Miami Open 2021: Victoria Azarenka v Angelique Kerber Preview, Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 03/25/2021, 11:13 PM EDT
ROME, ITALY: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates in her round one match against Venus Williams of The United States during day three of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani – Pool/Getty Images)


Tennis has begun at its best at the Miami Open 2021. Soon, the tournament will see the crackling clash between former World No.1’s Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber. Indeed, it is one of the most spellbinding matchups on the WTA Tour.

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Interestingly, both the players had clashed in the opening round at the Australian Open 2021. Consequently, they will look forward to getting deep into the Miami Masters 1000 tournament.

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Victoria Azarenka v Angelique Kerber: Preview

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during her first-round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Firstly, Victoria Azarenka, the two-time Australian Open champion from Belarus, is a three-time Miami Open winner. Her last title came in 2016 after beating Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets.

Moreover, coming in as the 14th seed, the 31-year-old received a walkover against her opening-round opponent, German Laura Siegemund. Thus, she would be fresh of the legs in her match against another German.

Notably, the three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber is off her rhythm since the start of the 2021 season. In fact, her only considerable achievement so far has been the quarterfinal crash-out at the Grampians trophy in Melbourne.

However, she has come up with a faultless start as the 24th seed in Miami. That is to say, the 33-year-old German defeated Renata Zarazua 6-0, 6-0, and won two successful bagels to her name. Therefore, the next matchup would be all-the-more appealing.

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Azarenka v Kerber: Head-to-Head

In almost a decade, the Belarusian and the German have met each other on ten different occasions. In their head-to-head, Victoria holds a substantial advantage of 8-1 against Kerber.

Additionally, along with her only victory at the 2016 Australian Open quarterfinals, the current World No. 26 also received a walkover at 2012 WTA Tokyo. In 2016, the pair even met each other in Miami, where the World No. 15 won in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.

Will Kerber manage to earn her second win against Azarenka?

Azarenka v Kerber: Prediction

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 9, 2021, Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first-round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

The first service percentage would be one of the most vital points in the Belarusian-German clash. Both players would also aim to limit their unforced errors.

Most importantly, Azarenka pulled off a walkover in both the tournaments in 2021 except the Australian Open. Thus, the fitness level could also be a differentiating factor against Kerber.

Across the net, the German would be eyeing a big win to boost her season. However, for that, she would need to find an answer for Azarenka’s unstoppable grit.

Considering past performances and a thirst to win titles, the Belarusian is likely to overpower Kerber. But above all, it would be a clash that could always go either way.

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Who do you think will go ahead and meet the winner of the top seed Ashleigh Barty and Jelena Ostapenko contest?

Prediction: Azarenka def. Kerber in straight sets.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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