Qinwen Zheng vs Victoria Azarenka - Miami Open Tennis Prediction and Pick 3/23/24

Qinwen Zheng vs Victoria Azarenka

March 23, 2024

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Australian Open finalist Qinwen Zheng will face 27th seed Victoria Azarenka in the third round of the 2024 Miami Open. The match will be played on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Here's our Qinwen Zheng vs Victoria Azarenka prediction.

Qinwen Zheng

Qinwen Zheng began the year on a high note, reaching her first Grand Slam final at the 2024 Australian Open, in which she lost to reigning champion Aryna Sabalenka. Now China's highest-ranked player since her idol Li Na, Zheng has struggled to cope with that instant breakthrough at the top level and the fame that comes with it, if recent results are anything to go by. She is seeking to win back-to-back matches for just her second tournament since leaving Melbourne in January. In her opening match at the Miami Open, Zheng benefitted from a retirement from wily Czech Katerina Siniakova after breaking serve at the start of the third set.

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka has also struggled to get going since the Australian Open, although she did reach the quarterfinal at the WTA 1000 tournament in Doha. You also have to acknowledge that two of Azarenka's three defeats in her last three tournaments have been to Iga Swiatek and Elena Rybakina, who are ranked in the Top 5. The one disappointment is probably losing to Caroline Dolehide in Indian Wells. But she returned to winning ways with a fine win over rising star Peyton Stearns at the Miami Open. At 34, she is able to hang tough and battled for nearly three hours for victory against the young American.

Qinwen Zheng vs Victoria Azarenka Head-To-Head

Azarenka leads the head-to-head 1-0, beating Zheng at the 2023 Adelaide International in straight sets.

Qinwen Zheng vs Victoria Azarenka Prediction

This should be a competitive match. Azarenka is intense on a tennis court and puts everything in a point. She impressed in beating Peyton Stearns, who was a a slight favorite in many people's eyes. It will be interesting to see whether Zheng is used to the spotlight now that she is a top 10 player, but recent results have not been encouraging, and she's making so many uncharacteristic mistakes. Azarenka is definitely a good shout to claim victory. 

Nur’s Pick Victoria Azarenka ML

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