Miami Day 1 Preview
Published March 18, 2013 11:59
Tuesday, First Round
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB #41) vs. [WC] Andrea Petkovic (GER #162)
Head-to-head: Petkovic leads 1-0
Tuesday's final match on Grandstand will see former World No.9 and 2011 Miami semifinalist Andrea Petkovic make a welcome return to the big time. Petkovic, who has slipped out of the Top 100 after a succession of injuries over the past year or so, takes on Bojana Jovanovski in just her third match of her latest comeback after receiving a wildcard into the tournament.
Despite her inactivity, the German can certainly not be discounted; she has a big game and holds a victory over Jovanovski in their only previous meeting, at Roland Garros two years ago. Since then, though, Jovanovski has matured as a player, consolidating her place in the Top 50 and at this year's Australian Open reached the last 16 of a major for the first time.
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE #38) vs. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR #74)
Head-to-head: first meeting
Last year saw Hsieh Su-Wei make her breakthrough on tour, picking up two titles and finishing the year inside the Top 30 for the first time. However, success has proven harder to come by in 2013. Hsieh, who is making her main draw debut, arrives in Miami with just six wins to her name and fresh from a one-sided opening round defeat to Jamie Hampton in Indian Wells.
To make matters worse, her next opponent, Lesia Tsurenko, is in the form of her life. After serving her apprenticeship on the ITF Circuit, the Ukrainian finally broke through to the big time at Brisbane when she made it all the way through to the semifinals. Tsurenko followed this up with promising showings at the Australian Open and Indian Wells, where she came through qualifying before losing to Petra Kvitova in the third round.
Peng Shuai (CHN #34) vs. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE #51)
Head-to-head: Arvidsson leads 2-1
Following her shock victory against Samantha Stosur in the first round of Brisbane back in January, Sofia Arvidsson has struggled to produce her best tennis, winning just two main draw matches in five tournaments. In the opening round in Miami, she faces another talented player also searching for a result to revive a slumbering campaign.
Peng Shuai made the perfect start to 2013 with a semifinal on home soil in Shenzhen, but since then, despite several encouraging displays - the latest coming in the shape of the three set defeat to Samantha Stosur in Indian Wells - she has struggled translate performances into results. The Chinese No.2 lost her last meeting with Arvidsson, but does have good memories from Miami, having reached the fourth round back in 2011.