Anett Kontaveit vs. Su-Wei Hsieh
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 26, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Anett Kontaveit and Su-Wei Hsieh meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Bianca Vanessa Andreescu that took nine games to decide before the Canadian was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. In the victory, Kontaveit won 69 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 64 percent of her total service points and saved all five of her break points. Kontaveit got a much needed break after playing six sets in her first two matches, as the retirement led to her playing less than an hour in the fourth round. Kontaveit is easily playing her best tennis of the season right now, but she must improve her second serve if she’s going to keep this run going. Kontaveit has a chance to make a semifinal in a Premier Mandatory for the first time in her career. Kontaveit has won five of her last six matches on outdoor hard court.
Su-Wei Hsieh is coming off a three sets win over Caroline Wozniacki that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Hsieh won 64 percent of her first serve points and 65 percent of her second serve points. Hsieh won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 12 break points. Hsieh has now produced a combined 11 breaks in her last two matches to send home the top ranked player in the world and a top-15 player, she’s now won five of her last seven matches that have gone the distance. While 33 years old, Hsieh has played some of her best tennis on the big stage these past couple of years and is no longer a player you can simply overlook. Hsieh has a chance to make a semifinal in a Premier Mandatory for the first time in her career. Hsieh has won seven of her last nine matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Guangzhou in 2015, a match Kontaveit won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided.
Kontaveit has had some issues with her second serve this tournament and that’s sure to trip her up against Hsieh, who has been aggressive with her return and has consistently broken some of the top players in the field. Unless Kontaveit can do a better job of avoiding second serves, she’s going to spend a good portion of this match trailing. Hsieh is too solid to bet against when her opponent isn’t playing her absolute best.
I like Hsieh to reach the semifinals of Miami.