Wozniacki vs. Konta
|Date & Time||Saturday April 1, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Wozniacki +110 / Konta -130 -- Over/Under:
Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta meet Saturday in the 2017 Miami Open Final.
Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 71 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki is coming off her toughest match of the tournament but even then lost a combined two games in the final two sets. Wozniacki is simply in terrific form right now and is playing that elite level defense which forces her opponent to hit way more balls than they'd like. Wozniacki is already in her third final this season and will continue to climb the rankings in her current form. Wozniacki looks for her 26th career singles title and first since the 2016 Hong Kong Tennis Open. Wozniacki is 20-14 in title appearances on hard court. Wozniacki has won eight of her last nine matches on hard court.
Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Venus Williams that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 73 percent of her first serve points and 39 percent of her second serve points. Konta continues what has been a breakthrough season for the 25-year-old, and she's in her fourth final appearance since July of last season. Konta remains a mixed bag in terms of risk and reward, but her constant looking for winners and hitting big has paid off for her in the long run. Konta could very well find herself in Singapore at the end of the season if she can continue this consistency. Konta looks for her third career singles title and second this season. Konta is 2-1 in title appearances on hard court. Konta has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
These two have played once in the past, which was in this years Australian Open, a match Konta won in straight sets. The match took 16 games to be decided. This will obviously be the second meeting on hard court.
Konta has burned me a couple of times this tournament and deserves some serious credit for her play. However, Wozniacki is the type of player who can hurt Konta big due to her ability to keep the ball in play. Konta’s constant go for broke style won’t work against a player like Wozniacki who forces her opponent to play long rallies. This is a match where Konta could produce a ton of unforced errors. Not to mention Wozniacki has far more experience in these type of matches and is playing more consistent tennis.
I like Wozniacki to win her first title of the season.