Zarina Diyas vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Saturday March 26, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Serena Williams and Zarina Diyas face off Saturday afternoon at the Miami Masters.
Serena Williams is coming off a frustrating three set victory over Christina McHale. Serena played a sloppy second set and struggled to get control of the match due to a very inconsistent return game. You have to wonder if Serena’s loss to Victoria Azarenka in Indian Wells had a hangover effect, as she’s been showing some inconsistencies in her game as of late. Still, Serena has lost just three matches since the Cincinnati Masters and is more than capable of snapping out of this funk in no time. Of course, Serena is also capable of another shocking loss. Serena has won the Miami Masters eight times, which includes each of the last three years.
Zarina Diyas is coming off a victory over Daria Gavrilova and has won each of her last two matches in straight sets. Diyas has really dropped in the rankings over the last year and is just trying to get back on track after splitting her last eight singles matches. Diyas has shown promise at just 22 years old, and we know she leaves everything she has on the tennis court. Diyas is capable of having a successful 2016, but she needs to be more consistent with her service game in order for that to happen. Diyas is 3-2 all time in the Miami Masters and has never made it out of the third round.
The only match between these two took place in the 2015 Indian Wells Masters, a match Serena won in straight sets. In fact, Diyas has won just two games against Serena. This will obviously be the second time Diyas and Serena meet on hard court.
Diyas is a fighter and isn’t going to quit if Serena gets off to a fast start. However, even with Serena struggling, Diyas just doesn’t have the skill set at this point to pull off the monster upset.
Serena will inch that much closer to a ninth Miami Masters crown.