The tournament in Miami has lost many stars in the first days. Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki won only two matches for four. The early departure of top players primarily hits the organizers, because especially in the USA, tennis fans go not even to their players, of whom there are plenty, but to star names. However, the situation with the tournament in Miami is somewhat different. The fact is that many Latin Americans live in the very south of Florida, so for Juan Martin del Potro, Monica Puig and some others, the court in Miami is almost native. If you are interested not only in tennis but also in football, you can visit the site https://mmu.ac.tz/predictions/real-free-football-and-soccer-prediction. It contains forecasts for future matches from analysts and experts.
Ugly behavior of fans
Sometimes fans even cross the line. In the match between Caroline Wozniacki and Puig, fans fully supported the Puerto Rican – there is nothing wrong with that. However, according to the Danish woman, some tennis fans indulged in too much. “During the match, some fans threatened my family, wished my mom and dad to die, and called me names that I will not repeat. In addition, they were rude to my fiance’s 10-year-old nephews and rudely asked them to shut their mouths. However, the security personnel did nothing. I hope this incident will be taken seriously. The fans behaved badly and set a very bad example for everyone else. “, explained Wozniacki.
At the same time, she personally has no complaints about Monica. She even calls her her friend. As for the match, Puig, having lost the starting set dry, then showed excellent tennis – almost the same that allowed her to win the Olympics in Rio in 2016. Actually, Monica herself compared the atmosphere of Miami and Rio. Just for the third time in her career, Carolina lost, taking one of the sets with a score of 6: 0 – 6: 0, 4: 6, 4: 6. The director of the tournament in Miami, James Blake, reacted to the Danish statement. According to him, the fans were noisy, but personally he did not hear any threats. Knowing Wozniacki’s violent character, there is no doubt that she will try to reach out to officials and achieve some result. For example, 11 years ago at the same tournament in Miami, one of the fans was asked to leave the stadium after insulting Serena Williams.
Svitolina defeated Indian Wells champion
Serena was mostly insulted in Indian Wells – so much so that she did not come there for 14 years. And she comes to Miami almost every time and very often leaves with a trophy in her hands. Williams Jr. won this tournament eight times! However, now she is clearly out of shape. We can say that she was unlucky with the lot, it really is. Already in the first round, the American hit Naomi Osaka, who was in stunning form (recall, a week ago she won in Indian Wells). And yet, first of all, we note the poor performance of Serena, who made a lot of mistakes and lost 3: 6, 2: 6.
And the fact that Osaka can be won was proved in the next round by Elina Svitolina. The Ukrainian very concentratedly approached this meeting, realizing that at the very start she got a difficult opponent. As a result, Elina had one of the best matches of the season. Svitolina had an excellent serve, she often and successfully went to the net and controlled the game on the back line. Only at the very end, the Ukrainian, already leading 4: 0, slightly slowed down, but still achieved a convincing victory both in the score and in the game – 6: 4, 6: 2. After the match, Osaka noted that she was not able to show her tennis due to not feeling better. “I tried not to give her any chance. I think today I showed decent tennis, served well. This was the key to winning this match. I also saw the ball well and knew that most of the time I managed to approach it “, – said the Ukrainian after the meeting.
Svitolina and Mugurusa are the main favorites of the women’s tournament
Svitolina did not act so well in the next round in the match with Daria Gavrilova, but she improved during the game and achieved victory with a score of 4: 6, 6: 0, 6: 1. Gavrilova had an excellent first set, but then the game completely fell apart. “I make mistake after mistake and I can not change anything” , – she said at the beginning of the third game to her coach, who came out on court. Elina’s mentor advised her ward to go to the net more and concentrate on her game. In addition, Svitolina has significantly increased the percentage of hitting the first ball. Despite the easy scores of the second and third sets, there was a struggle within the games, but the Ukrainian played key points much better and advanced to the fourth round, where she will play with another Australian – Ashley Barty.
After relegation Halep and Wozniacki Elina is one of the main contenders for the title. If the defeat of Carolina was with a tinge of scandal, the match between Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska took place in a calm atmosphere. Simone is clearly not in the best shape now. She barely beat the lacquer-loser Osean Doden (7: 5 in the third set), and took only the first set from Radwanska. Agnieszka perfectly kept the ball in the court and gave the initiative to Halep, while the Romanian’s aim was not at all on a level. 44 unforced errors for tennis Simona is a very high rate. Radwanska will have a very interesting match with Victoria Azarenka. Thus, the first and the second seeded dropped out, but the third remains – Garbinier Mugurus. She advanced to the fourth round, winning only one match – against Christina McHale. During the entire meeting, the American did not deliver a single blow right through (!) And made 26 unforced mistakes. Then Muguruse will play with another owner of the courts – Sloane Stevens.
Federer lost first place and will not play until June
Big surprises in the first days occurred among men. Roger Federer has lost two matches in a row for the first time in nearly three years. He lost to Tanashi Kokkinakis – 6: 3, 3: 6, 6: 7 (4: 7). Federer was leading 30: 0 with a score of 6: 5, but made several mistakes and failed to win in “regular time”, and the Australian was stronger in the tie-break. Roger not only lost, but also lost the title of the first racket. On April 2, Rafael Nadal, who has not played since January, will become the new ATP leader. Roger himself announced that, like a year ago, he would miss the entire clay part of the season and return to court only during the competition on the grass.
Kokkinakis became the lowest-rated tennis player in 15 years, who beat the first racket in the world. Surprisingly, the previous record was also set in Miami and also in the second round! Then Francisco Clave (178th racket of the world) defeated Lleyton Hewitt. Tanasi’s current rating is 175th. Federer admitted that after such a defeat, he did not deserve to remain at the top. However, he can take it again literally every week of the soil season. The fact is that Nadal has to defend 4680 points – that’s a lot. A year ago he won four out of five tournaments, so almost any misfire will lead Federer back to the top.
Grigor Dimitrov, the third seeded, is also out of shape. He somehow passed the modest German Maximilian Marterer, but did not cope with Jeremy Chardy – 4: 6, 4: 6. But del Potro, champion of Acapulco and Indian Wells, won the 13th consecutive victory. On Sunday, he defeated Kei Nishikori, returning to tennis, 6: 2, 6: 2. After the defeats of Federer, Dimitrov, and Novak Djokovic, who, like Serena, is not yet quite ready for serious matches, Juan Martin’s chances at the Sunshine Double have increased. True, Marin Chilich, Alexander Zverev and some others remain in the tournament. The start of the tournament in Miami showed that talking about something with confidence is not worth it.