After a fantastic breakthrough fortnight in the California Desert, American youngster Lauren Davis will attempt to follow through in Miami with another impressive showing and a potential upset against her second round opponent Ana Ivanovic. The two competitors have never met on the professional tour, which will make for an intriguing showcase on Thursday afternoon.
World No. 12 Ana Ivanovic is coming off a third round exit to Sloane Stephens at Indian Wells and will be looking to go deeper into the draw this fortnight in Miami. Following her spectacular start to the season, where she won the Auckland title before upsetting Serena Williams to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Ivanovic has been unable to capitalize on the momentum, as she followed up with second round exits in both Doha and Dubai. She has not picked up consecutive victories at any tournament since Melbourne – a streak she intends to break this week in Miami.
Lauren Davis has been playing some of her best tennis this season, as she reached the quarterfinal of a tournament in New Zealand and the third round of the Australian Open a short while later. She then made her Fed Cup debut in Cleveland, her hometown, where she teamed with Madison Keys for a doubles win in the United States’ 3-1 loss to Italy. She then picked up the biggest victory of her career at Indian Wells, defeating a wounded Victoria Azarenka in the second round but would later withdraw from the tournament with food poisoning.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and it will likely be an entertaining clash. Davis will be looking to carry forth the momentum from her victories in California, while Ivanovic will be looking for a dominant victory to kick off her week in Miami. The Serb holds the overall advantage in big-tournament experience, as well as on court savvy, yet Davis could potentially make this a gruelling three set battle.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets