Rebecca Peterson vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Friday March 22, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Rebecca Peterson and Serena Williams meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Rebecca Peterson is coming off a three sets win over Laura Siegemund that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Peterson won 62 percent of her first serve points and 37 percent of her second serve points. Peterson won 56 percent of her total service points and converted on nine of her 12 break points. Peterson obviously has to be sharper with her serve, but her ability to win majority of the big points in her victory was impressive and something she can carryover to this match. Peterson has a chance to win two straight matches on the main tour for the first time since last years US Open. Peterson has never made it past the second round of a Premier Mandatory, but this is just her third ever appearance in such tournament. Peterson has lost three of her last four matches on outdoor hard court.
Serena Williams is coming off an early exit in Indian Wells due to an illness, so seeing how she performs in this match will be key in terms of her chances to compete for a title. Of course, Serena loves playing in South Florida where she spends majority of her time, and she’s won the title in Miami eight times in her career. Assuming that Serena is recovered from her issue, she’s got to be a top-two favorite to win this event. However, you should wait and see how she bounces back here before considering laying anything serious on a possible future bet. Serena hasn’t lost back to back matches on the main tour since Wimbledon and San Jose last year. Serena has won 10 of her last 14 matches on outdoor hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Peterson won’t get away with her questionable seeing against a player like Serena, and she’s still too green when it comes to big matches to pull something off like this. Serena enjoys Miami a lot and has had a ton of success in this tournament. As long as she’s recovered from her issues that tripped her up in Indian Wells, this should be a routine match. Peterson isn’t serving well enough to compete in this match.
Serena rolls in straight sets.