to put pace on the ball and handed the initiative to her more aggressive opponent. Watson opened up much more in the second set, but after deciding to have more of a say and be more forceful in the rallies, she could not prevent her unforced error count from rising, which will frustrate Watson massively.
This is the sixth loss in succession for Watson in singles, who will need to start getting some much needed match wins under her belt before the big points come off in Eastbourne during the grass season.
Cameron Norrie [Q] vs Nicolas Jarry [WC] H2H: First meeting
Cameron Norrie rallied through his second match in qualifying as he recovered from a set down to beat Patrick Kypson in three sets and now gets to play in one of the biggest main draw matches of his career, when he faces wild card Nicolas Jarry. The left-handed Brit will have his work cut out in his next match with his Chilean opponent gaining some ground at ATP level in the last few weeks after making his first ATP final in Sao Paulo, but admittedly does prefer the clay courts in comparison to the hard.
This is another opportunity for Norrie to prove he belongs at this level. He’s come through another tough round of qualifying and can now express himself against another Top 100 player.
Liam Broady is also through to the Miami Masters main draw as he got his first ever win against Canada’s Filip Peliwo. Broady now will face America’s Bjorn Fratangelo, who Broady has a losing head-to-head record against (0-2).Prediction: Fratangelo in two sets
Katie Boulter [Q] vs Su Wei-Hsieh H2H: First meeting
Katie Boulter‘s progress of good results continues as she made good use of the wildcard she was given in qualifying by getting through two rounds to make the main draw. She got her first win against a Top 100 player, then beat Carol Zhao yesterday to back up that great win over Taylor Townsend. She’s been dealt a tricky opponent in the Miami main draw as she will try to surpass Su Wei-Hsieh. If Boulter does win it will be the biggest scalp of her career with Hsieh sitting just inside the World’s Top 70.
Prediction: Hsieh in three sets
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