10 Things To Know: Miami
Published March 17, 2014 12:15
Every week on wtatennis.com we'll bring you 10 of the most important things to know - who's playing, where, upcoming milestones... over the next two weeks the Road To Singapore goes through Miami...
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The Miami draw is here. The Top 8 seeds are Serena Williams, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Jelena Jankovic and last but not least Petra Kvitova. Williams has won this title six times - the most of any player in the tournament's history.
Both Williams sisters are back in action and have first round byes. Serena, the No.1 seed, will open against either Francesca Schiavone or Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round, while Venus, the No.29 seed, opens against Anna Schmiedlova or Indy De Vroome. They're on opposite halves.
The qualifying event, which takes place on Monday and Tuesday, is packed with big names. Former World No.4 Kimiko Date-Krumm is in there, as well as former Top 20 players Julia Goerges, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Shahar Peer and Virginie Razzano. Check out the qualies draw here.
Among the eight wildcards is American teenager Vicky Duval. "I'm really grateful for the wildcard," Duval said at the draw ceremony. "I got my second WTA win here last year, so Miami has a special place in my heart. This is where it all started. And there's a big Haitian population here and the crowd was really getting behind me last year." The other wildcards are Indy De Vroome, Casey Dellacqua, Anett Kontaveit, Rebecca Peterson, Nadia Petrova, Heather Watson and Aleksandra Wozniak.
WTA Trivia: Flavia Pennetta is trying to become the third player to pull off the Indian Wells-Miami double - who are the other two players who did it, and which years? Look below for the answer...
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* Williams saved eight match points to edge Capriati in a two-hour, 24-minute thriller, 46 61 76(4). "I never really felt like I was going to lose," Williams said afterwards. "I wasn't nervous at all."