Despite being dominant in the early rounds, Swiatek failed to defend her title at Indian Wells losing comfortably to Elena Rybakina in the semi-finals. Now the world number one will look to bounce back and defend her title in Miami.
Swiatek’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Bye | H2H: N/A
R2: Katerina Siniakova | H2H: First Meeting
R3: Martina Trevisan  | H2H: Swiatek leads 3-1
A potentially tough opening round match against Katerina Siniakova could await Swiatek in what is a more favourable draw for the Pole than was the case in Indian Wells. The world number one could have a rematch with Rybakina in the quarter-finals which could be the only obstacle stopping her from reaching the final and a potential dream match with Aryna Sabalenka. It’s an ideal draw for the top seed as she is looking to build momentum ahead of her favourite time of year on the European clay courts.
An opening round match against Shelby Rogers could be a tricky match to start off with and will test Sabalenka’s ability to adapt to conditions. A third meeting in a third consecutive tournament against Barbora Krejcikova could also await before the Australian Open champion could collide with last year’s WTA Finals Caroline Garcia in the last eight. All in all, Sabalenka could have had an easier draw especially given her run in California as she looks to continue to be a formidable force in the women’s game.
Pegula would have been disappointed to exit Indian Wells before the quarter-final stage but will look to make amends this week as she looks to gain ground on Swiatek and Sabalenka.
Pegula’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Bye | H2H: N/A
R2: Linda Fruhvirtova | H2H: First Meeting
R3: Danielle Collins  | H2H: Pegula leads 3-0
R4: Victoria Azarenka  | H2H: Azarenka leads 3-2
QF: Coco Gauff  | H2H: Pegula leads 1-0
SF: Iga Swiatek  | H2H: Swiatek leads 5-2
F: Aryna Sabalenka  | H2H: Sabalenka leads 4-1
An intriguing opening round against Linda Fruhvirtova awaits in the opening round with the exciting young Czech having the game to cause Pegula problems. After that the American will fancy her chances to go deep in the tournament with a potential quarter-final match with doubles partner Coco Gauff awaiting. Should Pegula make the last four, the American will be keen to show that she can do some damage to Swiatek and Sabalenka as she looks to make a major statement on the American hard courts before moving onto clay.
Jabeur has a comfortable opening couple rounds but will face difficult tasks against Petra Kvitova and Maria Sakkari if the Tunisian wants to reach the semi-finals. If Jabeur can find her top level of play then the fourth seed is more than capable of giving Swiatek, Sabalenka and other top level players a tough match as she looks to build momentum towards her Madrid title defence.
Miami starts on the 21 March and concludes on the 2 April.
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