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?? (20) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? (wc) Victoria Azarenka
The pick of the third round matches on Saturday in Miami sees the 20th seeded Anastasija Sevastova come up against 3-time former champion Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka is extremely determined right now as she continues her quest in returning back to the top of the game. Sevastova looms as a very difficult opponent for Azarenka, it will be intriguing to see how Azarenka handles the unique game of Sevastova.
Sevastova has been in typically decent form of late. The Latvian arrived in Miami on the back of a fourth round showing in Miami where she was eliminated by Venus Williams in straight sets. Sevastova received a bye through the opening round in Miami before claiming a solid 7-5 6-4 victory over Alize Cornet. Sevastova has no points to defend at this event having lost in her opening round match in Miami last year.
Azarenka continues to show positive signs in her return to the tour. Azarenka is right at home in Miami and made a commanding start to her 2018 campaign with a dominant 6-3 6-0 win over Catherine Bellis. Azarenka secured her spot in the third round with a 7-6 2-0 win over Madison Keys. Azarenka fought her way through a very tough opening set, saving a couple of set points before wrapping up the set in a tiebreak. Keys deteriorated physically quite quickly in the second set and soon retired injured.
It will be interesting to see how this match-ups pans out in what will be the first career meeting between the pair. Who will emerge victorious?