Shuai Zhang vs Sara Errani, Miami R2 Preview

Miami Open, ???? R2 Match Preview
(30) ?? Shuai Zhang vs ?? Sara Errani

Sara Errani is finally starting to gain some momentum in 2017. The Italian has plummeted down the rankings to outside the top 100 in recent times as she has struggled to find top form after some injury troubles. The last couple of weeks have been a bit more impressive for Errani, the former top 5 player has won a couple of tight matches in recent times including a hard-fought first round win in Miami over Belinda Bencic to set up a second round clash with the 30th seeded Shuai Zhang.

Sara Errani claimed her biggest win of 2017 to advance to the second round stage in Miami, Errani overcame a strong challenge from a desperate Belinda Bencic, winning 6-3 4-6 6-3. Errani’s movement and touch around the net were impressive features of her win, good signs moving forward for Errani as she looks to build her ranking back to its rightful position.

Shuai Zhang has generally struggled in 2017, unable to replicate the form of 2016 which saw her rocket up the rankings. To be fair, Zhang has been dealt several tough draws. Zhang has failed to be very competitive in her last three matches, arriving in Miami on the back of two comprehensive first round defeats including straight sets loss to Naomi Osaka in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open.


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This will be the first career meetings between Errani and Zhang. I’m going to side with Errani here, the Italian seems extremely focused and determined at the moment and was playing some great tennis in her win over Belinda Bencic. Zhang is a similar prospect to Bencic for Errani, so Errani will be well prepared for this match. Zhang seems to be lacking confidence, Errani looms as a frustrating opponent for Zhang.

Prediction: Sara Errani to defeat Shuai Zhang in 3 sets

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