Iga Swiatek continues her drive towards a third straight tournament win on Wednesday when she takes on Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals at the 2022 Miami Open as a heavy 1.19 favourite at Betsafe. Swiatek has been dominant in three appearances through the first four rounds of the tournament, losing just nine total games, and is poised to claim the top of the WTA rankings in the wake of Ashleigh Barty’s recent unexpected retirement from pro tennis.
As the quarter-finals got underway, Swiatek sat perched as 2.28 chalk at Sports Interaction to eventually lift the trophy. However, she may first have to overcome a challenge from Naomi Osaka, who entered the quarters closely trailing Swiatek as a 3.20 bet on the Miami Open championship odds, and has already advanced to the semi-finals with Tuesday’s easy victory over Danielle Collins.
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Swiatek Flashing Top-Ranked Form
Iga Swiatek maintained her recent dominant form in her Fourth Round over Coco Gauff, quickly disposing of the American with a 6/3, 6/1 straight sets win. With the victory, the 20-year-old native of Poland has now avoided losing a set in six straight matches, dating back to the Round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in early March.
Iga Swiatek puts her rise to world number one on the same level as her French Open win in 2020 but the 20-year-old Pole says she feels much better prepared to handle the pressure of her latest career milestone. https://t.co/isfAtEmFEf
— Reuters Sports (@ReutersSports) March 29, 2022
The challenge now for Swiatek is maintain that momentum at an event where she has enjoyed little past success. Swiatek failed to advance past the Round of 32 in her two previous appearances at the Miami Open, and faces an unknown quantity in her quarter-finals opponent Petra Kvitova, whom she has not previously faced in WTA action.
Petra Kvitova comes back from 0-4, 0-40 down in the 2nd set to beat Veronika Kudermetova 7-6(5), 6-4 and reach the QFs in Miami, her biggest QFs since Cincinnati 2021.
She will face Iga Swiatek on Wednesday, which should be good! pic.twitter.com/KXxYskwWMu
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 29, 2022
Kvitova enters Wednesday’s action as a lengthy 4.80- underdog, and with good reason. The Czech veteran has reached the quarter-finals just once in her past eight WTA tournament appearances. She also struggled at times in her drive to the quarters at this event, needing three sets to get past unranked Clara Burel in the second round, and tiebreakers in her subsequent victories over Lauren Davis and Veronika Kudermetova.
Badosa has shown steady improvement, while Pegula has failed to reach a tournament semi-final since last summer
Osaka on the Rebound
Naomi Osaka has taken major strides in her bid to return to the top of women’s tennis with her performance in Miami. Bounced in straight sets by Kudermetova in their Round of 64 clash at Indian Wells, Osaka struggled to contain her emotions in post-match remarks about the impact a heckling fan had on her game. The 24-year-old has maintained her composure in Miami while rolling through the Second, Third, and Fourth Rounds, and punched her ticket to the semi-finals with a dominating straight sets win over ninth-ranked Danielle Collins on Tuesday.
— wta (@WTA) March 30, 2022
Osaka still faces a massive challenge in her bid to reach a tournament final since her victory at last year’s Australian Open in her semi-final date with Belinda Bencic. While Bencic has struggled to keep pace in recent outings, she has impressed in Miami while winning in straight sets in her first three matches, and has defeated Osaka in each of their past four meetings, capped by a straight sets loss in the Round of 16 at the 2019 US Open.
Badosa Poised to End Pegula’s Steady Run
In Wednesday’s other quarter-final clash, Paula Badosa battles Jessica Pegula as heavy 1.51 chalk at Sports Interaction. Badosa has struggled to produce consistent results in 2022. The 24-year-old Spaniard opened the year with a bang, claiming an entertaining tournament win at the Sydney Tennis Classic, but has also failed to get past the Round of 16 in three of her five overall tournament appearances.
Paula Badosa advances to her 1st Miami quarterfinal. This is her 3rd quarterfinal of the season.
Only Iga Swiatek has reached more (5). pic.twitter.com/c1aPhEddR0
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) March 29, 2022
Fortunately for Bardosa, things have not gone much better for Pegula, who looks to her first ever date with Badosa as a lengthy 4.80 underdog. The 28-year-old American has had as many losses as wins in her past 14 overall matches, including a pair of speedy exits in Australian and a Round of 64 loss at Indian Wells, and hasn’t reached a tournament semi-final since last summer’s National Bank Open in Montreal.
Best Bet: Iga Swiatek wins her quarter-final match (1.20) at Sports Interaction
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