By Justin Ross
On Sunday, tennis stars Dominika Cibulkova and Christina McHale helped set the 2017 Miami Open women’s main draw with the help of fans and officials.
In true Miami spirit, guests were greeted with an evening of fun and fashion, but it’s tournament time! Women’s qualifying play begins today at 10 AM, and the main draw will start Tuesday.
“Part of what makes us probably the best on both the tours, is Miami, South Florida, the diverse community, the energy. What we’re known for is energy. We’re going to find ways to make sure we run the best event on the tours,” said tournament director Adam Barrett.
Filling out the top four seeds are No. 1 Angelique Kerber, followed by No. 2 Karolina Pliskova, No. 3 Simona Halep and Cibulkova at No. 4—each of whom will receive a first-round bye.
Kerber could see 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina in an intriguing third-round battle. Kasatkina is 2-1 in career play against the German great.
The Miami Open will be without two of its most dominant competitors in Serena Williams and defending champion Victoria Azarenka. Since 2007, just two women not named Williams or Azarenka have won the tournament. One is retired, but the other is Agnieszka Radwanska, who will compete this year as the No. 5 seed.
Meanwhile, Svetlana Kuznetsova will hope to bounce back from a loss in the Indian Wells finals, but her 2006 Miami Open win gives her the experience to do it again. She could face Kristina Mladenovic in a fourth-round battle—both of whom reached the semifinals at Indian Wells.
Among the more intriguing participants will be 15-year-olds in Anastasia Potapova of Russia, who is a qualifying wildcard, and Amanda Anisimova of the USA, who is a main draw wildcard. The youngest participant to win the Miami Open was Monica Seles, who did so at age 16 in 1990.
2017 is a year of new hope, new faces and new dreams. This is a vital opportunity for WTA stars to climb the rankings and write history. Look for unpredictable results, stunning comebacks and possibly a new champion at the Miami Open.
For the full main draw visit: http://miamiopen.com/2017-draws-and-order-of-play.
Tickets to the 2017 Miami Open are on sale now and can be purchased by phone (305-442-3367) or online at www.miamiopen.com. An exhilarating two weeks of tennis, fashion, food and fun conclude with the women’s final on Saturday, April 1 and the men’s final on Sunday, April 2.
Individual session tickets start at just $24 and packages begin at only $136. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the most glamorous event on both tours.
Qualifying rounds will be played March 20-21 and will determine 12 additional slots in each singles draw. The main draw begins on Tuesday, as the women take the court, followed by the first round of the men’s main draw on Wednesday.