Top 20 players' schedules, upcoming tournaments, birthdays and more - check out what's on tap for this week as the WTA's top players head to Miami.
WTA Staff

After a whirlwind fortnight in the California desert at Indian Wells, the second Premier Mandatory event of the year kicks off at the Miami Open. Who will come out on top as 17 of the WTA's Top 20 - and 46 of the WTA's Top 50 - will be in action in South Florida?

Here's what's on tap for this week on the WTA:


Miami Open

Tournament Level: Premier Mandatory
Prize Money: $6,993,450
Draw Size: 96 main draw (32 byes)/48 qualifying
Surface: Outdoor hard

Qualifying Dates: Monday, March 20 - Tuesday, March 21
First Day of Main Draw: Tuesday, March 21

Singles Final: Saturday, April 1, 1:00 pm EDT
Doubles Final: Sunday, April 2 (following Men's Singles, starting at 1:00 pm)

Top-ranked players: Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova, Garbiñe Muguruza
Defending Champion: Victoria Azarenka

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka


- Angelique Kerber enters Miami as the No.1 seed for the first time in her career. The top seed has won the title here 13 times, most recently in 2015 when Serena Williams defeated No.12 seed Carla Suárez Navarro in the final.

- The fortnight of the 2017 Miami Open will be Angelique Kerber's 21st and 22nd weeks at World No.1 - and with Serena Williams absent, she cannot be usurped at the end of the tournament, regardless of results.

- Victoria Azarenka defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2016 final, but due to the birth of her son Leo in December 2016 the Belarusian is not in Miami to defend her title.

- The youngest player in the main draw is America's Amanda Anisimova, (15 years old) the oldest is Venus Williams (36 years old)



Volvo Car Open
Premier | $710,900 | Clay
Monday, April 3 - Sunday, April 9
Top-ranked players: Madison Keys, Johanna Konta, Venus Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Vesnina
Defending Champion: Sloane Stephens


Abierto Monterrey
International | $226,750 | Hard
Monday, April 3 - Sunday, April 9
Top-ranked players: Angelique Kerber, Carla Suárez Navarro, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Caroline Garcia, Timea Babos
Defending Champion: Heather Watson


Claro Open Colsanitas
International | $226,750 | Clay
Monday, April 10 - Saturday, April 15
Top-ranked players: Kiki Bertens, Katerina Siniakova, Peng Shuai, Johanna Larsson, Lara Arruabarrena
Defending Champion: Irina Falconi


Ladies Open Biel Bienne
International | $226,750 | Hard
Monday, April 10 - Sunday, April 16
Top-ranked players: Barbora Strycova, Timea Babos, Roberta Vinci, Kristina Mladenovic, Laura Siegemund
Defending Champion: None, first staging

Angelique Kerber


1. Angelique Kerber: Miami, Monterrey
2. Serena Williams
3. Karolina Pliskova: Miami
4. Dominika Cibulkova: Miami
5. Simona Halep: Miami
6. Garbiñe Muguruza: Miami
7. Svetlana Kuznetsova: Miami
8. Agnieszka Radwanska: Miami
9. Madison Keys: Miami, Charleston
10. Elina Svitolina: Miami
11. Johanna Konta: Miami, Charleston
12. Venus Williams: Miami, Charleston
13. Elena Vesnina: Miami, Charleston
14. Caroline Wozniacki: Miami, Charleston
15. Petra Kvitova
16. Timea Bacsinszky
17. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Miami, Monterrey
18. Kristina Mladenovic: Miami
19. Samantha Stosur: Miami, Charleston
20. Barbora Strycova: Miami, Biel

Karolina Pliskova

Best wishes to those celebrating birthdays this fortnight:

Sloane Stephens (USA) - March 20, 1993
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) - March 21, 1992
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) - March 21, 1992
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) - March 22, 1994
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) - March 23, 1985
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) - March 26, 1994
Barbora Strycova (CZE) - March 28, 1986
Romina Oprandi (SUI) - March 29, 1986
Samantha Stosur (AUS) - March 30, 1984
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) - March 31, 1981
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) - April 1, 1992

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