Who’s Looking Strong in Miami?
MIAMI, FL, USA – After the Grand Slams, the Sony Ericsson Open is widely considered to be the biggest tournament on the calendar. The $4.5-million tournament boasts an incredible field this year as well, perhaps led by none other than three-time champion and former No.1 Venus Williams.
Although she is the No.3 seed, Williams has had the best career in Miami, winning the title three times (1998, 1999 and 2001 – and she wasn’t even able to play here in 2000 due to injury). She is also the hottest player on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour right now, winning the last two tournaments she has played (Dubai and Acapulco), coming in on a 10-match win streak. After a bye, she will open her campaign against Sorana Cirstea or Michelle Larcher de Brito.
Victoria Azarenka, who won her biggest title right here one year ago, is the No.4 seed. Only one other returning champion is in the field, that being Kim Clijsters, the No.14 seed and 2005 champion at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Rounding out the top seeds are Elena Dementieva (No.5), Agnieszka Radwanska (No.6), new Indian Wells champion Jelena Jankovic (No.7), Li Na (No.8), and the Top 10’s newest addition, Samantha Stosur (No.9).
In a repeat of the Aussie Open scenario, Dementieva could have the toughest draw of them all. After a first round bye, she could face Justine Henin, a former No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion who is working her way back to the top of the game. Read more about Henin reappearing on the rankings.
Main draw play in Miami begins on Tuesday this year.
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