Johanna Konta vs. Victoria Azarenka
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 30, 2016, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Victoria Azarenka and Johanna Konta meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Miami Masters.
Victoria Azarenka is coming off an impressive straight sets win over Garbine Muguruza. Azarenka has been flat out killing it so far this season, which includes beating Serena Williams for the Indian Wells Masters title, and she’s won all three of her matches in this tournament in straight sets. Azarenka was pushed to two tiebreaks in her last match, but she’s been buckling down when needed and is looking more and more like the No. 1 player she was a few years ago. The Azarenka we’re seeing right now is scary for the rest of the field, as she’s clearly back. Azarenka has not made the semifinals of the Miami Masters since the 2011 season.
Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Monica Niculescu that took just 16 games to end. Konta has also been in good form this season, as she’s won 13 of her last 17 matches, which includes six of seven sets this tournament. Konta is clearly building on her breakthrough semifinal appearance at the Australian Open, and her current ranking of 23 in the world is the highest it’s ever been. Konta is somebody to keep a close eye on moving forward, as she’s playing consistent tennis and is currently in the best form of her young career. This is Konta’s first appearance at the Miami Masters.
These two have played only once in the past, which was in last year’s Wuhan Open, a match Konta won after Azarenka retired in the second set. This will obviously be the second time these two meet on hard court.
Konta is playing great tennis right now and has a shot at the upset in her current form. However, Azarenka is starting to like like a top-five player in the world, and there’s not many women who can beat her when she’s on top of her game.
Look for Azarenka to get the job done in two long sets.