Victoria Azarenka vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
|Date & Time||Saturday April 2, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka meet Saturday afternoon in the Miami Masters Final.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is coming off a straight sets win over Timea Bacsinszky that took 21 games to decide. Kuznetsova has been the surprise of the tournament, as she entered Miami with no momentum after losing six of her last seven singles matches. After beating three straight players ranked 31 or better, Kuznetsova finds herself on a nice hot streak and playing the best tennis of the season. Kuznetsova has shown terrific fight after being down a set in three of her five matches, and she enters this match with great confidence. Kuznetsova is a completely different player than what we saw in Dubai and Indian Wells. Kuznetsova has not won a WTA Premier Mandatory Tournament since the 2009 China Open. Kuznetsova won the Miami Open (NASDAQ-100 Open) back in 2006.
Victoria Azarenka is coming off a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber that took games to decide. Azarenka has now won 11 straight matches and is clearly back in elite form that once made her the top player in the world. Azarenka is doing a nice job of limiting her unforced errors and has been able to keep her emotions in check as well. After a couple of rocky past seasons for the 26-year-old, Azarenka looks like she’s ready to make another run as the top player in the WTA. Azarenka has won the Miami Open twice in the past. Azarenka’s last lost in a Premier Mandatory tournament final was in the 2009 Madrid Open.
These two have met eight times in the past, and the series is tied at 4-4. The most recent match was in the 2013 Australian Open, a match Azarenka won in straight sets. Azarenka has beaten Kuznetsova in three straight matches. Kuznetsova’s last win over Azarenka came in the 2009 Rome Masters.
It’s been a great run for Kuznetsova, and she’s proven she can beat elite competition in this tournament alone. However, Azarenka is back in rare form, and that’s any who can beat her with the way she’s currently playing. Azarenka wins back-to-back titles after a strong showing at Indian Wells.