Miami Wednesday: Teenage Kicks

Madison Keys takes on fellow teenager Anett Kontaveit in the first round of the Sony Open Tennis on Wednesday.

Published March 19, 2014 12:11

Miami Wednesday: Teenage Kicks
Madison Keys

MIAMI, FL, USA - Day 2 at the Sony Open Tennis will see a number of the WTA's brightest young talents take on a few of its more experience campaigners.

Read more details and stats about Wednesday's match-ups in our Match Notes.

Wednesday, First Round

Madison Keys (USA #38) vs. [WC] Anett Kontaveit (EST #196)
first meeting
After a stellar junior career, Anett Kontaveit is now attempting to make her mark in the senior ranks. Since appearing at Crandon Park as a wildcard 12 months ago, the Estonian has played almost exclusively on the ITF Circuit, collecting four titles and a handful of runner-up finishes.

First up on her return to the big time is Madison Keys, who despite being less than a year older already possesses an intimidating game that could make life very difficult for Kontaveit. Keys, looking to reach the second round for the third straight year, will try to keep the points short by serving well and taking charge early on in the rallies.

Court 7
[Q] Virginie Razzano (FRA #81) vs. [WC] Heather Watson (GBR #121)
Watson leads 1-0
Last year was a difficult one for Heather Watson. Laid low for much of the campaign by glandular fever, her form and confidence nosedived. However, there has been an upturn of fortune of late, with a title on the ITF Circuit helping push her closer to a return to the Top 100.

In Indian Wells, Watson qualified before reaching the second round, where she gave a good account of herself in a losing cause against Agnieszka Radwanska. Among her victims in qualifying was Virginie Razzano, who gets her chance for revenge on Wednesday lunchtime. The Frenchwoman is a two-time title winner on tour, but has struggled to find her best tennis this campaign, posting just one main draw win in four tournaments.

Court 8
[Q] Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN #93) vs. [Q] Donna Vekic (CRO #94)
first meeting
The penultimate match on Court 8 pits the draw's oldest player, Kimiko Date-Krumm, against one of its youngest, Donna Vekic. The two, who are separated by just one place in the rankings, enjoyed contrasting paths through qualifying; Vekic breezed through both matches in straight sets, while Date-Krumm was twice pushed the distance.

Back in 1995 - 15 months before Vekic was even born - Date-Krumm reached the final in Miami and she has reached the second round on three of her four visits since her comeback. If she is to make it four she will need to find a way to defuse Vekic's impressive power with her own arsenal of spins and angles.

Also on court...
A resurgent Christina McHale takes on Zheng Jie in the third match on Stadium court, while over on Grandstand Nadia Petrova continues her comeback against another recent absentee, Urszula Radwanska.

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