Roberta Vinci vs Taylor Townsend, Miami R2 Preview

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(25) ?? Roberta Vinci vs (Q) ?? Taylor Townsend

An interesting first-time match-up sees Roberta Vinci and Taylor Townsend go head-to-head in the second round of the Miami Open. Roberta Vinci will be beginning her Miami Open campaign after receiving a bye into the second round, whilst Taylor Townsend has already won three matches after coming through the qualifying draw. Roberta Vinci has struggled to find her best tennis in 2017 and has a poor recent record in Miami, however with experience on her side this is a match Vinci would expect to be winning.

Roberta Vinci had a magical 2015 season and solid results in 2016 but has dropped off in 2017. It seems Vinci could be paying her last year on the tour and she will want to start gaining momentum before her solid ranking slips away. Vinci has won just 1 match in her last three events and has not been able to win more than 2 matches at a tournament in season 2017. Vinci will be hoping to go on her first deep run of the season in Miami, despite her poor results at the event in the past few years, winning just one match in her last three appearances at the event.

Taylor Townsend has been battling through qualifying draws in 2017, with good success recently, reaching the main draw in Acapulco and here in Miami. Townsend has already won three matches in Miami, two matches in the qualifying draw over Sofya Zhuk and Mona Barthel. Townsend secured her spot in the second round of the main draw with a comeback 2-6 6-2 6-3 win over Amanda Anisimova, Amanda was playing in her first draw match at the WTA level at the age of 15. The next step for Townsend is to win matches such as this second round clash against Vinci.

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This is the first ever meeting between Vinci and Townsend. It should be an interesting match-up between two unorthodox players. Townsend has power on her side in this match-up and can really push Vinci if she serves well. The heavy conditions in Miami may favour Townsend but I think Vinci will be smart enough to mix up the play and expose the vulnerabilities in the Townsend game.

Prediction: Roberta Vinci to defeat Taylor Townsend in 2 sets

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