WTA Miami Open 2021: Sofia Kenin vs Andrea Petkovic-Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

The second round encounter at the Miami Open 2021 between Sofia Kenin and Andrea Petkovic should be an interesting one. The uncertainty around Kenin's comeback, post surgery, does leave a small window open for Petkovic.

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Sofia Kenin and Andrea Petkovic
Sofia Kenin and Andrea Petkovic

Sofia Kenin will take on Andrea Petkovic in the Second round of the Miami Open 2021. Kenin is currently the World no.4 on the WTA rankings and Petkovic is the World no.107. 

Match Details

  • Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
  • Match: Sofia Kenin vs Andrea Petkovic
  • Round: Second Round 
  • Date: 26th March, 2021
  • Prize Money: $16,000
  • Venue: Miami, Florida 
  • Surface: Outdoor Hard Court

Sofia Kenin vs Andrea Petkovic: Preview

Sofia Kenin
Sofia Kenin

Kenin is returning to court after taking a few weeks off to recover from her Appendix surgery that she had in Australia. Kenin just won the WTA’s Player of the year for 2020, which goes to show her consistency before and after the pandemic in 2020. Last year she had won the Australian Open, the Lyon Open and also was a finalist at the French Open.

The American got a first round bye. Her first round opponent is German Andrea Petkovic. Petkovic was ranked as high as no.9 in the world, but she has struggled with her fitness in the last few years. This season she has lost in the first round in both the French Open and the Australian open. At the Miami Open 2021, Petkovic beat Zhang Shuai of China, 7-5 6-1, in the first round. 

Watch: Andrea Petkovic vs Shuai Zhang | Miami Open 2021

Sofia Kenin vs Andrea Petkovic: Head-to-Head

Andrea Petkovic
Andrea Petkovic

These two players have not met on the tour before, so the head to head stands at 0-0. 

Sofia Kenin vs Andrea Petkovic: Prediction

Sofia Kenin
Sofia Kenin

Kenin is an all court all round player who just doesn’t depend on power. She can hit winners on both flanks but depends on skill and movement. Now the question remains on her movement, post surgery.

Petkovic is slowly showing signs of being back to full fitness. Her serve and her forehand are her real assets and she would love to use them. This match will be closer than it looks, but Kenin should scrape through. 

Match Prediction: Sofia Kenin will defeat Andrea Petkovic in three sets. 

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