Angelique Kerber vs Victoria Azarenka, Miami SF Preview

Miami SF: (2) Angelique Kerber vs (13) Victoria Azarenka

A blockbuster semi-final encounter at the Miami Open on Thursday night sees the two best players of the 2016 season collide when Angelique Kerber comes up against Victoria Azarenka. Kerber and Azarenka will number 1 and number 2 in the race to Singapore standings on Monday, confirming that these two have been the best players in the first couple of months of the year.

This will be the third meeting between Kerber and Azarenka in 2016. The Belarussian extended her head-to-head advantage over the German to 6-0 when she thumped Kerber 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Brisbane International in January. Kerber avenged that loss in stunning fashion, claiming a long-awaited first win over the Belarussian with a 6-3 7-5 quarter-final win on route to her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne. 

 

Angelique Kerber understandably struggled in her first couple of events after her success at the Australian Open, arriving in Miami with a 1-3 record win/loss record since her triumph in Melbourne. Things have looked better for Kerber in Miami as she has advanced to the semi-final stage of the event for the first time in her career. Kerber started the week with an emphatic win over Barbora Strycova before fighting hard for three set wins over Kiki Bertens and Timea Babos. Angie’s ticket to the semi-final was confirmed on Wednesday evening when the German recorded a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over an erratic Madison Keys. Kerber will now get a chance to prove that her win over Azarenka in Melbourne was no fluke.

Victoria Azarenka has amassed an incredible 20-1 win/loss record in 2016. The Belarussian’s only loss of the season was her quarter-final defeat to Kerber at the Australian Open. Azarenka is on an 11 match winning streak as she looks to claim the Indian Wells/Miami double. As a result of her great start to the year, Azarenka will move back into the top 5 in the rankings on Monday. Azarenka has advanced to the semi-final stage in Miami without dropping a set, claiming straight set wins over Monica Puig, Magda Linette, Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta. The Belarussian has been close to her fierce best over the last couple of weeks and will enter her semi-final clash with Kerber desperate to avenge her defeat to the German at the Australian Open.

 

This promises to be a really close encounter, the majority of the 7 previous meetings between the pair have been just that despite Azarenka holding a dominant 6-1 head-to-head record over the German. Kerber’s win over Azarenka was extremely important and will give her a new sense of belief whenever she steps onto the court against the Belarussian. There really is very little to separate these two, both are heading into this clash full of confidence and with a point to prove.

I’m going to side with Kerber in this clash. This is Kerber’s first ‘big’ match since her Australian Open triumph and is a good opportunity for her to regain the stunning form that she her claim her first Grand Slam title.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Victoria Azarenka in 3 sets

23 thoughts on “Angelique Kerber vs Victoria Azarenka, Miami SF Preview”

  1. Kerber literary did nothing to beat the error machine (Keys). Vika will kick her butt hard in 2 sets. Period.

    Off topic: WTAaddict you should post up a new article about Madison Keys. I think you can write something about her to amuse us. She is totally useless.

    1. She didn’t need to hit a lot of winners, she was never going to. Would have been the same if Azarenka played Keys.

      Kerber can beat Azarenka, it’s an even match-up. We will see

      Not doing that kind of thing right now…

      1. Kerber has no chance. You shouldn’t predict her the match based on her performance in Keys’ match. Basically, the results were useless because Keys Handed the match over easily.

        Vika will win in 2. No needs to wait and see.

        1. My prediction has nothing to do with the Keys match or any of the results in the last 2 weeks because they are irrelevant.

          It’s based on this being an even match-up, and Kerber having the slight mental and physical edge on this occasion

        2. Also I would like to hear your reasons for Azarenka winning since you are so confident instead of just bagging my choice, thanks 🙂

  2. I can’t see an even match-up, because Azarenka won 4 times in 2 sets against Kerber and Azarenka really was better in all of their matches and Kerber only did well to hang in and didn’t even play poorly (except of Doha 2015).
    Azarenka won 2 times in 3 sets and this matches were really close! Kerber was sooo good on this days but Azarenka too…
    Kerber won their last match in 2 sets but I think this was her best ever performance against Azarenka.

    So: When 4 of 7 meetings are clearly won by one player and this player only lost 1 meeting, it’s even? No…

    Kerber knows that she has to play much more agressive against Azarenka. Kerber was very passive in her last matches; the fighting spirit is there but I doubt her level.

    1. They are evenly matched. Please explain to me how Azarenka is so obviously far more superior? No one has done that yet???

    2. Yup, Kerber fought, but wasn’t in her Melbourne form… had to expect that (I said it)
      Tried to be more agressive than in her last matches but wasn’t used to it because of her passive play in the last matches.

      I wanted to say that Azarenka has the clear edge in this match-up. Now it’s 7-1…
      Not all of their matches was close and when you see such a H2H, it’s NOT even at all.
      Sad (to say as german) but true.

      1. Kerber was not 100% fit which was quite obvious and meant it was always going to be hard. I don’t think she really believed she could win because of that

      2. Credit to Angie to play and I feel sorry for her. But if you play you confirm that you are ready to play.

        Maybe tell something you haven’t said yet? I don’t think that this was the only reason for Azarenka’s win.

  3. You lost me when you said mental edge goes to kerber. That’s a joke. She must be one of the weakest mentally in the wta.

    1. Well I didn’t mean in general, I meant heading into this match. Kerber beat Azarenka in their last match, it was a tough loss for Azarenka because according to her she should have won. She will be desperate to win this, perhaps too desperate and also she has played a lot in the last few weeks, might all catch up with her, we will see

  4. Vika was out for revenge and won in 2.
    Actually owing to the AO loss , she plays much better tennis than she was in Brisbane mentally.

    1. haha congrats, I’m not here to side with favourites just because they are favourites. You gave me no reasons as to why Azarenka would win, so you have no right to say anything. I would happily pick Kerber to win again. Bye.

  5. I don’t think you are unbiased as you think. Vika is on a roll here. She wanted revenge she would have died for anything on court this time to get a win. Any other times, their match plays are quite even and unpredictable.

    1. I am biased. I like certain player more than others such as Kerber more than Azarenka. but that obviously doesn’t have an impact on my predictions. I like Putintseva more than Serena Williams doesn’t mean I predicted her to beat Serena when they played. Kerber wasn’t fully fit tonight, she couldn’t play anywhere near her best, Azarenka did nothing special.

  6. Be like that biased and blind! Failing all your predictions….lolllzzzz and behaving like unbiased is so…..

    Vika is far superior in offense and have great skills at the net! Kerber hanfs in their only because of her incredible defense. Vika lost the AO match as she was mentally fragile. So there u go:) Anyways u wont change ur views as ur nothing but a pressed hater…lolllzzz

    1. No Kerber beat Azarenka in Melbourne because she was too good, she hit more winners.

      Kerber was not 100% which is the only reason I would take back my prediction in hindsight.

      Also I’m not sure what you are trying to gain…

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