By Tucker Verdi
Simona Halep has secured the top seed at the Miami Open, a first for the three-time Grand Slam runner-up and current World No. 1.
Halep headlines a packed 2018 tournament that includes former World No. 1’s and Grand Slam champions. This year’s Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki leads the bottom half of the draw as the No. 2 seed while two-time Grand Slam champ Garbiñe Muguruza lands in the No. 3 seed and could meet Halep in the semifinal.
Elina Svitolina, who helped with the draw, is the No. 4 seed and is on course to face Wozniacki for a spot in the final if the seeds hold. Karolína Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, and Caroline Garcia are the No. 5-7 seeds, respectively.
Three past Grand Slam winners round out the top 10 with Venus Williams (No. 8), Petra Kvitova (No. 9), and Angelique Kerber (No. 10)
Other notable seeds include last year’s Miami Open champion Johanna Konta as the No. 11 seed and Americans Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, and Coco Vandeweghe as the No. 13, 14, and 16 seeds, respectively.
While all seeded players are given a bye into the second round, one of the most intriguing matchups will occur in the first round.
Naomi Osaka, fresh off her first WTA title at Indian Wells earlier today, will take on 23-time Grand Slam champ and former World No. 1 Serena Williams, who herself is playing in just her second tour event back after giving birth in September of last year.
Tournament Director James Blake said, “That’s just the luck of the draw,” when asked about the pairing. “I think the fan’s will be treated to what could easily be a final in the first round.”
For the entire Women’s Singles Draw visit miamiopen.com/draws-and-order-of-play