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?? (14) Madison Keys vs. ?? (wc) Victoria Azarenka
The pick of the second round matches on Thursday at the Miami Open will be a blockbuster first time meeting between Madison Keys and Victoria Azarenka. Keys received a bye through the opening round and will face a huge first up test against the 3-time former Miami Champion. Azarenka steamrolled her way through her opening round match in Miami and will head into this much full of confidence and with a point to prove.
Madison Keys has been unable to get any consistency in her game in 2018. Keys did have one great result as she reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne but apart from that it has been slim pickings. The last two defeats Keys has suffered have been particularly disappointing, a 3 set loss to Catherine Bellis in the second round in Doha and more recently a straight set loss at the hands of Danielle Collins in Indian Wells, two matches would expect to win pretty comfortably.
Victoria Azarenka made a real statement in her opening round match of the tournament. The Belarusian crushed Catherine Bellis, 6-3 6-0, a dominant performance by the 3-time former champion in Miami. The signs are good for Azarenka at this very early stage of her comeback. The Belarusian is clearly as motivated as ever, determined to return to the top of the game.
This will be the first career meeting between Keys and Azarenka.