With world No. 2 Serena Williams and former grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka both out of the 2017 Miami Open, the field is wide open to crown a champion not named Williams or Azarenka for the first time in four years. Maria Sharapova still hasn’t returned from her PED suspension while two-time slam winner Petra Kvitova is still out after being attacked in her home in the offseason.However, 2017 Indian Wells winner Elena Vesnina and runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova will clearly both have decent shots to bag this title as will World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, World No.3 Karolina Pliskova and world No. 4 Dominika Cibulkova among others. Now, let’s find out who the likely winner is as well as some of the latest tennis betting picks.
WTA Odds to Win 2017 Miami Open Angelique Kerber 7/1Karolina Pliskova 9/2Garbine Muguruza 10/1Caroline Wozniacki 14/1Johanna Konta 14/1Elina Svitolina 14/1Dominika Cibulkova 18/1Madison Keys 18/1Simona Halep 20/1Agnieszka Radwanska 22/1Venus Williams 22/1Svetlana Kuznetsova 25/1Elena Vesnina 33/1Kristina Mladenovic 40/1Analysis: Angelique Kerber is finding out that it’s a lot harder to hold on to the World No. 1 ranking than it is to actually get it. Kerber is 9-6 on the year and isn’t the pick to win in Miami. Svetlana Kuznetsova has been resurgent in reaching the finals at Indian Wells and the round of 16 at the Aussie Open. I’m thinking the Russian superstar is a real threat on Miami’s slower hard courts.Agnieszka Radwanska was the last winner here in Miami not named Williams or Azarenka, but she’s been smacked around at four straight tournaments after reaching the final in Sydney. I like Venus Williams, Elena Vesnina and Kristina Mladenovic as dark horse picks to upset the entire field.Karolina Pliskova is 19-3 on the year and is my pick to win the 2017 Miami Open thanks to her huge serve and solid footwork. Pliskova reached the semis at Indian Wells and won at Doha and Brisbane while reaching the quarters at the Australian Open.
2017 WTA Miami Open Betting PredictionsEvent: ATP – Miami OpenDate: Tuesday, March 21st – Sunday, April 2nd, 2017Location: Tennis Center at Crandon Park, Miami, FL
Last Five Winners
|2016||Victoria Azarenka||Svetlana Kuznetsova||6-3, 6-2|
|2015||Serena Williams||Carla Suarez Navarro||6-2, 6-0|
|2014||Serena Williams||Li Na||7-5, 6-1|
|2013||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova||4-6, 6-3, 6-0|
|2012||Agnieszka Radwanska||Maria Sharapova||7-5, 6-4|