Victoria Azarenka will take on Angelique Kerber in the Third round of the Miami Open 2021. Azarenka is currently the World no.15 on the WTA rankings and Kerber is the World no.26.
- Tournament: WTA Miami Open 2021
- Match: Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber
- Round: Third Round
- Date: 27th March, 2021
- Prize Money: $26,000
- Venue: Miami, Florida
- Surface: Outdoor Hard Court
Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber: Preview
Azarenka has come into the tournament with good form under her belt but also with a slight injury concern. At the Qatar Open she had reached the Semi Finals, but had to withdraw from her match against Garbine Muguruza due to pain in her back. She withdrew from the next event in Dubai too, to recover from that injury.
At the Miami Open she had a first round bye, and won a second round walkover win over Laura Siegemund of Germany. Her third opponent is Angelique Kerber. Kerber has had a stop start time post lockdown. She was ousted in the first round of both the French Open and the Australian Open. In the Dubai Open she again lost in the first round. Here at the Miami Open Kerber had a bye in the bye in the First round. In the second round she got the better of Renata Zarazua, 6-0 6-0.
Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber: Head-to-Head
Azarenka and Kerber have met on ten different occasions in the last nine years. Azarenka has a significant head to head lead of 8-2 in those meetings. The last time they met was in 2019 in Monterrey where Azarenka won in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-1.
Victoria Azarenka vs Angelique Kerber: Prediction
Azarenka is a three time Champion at Miami and these surfaces suit her style of play. The only thing that would worry Azarenka is her fitness, especially her back. But apart from that, her strong game from the baseline coupled with a good serve should be enough to see her through.
Kerber is on the comeback trail, and would like to draw inspiration from her second round victory where she blanked her Mexican opponent 6-0 6-0.
Match Prediction: Victoria Azarenka will beat Angelique Kerber in three sets.