<![CDATA[Tennis RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer 2017 Miami Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/04/02/rafael-nadal-vs-roger-federer-2017-miami-open-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet Sunday in the 2017 Miami Open Final.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Fabio Fognini that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 83 percent of his first serve points and 80 percent of his second serve points. Nadal is coming off a serving clinic in which he dropped just nine service points all match. Nadal has won his last eight sets and has lost a combined 11 games in his last two matches. Nadal is playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him in a while, and he’s already in…

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet Sunday in the 2017 Miami Open Final.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Fabio Fognini that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 83 percent of his first serve points and 80 percent of his second serve points. Nadal is coming off a serving clinic in which he dropped just nine service points all match. Nadal has won his last eight sets and has lost a combined 11 games in his last two matches. Nadal is playing some of the best tennis we’ve seen from him in a while, and he’s already in his third final appearance this season. Nadal hopes to win his 70th career singles title and first since the 2016 Barcelona Open. Nadal is 16-23 in final appearances on hard court. Nadal has never won a Miami Open title and is 0-4 in final appearances in this event. Nadal has won 11 of his last 13 matches on hard court.

Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer continues to grind out victories and takes advantage of every little mistake his opponent makes. Whether it's hitting a winner to save break point or pulling away in a tiebreaker, Federer comes up big when he needs to most. The 35-year-old Federer has given away very little since his semifinals run in last years Wimbledon. Federer hopes to win his 91st career singles title and third this season. Federer is 62-23 in final appearances on hard court. Federer has won two Miami Open titles, but this is first final appearance since 2006. Federer has won 11 straight matches on hard court.

These two have met 36 times in the past and Nadal has won 23 of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Indian Wells Masters, a match Federer won in straight sets. Federer has won the last three meetings against Nadal with his last loss coming in the 2014 Australian Open. These two have both won nine matches against one another on hard court.

It always feels like a coin flip when these two meet and a case can be made for either side. Nadal has been very impressive this tournament and has had to work far less to get to this point. However, Federer has had the upperhand over Nadal twice this season and the last match wasn’t even close. In fact, Federer lost just 10 service points and won 43 percent of return points. Federer has just been rock solid the last few months and has been money in big matches.

I’m going to back Federer like I have in the previous meetings.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:22:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81953
<![CDATA[Johanna Konta vs. Caroline Wozniacki 2017 Miami Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/04/01/johanna-konta-vs-caroline-wozniacki-2017-miami-open-final-pick-odds-prediction#comments 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…

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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.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:14:33 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81908
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Nick Kyrgios 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/31/roger-federer-vs-nick-kyrgios-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off an emotional match where it looked like he was going to cruise and then found himself in a third set tiebreak. Still, Federer continues to find ways to win and still converts on the biggest points more times than not. Federer’s play suffocates…

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Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off an emotional match where it looked like he was going to cruise and then found himself in a third set tiebreak. Still, Federer continues to find ways to win and still converts on the biggest points more times than not. Federer’s play suffocates his opponent, and he waits for them to make the mistake that ends the match. Federer hopes to make his 139th career singles final and third this season. Federer hopes to make his first Miami Open since the 2006 season. Federer has won 10 straight matches on hard court.

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a three sets win over Alexander Zverev that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 79 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios continues to show this improved play where he stays focused for most of the match and doesn’t have these mental lapses where he throws games away. Kyrgios in this form is extremely dangerous and a treat for any tennis fan who enjoys quality play. Kyrgios has 12 career victories over top-10 players and two of them have come this season. Kyrgios looks to reach his fifth career singles final and first since the 2016 Japan Open. Kyrgios has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2015 Madrid Masters, a match Kyrgios won in three sets. This will obviously be the first match on hard court.

I’m happy we get this match after being robbed of it a couple of weeks ago when Kyrgios withdrew due to food poisoning. Kyrgios has the ability to beat anybody in the world with the way he’s playing and is always tempting as an underdog. However, you have to ride the consistency and experience with Federer. He’s as solid as they come and pounces on any mistake his opponent makes.

Should be a fun match, but Federer will have the edge.  

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:43:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81887
<![CDATA[Rafael Nadal vs. Fabio Fognini 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/31/rafael-nadal-vs-fabio-fognini-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Jack Sock that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Nadal looked really sharp in his last match in which he won 46 percent of his return points and converted four of five break chances. Nadal has now won his last six sets and is starting to show signs of being the player we’re all used to seeing. As long as Nadal can be…

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Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Jack Sock that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 71 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Nadal looked really sharp in his last match in which he won 46 percent of his return points and converted four of five break chances. Nadal has now won his last six sets and is starting to show signs of being the player we’re all used to seeing. As long as Nadal can be more consistent with his second serve, he’ll continue to make deep runs in tournaments. Nadal hopes to make his 104th career singles final and third this season. Nadal has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.

Fabio Fognini is coming off a straight sets win over Kei Nishikori that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Fognini won 67 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Fognini was able to take advantage of a banged up Nishikori and is playing in his first semifinal since Moscow. Fognini has won his last six sets and is extremely dangerous when hitting his spots, which he's done recently. Fognini has nine career wins over top-10 players with two coming this season. Fognini hopes to make his 13th career singles final and first since the 2016 Kremlin Cup. Fognini has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.

These two have played 10 times in the past and Nadal has won seven of those meetings. The last meeting was in last years Barcelona Open, a match Nadal won in straight sets. Fognini’s last win over Nadal came in the 2015 US Open. Two of Fognini’s wins over Nadal came on clay court.

There’s going to be value in backing Fognini, as he has a few wins over Nadal and has the shotmaking to pull off the upset. However, Nadal is the more consistent player overall and is playing some of his best tennis of the year at this very moment. Nadal has seen enough of Fognini to take him out of his comfort zone and not allow so many chances for winners down the line.

This is a favorable match for Nadal.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:36:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81839
<![CDATA[Johanna Konta vs. Venus Williams 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/30/johanna-konta-vs-venus-williams-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Johanna Konta and Venus Williams meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 75 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Konta was an error machine for much of her last match and it didn’t look like she had a chance to win after being down a set and a break. However, Konta continued to go for her winners and it eventually paid off long term. Konta continues to be a nightmare for opponents…

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Johanna Konta and Venus Williams meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Johanna Konta is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 75 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Konta was an error machine for much of her last match and it didn’t look like she had a chance to win after being down a set and a break. However, Konta continued to go for her winners and it eventually paid off long term. Konta continues to be a nightmare for opponents on hard court and is racking up the winners to make up for her mistakes. Konta hopes to make her fourth career singles final and second this season. Konta has won 13 of her last 15 matches on hard court.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Angelique Kerber that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 58 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Venus continues to surprise the tennis world with her play and earning a victory over the top ranked player for the first time since 2014 was another treat. Venus keeps turning back the clock and seems to be getting better the older she gets. With an improved serve and far less unforced errors, Venus is a clear threat to anyone she plays despite her age. Venus looks to make her 82nd career final singles appearance and second this season. Venus has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.

These two have played three times in the past and Konta has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Stanford Classic, a match Konta won in three sets. Two of the three matches went the distance and this will be the fourth time these two play on hard court.

Konta has been dominant on hard court as of late and has the shotmaking to give Venus a hard time. However, you can’t bet against Venus in her current form, as she just seems to find a way and is playing extremely clean tennis overall. She’s also enjoying the moment and the confidence is through the roof.

If I backed Venus against Kerber, I’m certainly going to ride the hot hand again against Konta.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:57:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81821
<![CDATA[Nick Kyrgios vs. Alexander Zverev 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/30/nick-kyrgios-vs-alexander-zverev-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over David Goffin that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 77 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios has been serving very well this tournament and has been focused enough to win two of three tiebreaks. Kyrgios is playing some of his more consistent tennis in recent memory and has the potential to crack the top-10 for the first time if he can continue…

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Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Nick Kyrgios is coming off a straight sets win over David Goffin that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Kyrgios won 77 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Kyrgios has been serving very well this tournament and has been focused enough to win two of three tiebreaks. Kyrgios is playing some of his more consistent tennis in recent memory and has the potential to crack the top-10 for the first time if he can continue to play at this level. However, history shows you never know what to expect from Kyrgios, so we’ll have to take a wait and see approach here. Kyrgios has won eight of his last 10 quarterfinal appearances. Kyrgios has won nine of his last 11 matches on hard court.

Alexander Zverev is coming off a three sets win over Stan Wawrinka that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 76 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Zverev has played six set in his last two matches and has been able to bounce back from dropping the first set in both matches. Losing just three games to Wawrinka in the final two sets combined was rather impressive. Zverev has played his best tennis of 2017 in this tournament and it’ll be interesting to see if it can continue against a youngster equally as talented. Zverev has won seven of his last eight quarterfinal appearances. Zverev has won seven of his last 10 matches on hard court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in this years Indian Wells Masters, a match Kyrgios won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to decide. This will obviously be their second meeting on hard court.

This is going to be a fun and must-watch matchup between two rising stars and the future of this sport. Both athletic, hard harding and emotional guys who want to put on a show. Get your popcorn ready. As for picking a winner, I have to go with Kyrgios. He’s been the more consistent player this tournament and hasn’t had to work nearly as hard. Also, Zverev struggled big time returning Kyrgios’ serve in the last match, winning just 26 percent of return points. Kyrgios didn't face a break point all match.

I give the edge to Kyrgios, but this is going to be a fun one regardless.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:11:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81773
<![CDATA[Caroline Wozniacki vs. Karolina Pliskova 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/30/caroline-wozniacki-vs-karolina-pliskova-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Lucie Safarova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 73 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki has had a really light load to get to this point thanks to quick matches and a retirement from Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round. Wozniacki is looking more and more like the Wozniacki of old with her consistent and solid defense,…

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Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova meet Thursday in the semifinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a straight sets win over Lucie Safarova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 73 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki has had a really light load to get to this point thanks to quick matches and a retirement from Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round. Wozniacki is looking more and more like the Wozniacki of old with her consistent and solid defense, and I think it’s safe to say she’s back at this point. Wozniacki has a shot to get her fourth win over a top-10 player already this season. Wozniacki has won her last four semifinals appearances. Wozniacki has won 12 of her last 14 matches on hard court.

Karolina Pliskova is coming off a straight sets win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Pliskova won 64 percent of her first serve points and 26 percent of her second serve points. Pliskova has dropped just 12 games in her last two matches and her last seven victories have been decided in straight sets. Pliskova has been very sharp on her return this tournament, but she’s coming off a match in which she struggled mightily with her second serve, something that won’t fly against this opponent. Pliskova has won six of her last seven semifinals appearances. Pliskova has won eight of her last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played four times in the past and Wozniacki has won three of those meetings. The most recent match was in this years Qatar Ladies Open, a match Pliskova won in straight sets. Three of the four matches between these two players went three sets.

Pliskova isn’t serving like her usual self and the free points aren’t there as often, which is concerning when that’s a big part of her game. Wozniacki has been arguably the most consistent player on tour the last few weeks and she has to have her eye on becoming a top-eight player sooner rather than later. She’s hitting her spots, really sharp defensively and comes up with big serves when needed. It’s just tough to bet against her in her current form.

I like Wozniacki to make her third final of the season.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:17:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81761
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs. Tomas Berdych 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/30/roger-federer-vs-tomas-berdych-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Bautista Agut that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 89 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off his toughest match yet, but he still has won his last 16 sets played overall. Federer just finds a way to come out on top and it has a lot to do with his improved serve. Federer has dropped just 10 combined first serve points…

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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Miami Open.

Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Bautista Agut that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 89 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Federer is coming off his toughest match yet, but he still has won his last 16 sets played overall. Federer just finds a way to come out on top and it has a lot to do with his improved serve. Federer has dropped just 10 combined first serve points in his last two matches, which is going to result in a lot of winning games. Federer has won his last five quarterfinal appearances. Federer has won nine straight matches on hard court.

Tomas Berdych is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 74 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Berdych is starting to show signs of consistency again, as he hasn’t dropped a set this tournament and has produced 19 aces in his first three matches. Berdych looks for his third semifinals appearance this season. Berdych has two wins over top-10 players since 2016 with his most recent coming in Madrid against David Ferrer. Berdych has won four of his last five quarterfinal appearances. Berdych has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.

These two have played 23 times in the past and Federer has won 17 of those matches. The most recent match was in this years Australian Open, a match Federer won in straight sets. Federer has won the last six matches against Berdych, and his last loss came in the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships. Federer has won the last 15 sets against Berdych.

The head to head between these two is quite glaring, especially when you consider Federer won has 15 straight sets against Berdych. Not to mention Federer has been far more consistent as of late and is in much better form.

This is a match Federer should win in straight sets, again.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:59:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81755
<![CDATA[Simona Halep vs. Johanna Konta 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/29/simona-halep-vs-johanna-konta-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Simona Halep and Johanna Konta meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Simona Halep is coming off a three sets win over Samantha Stosur that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 70 percent of her first serve points and 32 percent of her second serve points. Halep continued her shaky 2017 season when she dropped the first set in her last match, but she buckled down defensively and was extremely sharp with her returns. Halep has to improve her second serve if she’s going to break out of her funk and needs to display…

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Simona Halep and Johanna Konta meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Simona Halep is coming off a three sets win over Samantha Stosur that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 70 percent of her first serve points and 32 percent of her second serve points. Halep continued her shaky 2017 season when she dropped the first set in her last match, but she buckled down defensively and was extremely sharp with her returns. Halep has to improve her second serve if she’s going to break out of her funk and needs to display better body language, as the constant dropping of the shoulders isn’t helping. Regardless, Halep will play in her first quarterfinal match since the Wuhan. Halep has won four of her last six quarterfinal appearances. Halep has won 10 of her last 16 matches on hard court.

Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Lara Arruabarrena that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 78 percent of her first serve points and 73 percent of her second serve points. Konta has dropped just 10 combined games in her last two matches and hopes to make her third semifinals appearance of the 2017 season. Konta has been a serving machine in her last two matches and is on the fast track to becoming a top-10 player again. Konta has 11 career wins over top-10 players with one coming this year against Agnieszka Radwanska in Sydney. Konta has split her last six quarterfinal appearances. Konta has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2015 Wuhan Open, a match Konta won in three sets. The match took 30 games to decide. This will obviously be their second meeting on hard court.

Miami is hitting the jackpot with the women's draw, as this is another solid quarterfinals match that could very well go three long sets. Konta is playing better tennis right now and is probably the safer bet, but I like Halep to find a way. I just think Halep is tired of struggling and is eager to have a breakthrough tournament to kind of get back on track. When playing well, Halep is the better player of the two, at least right now.

While it won’t be easy, I like Halep to find way to move to the semis.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:04:51 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81698
<![CDATA[Angelique Kerber vs. Venus Williams 2017 Miami Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2017/03/29/angelique-kerber-vs-venus-williams-2017-miami-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Risa Ozaki that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 64 percent of her first serve points and 75 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which she won 59 percent of her return points. Kerber has had her ups and downs so far this season, but she’s coming off one of her better matches and showing signs of getting out…

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Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals in the 2017 Miami Open.

Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Risa Ozaki that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 64 percent of her first serve points and 75 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which she won 59 percent of her return points. Kerber has had her ups and downs so far this season, but she’s coming off one of her better matches and showing signs of getting out of this minor funk she’s been in. Kerber just needs to be more consistent with her service game. Kerber has won six of her last eight quarterfinal appearances. Kerber has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.

Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 78 percent of her first serve points and 73 percent of her second serve points. Venus simply dominated her service game in her last match and made a monster comeback in the second set tiebreak to avoid a third set. Venus continues to surprise tennis fans with her play despite turning 37 in July, and she’s made the quarterfinals in now three of her last four events. However, Venus doesn’t have a win over a No. 1 player since her 2014 Rogers Cup victory over Serena Williams. Venus has won six of her last seven quarterfinal appearances. Venus has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.

These two have played six times in the past and Kerber has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Wimbledon, a match Kerber won in straight sets. However, Venus is 2-1 against Kerber on hard court. Four of the six matches between these two have been decided in straight sets.

This is going to be a must-watch match for tennis fans, as it’s the top ranked player in the world against a living legend who hasn’t seemed to age. I’m going with Venus in the match. Venus has been more consistent this season and seems to be more in the moment and want to win these matches more than her opponents. Also, Venus has had the upperhand against Kerber on hard court and has the ability to hit through the German. Venus will also have a heavy crowd advantage in this match, which usually wakes her up when she struggles at times.

I’ll continue to ride the Venus bandwagon.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:42:45 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81695