Angelique Kerber vs Shelby Rogers, Miami R3 Preview

Miami Open, ???? R3 Match Preview
(1) ?? Angelique Kerber vs ?? Shelby Rogers

World number 1 Angelique Kerber will continue her Miami Open campaign on Sunday where she will take on American Shelby Rogers in the third round. Kerber made a scrappy start in Miami on Friday, labouring past Ying-Ying Duan. Kerber often struggles in her opening round matches, but if she can get through some tough early matches she becomes more dangerous as the tournament progresses. Kerber will have another tough early test against Shelby Rogers, an opponent with big

weapons to really challenge Kerber.

Kerber made a sluggish start to her Miami Open campaign, in her first tournament since reclaiming the world number 1 ranking. Kerber was in trouble in the first set against Ying-Ying Duan but managed to fight through and eventually close the match out in straight sets 7-6 6-2. The 2016 Miami semi-finalist probably can’t afford a similarly slow start on Sunday, Shelby Rogers has been dangerous throughout 2017 and is more than capable of causing some big upsets.

Shelby Roger has battled through two tough matches to reach the third round in Miami. Rogers just squeezed past Marina Erakovic in the opening round, winning 4-6 6-3 7-6, there were no breaks of serve in a tight final set but Rogers held her nerve in the final set tiebreak. Rogers claimed an impressive 6-4 5-7 7-6 win over Daria Kasatkina to confirm her spot in the third round in Miami.


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This will be the first career meeting between Kerber and Rogers. There is a big contrast in styles in this match-up Rogers is extremely powerful but does not have good movement whilst Kerber is one of the best movers around the court and loves to absorb and redirect pace. Rogers will need to play her best in this match-up, the conditions in Miami probably suit Rogers but still Kerber will win in this match-up for more often than not.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Shelby Rogers in 2 sets

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