Emma Raducanu Miami Open 2023: Will she improve in Florida

Injuries, not competition have been Emma Raducanu’s biggest rivals in her short but illustrious career. The English star improved her ranking after the Indian Wells 2023 and will look to add further top-ranked scalps in the Miami Open.

Emma Raducanu Miami Open 2023 Odds

Raducanu is looking to make a big impression at the Miami Open and should be confident about making a big impact. With her recent success at the Indian Wells Masters, where she reached the fourth round, Raducanu is feeling confident in her game and believes that she can make a deep run at the tournament.

With her wrist injury healing and her practice time being limited, Raducanu is in good shape to make the likes of Iga Swiatek and co sweat at the Hard Rock Stadium. She is a couple of years removed from her success at the US Open but the form shown at the BNP Paribas Open would have surely raised her stock in the bookmakers’ eyes.

Emma Raducanu’s Form Ahead Of the 2023 Miami Open

The 20-year-old starlet improved her WTA tour rankings to 72 thanks to her performances at Indian Wells. She succumbed at the hands of world No.1 Iga Swiatek but did add manage to secure bragging rights over the 13th-ranked Beatriz Haddad Maia.

These results came on the back of an early Australian Open exit, after which she took extra time off to rehabilitate her niggling wrist injury. Her three wins at the BNP Paribas Open would have sent warning shots to her rivals as this is the first time since her US Open triumph in 2021 that she registered such a tally.

Raducanu’s Form

  • Raducanu vs Iga Swiatek – lost – 6-3, 6-1
  • Raducanu vs Haddad Maia – won – 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
  • Raducanu vs Linette – won – 7-6, 6-2 
  • Raducanu vs Kovinic – won – 6-2, 6-3
  • Raducanu vs Gauff – lost – 3-6, 6-7
  • Raducanu vs Lehecka – won – 6-3, 6-2

Emma Raducanu

Can Emma Raducanu win Miami Open?

Raducanu’s game is well suited for hard courts, where she can use her powerful groundstrokes, aggressive returns and solid movement to dictate rallies. This was exhibited at the BNP Paribas Open and should be on display again in Miami Gardens.

She has been plagued by niggling injuries and has excused herself from participating in England’s qualifier against France in the Billie Jean King Cup. Her focus is to participate in each of the three Masters 1000 events before the French Open. She will have to demonstrate mental toughness and resilience to displace the likes of Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka from the WTA perch. Prior to her win over Maia, she had lost her six duels with top-ranked players.

If she can maintain her form and confidence throughout the tournament, she could become the first British woman to win the Miami Open since Virginia Wade in 1975. However, it will be a tough task to accomplish, as more glittering lights will be present at the Hard Rock Stadium as compared to the Indian Wells.

Emma Raducanu Miami Open 2023 Prediction – last 16

Rounds one and two were very easy for the young Brit but she showed on Monday that she has the game to mix it with the top players and even to re-find her form after a dip. The fourth round tie against Iga Swiatek will feel like a final for Raducanu and if she can win this match then who knows when she will be stopped in California.

The current version of Raducanu has been the best we have seen since her 2021 US Open triumph and crowing as the WTA Newcomer of the Year. While dismissing players of lower down the totem pole, the British star has started to punch above her weight against top-ranked players.

With her victory over Maia in Indian Wells, she has broken the losing hex against top-seeded players. More of the same is expected from her at Miami Gardens, where she should reach the last 16 as well. She will have to call upon her powerful game and fearless attitude to make this happen. She was the first player to win a Major championship as a qualifier at Flushing Meadows and is part of a select group of players who can realize this.

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