Miami Open Women’s Seeds 2023 – Top Seeds and Their Progress

The highly anticipated Miami Open is upon us. The WTA event’s seeds line-up has stirred up much excitement among fans and pundits alike. The defending champion, Iga Swiatek, will face a formidable field of competitors, including Jessica Pegula and Belinda Bencic, who both delivered impressive performances in the previous edition. Nevertheless, with the level of talent and unpredictability that characterizes the sport of tennis, it is entirely possible that a dark horse could emerge and surprise everyone.

It is regrettable that Naomi Osaka will not be present to defend her finalist spot at the Miami Open, but we extend our congratulations to her on the joyous news of her pregnancy. Although her absence will be felt, we completely understand and wish her all the best.

It is worth emphasizing that the Miami Open presents a considerable opportunity for the players, as a victory entails a substantial cash prize and valuable ranking points. As such, we eagerly await to witness the high-stakes tournament and see who can emerge victorious.

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Let us delve into the performances of the top five seeded players in the tournament. Who remains dominant, and who has met with an unfortunate exit from the competition?

As we eagerly anticipate the Miami Open, the level of competition promises to be nothing short of intense. With players outside the top ten entering the tournament with an upward trajectory, we cannot rule out the possibility of some shocking upsets.

Miami Open Women Seeds

Iga Swiatek

The world number one, Iga Swiatek, will not be participating in the Miami Open and the Billie Jean King Cup due to a strong episode of coughing that caused a rib injury. Swiatek’s doctor advised her to stay away from the court as the pain is quite severe.

The Polish player will be unable to defend her title won last year, leaving a significant void in the tournament. Swiatek has expressed her sadness about the situation but remains optimistic about her injury.

Her return to the court is dependent on how her injury heals, and for the time being, her focus will be on a speedy recovery. It remains to be seen how the absence of the defending champion will affect the dynamics of the Miami Open, which promises to be an exciting event.

Aryna Sabalenka

Last year in Miami, Aryna Sabalenka had a disappointing run, losing her opening match to Begu. However, this season has been a different story, with Sabalenka achieving a 17-2 record so far. She’s currently in the semi-finals of Indian Wells, set to face off against Maria Sakkari. This year, Sabalenka has already won two titles, including the Australian Open..

Aryna Sabalenka is now the favourite to win the Miami Open title, given the absence of world number one Iga Swiatek. Sabalenka has already won two titles this season, including the Australian Open, and with her fierce playing style, she will be a formidable opponent in the tournament. 

Upcoming Match: Sabalenka vs Shelby Rogers

Aryna Sabalenka will begin her quest for the Miami Open title as the favorite, with her opening match against Shelby Rogers, a player she has defeated three times. If she advances, Sabalenka may face Madison Keys or Barbora Krejcikova in the fourth round, but her form this season makes her a strong contender for the title.

Jessica Pegula

Last year, Jessica Pegula wowed everyone by making it all the way to the semifinals, knocking out top players like Rybakina and Badosa along the way. Despite her impressive run, she ultimately fell to Iga Swiatek. This season, Pegula has a solid record of 13 wins and 4 losses, and she recently reached the fourth round of Indian Wells.

Pegula is sure to bring her A-game to the Miami Open, where she’ll be eager to prove herself once again and hopefully make a deep run in the tournament. Fans should definitely keep an eye on this up-and-coming player.

Previous Result:

The American defeated the Canadian Katherine Sevok in the second round in a match that lasted just 1 hour and 4 minutes. Pegula converted a total of 5 breakpoints to win in straight sets 6-3 6-1.

Upcoming Match: Pegula vs Danielle Collins

Pegula’s next challenge will be against her compatriot Collins, who comes from defeating Tomova. In their only previous encounter, Jessica won and she is the favourite to defeat her once again.

Ons Jabeur

Ons Jabeur had a promising run in last year’s Miami Open, reaching the fourth round. However, this season has been rather slow for her, with only three wins and two losses so far. Despite this, Jabeur showed flashes of her talent in the recent Indian Wells tournament, making it to the third round. Fans of the Tunisian player will be eagerly anticipating her performance in Miami, hoping that she can recapture the form that took her so far in the competition last year.

Upcoming Match: Jabeur vs Varvara Gracheva

The Swiss tennis player already knows her next opponent, the Russian Gracheva, whom she defeated last year in Madrid. On that occasion, they played on clay and the match went to three sets. This time they will play on a hard court, but the outcome is likely to be the same.

Caroline Garcia

Caroline Garcia suffered a walkover in the first round of the previous edition. This season, she has recorded 15 wins and 6 losses, reaching the fourth round at Indian Wells. Garcia has been performing well and is expected to continue her good form in the upcoming Miami Open. The French tennis player has the potential to go deep in the tournament, but it will depend on her ability to maintain her consistency throughout the competition.

Upcoming Match: Garcia vs Sorana Cirstea

In the second round, we will see the fourth matchup between Garcia and Cirstea. The Frenchwoman leads the series 2-1, with their last encounter taking place less than 2 weeks ago in Indian Wells, where Cirstea surprised the French tennis player. Caroline Garcia is eagerly waiting to avenge her recent defeat.

Other Notable Seeds and Top Contender at Indian Wells 2023

Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff’s loss to Iga Swiatek in the Miami Open last year was a setback, but this season, she has since won 11 out of 14 matches, including her first WTA 250 title. Her recent performance at Indian Wells, where she reached the semifinals, showcased her potential as a formidable opponent in the upcoming Miami Open. With her aggressive playing style and ability to excel under pressure, Gauff is a top contender for the title. Keep an eye out for this rising tennis star as she looks to make her mark in the tournament.

Previous Result:

Coco Gauff faced Canadian Rebecca Marino in the second round. The 19-year-old needed only 2 sets to overcome Marino. In the first set, Gauff broke Marino’s serve on a couple of occasions and in the second set, she did it three times, finally winning 4-6 3-6.

Upcoming Match: Gauff vs Anastasia Potapova

Coco will face an opponent whom she has already beaten on a couple of occasions, Anastasia Potapova, the last time being 2 years ago. Considering Gauff’s performance, the first 4 rounds should be very accessible, and it’s only in the quarterfinals that she may face a top tennis player, with Pegula being the favorite to cross paths on the way.

Maria Sakkari

In the previous edition of the Miami Open, Maria Sakkari suffered an early exit, losing in the second round to Brazilian player Haddad Maia. However, this season, Sakkari has shown her true potential with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses.In her most recent tournament, Sakkari has advanced to the semifinals of Indian Wells, proving that she is a force to be reckoned with. With her impressive form and strong playing style, Sakkari has the potential to make a deep run in the Miami Open.

Upcoming Match: Sakkari vs Bianca Andreescu

Although Sakkari had a secured spot in the second round, her first challenge won’t be easy as she will face Bianca Andreescu, who comes off a tough 3-set victory against Emma Raducanu. This will be their third encounter and the second one at the Miami Open, as they faced each other in the 2021 edition.

Belinda Bencic

With two WTA 500 titles and a record of 15 wins and 3 losses this season, Belinda Bencic is expected to put on a strong performance at the Miami Open. Despite losing to eventual champion Swiatek in last year’s semifinals, Bencic’s ability to handle pressure and consistent form make her a top contender for the title. As the tournament progresses, all eyes will be on Bencic to see if she can take her game to the next level and secure a victory.

Upcoming Match: Bencic vs Leylah fernandez

Bencic will feature in one of the most promising matchups of the second round, as both she and her next opponent, Leylah Fernandez, are top tennis players whose great level has been more than proven. It will be their fifth encounter, with two victories each, the last two in favor of Bencic.

Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina’s impressive performance at the BNP Paribas Open has put her in a strong position for success in the upcoming Miami Open. The Kazakh player defeated both Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka to secure her fourth career title, and her first outside of the Grand Slam category since Wimbledon 2022.

This win is especially significant as it marks Sabalenka’s second loss of the year, and her first defeat to Rybakina in five meetings. Following her success in Indian Wells, the 23-year-old will rise to a career-high of seventh in the world rankings. With this recent form, Rybakina is certainly a player to watch in the upcoming Miami Open.

Upcoming Match: Pegula vs Danielle Collins

The recent Indian Wells champion will make her debut in Miami against Russian Anna Kalinskaya, who defeated her in their only encounter four years ago. At that time, Rybakina didn’t have the experience and solidity she has today. For this reason, it is expected that Rybakina will avenge that defeat and advance to the next round without any problems.

Frederick Escalona

For almost a decade, I have been pleased to create texts about many topics, but specializing in sports. In my free time I am a football coach, and enjoy helping children to learn, and release their full potential. Being surrounded by a sporting environment helps me analyze matches in a special way and write lovely masterpieces.