The Miami Open 2018 tennis tournaments took place at Crandon Park Tennis Center from March 18 through March 31. More than 13,500 spectators took their seats to watch players from around the world compete.
Juan Martin Del Potro
Argentinian Del Potro ranked number six on the world’s stage when entering the Open. Potro won 14 matches during 2018 so far that included competitions during the Indian Wells and the Mexican Open. Potro defeated Raonic and advanced where he squared off with American John Isner. The 6’10” Isner defeated the Argentinian 6-1, 7-6 and 7-6 to become the first American to advance to the Miami Open final since 2010 when Andy Roddick won the title.
Sloane Stephens vs. Victoria Azarenka
Florida native, 83 ranked Sloane Stephens prepared to meet Victoria Azarenka in the semi-finals after winning straight sets against Angelique Kerber. Stephens experienced victory in five of the last seven semifinal matches and seven on the nine matches held on hard courts.
Azarenka defeated Karoli Pliskova after 21 games. Although ranked at 47, her serving points percentage needed improvement to defeat Stephens. To date, Azarenka won eight semifinal matches and six out of seven matches held on a hard court.
However, Stephens defeated Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 and went on to battle against 47 ranked Jelena Ostapenko. She capably defeated her opponent 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 and 6-1 to gain her sixth WTA title and her first at the Miami Open.
Before the match, Japan’s Naomi Osaka was ranked at 22. Serena Williams was ranked at 491 after taking time off to become a new mom and returning to the game after a one-year sabbatical. At Indian Wells, Serena lost to her sister Venus. Osaka defeated Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. When the two athletes met, Williams had eight Crandon Park championships under her belt. However, Osaka defeated Williams on day 2 after 77 minutes of play.