Victoria Azarenka vs Johanna Konta, Miami QF Preview

Miami QF: (13) Victoria Azarenka vs (24) Johanna Konta

Victoria Azarenka’s dominance has continued at the Miami Open, the former champion has won 19 of her 20 matches in 2016, claiming titles in Brisbane and in Indian Wells just last week. The Belarussian is starting to look more and more like the player that dominated the tour for large chunks of season 2012 and 2013 and is rapidly rising back up the rankings. Azarenka’s quest for a second Miami Open title will continue on Wednesday when she comes up against Johanna Konta at the quarter-final stage of the premier mandatory level event. 

Victoria Azarenka heads into the quarter-final stage of the Miami Open as the favourite to win the title after Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska both suffered shock losses at the fourth round stage on Monday. Azarenka remained strong on a day of upsets, recording a solid 7-6 7-6 victory over Garbine Muguruza in what was arguably the highest quality match of the tournament thus far. There was generally very little to separate the pair throughout the match but Azarenka was clearly braver and more solid in the crucial moments in each tiebreak, particularly in the first set tiebreaker where the Belarussian saved 2 set points. It was clearly Azarenka’s toughest match of the event thus far after she started her week with comfortable straight set wins over Monica Puig and Magda Linette. Azarenka is full of confidence right now and will be extremely tough to stop in Miami.

 

Johanna Konta has also made a wonderful start to the season and will also enter this quarter-final clash full of confidence. The British number 1 started her Miami Open campaign with a comfortable straight set win over Danka Kovinic before being made to work extremely hard for a 4-6 6-1 7-6 win over Elena Vesnina, a match that Konta probably would have lost in the past. Konta was in trouble late in that match but showed great strength to find a way to reverse the momentum that was clearly against her and ultimately find a way to win. The Brit’s fourth round win was far more straightforward, a commanding 6-2 6-2 win over Monica Niculescu. Konta’s quarter-final clash with Azarenka will no doubt be her biggest test of the tournament thus far.

These two have not played out a completed match which adds a little more intrigue heading into this clash. Azarenka seemingly has a clear edge in this match-up, Konta has a very solid game and good serve but she doesn’t really have the ability to hit Azarenka off the court, whilst Azarenka is far better defensively and has a far greater ability to come forward and finish the point off at the net. Azarenka is on a roll right now and I don’t see her slipping up in this match-up.

Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Johanna Konta in 2 sets


10 thoughts on “Victoria Azarenka vs Johanna Konta, Miami QF Preview”

  1. Funny enough you did always go against Konta in your predictions although she was the favorite in this matches and in good form. 😀

    Azarenka with her best performance in 2016 yesterday, I would say. She needed to be that good against Muguruza, who had her chances.
    Looking forward to their next match-up; it was really enjoying to watch.

    Azarenka should win this comfortable but wouldn’t be surprised if Konta can keep that match close.

    1. Yes, I don’t rate Konta as highly as some others might…

      I agree that Azarenka should win comfortably… we will see

      1. She’s Top 30 and almost Top 20 now (Ranking, not my opinion!)
        But you rate her lower than she is I would say when you predict her to lose against Kovinic, Vesnina and Niculescu.

        Yeah, Azarenka might win the IW/Miami double now.

        1. Haha yeah I did too didn’t I, maybe I am a bit harsh on her… just didn’t expect her to do well this week… maybe she will prove me wrong again, who knows, anything can happen right now… A Kuznetsova vs Bacsinszky SF is proof of that

  2. I actually see this match should be closer than what he public think. After a big match with Muguruza, I expect Azarenka to start slow (mental fatigue). If Konta serves well and hit as hard as she did in this tournament….we have a match.

    3 sets to decide.

    1. I doubt Azarenka will be fatigued mentally… that’s not going to happen, she should be fine. It’s not really about Konta, Azarenka decides what happens here

      1. I see a tight 2 sets or Vika in 3. Although an upset is beyond my thought but It won’t be easy.

        People are seeing positive aspects of Vika but she has weaknesses too. Muguruza and Pliskova already exposed her weaknesses.

  3. I think vika will win i do agree that konta improves tremendously in past few months but she hasn’t played anyone who has great record like Serena or vika she mostly plays the players who is injured or not the best in bussiness

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