Angelique Kerber, who overtook Serena Williams as the world No 1 at the start of this week, headlines the women’s draw at the 2017 Miami Open.
The German will either play China’s Ying-Ying Duan or compatriot Laura Siegemund in the second round. It could be a tricky third round for the top seed against Russian Daria Kasatkina, who has upset her both times the two have faced each other this year, in Sydney and Doha.
Seventh seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, who reached the 2016 Miami Open finals (lost to Victoria Azarenka) has been drawn as Kerber’s likely opponent in the quarter-finals. The Russian will play either Czech Kristyna Pliskova or Luxembourgian Mandy Minella in the second round. Eleventh seed Venus Williams could face Kuznetsova in the pre-quarter-finals.
Third seed Simona Halep and eighth seed Madison Keys round off the first half of the women’s draw in Miami. The Romanian will open against either Czech Republic’s Kristina Kucova or Japan’s Naomi Osaka. Keys, on the other hand, will play either Switzerland’s Victorija Golubic or Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.
In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Karolina Pliskova and fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova have been drawn to play each other in the penultimate round.
The Czech will play either a qualifier or Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the second round. Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska has been drawn to play Pliskova in the quarters. Radwanska will play either a qualifier or China’s Qiang Wang in her opening round match.
Cibulkova will open against either Japan’s Misaki Doi or a qualifier, and could have a fourth round meeting with Indian Wells champion Elena Vesnina. The Slovakian could meet sixth seed and reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in the last eight. Muguruza will begin her Miami Open campaign against either American Christina McHale or Annika Beck or Germany.
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