Caroline Wozniacki has made it into the third round of the 2019 WTA Miami Open in Florida. At this stage of the tournament, Wozniacki will play against Monica Niculescu from Romania.
Monica Niculescu caused a big upset in the previous round as she eliminated the number 20 seed, Garbine Muguruza. It was a close match which Niculescu won in 3 sets. During the win, Monica Niculescu impressed with her receiving as she won 59% of her return points which allowed her to break Garbine Muguruza’a serve on 9 occasions. While the returning was exceptional, Monica Niculescu struggled with her serve as she allowed her opponent to break serve on 8 occasions. Monica Niculescu will have to improve her serve if she wishes to compete with Caroline Wozniacki.
On the other side of the court, Caroline Wozniacki won her previous match with ease as she defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets. Caroline Wozniacki has a very strong record at the Miami Open as she finished 2nd at this event in 2017. Wozniacki has a win percentage of 72% at the Miami Open meaning that she should be confident about playing at this event.
Caroline Wozniacki and Monica Niculescu have played each other 9 times in the past. As it currently stands, Wozniacki has a head-to-head record of 9-0 against Monica Niculescu. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Qatar Open where Caroline Wozniacki won in straight sets. In 9 matches, Monica Niculescu has only won 1 set against Caroline Wozniacki.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Caroline Wozniacki to win this match. Wozniacki is a much more accomplished player and looking at recent head-to-head results, there seems to be a big difference in ability between the players. Wozniacki looked good in her opening match and I see her winning this match and making it into the fourth round.